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Protocol Analyzers for new PCIe 5.0 Specification

26 June 2019 – Teledyne LeCroy announced the industry’s first PCI Express (PCIe) protocol analyzers for the next-generation PCIe 5.0 specification at the PCI-SIG Developers Conference 2019. PCIe 5.0 doubles the data rates offered by PCIe 4.0, and Teledyne LeCroy’s Summit family of high-speed PCIe protocol analyzers is the only test equipment available that meets the challenge of 32 GT/s protocol analysis. PCI-SIG, the consortium that owns and manages PCI specifications as open industry standards, announced the new PCIe 5.0 specification in May.

“Teledyne LeCroy protocol analyzers have been at the forefront of PCIe development since its inception, and our tools played an important role in the validation of the new PCIe 5.0 specification,” said Joe Mendolia, Vice President of Marketing, Protocol Solutions Group, Teledyne LeCroy. “As a result, we are first to market with test equipment enabling companies to develop products using the new high-speed specification.”

 “High performance computing, cloud computing, and artificial intelligence are driving the need for next-generation buses to support higher performance storage and networking infrastructures. PCIe 5.0 doubles the data rates previously available, and will allow for the development of next-generation computing devices. Our Summit™ family of high-speed PCIe protocol analyzers will be used by developers leveraging PCIe 5.0 communication technology to develop products being launched in the next few years,” said Kevin Prusso, VP and GM of Teledyne’s Test and Measurement group of companies.

“Synopsys and Teledyne LeCroy have a long history of collaboration through many generations of the PCI Express protocol and have recently completed interoperability testing between our silicon-proven DesignWare IP for PCI Express 5.0 with Teledyne LeCroy’s Summit T54 protocol analyzer,” said Scott Knowlton, Sr. Product Marketing Manager at Synopsys. “This combined solution enables designers to incorporate the PCI Express 5.0 protocol into their designs with confidence and thoroughly test and analyze their silicon.”

“Member company tools that promote protocol adherence and interoperability help to ensure the continued success of the PCI Express standard,” said PCI-SIG Chairman and President Al Yanes. “Teledyne LeCroy is a valued member of PCI-SIG and its tools are helping to enable the broad adoption of interoperable products based on PCI Express technology."

The Summit family of PCIe protocol analyzers can support either the PCIe 4.0 or the PCIe 5.0 specifications.

The Summit M5x protocol analyzer showcased at last year’s PCI SIG DevCon natively supports PCIe 4.0 and has become an important tool for storage companies doing PCIe 4.0 and NVMe protocol analysis and jammer testing. Now this protocol analyzer can additionally support PCIe 5.0 through an easy-to-upgrade software license.

 The Summit T54 protocol analyzer supports PCIe 5.0 technology at speeds of up to 32GT/s and up to x4 link widths. It also provides up to 64GB of recording memory that can be expanded to support up to 128GB of recording memory at up to x8 link widths by cascading a second Summit T54 system. The Summit T54 can be controlled through USB or can be remotely networked and controlled through a 1000baseT Ethernet connection. It also can be synchronized with other high-speed protocol analyzers or oscilloscopes from Teledyne LeCroy.

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