MIPI A-PHY Cable and Channel Validation

High-performance cameras are key to enabling modern advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicle (AV) applications. Developers are turning to serializer/deserializer (SerDes) connections to connect those cameras to the vehicle’s image-processing electronic control units (ECUs).  Link or channel testing is essential to ensure signal integrity is maintained between the transmitter and receiver. A link segment comprises cables and inline connectors, along with mating connectors at either end. Channel characterization for SerDes links requires looking at the cabling system, the MDI, and the fixturing in both the time and frequency domains.  

The AE2000L automotive SerDes cable and channel validation test solution will ensure cables, adapters, connectors, and/or harnesses using MIPI A-PHY are valid without impedance mismatches, signal distortion or defects, or cross talk between cables. 


Key Capabilities

  • Automatically detects the number of available ports..
  • Creates a test plan for those lanes selected with all the required tests, insertion loss, return loss and/or cross talk between cables. 
  • Automatically sets up the network analyzer for each measurement and applies the limit lines.
  • Provides detailed measurement results including sweep type, start and stop times as well as pass/fail results information of each test that has been run. 
  • Creates an HTML or PDF for the MIPI A-phy interface tests report of the tests that have been run.

Ordering information

  • The software requires Keysight PathWave Test Automation software. 
  • The same version of AE2000L runs on a Keysight Vector Analyzer (VNA) with a time domain reflectometry (TDR) option; choose between E5080B benchtop, M980XA PXI, or P500xA USB. 
  • Software licenses are available as node-locked, transportable, USB portable, or floating and can be purchased with 6-, 12-, 24-, 36-, or 60- months of support.
  • Configuration guidelines are available in the data sheet.
  • For more information about additional and more custom network analyzer software, please visit Network Analyzer Software.

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