Tektronix Takes Digital Design Customers to 10 Gigabit Promised Land

11/21/2002 - Tektronix, a leading provider of test and measurement equipment for the communications market, announced comprehensive support for the development of next-generation network equipment operating at speeds of 10 Gigabit per second (Gb/s) and beyond.

The demand for faster Internet-based services is driving network equipment designers to develop new switch and router port cards that support multi-service data traffic at significantly increased bandwidths. To accomplish this, developers are utilizing new technologies, such as System Packet Interface (SPI), to optimize data flow within a system. Implementing these technologies requires a high-performance probing, timing and characterization solution that offers full system visibility and correlation of microprocessor, internal system bus, and external serial bus activities.

The Tektronix TCS101 SPI-3 and SPI-4.2 software support package for the TLA family of logic analyzers delivers a comprehensive system-level design and debug tool for developers utilizing SPI-3 and/or SPI-4.2 buses in their system designs.

"We are seeing a 'design convergence' in the development of digital systems. Internal and external buses, hardware and software, analog and digital…they are no longer discrete," said David Bennett, General Manager, Logic Analyzer Product Line, Tektronix. "Developers need a test toolset that can not only keep up with today's speeds, but accurately show the entire realm of activity between these domains. The integration of our world-class logic analyzers, oscilloscopes and bus-specific support packages offers a sound blueprint for testing and validating gigabit technologies, such as SPI-4.2."

SPI Buses Bring Benefits, Challenges
Supporting 2.5 Gb/s and 10 Gb/s rates, SPI-3 and SPI-4.2 point-to-point interfaces provide a robust and efficient means to connect a variety of physical layer devices to data link layer devices using a single bus. With the benefits of these new buses, however, come complex system-level debug challenges. These include gaining access to signals with minimal effect on signal integrity; laying out test connectors in limited development board space; real-time triggering on data errors, protocol violations and other anomalies; and correlation of events on microprocessor, internal system bus and external serial bus ports.

TCS101 offers analog and digital timing and clocking support utilizing a listing window display, as well as a channel naming capability for designers of SPI-3- and SPI-4.2-based technologies. Using TCS101 in conjunction with a TLA700 Series logic analyzer, TLA7Axx logic analyzer module, P68x0 connectorless probe and high-performance oscilloscope with TDSJIT3 jitter analysis software, designers have complete real-time system visibility with full correlation and optimum signal integrity. These capabilities enable the rapid development of highly functional, scalable, standards-based networks that operate at speeds of 10 Gb/s and beyond.

About Tektronix
Tektronix, Inc. is a test, measurement, and monitoring company providing measurement solutions to the communications, computer, and semiconductor industries worldwide. With more than 55 years of experience, Tektronix enables its customers to design, build, deploy, and manage next-generation global communications networks and advanced technologies. Headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, Tektronix has operations in more than 20 countries worldwide.

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