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Efficient Tools for USB Testing

Universal Serial Bus (USB) is the most widely adopted serial interface since 1996. From five-cent USB keys to high-end servers, an estimated 2+ billion USB interfaces and cables are created every year.

Tektronix offers a comprehensive automated solution for USB silicon, host, device, and hub testing and debugging. Our software provides fast and accurate measurement results and reduces testing complexities like setup, configuration, and instrument control.

USB4™, USB Type-C® and USB-C® are trademarks of the Universal Serial Bus Implementers Forum (USB-IF).

Comprehensive Automated Solutions for USB

USB4™ Transmitter

Released in 2019, the latest version of the USB Standard brings a variety of new challenges like signal integrity, device control and increased test times. Tektronix’s certified USB4 Transmitter Solution is designed to streamline the USB4 validation process:

  • Render eye diagrams with extrapolation and analyze channel effect on signals using worst-case channel models
  • In-depth debugging insight including jitter, noise, eye height/width and visualization plots
  • Offline waveform analysis to collaborate with your global teams and reduce time to market

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USB4 Receiver

Designing USB receivers can quickly become both complicated and expensive, especially when it’s crucial to ensure your product is competitive and adaptable to a variety of scenarios and applications. For example, USB Rx compliance testing requires performing stressed eye calibration for both short channels and long channels, each including 5 Sinusoidal Jitter (SJ) frequencies. At this level of testing, having the right tools can make all the difference in reaching project goals.

Tektronix and Anritsu have collaborated to offer a joint solution for USB4 receiver testing that integrates the Anritsu BERT MP1900A with a Tektronix real-time oscilloscope to make these complex c­hallenges easier than ever.

Oscilloscopes | Tektronix

USB 3.2

The USB 3.2 specification (20 Gbps) absorbed the prior USB 3.0 (5 Gbps) and USB 3.1 (5 or 10 Gbps) specifications, and also introduces Dual-Lane (x2) operation.

Tektronix’s USB 3.2 automated compliance test solution supports compliance testing for the silicon, host, device, hub, and dock. Since USB 3.2 encompasses three different certifications (Gen 1, Gen 2, and Gen 2x2), we designed our solution to save you time by letting you test for compliance with all three certifications in a single piece of software.

Learn more about our USB 3.2 Transmitter Solution.

USB 3.2 | Tektronix

USB 2.0

USB 2.0 is a popular interface for mid-speed applications, thanks to its proven track record and widespread support.  Tektronix offers tools for evaluating signal integrity against USBIF standards, and protocol decoding for system-level debugging:

  • Tektronix USB 2.0 automated compliance testing software provides one-button testing for USB 2.0 designs, supporting low-speed, full-speed and high-speed data rates.
  • The Tektronix TDSUSBF fixture set provides a probing solution for the low- and full-speed signal quality, inrush current, drop and droop, receiver sensitivity, and impedance measurement tests.

Tektronix USB 2.0 decoder solutions offers automated trigger, decode, and search for low-speed, full-speed and high-speed USB buses, enabling fast and efficient validation and debug.

To learn more, explore our datasheets on USB 2.0 Automated Compliance Testing on 5 and 6 Series MSOs, USB 2.0 Decoding on 3 Series MDO, 4/5/6 Series MSOs and USB 2.0 Compliance and Decode Software for MSO/DPO70000 and DPO70000SX

USB 2.0 | Tektronix
DPO70000SZX ATI performance oscilloscope

DPO70000SX ATI Performance Oscilloscope

Bandwidth of 70 GHz.
Sample rate of 200 GS/s: Lowest Noise.
Highest Fidelity. Maximum Performance.

6 Series B MSO Mixed Signal oscilloscope

6 Series B MSO Mixed Signal Oscilloscope

Troubleshoot and validate high-speed designs with bandwidth that starts at 1 GHz and goes up to 10 GHz.

MSO/DPO70000 MSO Mixed Signal oscilloscope

MSO / DPO70000 Mixed Signal Oscilloscope

Bandwidths 8 GHz to 33 GHz. Sample rate of 100 GS/s.


Application Overview

Meeting USB4 Compliance and Characterization Test Challenges

Learn how you can address the measurement challenges associated with the new USB4 standard.
Troubleshooting USB 2.0 Problems
Application Note

Troubleshooting USB 2.0 Problems

Learn the basics of the USB 2.0 physical layer to help you troubleshoot bus problems or system issues. 

USB 2.0 Electrical Testing and Debugging
Application Note

USB 2.0 Electrical Testing and Debugging

Get a basic understanding of required electrical tests, an understanding of automated testing and information on instruments, probes, and fixtures.