LeCroy Makes Protocol Analysis Cost-Efficient for PCI Express® 2.0 Development



DesignCon, Santa Clara, CA, February 1, 2011 – LeCroy Corporation, a leading supplier of serial data test solutions, today introduced a new protocol analyzer that provides a powerful and extremely cost-effective solution for any applications requiring PCIe 2.0 speeds and functionality. The new compact Summit™ T28 Protocol Analyzer features a small chassis footprint while maintaining (for lane widths up to x8) the same data recording and analysis features found in the high-end Summit T2-16 protocol analyzer. The Summit T28 protocol analyzer supports PCIe® data transmission rates up to 5 GT/s and data lane widths up to x8 in a single compact unit.

Protocol analyzers are used by system integrators and by driver and firmware developers to understand serial data communication between devices and systems. The protocol analyzer acquires, records, decodes, analyzes and displays complex high speed serial I/O communication streams such as PCI Express. The new Summit T28 protocol analyzer provides a solution for system implementers by providing powerful data capture and analysis at prices starting as low as $7,950. The Summit T28 also supports upgrade paths from these base units to higher data rates and larger lane size to protect the customer’s investment in protocol analysis as the customer’s 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.

"Many companies are looking for cost effective test solutions. The Summit T28 provides high end PCIe 2.0 analysis features at a price that now makes sense for a much wider range of customers," said Joe Mendolia, Vice President of Marketing, LeCroy. "Product scalability allows test equipment usefulness to be extended, meeting long term budget planning."

"PCI Express 2.0 I/O technology is expanding into new consumer and embedded products. These new frontiers include SSD Technology, embedded boards for telecommunications and military, and new consumer uses—all of which have much to gain from PCI Express," said John Wiedemeier, Product Marketing Manager for PCI Express Protocol Analysis, LeCroy. "The new Summit T28 protocol analyzer represents the best of LeCroy PCIe technology condensed in a high value small package."

At 10.9"W x 7.7”D x 2.2"H and weighing in at only 2.65 lbs, the Summit T28 provides all this capability in a physical volume only 18% of its predecessor, the Summit T2-16, and at 15% of the weight of the previous system. This provides not only dramatic cost savings but also increased portability for sharing units within a lab or for field applications.

The Summit T28 supports all existing LeCroy PCIe 1.0 and 2.0 application-specific interposers and probes which allow quick and easy connection to a wide variety of different physical designs. Embedded board developers working with MicroTCA, ATCA, VPX, XMC and similar form factors will appreciate this low cost analysis tool’s large portfolio of interposers. Each interposer is designed for reliable data transmission between hosts and devices and for quick set up times for testing new hosts or new devices.

The Summit T28 protocol analyzer includes the same powerful PETracer™ Software included on LeCroy’s most advanced PCI Express protocol analysis systems. PETracer includes important data analysis views such as:

  • LTSSM/Substate Views
  • Hierarchical Views
  • BitTracer™ Views
  • Data View
  • Flow Control Views
  • Configuration Space Views

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

Availability
The Summit T28 protocol analyzer for PCIe 2.0 is now available to order. For additional information, contact LeCroy at 1-800-5LeCroy (1-800-553-2769) or visit LeCroy’s web site at www.lecroy.com.

About LeCroy
LeCroy Corporation is a worldwide leader in serial data test solutions, creating advanced instruments that drive product innovation by quickly measuring, analyzing, and verifying complex electronic signals. The Company offers high-performance oscilloscopes, serial data analyzers, and global communications protocol test solutions used by design engineers in the computer and semiconductor, data storage device, automotive and industrial, and military and aerospace markets. LeCroy’s 45-year heritage of technical innovation is the foundation for its recognized leadership in "WaveShape Analysis"—capturing, viewing, and measuring the high-speed signals that drive today’s information and communications technologies. LeCroy is headquartered in Chestnut Ridge, New York. Company information is available at http://www.lecroy.com.

© 2011 by LeCroy Corporation. All rights reserved. Specifications are subject to change without notice.

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Contact Information

Teledyne LeCroy

700 Chestnut Ridge Rd
Chestnut Ridge, NY, 10977
USA

toll-free: 800-553-2769
www.teledynelecroy.com

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