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MIPI Interface - PCIe Automated Test

Accurate, Repeatable PCIe Measurements

For nearly two decades, PCI Express® technology has been the widely adopted standard for high-speed serial interface connections. The latest PCIe® specifications address data-intensive markets such as artificial intelligence/machine learning and high-performance computing.

Our PCIe automated test solutions dramatically reduce test complexity by handling setup and calibration.Combined with low noise measurement hardware, these solutions enable fast, accurate, and repeatable signal integrity measurements. As an active voting member of the PCI-SIG® workgroups, we have expertise needed for transmitter, receiver, reference clock, and phase-locked loop (PLL) validation.

PCI Express, PCIE, and PCI-SIG are registered trademarks and/or service marks of PCI-SIG.

Comprehensive Automated Testing Solutions for PCIe

Industry-leading PCIe Base 6.0 Transmitter and Receiver Test Solutions

PCIe® 6.0 is a versatile, high-speed serial interface standard used to connect various components within modern compute systems. It utilizes PAM4 signaling and forward error correction (FEC) to achieve a groundbreaking 64.0 GT/s data transfer rate, enabling faster processing and smoother performance for demanding applications.

Tektronix's intuitive tools provide out-of-the-box support for measurements like signal-to-noise distortion ratio (SNDR) and uncorrelated jitter as well as receiver stressed eye TP3/TP2 calibration and Instrument noise compensation mandated by the latest specifications.

As with previous generations, PCIe 6.0 validation & compliance testing is essential to ensure adherence to the standards set by the PCI-SIG.  Tektronix's PCIe 6.0 transmitter (Tx) test solution enables engineers to address the latest design and validation problems.  For the PCIe 6.0 receiver Rx test solution, Tektronix and Anritsu have collaborated to deliver a superior Rx testing solution by pairing Tektronix’s DPO70000SX real time oscilloscope with Anritsu’s MP1900A Bit Error Rate Tester (BERT), both controlled by test automation and analysis tools developed and supported by Tektronix.

PCIe Rx test setup including test fixture, Device Under Test, Anritsu MP1900A BERT and Tektronix DPO70000SX oscilloscope and compliance test automation software.

PCIe Gen1 to Gen5 Transmitter Test Solutions

Our PCIe transmitter test solutions maintain backward compatibility by offering PCIe transmitter validation and compliance solutions from 2.5 GT/s to 32.0 GT/s ( Gen1 to Gen5). Support spans from early silicon voltage/timing characterization to platform level transmitter and reference clock measurements. Tektronix technology leaders ensure these solutions stay relevant by incorporating all engineering change notices (ECNs) and supporting the PCI-SIG compliance workshops as an approved solution.

View the PCIe Gen 1-5 datasheet

View PCIe Gen5 Brochure

DPO70000SX ATI Performance Oscilloscopes

MSO/DPO70000DX Mixed Signal/Digital Phosphor Oscilloscopes

Low Voltage Differential Probes

PCIe Gen1 to Gen5 Transmitter Test

PCIe Receiver and PLL Test Solutions

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 bring confidence that your design was thoroughly tested at the required bit error rate (BER) target. Our intuitive step-by-step tools provide link training routines for the Anritsu MP1900A BERT to ensure your receiver is tested accurately. Automated testing supports stressed eye calibration, the latest transmitter and receiver link equalization compliance tests, custom BER runs, and jitter tolerance characterization. This framework also powers easy transmitter PLL bandwidth and peaking measurements.

View PCIe receiver test webinar

View the PCIe receiver datasheet

DPO70000SX ATI Performance Oscilloscopes

MSO/DPO70000DX Mixed Signal/Digital Phosphor Oscilloscopes

Low Voltage Differential Probes

PCI Express Receiver Test Solutions

Compute Express Link (CXL)

Datacenter architectures must increasingly respond to data movement and access demands while minimizing power, increasing efficiency, and supporting larger and more diverse applications. Building on the strength of the PCIe physical layer, CXL addresses these requirements allowing processors to access the same memory resources efficiently, to talk together, and to run on a single architecture. Physical layer solutions from Tektronix support the fastest CXL data rate (32 GT/s) and diverse form factors expected from this emerging technology.

DPO70000SX ATI Performance Oscilloscopes

MSO/DPO70000DX Mixed Signal/Digital Phosphor Oscilloscopes

Low Voltage Differential Probes

Compute Express Link (CXL) Application

Additional PCIe Resources

PCI Express Gen6

PCIe Gen6 PAM4 Signaling Webinar

View this discussion of validation for PCI Express Gen6. See a stressed eye calibration for receiver testing at 32GBaud PAM4 using real lab data.
PCIe Gen5 Transmitter Test
Technical Brief

PCIe Gen5 Transmitter Validation Technical Brief

Read our brief on PCIe Gen 5.0 for an overview of the testing challenges as well as the Tektronix solution for transmitter testing.
PCIe Multi-Lane Testing

PCIe Gen5 Automated Multi-Lane Testing

Learn how to make PCIe Gen5 Transmitter (Tx) and Receiver (Rx) measurements across multiple differential lanes for the link under test.
PCI Express Gen 6.0

Achieving PCIe Gen 6.0 Interoperability

A new white paper, jointly developed by Synopsys and Tektronix, offers insight into PCIe Gen 6 compliance, interoperability through PHY verification, and measurement methods for PCIe 6.0 transceivers. 

PCIe Test

PCIe Gen6 Panel Discussion: Designing for 64 GT/s and Beyond

Hear experts from Tektronix, Synopsys, and Anritsu discuss key considerations to designing for the future of high-speed interconnect.
Skew Measurement

PCIe Lane-to-Lane Skew White Paper

See how to accurately measure the lane-to-lane skew across PCIe transmitters with a maximum data rate of 32 GT/s (Gen5).