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Bit Error Ratio Test (BERT) Solution

Make the next leap forward with Keysight BERTs!

Keysight offers the broadest choice of BERTs - covering affordable manufacturing test and high-performance characterization and compliance testing up to 32 Gb/s

Keysight's Bit Error Ratio Test solutions allow the most accurate and efficient design verification, characterization, compliance and manufacturing test of high-speed communication ports for today's ASICs, components, modules and line-cards in the semiconductor, computer, storage and communication industry.

Keysight offers the broadest portfolio with four BERT families that address a variety of speed classes, usability concepts, and flexibility as well as application specific stimulus and analysis tools. All BERTs provide cost-effective and efficient in-depth insight into critical measurement tasks for today's and next generation devices with gigabit interfaces.

BERTs are used to test and characterize many high-speed digital interfaces:

QPI, FB-DIMM, PCI Express®, SATA,/SAS USB, Thunderbolt, DisplayPort, HDMI, MHL, MIPI, UHS-II, Fibre Channel, XAUI/10Gb Ethernet, CAUI/100GbE, CEI and other backplanes, XFI/XFP/SFP+/CFP modules, OTN, and PON-OLTs, Serdes, DAC, ADC, etc.

 

Device
under test

Bit rate Application
examples
Typical
requirements
Recommended
Keysight BERT/AWG
For R&D
Characterization, Compliance
For Manufacturing

High-speed serial
receiver in computer buses and backplanes

<16G QPI, PCI Express, SATA,
SAS, USB3, TBT, DP, SD,
UHS II, MIPI D-PHY/ M-PHY,
HDMI
 
data rates < 16 Gb/s,
calibrated jitter, SSC, ISI and S.I.,
clock recovery, pattern sequencing
J-BERT M8020A (N4903B)
M8030A * or ParBERT 81250*
n/a
<10G MIPI D-PHY/ C-PHY
HDMI, MHL
data rates < 10G, no loopback,
3-wire or multi-level
M8190A, M8195A n/a

Backplanes, Cables,
SERDES, AOC,
Repeaters

>10G -28G 10Gbase-KR4/-CR4,
CEI, IB, TBT
CAUI, CAUI 2/4
10Gbase-KR
data rates > 10 Gb/s, de-emphasis,
x-talk, PRBS
J-BERT M8020A, M8062A, N4960A, N4965A, (J-BERT N4903B/N4877A) n/a
<58G CEI-56G/112G,
400GbE
PAM-4, NRZ, PRBS M8040A n/a
Optical transceivers
and sub-components:
0.6 to 58Gb/s
<58G 400GbE, 64G FC PAM-4, NRZ, PRBS M8040A  
<28G 40G/100GbE,
32G FC,
CFP2/4
data rates > 16Gb/s
clean signals,
PRBS
N4960A, N4967A
J-BERT M8020A+M8062A
(N4903B+M8061A+N4877A)
N4960A, N4967A
10G 10G/40GbE, PON,
OTN,
8G/16G FC,
QSFP, SFP+, QFP

data rates 3 to 15Gb/s,
PRBS optical stress & sensitivity,
framed bursts

J-BERT M8020A, (N4903B+N4917A),
M8030A* or ParBERT*
N2101B,
N4906B-012,
N4962A
<4G 1GbE, XFP,
PON,
1G/2G/4G FC
data rates
< 3.5Gb/s,
fast bit synchronization, PRBS or framed bursts
N4906B-003,
ParBERT 3.3G
N5980A,
ParBERT

*for multi-lane
** up to 4 lanes

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M8195A Arbitrary Waveform Generator – User’s Guide
The M8195A is a 65 GSa/s Arbitrary Waveform Generator with the highest combination of speed, bandwidth and channel density. Flexible signal generation at up to 32 Gbaud. Clean and distorted signal to stress the device to the limits.

Quick Start Guide 2016-05-31

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M8197A Synchronization Module for M8195A – User’s Guide
The M8197A synchronization module for up to 4 M8195A arbitrary waveform generator modules enables a fully synchronous, phase coherent multi-channel generator system with up to 16 analog channels.

User Manual 2016-04-19

J-BERT M8020A High-Performance BERT and M8030A Multi-Channel BERT- Tips for Preventing Damage
How to properly setup and use the J-BERT M8020A High-Performance BERT avoiding damage & misuse

Operation Manual 2016-02-01

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J-BERT M8020A High-Performance BERT and M8030A Multi-Channel BERT- Getting Started Guide
This guide provides high-level information for an initial setup of the Keysight J-BERT M8020A High-Performance BERT

Installation Manual 2016-02-01

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Keysight M8030A Multi-Channel BERT Start Here
This document provides reference to the required documents before operating the instrument

Reference Guide 2016-02-01

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J-BERT M8020A High-Performance BERT and M8030A Multi-Channel BERT- Installation Guide
This guide provides detailed information for installing Keysight M8000 modules, including the Keysight M9536A AXIe Embedded Controller, in the Keysight M9505A AXIe chassis.

