First 32 Gb/s Protocol-Aware Bit Error Rate Tester Eases Gen 4 Standards Testing

BEAVERTON, OR --- Tektronix introduces the industry’s first 32 Gb/s protocol-aware bit error rate test and analysis system. The new Tektronix BSX series BERTScope not only helps characterize the receiver in Gen3 and Gen4 devices – it enables users to shorten the time needed to debug link training and bit error rate issues.

As 4th generation serial protocols such as PCIe 4.0, USB3.1, and SAS4 become more complex, it has become increasingly difficult to place a receiver being tested into an appropriate state (such as a loopback state) for testing without protocol handshaking between the instrument and the device under test. With its protocol-aware functions, the BSX Series provides the tools and flexibility needed to visualize and control the handshaking and link training process for devices running up to 32 Gb/s.

Simplified receiver testing

Available with maximum data rates of 12.5Gb/s, 24Gb/s and 32Gb/s, the BSX Series is available with tools that automate compliance testing, making accurate and repeatable measurements easy to do for the large number of test cases required in the Gen4 standards. With built-in Tx equalization, reference clock multiplication, and interference generation, the BSX Series requires fewer cables and is significantly easier to set up and calibrate than previous offerings.

The BSX Series is the only receiver test tool that continuously stores the context (timing, bit position) of each bit error. Sophisticated error analysis tools such as pattern sensitivity and forward error correction emulation use this information to help developers understand the factors contributing to bit errors.

Pricing and availability

The BSX Series BERTScope will be available in Q2 of 2017. Pricing starts at $199,000 US MSRP

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