Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:KEYS) today introduced the Advanced
Design System PCI
Express and USB
Compliance Test Benches, which enable a complete workflow for SerDes
engineers, from simulation of a candidate design, through measurement of
the finished prototype. The solution is ideal for semiconductor
companies developing SerDes I/O blocks and OEMs integrating such chips
onto their system PCBs.
Both compliance test benches are available as add-ons to the Advanced
Design System 2015.01 Channel Simulator software from Keysight EEsof
EDA. Engineers using the new test benches can now use simulation to
ensure a candidate design yields a fabricated prototype compliant to the
specifications of the PCI
Special Interest Group (PCI-SIG®) and USB
Implementers Forum (USB-IF), respectively. Previous tools for this
task made it difficult to correlate simulation compliance with hardware
prototype and test bench compliance.
The ADS PCI Express and USB Compliance Test Benches rectify this
situation by providing a customizable test harness in which to simulate
customers’ intellectual property. The test bench also provides a
post-processing scripting capability, known as Waveform Bridge, which
exports simulated waveforms to the same compliance application used with Keysight
Infiniium oscilloscopes. The new version of the Infiniium software
works on live real-time data from an oscilloscope and on stored data
from an oscilloscope or from ADS (offline mode). In addition, the
software works not only on the PC embedded in the oscilloscope, but also
on an ordinary standalone Windows PC (offline/remote mode). Using this
new offline/remote mode, engineers can run the compliance application
side-by-side on the same PC hardware on which they run ADS.
“The new approach allows engineers to apply the same set of compliance
tests in all three cases: real-time/on-scope, offline/on-scope, and
offline/remote,” said Colin Warwick, product manager for high-speed
digital design at Keysight EEsof EDA. “More importantly, engineers can
now receive the same compliance report from their simulated design as
they would on the fabricated prototype.”
The new products provide a seamless solution from simulation to hardware
prototype test—all from a single company. This helps avoid the
challenges of working with disparate solutions from different vendors.
“By leveraging our proven oscilloscope compliance application, Keysight
EEsof EDA is simplifying our customers’ design workflow,” said Brig
Asay, high-performance oscilloscope marketing manager at Keysight.
“Keysight is in the unique position of having the industry-leading
software and hardware parts of the solution in the same company,
reducing the risk of relying on multiple partners. Our customers gain
PCI Express and USB insights from our unique combination of our hardware
and software, and of course, our people.”
U.S. Pricing and Availability
The PCI Express and USB Compliance Test Benches will be available in
August as options to the ADS 2015.01 platform, which is currently
shipping. Contact Keysight at www.keysight.com/find/contactus
for pricing on specific system configurations.
More information on the test benches is available at www.keysight.com/find/eesof-pcie-ctb
A product image is available at www.keysight.com/find/ADS-test-benches_images.
About Keysight EEsof EDA Software
Keysight EEsof EDA is the leading supplier of electronic design
automation software for microwave, RF, high-frequency, high-speed
digital, RF system, electronic system level, circuit, 3-D
electromagnetic, physical design and device-modeling applications. More
information is available at www.keysight.com/find/eesof.
Keysight’s Digital Test Standards Program
Keysight’s solutions for digital applications are driven and supported
by Keysight experts who are involved in various international standards
committees. Keysight experts are active in the Joint
Electronic Devices Engineering Council (JEDEC), PCI
Special Interest Group (PCI-SIG®), Video
Electronics Standards Association (VESA), Serial
ATA International Organization (SATA-IO), USB
Implementers Forum (USB-IF), Mobile
Industry Processor Interface (MIPI™) Alliance, Ethernet
standards (IEEE 802.3), Optical
Internetworking Forum (OIF) and many others. Keysight is committed
to involvement in standards groups and related workshops, plugfests and
seminars to ensure the right test solutions are created to meet
customers’ evolving needs.
About Keysight Technologies
Keysight Technologies (NYSE:KEYS) is a global electronic measurement
technology and market leader helping to transform its customers’
measurement experience through innovations in wireless, modular, and
software solutions. Keysight’s electronic measurement instruments,
systems, software and services are used in the design, development,
manufacture, installation, deployment and operation of electronic
equipment. The business had revenues of $2.9 billion in fiscal year
2014. Information about Keysight is available at www.keysight.com.
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