Anritsu Introduces Thunderbolt Receiver Test Solution Featuring MP1800A Signal Quality Analyzer and Specialized Software

RICHARDSON, TX -- Anritsu Company introduces a Thunderbolt Receiver Test Solution featuring the GRL-TBT3-RXA calibration and receiver test software developed in cooperation with Granite River Labs (GRL) and the MP1800A series of Signal Quality Analyzers. This new solution simplifies receiver test calibration with good reproducibility to improve device evaluation efficiency.

The Thunderbolt Receiver Test solution supports calibration of the complex test signals required for evaluating Thunderbolt devices and lightens the workload of test engineers. It features a MP1800A BERT, noise-generating signal source, and real-time oscilloscope controlled by the GRL-TBT3-RXA software.

The MP1800A is a wideband BERT with good performance. It features excellent waveform quality and input sensitivity, supporting not only high-reproducibility Thunderbolt receiver tests, but also evaluation of high-speed serial interfaces, such as 100GbE and InfiniBand.

A number of benefits are realized with the GRL-TBT3-RXA software. In addition to simplifying calibration receiver test calibration, it allows one-button jitter tolerance tests of Thunderbolt devices. It features an intuitive interface to easily set measurement conditions and testing. All reports can be saved as PDF files.

Addresses Market Condition

The Thunderbolt Receiver Test solution was developed in response to the explosive growth of data traffic due to the spread of smartphones and mobile terminals. Achieving high-speed, large-capacity data transfers requires technologies for increasing network and device speed, as well as faster interfaces between high-end computers and peripherals. Receiver test for PHY devices using high-speed interfaces uses a stressed signal with added transmission loss, and jitter to assure compatible connectivity. The next-generation Thunderbolt 3 standard increases the bit rate per lane to 20.625 Gbit/s, which requires even higher precision calibration and measurement.

Calibration of receiver test signals uses complex procedures to control multiple parameters, including emphasis control of test signals, addition of multiple jitter types such as SJ, RJ, and SSC, and addition of common-mode noise. Additionally, at device verification, it is important to control these functions within a specified range assuring good reproducibility. Consequently, reducing the complexity of test signal calibration at receiver tests not only requires automated control in accordance with test specifications, but also measuring instruments with assured excellent reproducible performance for bit error rate measurements, low intrinsic jitter and noise, and high input sensitivity.

About Granite River Labs (GRL)

Granite River Labs (GRL) provides end-to-end Engineering Services and Test Solutions to help hardware engineers adopt high speed interfaces. A trusted partner of up-and-coming hardware developers to some of the largest companies in the world, GRL combines recognized industry experts, high performance test equipment, and automated test solutions.

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