VIAVI platform adds functionality to PCI Express 5.0 testing

September 22, 2021 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
VIAVI platform adds functionality to PCI Express 5.0 testing
Xgig 5P16 analyzer/exerciser/jammer platform boosts testing productivity for PCIe 5.0 architecture, accelerating time-to-market for new network equipment.

Viavi Solutions has announced that the VIAVI Xgig 5P16 platform now supports analyzer bifurcation and multi-user functionality, enabling multiple users and simultaneous tests on a single platform. These enhancements allow simultaneous protocol analysis for PCI Express® 5.0 (or PCIe 5.0) data traffic at all layers of the stack, speeding time-to-market and controlling total cost of ownership (TCO) for development and production of next-generation products. Marvell, a global leader in data infrastructure semiconductors, is an early adopter of the enhanced Xgig PCIe 5.0 platform.

The platform enables engineers and technicians can execute analyzer with exerciser or jammer functions on the same hardware so equipment does not need to be disconnected and replaced with a different device to perform a different test. The Xgig 5P16 platform provides all the necessary tools to reduce debug cycle time from anywhere with network access. The combined functionality on one chassis provides cost flexibility that single function devices simply cannot provide. For example, users can buy an Xgig exerciser/analyzer today, and add jammer functionality when it is needed.

The ability to accommodate multiple users on the same platform, either locally or remotely, creates a wide range of possible testing configurations and enables faster equipment debug and development. Simultaneous testing of multiple PCIe 5.0 links increases productivity of each analyzer chassis for reduced cost-per-test/cost-per-user metrics, fueling operational and cost efficiencies for improved return on investment.

“As a pioneer in bringing the industry’s first PCIe 5.0 SSD controllers to market with the launch of Marvell’s Bravera™ SC5 controller family, we recognize the exceptional value the bifurcation and multi-user capabilities of the VIAVI Xgig 5P16 platform provide,” said Vivek Khanzode, Vice President, Systems Engineering at Marvell. “This functionality helps us streamline our testing processes and get products to market much more quickly.”

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