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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. NRZ and PAM4 coding scheme for 400G solution, Keysight's new flagship M8040A BERT solution capable of delivering a fully integrated 64Gbaud BER test. Combine with AWGs and M8070A BER system solution software. A revolutionary way for a BERT to perform device under test, with reliable and repeatable test results.

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, DDR, 100/200/400G b Ethernet, 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

<32G QPI, PCI Express, SATA,
SAS, USB3.x, TBT, DP, SD UHS II,
MIPI D-PHY/ M-PHY, HDMI, DDR5
 
data rates < 16 Gb/s,
calibrated jitter, SSC, ISI and S.I.,
clock recovery, pattern sequencing
J-BERT M8020A, M8030A*,
M8040A for > 20 Gb/s
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, 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
J-BERT M8020A+M8062A N4960A
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, M8030A* N4962A

*for multi-lane
** up to 4 lanes

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How to characterize PAM-4 transmitters
This video will illustrate how to characterize PAM-4 signals described in standards such as IEEE 802.3bs (200G/400G Ethernet) and the Optical Internetworking Forum-Common Electrical Interface–56G implementation agreement (CEI-56G-XX-PAM4), using the Keysight N109X DCA-M Series of Oscilloscopes.

Demo 2016-11-17

DOCSIS 3.1 PHY Layer Measurements - Application Note
This app note describes the key RF tests for DOCSIS 3.1 CMTS and CM devices, giving practical guidance for implementing them with commercially-available test instruments.

Application Note 2016-11-02

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Product and market news - Live from ECOC 2016
VP of Internet Infrastructure Solutions Joachim Peerlings provides product and market updates

Demo 2016-10-21

Overcoming Test Challenges of USB Type-C - Application Note
This application note provides an introduction to the USB Type-C connector, the interface functions it provides, and test implications engineers face when integrating the connector into their designs.

Application Note 2016-08-10

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Keysight Technologies Expands the M8000 Series for 400 GbE
New 64 GBaud BERT Simplifies Accurate Characterization of PAM-4 and NRZ Devices

Press Materials 2016-07-25

M8048A ISI Channels – Data Sheet
The M8048A ISI Channels can be used to emulate channel loss in receiver test setups. By cascading the traces within one box with the other box a wide range of channels can be emulated with very fine resolution steps. With their small size the ISI channels can be located closely to the device under test. The cascadable ISI channels are complemented by Keysight’s compliance channels for SATA, DisplayPort, PCI Express, and HDMI.

Data Sheet 2016-07-12

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Keysight M8040A High-Performance BERT - Start Here
Summary of documentation necessary to be read before operating the instrument.

Quick Start Guide 2016-07-01

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M8000 Series of BER Test Solutions - Tips for Preventing Damage
This document explains how to properly setup and use the M8000 Series BER Test Solutions avoiding damage & misuse.

Operation Manual 2016-07-01

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Keysight Technologies Expands its M8000 Series of BER Test Solutions for Multi-Channel Applications
Keysight Technologies introduced a multi-channel BERT solution based on a 14-slot AXIe mainframe for multi-lane testing. The BERT uses the latest version of the M8070A system software, version 3.0. The M8000 series of BER test solutions provide faster insight into multi-channel applications.

Press Materials 2016-06-10

Infiniium 90000 X-Series Oscilloscopes - Data Sheet
Keysight Infiniium 90000 X-Series oscilloscopes are engineered for 33 GHz true analog bandwidth that delivers the industry's highest real-time oscilloscope measurement accuracy.

Data Sheet 2016-05-19

Keysight Technologies Expands the M8000 Series for 400 GbE - Press Release
Keysight Technologies, Inc. introduced a M8040A high-performance BERT for testing PAM-4 and NRZ devices that operate up to 64 GBaud. Engineers in validation labs and R&D who characterize receivers on the physical layer for the next generation of data center interconnects will benefit from simplified test setups and repeatable and accurate results.

Press Materials 2016-05-18

View PAM-4 Seminar and Application Notes
Cut through the challenges of gigabit digital designs with these useful tools, app notes, and seminars. Keysight - insights for your best design.

Application Note 2016-05-16

Keysight Technologies Software - Brochure
Keysight software is downloadable expertise. From first simulation through first customer shipment, we deliver the tools your team needs to accelerate from data to information to actionable insight.

Brochure 2016-05-02

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How to Test USB Type-C Alt Mode and the Standards Running Across It - Application Note
This application note discusses how Alt mode works with power delivery circuitry to transmit/receive unique data signals/more power, so Type-C can be used for many USB & non-USB, device connections/control.

Application Note 2016-04-29

N5990A MIPI-PHY Frame Generator Language Guide
Edition 1.0, March 2016

User Manual 2016-03-01

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Valiframe UHS Test User's Guide
Edition 1.0, March 2016

User Manual 2016-03-01

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N5990A Installation Guide
N5990A Installation Guide

User Manual 2016-03-01

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How to test PCIe 4.0
The spec for PCIe 4.0 (gen4) is not finalized, but testing is still required. See a demonstration of a test solution on an Analog Bits half power SERDES running at 16 Gb/s to help get your PCIe gen4 device running. Calibrated stressed output, ISI, and jitter tolerance tests ready for PCIe 4.0.

Demo 2016-02-12

Keysight Type-C Solution: Create a faster path to done

Promotional Materials 2016-02-12

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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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USB 3.1 10G Type-C Receiver Testing - video
How do you test a USB 3.1 gen2 10G Type-C receiver? It can be very complex. This video provides an overview of intrinsic jitter requirements, automated calibration options, getting your device into loopback mode, and more!

Demo 2016-01-25

Demo: How to test PCIe 4.0 YouTube Video
The spec for PCIe 4.0 (gen4) is not finalized, but testing is still required. See a demonstration of a test solution on an Analog Bits half power SERDES running at 16 Gb/s to help get your PCIe gen4 device running. Calibrated stressed output, ISI, and jitter tolerance tests ready for PCIe 4.0.

Demo 2016-01-25

Lightwave Solution Platform - Configuration Guide
This configuration guide gives information on the connector interfaces and the bare face adapters for use with the 8164xA.

Configuration Guide 2016-01-19

8163B Lightwave Multimeter, 8164B Measurement System, 8166B Multichannel - Technical Specifications
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Data Sheet 2016-01-15

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Video - What is the USB Type-C Signal Plan? How does orientation independence happen?
This video describes the signal plan for the new USB Type-C connector.

Demo 2015-12-16

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