Installation Manual 2016-02-01

PDF PDF 6.62 MB
M8070A System Software for M8000 Series of BER Test Solutions– User Guide
The Keysight J-BERT M8020A high-performance BERT enables fast, accurate receiver characterization of single-and multi-lane devices running up to 16 or 32 Gb/s. With today’s highest level of integration, the M8020A streamlines your test setup.

Operation Manual 2016-02-01

PDF PDF 15.79 MB
M8070A System Software for M8000 Series of BER Test Solutions– Programming Guide
This guide provides detailed information on (remote) programming the Keysight J-BERT M8020A High-Performance BERT, including SCPI Command Language & Reference, including Programming Basics & Examples.

Programming and Syntax Guide 2016-02-01

PDF PDF 6.62 MB
M8196A Arbitrary Waveform Generator - Getting Started Guide
The M8196A is a 65 GSa/s Arbitrary Waveform Generator with the highest combination of speed, bandwidth and channel density. Flexible signal generation at up to 32 Gbaud. Clean and distorted signal to stress the device to the limits.

User Manual 2016-01-29

M8196A Arbitrary Waveform Generator - User's Guide
New Arbitrary Waveform Generator with the highest combination of speed, bandwidth and channel density. 92 GSa/s sample rate supporting signals up to 64 GBaud on 4 channels in a 1-slot AXIe module - simultaneously.

User Manual 2016-01-29

Keysight M8085A MIPI® C-PHY and D-PHY CTS Plug-in Installation Guide
This document describes the installation procedure for Keysight M8085A MIPI® C-PHY and D-PHY CTS Plug-in

Installation Manual 2015-09-01

Getting Started with Keysight M8070A Plug-ins
This document describes how to install, uninstall, update and launch the plug-ins through the M8070A system software.

Quick Start Guide 2015-08-05

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Keysight J-BERT M8020A High-Performance BERT - Start Here
Summary of documentation necessary to be read before operating the instrument

Quick Start Guide 2015-07-01

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N4979A Rack Mount Kit (for N4962A or N4963A) – Installation Note
This document provides instructions for installing the N4962A or N4963A into a rack.

Installation Manual 2015-06-01

PDF PDF 315 KB
N4978A Single and Double Rack Mount Kits (for N4960A or N4965A) – Installation Note
This document provides instructions for installing a single N4960A or N4965A into a rack. It also provides instructions for installing two instruments side-by-side into a rack.

Installation Manual 2015-06-01

PDF PDF 428 KB
M8195A Arbitrary Waveform Generator - User's Guide (old version for rev. 1 hardware)
The M8195A is a 65 GSa/s Arbitrary Waveform Generator with the highest combination of speed, bandwidth and channel density. Flexible signal generation at up to 32 Gbaud. Clean and distorted signal to stress the device to the limits.

User Manual 2015-05-01

Keysight MIPI C-PHY Editor for M819xA AWG User Guide
Edition 3.0 - Keysight MIPI C-PHY Editor for M819xA AWG

User Manual 2015-04-02

PDF PDF 1.09 MB
N4980A Multi-Instrument BERT Software - User's Guide
The user's manual covers: setting up the system, system requirements, installation, operation, measurements, tools, and configurations.

User Manual 2015-02-04

N4960A Serial BERT 17 and 32 Gb/s - Getting Started Guide
The getting started guide helps you identify the contents of the shipping package, perform a quick functional check of the product, and guide you on where to find more information and support for the N4960A.

Quick Start Guide 2015-02-01

N4960A Serial BERT 17 and 32 Gb/s - User's Guide
The user's manual covers: setting up the system, operation, applications, performance specifications, remote operation, and warranty/product service.

User Manual 2015-02-01

N495xA through N498xA Connector Care – Reference Guide
This document shows proper connector care and connection techniques for extending the life of devices.

Reference Guide 2015-01-01

N1075A Users Guide
N1075A Users Guide

User Manual 2014-11-01

PDF PDF 2.06 MB
N4963A Clock Synthesizer 13.5 GHz - User's Guide
The N4963A Clock Synthesizer 13.5 GHz is a wideband signal generator with high-UI jitter injection capability.

User Manual 2014-10-01

M8195A Arbitrary Waveform Generator – Getting Started Guide
The M8195A is a 65 GSa/s Arbitrary Waveform Generator with the highest combination of speed, bandwidth and channel density. Flexible signal generation at up to 32 Gbaud. Clean and distorted signal to stress the device to the limits.

Quick Start Guide 2014-10-01

N4980A Multi-Instrument BERT Software - Getting Started Guide
This getting started guide contains information on how to install the N4980A Multi-Instrument BERT Software application, including prerequisites.

Quick Start Guide 2014-10-01

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