Industry-First PCI Express 5.0 Receiver Tests

Anritsu Corporation announced the start of sales of its industry-first measurement solution using the company’s Signal Quality Analyzer-R MP1900A series for Tx/Rx LEQ test systems specified in the PCI-Express®(PCIe) 5.0 Compliance Test items.

The start of 5G services offering high-speed communications using massive date volumes is expected to drive rapid advances in new technologies, such as IoT, AI, etc.

Data centers forming the backbone of this technology revolution are also experiencing increasing need for high-speed data processing and are adopting PCI Express technology for internal interfaces in data-center transmission equipment, servers, storage, etc., with expectations for early release of PCI 5.0 products offering transmission speeds of 32 GT/s.

To assure compatible connectivity, PCI-SIG stipulates conformance with the CEM standard and is planning to put Compliance Test operations into effect in May.

The developed PCIe Gen5 Link Training MX183000A-PL025 option and PCIe 5.0 Tx/Rx LEQ Test Automation software have been certified by PCI-SIG for use with the MP1900A as a PCIe 3.0/4.0 Tx/Rx LEQ Test measurement platform. With this added support for PCIe 5.0 Tx/Rx LEQ tests, this system is the industry’s first measurement solution covering the PCIe 3.0, 4.0, and 5.0 standards.

The Signal Quality Analyzer-R MP1900A series is a multichannel BER measuring instrument with the functions and performance required for designing and testing next-generation network interfaces, such as 200/400/800G Ethernet, and high-speed-bus interfaces, such as PCI Express 4.0/5.0, USB3.2/4, and Thunderbolt.

With built-in pulse pattern generator (PPG) offering high-quality waveforms with industry-best levels (low intrinsic jitter of 115 fs rms), high-sensitivity (15 mV) error detector (ED), high-accuracy jitter (SJ, RJ, SSC, BUJ) generation sources, and CM-I/DM-I/white-noise sources, plus a Link Training function and support for LTSSM analysis, it has a diverse application range, covering compliance and margin tests, troubleshooting, etc.

Additionally, the MP1900A provides all-in-one coverage for evaluating PCI Express and high-speed Ethernet equipment such as PAM4 optical modules and NICs used by data-center 200/400/800G Ethernet installations, facilitating introduction of next-generation interfaces and holding-down infrastructure capital costs.

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