VScope Embeds Oscilloscope into IC

VScope(tm), from Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation (Pink Sheets:VTSS), is a new Integrated Circuit (IC)-based waveform viewing technology. VScope embeds the oscilloscope function into the receiver of ICs used in communication systems, thus offering direct viewing of signal characteristics similar to traditional lab oscilloscopes. Evaluation boards will be available in the second quarter of 2008.

By replicating the oscilloscope function within the IC, the equivalent of countless engineering test labs can now be deployed throughout the network. This creates exceptional visibility in monitoring signal integrity in ICs, systems, and networks. The same monitoring function used during system development can now be used as an ongoing health monitor for systems and networks. As an example, deployed VScope-equipped systems can inform network operators of signal health and failures, resulting in a newfound function of continuous monitoring of signals to facilitate greater overall network reliability.

Vitesse’s patented technology provides a more accessible and cost-effective signal analysis tool that can be remotely monitored through network connections. VScope technology leapfrogs current signal integrity methods to scan the input data eye within the chip itself and produces the industry’s first offering of true in-line imaging of the real-time data stream on a per-pin basis.

Vitesse’s VScope data acquisition architecture uses dual adjustable sampling channels for simultaneously receiving and scanning. VScope delivers superior accuracy over external measurement methods, because it reflects the true behavior of the data stream as it is captured, thus avoiding correlation errors between the measurement circuitry and live data path. Post-equalizer scanning, made possible with VScope, delivers an unobstructed view of the internal IC signal compared to oscilloscopes that offer only an extrapolated view of signals from outside the chip.

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