Automated 100G electrical test solutions for Tek sampling scopes

January 27, 2017 // By Graham Prophet
Tektronix has announced that it has a fully automated solution for IEEE 100GBASE-CR4, 100GBASE-KR4 and CAUI-4 standards now available on sampling and real-time oscilloscopes.

The introduction is of an equivalent time automated compliance test solutions for 4-lane 100G electrical interfaces as defined in the IEEE 802.3bm and 802.3bj specifications. Available for Tektronix oscilloscopes including the DSA8300 >70 GHz bandwidth sequential equivalent-time sampling oscilloscope and the DPO70000SX real-time oscilloscope series with bandwidth up to 70 GHz, this TekExpress application supports 100G Ethernet (IEEE 802.3bj and IEEE 802.3bm Annex 83) electrical validation and characterization needs.

Specific supported technologies are 100GBASE-CR4, 100GBASE-KR4 and CAUI-4, which are the principal electrical specifications for 100G Ethernet. With these additions, Tektronix claims to have the industry's most complete set of IEEE 802.3bm and 802.3bj solutions covering both optical ( 100GBASE-SR4) and electrical validation tools. The DSA8300 offers the unique ability to perform both optical and electrical validation using one system with industry leading optical and electrical bandwidth.

The IEEE 802.3 specification is lengthy and continually evolving, making it challenging for test engineers to come up to speed on such a massive specification. Tektronix adds that it works in collaboration with standards bodies and applies its expertise to help translate industry standard test requirements into turnkey test solutions that offer clear and concise characterization reports. Reducing test and validation complexity is key to bringing interchangeable 100G optical and electrical modules to market in a timely manner.

The Tektronix CAUI-4/KR4/CR4 test automation solution operates on either the DSA8300 sampling platform or the high-performance DPO70000SX 70, 59 and 50 GHz real-time oscilloscopes. The 80S100G-TXE (DSA8300) and 100G-TXE (DPO70000SX) solutions for CAUI-4, KR4 and CR4 are priced from $9,000 (US).

 

Tektronix; http://www.tek.com/100g-optical-and-electrical-tx-rx