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LeCroy suite complies to SATA 1.0a, SATA testing

Posted: 07 Feb 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:lecroy? test suite? sata 1.0a? sata ii serial ata? sata?

LeCroy Corp. announced what it claims as the first automated test suite that meets the requirements of both SATA 1.0a and SATA II Serial ATA (SATA) transmitter compliance testing.

Designed for use with the company's SDA 6020 and SDA 6000A analyzer series, the SDA-SATA provides engineers with an extensive set of validation/verification and debug tools written in accordance with SATA Gen1 and SATA Gen2 electrical specifications. According to the company, physical Layer developers can realize a number of design advantages using the SDA-SATA, including improved time to market; reduced capital equipment expenditures; and more accurate data collection and interpretation.

The SDA-SATA test suite has a complete set of amplitude and jitter measurements, as defined in the SATA generation II specification, as well as standard eye pattern measurements. With the package, the SDA family covers all the required SATA test modes, including internal (1i/2i mode), short backplane and external desktop applications (1m/2m mode), and extended system-to-system applications (1x/2x mode). It also includes an Advanced Serial Data Analysis Library that provides ultimate control of Phase-Locked Loops (PLL) design and jitter measurement conditions, including detailed Data Dependent Jitter (DDJ) breakdown and bit error rate (BER) analysis. In addition to the extensive software capabilities, SDA-SATA is supplied with TF-SATA, LeCroy's test fixture and SMA cables for complete, out-of-the box connectivity.

The SDA-SATA's debugging tools complement the SDA family, which features high bandwidths, fast sampling rates, deep memory depths and expanded processing capabilities. The SDA's deep memory of up to 100 Mpts works with the SDA-SATA's analysis library to simplify the verification process. With this combination, engineers can accurately and easily verify transmitter data and modulation rates, as well as spread spectrum clocking (SSC), which is required by the SATA specification, added LeCroy.

Additionally, the SDA-SATA includes an automatic HTML report generation engine so that test results, and instrument and signal acquisition/test condition setups can be documented. The reports contain tabulated numerical values for each individual test result, including PASS/FAIL and specification limit columns.

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