PCI Express 5.0 system adds simultaneous user tests

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By Nick Flaherty

Viavi Solutions has added analyzer bifurcation and multi-user functions for PCI Express 5.0 protocol analysis and testing with multiple users and simultaneous tests on a single platform.

The Xgig 5P16 platform now allows simultaneous protocol analysis for PCIe 5.0 data traffic at all layers of the stack. Marvell is an early adopter of the enhanced PCIe5 platform.

The ability to accommodate multiple users on the same platform, either locally or remotely, creates a wide range of possible testing configurations and enables faster equipment debug and development. Simultaneous testing of multiple PCIe 5.0 links increases productivity of each analyzer chassis for reduced cost-per-test/cost-per-user metrics,  fueling operational and cost efficiencies for improved return on investment.

“As a pioneer in bringing the industry’s first PCIe 5.0 SSD controllers to market with the launch of Marvell’s Bravera SC5 controller family, we recognize the exceptional value the bifurcation and multi-user capabilities of the VIAVI Xgig 5P16 platform provide,” said Vivek Khanzode, Vice President, Systems Engineering at Marvell. “This functionality helps us streamline our testing processes and get products to market much more quickly.”

“The VIAVI Xgig 5P16 delivers the flexibility and cost savings that our customers require, which can be difficult to achieve with alternative single-function lab testing equipment,” said Tom Fawcett, Vice President and General Manager, Lab and Production Business Unit, VIAVI. “More importantly, this platform helps equipment manufacturers complete testing and get products to market faster for an accelerated path to revenue.”

The new bifurcation and multi-user capabilities are supported on both the VIAVI Xgig 5P16 and Xgig 5P8 platforms, delivering greater flexibility for managing device configuration, allocation and software expenses. The Xgig platform integrates analyzer, exerciser and jammer functions on the same chassis.

Engineers and technicians can execute analyzer with exerciser or jammer functions on the same hardware so equipment does not need to be disconnected and replaced with a different device to perform a different test and the platform provides all the necessary tools to reduce debug cycle time from anywhere with network access.

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