Test & Measurement

PCI Express solution supports Gen5 testing

9th December 2019
Mick Elliott

A PCI Express test solution, supporting the Gen5 Base Specification Stressed Receiver Test has been introduced by Anritsu. The new solution uses Anritsu’s Signal Quality Analyser-R MP1900A Series, which offers Automation Software for Base Specification Calibration and BER Measurement Software supporting the SKP Filter.

With this release, customers can easily configure a measurement environment for early-stage development of Gen5 IP and devices, aiding faster introduction of PCI Express 5.0.

Costs are minimised as the MP1900A offers all the pattern generation, error detection, jitter generation and noise generation functions required for PCI Express tests in a single unit.

Gen1 to Gen5 transmission speeds can be supported by upgrading the equipment via software, providing customers with a high performance PCI Express test solution at lower cost.

New technologies, such as IoT and AI, are expected to see rapid growth as commercial rollout of 5G services makes it feasible to transmit large volumes of data at high speeds.

The data centres supporting these new technologies require increasingly faster processing and greater data handling capacity.

This means that data centre transmission equipment, servers, and storage devices need internal interfaces able to support faster, higher-capacity data transmissions.

Base Specification 5.0 of the next PCIe Gen5 standard has been completed and increases data transfer speeds to 32 GT/s.

As a result, development of equipment supporting this standard is urgently required.

With this release, Anritsu supports Gen5 Rx tests for IP and inspection of devices in the early stages of standardisation and development, offering all-in-one Gen1 to Gen5 measurement support. Expansion of measurement functions to meet new emerging standards and trends will also help customers design inspection times.

The Signal Quality Analyser-R MP1900A Series is a multichannel BER tester meeting the design and verification requirements for high-speed bus interfaces, such as PCI Express 4.0/5.0, USB3.2/4 and Thunderbolt, as well as next-generation network interfaces such as 200G/400G/800G Ethernet.

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