March 13, 2014. Tektronix Inc. has unveiled what it calls the industry’s first fully integrated 40-Gb/s Programmable Pattern Generator (PPG). This 40-Gb/s PPG along with the previously announced 40-Gb/s Programmable Error Detector now comprise a complete 40 Gb/s BERT solution. With 200-fs random jitter (RJ) and 8-ps rise-time performance, the new Tektronix PPG4001 delivers the performance and signal quality critical for serial data testing at 40 Gb/s.
Design engineers developing high-speed data and long-haul communications technologies must test their SerDes, ICs, components, modules, and systems to ensure that they are working to specification. As data rates have continued to increase, engineers have until now struggled to find good test equipment options, particularly at 40 Gb/s. Extremely high-performance, easy to use integrated instruments such as the Tektronix PatternPro PPG and PED offerings change the game by enabling engineers to quickly and efficiently perform the needed tests.
“The demand for bandwidth is strongly driving new standards and applications such as 100G Ethernet, 400G Ethernet, OIF-CEI VSR, and coherent optical communications,” said Brian Reich, general manager, Performance Oscilloscopes, Tektronix. “The PPG4001 and PED4001 are the fastest fully integrated, benchtop instruments in the industry, giving engineers the instrument performance they need to test their ICs, optical transceivers, and systems.”
It’s critical that test equipment offer performance that exceeds what is being testing. Otherwise the instrumentation becomes the limiting factor, and reliable test results cannot be attained. In addition, features such as programmable data rates, PRBS and programmable data, and jitter insertion are necessary to determine if a design will meet applications requirements. The PPG4001 meets or exceeds the requirements for performance and features for 40-Gb/s serial data applications.
In addition to high data rates and high-quality output signals, the PPG4001 increases engineer productivity with its built-in jitter stressing capabilities. The PPG4001 includes options for high-frequency jitter insertion (RJ, SJ, and BUJ) as well as low-frequency SJ. These built-in options are front-panel push-button or remotely programmable and allow for comprehensive stress testing of optical modules and electrical SERDES devices.
Ease of use features include a front panel touch screen with a simple GUI and no instrument reconfiguration or characterization in order to move from one test standard to the next. It also offers a wide range of programmable data rates and patterns, covering all of the operating conditions needed to comprehensively verify product performance and functionality.
Shipments are schedule to begin in the second quarter of 2014. Prices start at $149,464.