LeCroy Introduces New XMC Mezzanine Card Interposer for PCI Express® 2.0 Analysis

DesignCon, Santa Clara, Jan 11, 2010—LeCroy Corporation, a leading supplier of oscilloscopes and serial data test solutions, today introduced a new PCI Express 2.0 switched mezzanine card (XMC) interposer for the Summit™ PCI Express Protocol Analyzer product line. This new XMC interposer provides a dedicated probe that makes it easier to analyze data traffic from an XMC module that uses a PCI Express interface to connect to the carrier board system.

The VITA 42 Switched Mezzanine Card (XMC), developed by the VITA Standards Organization (VSO), is a small form-factor mezzanine I/O card with a high-speed connector that supports multiple fabric types (including PCI Express) for the embedded board market.  XMC module applications include high resolution graphics display controllers, storage and networking interfaces for military, and aerospace systems.

“The new XMC interposer from LeCroy is the kind of tool we need to insure reliable and dependable operation as we transition to high speed serial mezzanine architectures,” said Ray Alderman, Executive Director of VITA.  “Protocol analyzers from LeCroy support the higher speeds of PCI Express and have the right connectivity to XMC, VXC and VPX platforms in order to make protocol debugging and performance test possible.”

The LeCroy XMC Interposer Card supports PCI Express data channels with lane widths up to x8 at data rates up to 5 GT/s. PCI Express protocol analyzers are tools for identifying, diagnosing and solving the interoperability issues typically encountered when system integrators verify COTS XMC modules in their VXS/VPX-based systems, including problems such as inconsistent card initialization, poor I/O performance, and power up issues. Developers of XMC cards can more easily identify protocol errors and performance issues that otherwise slow down development and testing of new or updated products.  The intuitive software views and built-in protocol translations aid engineers in rapid problem identification and solution, reducing time-to-market in development of XMC Mezzanine Cards.

“LeCroy is adding another probing tool to help COTS system developers who are working with VXS/VPX systems and XMC mezzanine cards.  Previously, LeCroy introduced a PCIe® Gen1 version of this tool into the XMC developer community.  Today we are supporting PCIe Gen2 developers with a complete PCIe Gen2 analyzer and XMC mezzanine card probing solution,” said John Wiedemeier, Product Marketing Manager, LeCroy.  “Working closely with our customers helps us to provide the right products at the right time in our customer’s development cycles.”

LeCroy protocol analyzers have been at the forefront of PCI Express development tools. All LeCroy protocol analyzers feature a hierarchical display, real-time statistics, protocol traffic summaries, detailed error reports, powerful scripting, and the ability to create user-defined test reports, which allow developers to troubleshoot intricate problems and finish their projects on time.

Contact Information

Teledyne LeCroy

700 Chestnut Ridge Rd
Chestnut Ridge, NY, 10977

toll-free: 800-909-7211

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