The PCIe 6.0 (64 GT/s) automated test solution runs on the Tektronix DPO70000SX series real-time oscilloscope and the Anritsu MP1900A BERT.

Tektronix Offers PCI Express 6.0 Receiver Test Solution

  • Tektronix, in collaboration with Anritsu Corporation, introduces a solution for testing PCIe® 6.0 receivers.
  • This intuitive solution enables testing of PCIe 6.0 (Base) receivers and meets the increased requirements of next-generation systems.

In today’s world, there is a constant demand for faster devices and technologies for high-speed networks. Engineers innovating the latest technology need the ability to test more and more data as it is transferred at increasing speeds. Data-intensive markets like artificial intelligence (AI), cloud, and data centers use PCIe as a de-facto standard. While the recently released Gen 6.0 standard provides fast speeds to handle such workloads, testing brings a unique set of challenges to companies charged with integrating PCIe 6.0 on their devices.

PCIe receiver validation is notoriously difficult due to the sensitivity of calibrating the stressed eye signal across a high loss channel. Tektronix’s PCIe receiver test solutions provide confidence that designs are thoroughly tested at the required bit error rate (BER) target. The intuitive step-by-step tools provide link training routines for the Anritsu MP1900A BERT to ensure the receiver is tested accurately.

Fast Calibration
According to Tektronix, the PCIe 6.0 Base Rx Solution includes the fastest 64 GT/s (PAM4) Rx calibration in the industry. Novel algorithms address the new challenge of calibrating the Transmitter’s additional pre-cursor added to the 6.0 Base specification.

Higher Quality Measurements
The Tektronix PAMJET DSP tool provides critical 64 GT/s jitter and noise measurements with advanced instrument noise compensation. This fully automated solution leverages the first-to-market 6.0 Base Tx solution techniques and enhances the capabilities to address Receiver challenges at the latest data rate introduced by the PCI Special Interest Group (PCI-SIG®).

Intuitive User Experience
The TekRxTest automation software provides a single control panel with the power to manage a Tektronix oscilloscope and Anritsu BERT during receiver calibration. This intuitive software wizard guides users through short- and long-channel calibration steps with ease, resulting in an accurate and repeatable calibration at 64 GT/s.

Building on the success of previous receiver test solutions, Tektronix and Anritsu started collaborating early for PCIe 6.0. Electronics design and automation company Synopsys collaborated with Tektronix on early validation of their PCIe 6.0 DesignWare® IP, providing early-stage prototypes for Tektronix’ partnership with Anritsu.

“The PCIe 6.0 interface is instrumental to enabling real-time data connectivity with low latency and high throughput in HPC, storage, and AI applications,” said John Koeter, senior vice president of marketing and strategy for IP at Synopsys. “Conducting early, accurate and efficient validation of the Synopsys silicon-proven PCIe 6.0 IP with Tektronix solutions demonstrates that the IP adheres to the latest PCI-SIG specifications, enabling designers to deliver interoperable products that include Synopsys PCIe 6.0 controller, PHY, verification, and Integrity and Data Encryption (IDE) IP faster and with less risk.”

# Advanced Performances
• PCIe 6.0 (64 GT/s) automated test solution runs on the Tektronix DPO70000SX series real-time oscilloscope and the Anritsu MP1900A BERT
• First fully automated PCIe 6.0 Rx stressed eye calibration with the Anritsu MP1900A BERT
• High accuracy calibration of jitter and noise by compensating the instrumentation intrinsic noise floor
• Full short- and long-channel 64 GT/s Rx calibration completed in four hours or less
• High-fidelity measurements using the Tektronix PAMJET DSP engine
• Intuitive wizard-based GUI provides guidance at decision points to ensure efficiency