Test & Measurement

Tektronix Introduces Fully Automated Test Support for SAS Conformance

28th January 2010
ES Admin
Tektronix today announced an automated compliance and test automation solution that now spans both SATA and SAS (Serial Attached SCSI). It encompasses the breadth of SAS conformance tests defined by UNH-IOL and the SCSI Trade Association (STA). Using the latest TekExpress software, storage system designers can complete these tests by simply pressing a single button which ensures accurate and consistent results — saving set-up time and eliminating time-consuming and repetitive manual testing.
SAS has emerged as the dominant storage interface for enterprise server environments offering scalability, improved speed and higher reliability compared to SATA or previous generation parallel interfaces. Transmitter validation and debug for 6Gb/s SAS designs requires accurate jitter and eye analysis and differential S-Parameter characterization. With the addition of 6Gb/s SAS support, the TekExpress automated test software meets the varied test demands facing everyone from silicon providers to drive manufacturers to OEM systems houses.

“High-speed serial tests have become very complex and require the use of multiple instruments that have to be properly set up and coordinated. This complexity, together with the need for speed and efficiency, is driving a strong demand for test automation software,” said Dave Slack, Marketing Manager, Technology Solutions Group, Tektronix. “In 2008, we delivered the industry’s first fully automated compliance test suite for SATA Gen-2, and now we are following that up with the industry’s first solution that automates the greatest combined breadth of SAS and SATA characterization tests.”

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