New Crosstalk Analysis Tool Can Save Engineers Weeks of Time When Debugging Crosstalk Issues



Highlights:

  • Helps engineers make important design decisions
  • Identifies the sources of crosstalk
  • Quantifies how much each aggressor is disrupting victim signals
  • Removes crosstalk from victim waveforms
  • Uses eye-diagrams, jitter analysis and other tools to check how much margins can be recovered

Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS) today announced the most comprehensive N8833A and N8833B crosstalk analysis application to assist in the diagnosis of crosstalk. The application not only detects and quantifies the presence of crosstalk, but it can determine which aggressors are primarily responsible. Furthermore, the application can go one step further by actually removing the crosstalk from the victim waveform so engineers can visually compare the original waveform with the clean waveform side-by-side. Engineers can also compare the results from other scope analysis tools, such as real-time eye diagrams or jitter analysis. This gives engineers a direct way of quantifying the amount of improvement they can expect by mitigating the different sources of crosstalk.

The crosstalk analysis application can provide a lot of valuable insight into the design. For instance, it can help engineers determine the margins the design would recover without the crosstalk. It can also help determine if a signal that fails design specification can pass without the crosstalk. This can lead to important design decisions such as whether or not it is worth spending the time and effort to improve the crosstalk effect or where in the design to improve.

The need for increased speeds in data communications systems has led to higher data rates and parallel data lanes, which are necessarily placed closer together. The combination of higher bit rates and tightly-spaced lines leads to an increased amount of crosstalk. As a result, crosstalk is becoming a more important problem to diagnose. Power supplies are also an important component. They can create interference on the data lanes they drive in the form of noise and jitter, and they themselves can be susceptible to>

“As engineers add more data lanes at higher speeds to their designs in an effort to increase data throughput, crosstalk becomes increasingly more likely,” said Dave Cipriani, vice president and general manager of Keysight’s Oscilloscope and Protocol Division. Keysight’s new crosstalk analysis application gives engineers a better way to debug and analyze crosstalk on their designs. It saves them valuable time when debugging challenging crosstalk issues and assists them in making important design tradeoffs.”

The crosstalk analysis application can analyze up to four signals (aggressors or victims) at the same time. No additional simulation inputs or files are required. The application can handle different types of crosstalk including transmission line near-end crosstalk (NEXT) and far-end crosstalk (FEXT) as well as power supply aggressors, including power supply induced jitter (PSIJ), voltage-dependent amplitude noise and simultaneous switching network. The crosstalk-removed waveform can then be used with oscilloscope tools, such as E2688A SDA eye diagram analysis, N5400A EZJIT Plus jitter analysis software, N5465A InfiniiSim de-embedding tool and N5461A serial data equalization software.

More information about Keysight’s N8833A and N8833B crosstalk analysis application is available at www.keysight.com/find/N8833A and www.keysight.com/find/N8833B. Product images are available at www.keysight.com/find/crosstalk_images.

U.S. Pricing and Availability

Keysight’s N8833A and N8833B crosstalk analysis application is priced at $7,000 for a fixed license and $10,500 for a floating license. The application is orderable now and will be available for download on Mar. 16, 2016. The application runs on all Infiniium Series oscilloscopes with software revision 5.60 and higher.

About Keysight in Digital Test

Keysight’s solutions for digital applications are driven and supported by Keysight experts who are involved in various international standards committees. Keysight experts are active in the Joint Electronic Devices Engineering Council (JEDEC), PCI Special Interest Group (PCI-SIG®), Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA), Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO), USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI®) Alliance, Ethernet standards (IEEE 802.3), Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) and many others. Keysight is committed to involvement in standards groups and related workshops, plugfests and seminars to ensure the right test solutions are created to meet customers’ evolving needs.

About Keysight Technologies

Keysight Technologies (NYSE: KEYS) is a global electronic measurement technology and market leader helping to transform its customers’ measurement experience through innovations in wireless, modular, and software solutions. Keysight’s electronic measurement instruments, systems, software and services are used in the design, development, manufacture, installation, deployment and operation of electronic equipment. The business had revenues of $2.9 billion in fiscal year 2015. Information about Keysight is available at www.keysight.com.

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