Tektronix Adds New Capabilities to PCI Express 3.0 Test Solution
Tektronix, Inc., a leading supplier of test, measurement, and monitoring products and solutions, announced new software capabilities for its TLA7SA08 and TLA7SA16 Logic Protocol Analyzer Modules supporting PCI Express (PCIe) 3.0, the next generation PCIe specification. Designed to make PCIe system debug and analysis faster and easier, the new capabilities include an innovative Bird’s Eye View (BEV) to help engineers visualize and investigate difficult flow control problems along with one-click calibration and auto configuration.
Featuring double the data rate and improved I/O bandwidth over previous generations, PCIe 3.0 specifications bring new complexity and testing challenges in both the physical and the protocol layers. Further, PCIe is designed to be used in a wide variety of applications, putting pressure on test instruments to track features such as dynamic link width change, dynamic speed change, lane ordering, polarity changes and several power saving modes. With its new capabilities, the Tektronix Logic Protocol Analyzers enable designers to stay abreast of PCIe 3.0 specifications and efficiently bring products to market.
“This latest release of the PCIe Logic Protocol Analyzer software gives customer powerful tools not available anywhere else to isolate and debug PCIe flow control problems and speeds access to actionable information,” said Dave Farrell, Director of the Digital Analysis Product Line for Tektronix. “Tektronix Logic Protocol Analyzers provide smart analysis capabilities for debug and validation engineers.”
The new capabilities include the following:
William Winston, a staff engineer at Visual Network Systems, had early access to the new solution to assist him with his system debug challenges: “I was able to very quickly attach my system to the Tektronix Logic Protocol Analyzer and start running meaningful tests. In a short period of time I was able to identify possible issues in my system, but more importantly rule out other potential problems.”
Introduced in April 2010 and achieving the 2011 Test & Measurement “Best in Test Award,” the TLA7SAxx modules have been providing comprehensive test solution for PCI Express 1.0/2.0/3.0. With these new features, user will now have access to enhanced PCIe debug and validation capabilities on the TLA7SAxx modules. The solution includes 8- or 16- channel Logic Protocol Analyzer modules, bus support software, Slot Interposers, Midbus Probes and exclusive solder-down probes, giving PCIe developers a powerful time-correlated view of system behavior, starting with protocol analysis and working down to the physical layer to debug the root cause of elusive problems.
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