SANTA CLARA, CA. USA, Jan. 25, 2011:- Agilent Technologies Inc. today announced the industry’s first test set for PCI Express® 3.0 receiver characterization. The Agilent PCIe® 3.0 receiver characterization test solution provides complete and accurate receiver tolerance test results while minimizing R&D effort. Using the Agilent test setup, design and test engineers in the semiconductor and computer industry can accurately characterize and verify standard compliance of receiver ports in ASICs and chipsets.

Agilent’s complete and accurate PCIe 3.0 receiver test solution is based on the J-BERT N4903B high-performance serial BERT, the N4916B de-emphasis signal converter, the 81150A pulse function arbitrary noise generator, an Infiniium 90000 X-Series high-performance oscilloscope, new accessories and new N5990A test automation software.

Features of Agilent PCI Express 3.0 Receiver Characterization Test Solution

  • the J-BERT N4903B high-performance serial BERT with integrated and calibrated jitter sources (random jitter, period jitter and differential-mode sinusoidal interference);
  • the N4916B de-emphasis signal generator for accurate and adjustable pre- and post-cursor generation;
  • the 81150A/81160A pulse function arbitrary noise generator for injecting common-mode sinusoidal interference;
  • the N4915A-014 PCIe 3.0 calibration channels for compliant and reproducible channel conditions;
  • the N5990A-101 PCIe receiver test software with the new PCIe 3.0 stress calibration;
  • the N5990A-301 PCIe 3.0 link-training wizard; and
  • the Infiniium 90000 X-Series 16-GHz to 32-GHz oscilloscope for stress calibration.

Advantages of Agilent PCI Express 3.0 Receiver Characterization Test Solution

  • accurate and repeatable receiver test results enabled by new stress calibration software, adjustable pre- and post-cursor de-emphasis, J-BERT’s built-in PCIe 3.0-compliant jitter and sinusoidal interference sources, new PJ sweep functionality and new PCIe 3.0-compliant calibration channels;
  • higher R&D efficiency enabled by the new PCIe 3.0 stress calibration software and the new PCIe 3.0 link-training wizard, which controls J-BERT’s pattern sequencer to bring the device under test into loopback mode; and
  • investment protection enabled by using Agilent instruments that can be repurposed for accurate characterization for multiple gigabit test applications, such as USB3, SATA3, and QPI.