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Software carries out serial data link analysis

Posted: 08 Oct 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:high speed serial data? software analysis? test capability?

An end-to-end high-speed serial data analysis software package with test capabilities extending from a transmitter to a receiver and including the connecting channel is now available from Tektronix Inc. The 80SJNB Advanced software runs on the Tektronix DSA8200 digital serial analyzer.

According to the company, the software, combined with the DSA8200 platform's TDR/TDT and S-Parameter support through iConnect software, provides engineers with the first complete Serial Data Link Analysis (SDLA) package to ensure a readable signal reaches the receiver. The complete SDLA offering provides the fundamental measurements needed to validate compliance of high-speed serial standards such as 10GbE, PCI-Express and SATA.

The 80SJNB Advanced software comes with feed-forward and decision feedback equalization (FFE and DFE) for a virtual view of the signal as it appears at the comparator inside the receiver. Emulation of the interconnect channel enables testing the transmitter performance against multiple interconnects. Support for fixture de-embedding facilitates virtual probing at inaccessible points.

Asserts Tektronix, with the 80SJNB Advanced software, design engineers can compare different transmitter-to-channel-to-equalizer combinations, which results in improved design and verification. The waveform and the eye diagram are viewable at any point, and are available for a complete jitter, noise and BER analysis.

The 80SJNB is retails for $15,800 when ordered with a DSA8200. Existing customers of 80SJNB software can download 80SJNB Essentials from www.tek.com free of charge, or can upgrade to 80SJNB Advanced for $4,900.

- Gina Roos
eeProductCenter




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