Keysight Technologies has launched an end-to-end PCIe test solution for digital development and senior engineers that enable the simulation, pathfinding, characterization, validation and compliance testing of PCIe designs.
The rapid increase of AI (artificial intelligence) related workloads in data centers and edge computing demand new compute designs.
“Keysight has been a member of the PCI-SIG since its founding in 1992 and has been on the PCI-SIG Board of Directors starting in 2007. Keysight participates in many working groups to enable testability and early availability of various standards to the industry,” said Joachim Peerlings, Vice President of Network and Data Center solutions at Keysight Technologies. “Today, Keysight is launching a complete PCIe testing solution from simulation to protocol, enabling customers to evaluate and validate the true performance margins of their designs.”
Data center system designers are challenged to provide new higher-speed devices within reduced design cycles. New PCIe devices will need to keep up with Ethernet network interfaces in data centers and the emergence of CXL (compute express link).
To maintain performance goals and prepare for the PCIe 6.0 move to pulse amplitude modulation 4-level (PAM4), customers need a smooth transition from PCIe 5.0 to 6.0, where the integrity of PCIe measurements are backed by leading-edge tools and comply with PCIe specifications.
With shrinking design cycles, end-to-end solutions from simulation to validation through the layers of the stack are required.
Keysight provides a comprehensive physical layer test solution, approved by the Peripheral Component Interconnect Special Interest Group (PCI-SIG) to test transmitters and receivers for all generations of the PCIe specification, which is currently supported by the PCI-SIG integrators list.
To reflect the increasing time to market pressure for design engineers, Keysight extends the portfolio to cover PCIe protocol, making it the first end-to-end solution from simulation to full-stack validation.
Keysight’s new PCIe test solution leverages the company’s physical layer-system simulation; physical layer interconnects, transmitter (Tx) and receiver (Rx) test; and shown for the first time at DesignCon – a new protocol layer test solution consisting of hardware and software products.