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Tektronix Introduces World’s Only “One Box” Serial Data Receiver Test Solution


SerialXpress® Software with the AWG7000 Simplifies Receiver Bit Error Rate (BER) Testing and Improves Design Productivity for Next Generation Serial Data Buses

BEAVERTON, Ore., March 2008 - Tektronix, Inc, a leading, worldwide provider of test, measurement and monitoring instrumentation, announced the availability of SerialXpress®, an advanced new software package that performs direct synthesis of waveforms for high-speed serial data receiver testing, ideal for testing SATA, SAS, PCI-Express, HDMI, and DisplayPort serial data standards, as well as any other serial bus technology operating at speeds up to 6 Gbps. SerialXpress manages the creation of these waveforms for high-speed transmission on the AWG7000 Arbitrary Waveform Generator series. An easy to use interface provided by the SerialXpress software package makes the creation and management of high speed serial waveforms far more intuitive. The AWG7000 with SerialXpress software is the world’s only one-box high-speed serial data signal generator for receiver stress and BER testing, eliminating the need for multiple instruments and complicated test configurations.

Next generation high-speed serial standards ranging from 3 to 6 Gb/s have diminishing timing margins that require receiver characterization to complement conventional transmitter testing. Increases in transmission speeds and trace length of transmission lines heighten the potential for errors in the signal path (channel). Engineers need to simulate these effects during the design phase to test the tolerance of their receiver designs. SerialXpress software provides these capabilities working in tandem with the AWG7000 arbitrary waveform generators through use of direct synthesis. Direct synthesis is a flexible and repeatable method for creating ideal or impaired waveforms incorporating periodic & random Jitter, pre/de-emphasis, channel emulation, Idle-states, and SSC parameters. This often eliminates the need for multiple test instruments such as sine wave generators, noise generators, power dividers and power combiners that not only complicate the entire test set-up but also require extensive calibration.

“SerialXpress is ideal for design and test engineers who need to perform validation and characterization of high speed serial data receivers and effectively obsoletes alternative methods using logic sources,” said Mike Higashi, vice president, Signal Source Product Line, Tektronix. “Instead of needing to create mathematical formulas, the intuitive UI provided by SerialXpress software improves productivity through pre-defined, fill-in the blank templates for each of the major high-speed serial standards, facilitating simple and cost-effective receiver testing. With SerialXpress software, the AWG7000 is the easiest to use, most powerful and comprehensive high speed serial data signal generator for high-speed serial data technologies.”

Engineers are able to simply recall a setup file that encapsulates all of the relevant standard mandated tests and signal impairments, without the need for any additional external components or mixing required, reducing complexity and cost. To replicate the test scenarios across multiple labs, AWG setup file deployment can be managed through electronic circulation of files, enabling test systems worldwide to have consistent settings and capabilities and with no external hardware dependencies.

Availability and Pricing
The SerialXpress software is currently available for order and runs as an integral part of the AWG5000 or AWG7000 models, or as a standalone application on an external PC. The U.S. MSRP for SerialXpress begins at $7,000.
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