PCI Express protocol analyser spans full range of PCIe 2.0

May 14, 2013 // By Graham Prophet
Teledyne LeCroy has introduced a cost-effective PCI Express protocol analyser with interchangeable interposers for probing. The compact Summit T24 Protocol Analyser features a small chassis footprint while maintaining the same data analysis features found in the top-of-the-line Summit T3-16 protocol analyser.

The Summit T24 supports PCIe data transmission rates up to 5 GT/sec and data lane widths up to x4 in a single compact unit. “Companies that are assembling high-end test labs recognise that test equipment can be costly. Teledyne LeCroy is making it possible with products such as the Summit T24 to reach justifiable price points. The Summit T24 provides a complete range of PCIe 2.0 analysis features at a price point that young, innovative companies can afford,” said Joe Mendolia, Vice President of Marketing, Teledyne LeCroy. “Low cost protocol test equipment will allow more companies to implement effective test plans to reach their goals of high quality products and customer satisfaction.”

The protocol analyser acquires, records, decodes, analyses and displays complex high-speed serial I/O communication streams, such as PCI Express. The Summit T24 provides a solution for system implementers by providing powerful data capture and analysis at prices starting as low as €4,890. The Summit T24 also supports upgrade paths from low-cost base units to higher data rates and larger lane size, to protect the customer’s investment in protocol analysis as their product requirements change. This flexible licensing allows users to get the features they need at a budget they can afford to get the job done.

“Every day more I/O applications are reaping the benefits of PCI Express technology. If you are developing embedded boards for military and telecommunications, storage SSDs or consumer products, the Summit T24 is a very cost effective way to get the job done,” said John Wiedemeier, Product Marketing Manager for PCI Express Protocol Analysis, Teledyne LeCroy.

At only 9 x 6.1 x 1.7 in., the Summit T24 provides all this capability in a physical volume less than 50% of its predecessor, the Summit T28. This provides not only dramatic cost savings but also increased portability for sharing units within a lab or for field applications.

The Summit T24 supports all existing Teledyne LeCroy