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N1930B Physical Layer Test System Software

  • N1930B-1FP PLTS Base Analysis Fixed License
  • N1930B-3FP PLTS Measurement and Calibration Fixed License
  • R1287A 90 day media replacement warranty


Prices for: United Kingdom

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Key Features & Specifications

  • Pulse Amplitude Modulation (PAM-4) eye diagrams for 56Gbps data rates
  • Channel Operating Margin (COM) for an efficient single figure of merit of complete channel performance
  • Standard Commands for Programmable Instruments (SCPI) for automated manufacturing test of high-speed cables and backplanes


NEW PLTS 2017 Breakthrough Manufacturing Test Capability

The new Physical Layer Test System (PLTS) 2017 has significant breakthrough capabilities with regards to manufacturing test of high-speed interconnects, such as cables, backplanes, PCBs and connectors. Many signal integrity laboratories around the world have benefitted from the power of PLTS in the R&D prototype test phase. PLTS 2017 now has a full complement of SCPI (Standard Commands for Programmable Instruments) commands that enable automated programming of test sequences that are ideal for high-volume production testing. Over 200 SCPI commands provide a solid base upon which efficient automated testing can take place on the manufacturing floor. This software capability coupled with the new 32-channel PXI-based vector network analyzer (VNA) produces the fastest VNA measurements in the world. A fully crossbar calibrated 32-port S-parameter measurements now takes only 10 to 15 seconds depending on IFBW settings.

Another significant enhancement to PLTS 2017 is the addition of PAM-4 eye diagram testing. Higher data rates such as the new 100G and 400G Ethernet infrastructures require much more efficient modulation techniques and PAM-4 fulfills this requirement. Having leading edge test equipment in the signal integrity lab that can measure PAM-4 provides the competitive edge now required.


A Standard for Signal Integrity Analysis
The last major enhancement to PLTS 2017 has to do with a very progressive figure of merit called “Channel Operating Margin” or COM. Many new high-speed standards depend upon complex communication protocols, such as the emerging 100 Gigabit Ethernet interface (100GbE). A recent version of this protocol standard -- IEEE 802.3bj-2014 -- added a 4-lane X 25Gbps physical specification for backplanes, connectors, and twinax copper cables. The emergence of advanced, high-data rate channels introduced the problem of how Tx/Rx chip IP developers and system designers could concurrently and independently proceed with their product implementations. A new facet to standardization was needed, to define how analysis of these channels could be pursued -- the Channel Operating Margin methodology was subsequently defined. This is a complex MATLAB script implemented within PLTS that is user definable for flexibility. Again, PLTS successfully takes a very complex test methodology and implements a user friendly interface to simplify testing for the signal integrity engineer.

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