Signal Quality Analyzer Supports PCI Express 6.0

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PCI Express 6.0 Base Specification Receiver Test (Rx Test) now supported by signal analyzer

The Anritsu Signal Quality Analyzer-R MP1900A now supports the PCI Express 6.0 Base Specification Receiver Test (Rx Test)

As well as adding support for generating PCIe 6.0 Base Spec. Compliance Test patterns, the MP1900A certified PCIe 3.0/4.0/5.0 tester now has an SKP function to filter SKP packets to support separate clock architecture (SRNS). This update offers customers an efficient test solution meeting their design requirements by including automation software to calibrate the stressed test signal and measure jitter tolerance using real-time oscilloscopes from collaborating partners. As a result, one MP1900A now covers tests from PCIe 3.0 to PCIe 6.0.

Anritsu is continuing to develop future quality evaluation for PCIe equipment by actively proposing new technologies to PCI-SIG, and extending its tester functions with a focus on the PCIe 6.0 Base Spec. Compliance Test.

The spread of 5G services facilitating large data communications at high speeds is driving rapid evolution of new technologies, such as edge computing, IoT, and AI. At the same time, the internal interfaces of transmission equipment, servers, and storage in data centers forming the base of this technical revolution are switching to the faster and larger capacity PCIe standard.

Following completion of the PCIe 6.0 Base Specification in January 2022, development of the CEM specification to assure compatible connections is progressing ahead of the start of correlation tests in 2023. Since the PCIe 6.0 standard is the first to support new technologies, such as PAM4 modulation and Forward Error Correction (FEC), it requires test methods for evaluating the quality of 32 Gbaud PAM4 signals with a 1/3rds smaller Eye opening, as well as for measuring the BER and evaluating FEC.

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