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Tektronix releases test suite for SATA Gen-2 PHY

Posted: 21 Feb 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:compliance test automation framework? Serial ATA?

Tektronix Inc. has released the TekExpress compliance test automation framework and TekExpress Serial ATA (SATA) automated compliance test software. Running on the TekExpress framework, TekExpress SATA leverages the approved suite of Tektronix serial data performance instruments to automate 100 percent of the required SATA Gen-1 and SATA Gen-2 compliance tests for receivers, transmitters and interconnects.

The TekExpress compliance automation framework has been developed for automated one-button testing of high-speed serial data standards. The TekExpress framework is built on top of TestStand from National Instruments that serves as the sequence control engine.

Controlled from a Windows XP PC, TekExpress SATA efficiently executes the 153 SATA Gen-2 tests required by the Methods of Implementation (MOI) certified by the SATA-IO working group. TekExpress SATA software orchestrates the instrument setup and control sequences to provide complete certification test results for all four SATA-IO approved MOIs in fewer than 3hrs of total elapsed test time. This represents a reduction in compliance test time of approximately 70 percent, saving designers valuable time on SATA design verification cycles.

The TekExpress SATA automated compliance test package from Tektronix provides unattended compliance testing for SATA Gen-1 and SATA Gen-2 that helps customers to streamline test operations and assists them with bringing new products to market quickly.

The compliance test modules for TekExpress SATA are divided into those for "Hosts/Devices" and for "Cables." There are six modules required for the former and one for the latter. For Hosts/Devices, the automated test modules include PHY, Transmitter Signaling Group (TSG), Out of Band (OOB), Receiver Signaling Group (RSG), Receiver Margin Test (RMT) and Transmit and Receive (Tx/Rx). For Cables, there is an additional cable signal integrity (SI) module. Execution of the SATA MOIs is performed from any Windows XP computer.

NI TestStand is a ready-to-run test management environment designed to simplify the automation of test and validation systems. TestStand, when combined with TekExpress can be used to develop, manage and execute additional test sequences beyond SATA Gen-2 Compliance Testing.

Pricing for TekExpress Framework is $4,900 and MOI modules range between $5,900-$19,900. Pre-release versions are available for TSG/PHY/OOB. Remaining SATA modules will be available in Q2 08.

Tektronix is one of the exhibitors in the upcoming IIC-China 2008.

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