Tektronix Brings SuperSpeed USB Test Tools to the Geeks

tektronix usb 3.0Tektronix just announced test tools for the USB 3.0 SuperSpeed specification.  This means those uber geeks – and we don’t mean that in a derogatory way – will have the tools to prove their devices meet the new USB 3.0 specification. It is estimated that initial SuperSpeed USB interface ICs and consumer products should appear in early 2010, with widespread adoption continuing throughout 2010. The first SuperSpeed USB products will likely include data-storage devices such as flash drives, external hard drives, digital music players, and digital cameras.
“SuperSpeed USB is a giant leap forward in data transfer rates for many devices and consequently requires much more sophisticated testing,” said Ian Valentine, general manager, Technology Solutions Group, Tektronix. “SuperSpeed USB will operate at 5 Gb/s, more than 10 times greater than the existing high-speed USB standard. This speed will require comprehensive signal testing for transmitters, interconnects, and receivers. Customers will be able to fully test the physical layers of their SuperSpeed USB devices using the latest test solution from Tektronix.”
The Tektronix test solution for USB 3.0 includes:
  • DSA71254 12GHz or higher bandwidth oscilloscope for transmitter testing
  • DPOJET with USB 3.0 setup files and transmit channel emulation for validation and debug
  • Real time Serial Data Link Analysis (SDLA) Software for transmitter channel emulation
  • AWG7102 with receiver test patterns and receive channel emulation for receiver testing
  • DSA8200 Sampling Scope and iConnect software for interconnect testing
All Tektronix test functionality for USB 3.0 is currently available for order and delivery. SuperSpeed USB will adopt a new physical layer using two channels to separate data transmissions and acknowledgements to hit its higher speed targets. In place of the polling and broadcast mechanisms used in USB 2.0, the new USB 3.0 specification will employ a packet-routing technique and is architected so that devices can inform the host when they have data to send. Source:  Yahoo Business Tektronix press release.

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