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Portable PCI Express 3.0 Protocol Analyzer for Storage Test

TLC Summit T3405 February 2015 - Teledyne LeCroy announced its new portable Summit T34 Protocol Analyzer for testing PCI Express 3.0 products. This new protocol analyzer addresses the needs of PCI Express Storage Developers by providing a portable yet highly featured analysis solution that matches high end features offered on the Summit T3-16 and provides flexible but deep memory buffer capability for long data captures.

A protocol analyzer is used to help driver and firmware developers understand serial data communication between devices and systems. The protocol analyzer acquires, records, decodes, analyzes and displays complex high-speed PCI Express IO streams, including NVMe, AHCI, SATA-Express, SOP, PCI, SCSI-Express, TCG and SRIOV.

Teledyne LeCroy entered the PCIe Storage market in March of 2010 when it announced its support for the NVM Express (NVMe) protocol. It has continued that PCIe storage analysis leadership by increasing its coverage to include ALL storage based protocols that operate over a PCI Express link. Summit T34 is the fifth Teledyne LeCroy analysis platform to support these PCIe storage protocols. The small chassis Summit T34 protocol analyzer (8.5" x 1.7" x 12.0") weighs only 3 lbs and supports PCIe data transmission rates up to 8 GT/s, data link widths up to x4, and up to 32 GB memory trace depth in a single compact unit configuration. When combined with a second Summit T34 these features can further expand data lane widths up to x8 and provide extreme data memory trace depths of 64 GB. The Summit T34 is licensable to accommodate the number of lanes, memory depth and speed configurations to match user requirements with available budgets, and all systems feature a 13 month warranty.

"Many storage developers are making the transition from their existing storage protocol solutions to PCI Express and need essential tools to help them with protocol test," said John Wiedemeier, Product Marketing Manager for PCI Express Protocol Analysis, Teledyne LeCroy. "The new portable Summit T34 PCI Express 3.0 protocol analyzer is ideally suited to address usage needs such as deep memory trace depth, storage related triggering, searching and filtering, spreadsheet views and decoding for all PCIe storage protocols from PCIe to the storage command layer."

The portable Summit T34 protocol analyzer is designed to support multiple PCIe storage protocols such as SATA Express, NVMe and SCSI Express. The new storage related capabilities and new protocol analysis views optimized for PCIe storage development are currently supported across the product line and make these tools valuable to understanding data transmission from the PCI Express protocol layer up to the command layer.

The Summit T34 also supports USB 2.0/3.0 and Ethernet 10/100/1000 LAN as standard features. By connecting over a LAN, engineers can operate the system remotely (e.g., control an analyzer operating in a remote lab). Also, engineers working collaboratively can time-share use of a single analyzer, reducing the need for multiple systems and increasing the cost effectiveness of the product. The Summit T34 also supports CrossSync, providing for time synchronized correlation between itself and all other Teledyne LeCroy supported protocols, including; DDR, Ethernet, FCoE, Fibre Channel, M-PCIe, SAS/SATA, SSIC, UFS, UniPro and USB.

The Summit T34 is available now to order.

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