Agilent Technologies Introduces First Fully Integrated PCI Express® 3.0 Receiver Test Software

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced the industry’s first fully integrated PCI Express® (PCIe®) 3.0 receiver test calibration and transmitter test software. The software provides an integrated environment for calibrating the stressed voltage and stressed receiver eye using an Agilent J-BERT bit error-ratio tester, an Agilent 90000A-, Q- or X-Series oscilloscope, an Agilent pulse function generator and Agilent PCI Express 3.0 calibration test channels.

Agilent N5393C Option 004 PCI Express 3.0 receiver test calibration software provides a receiver signal calibration test suite that allows engineers to set up a J-BERT N4903B bit error-ratio tester for performing PCI Express 3.0 jitter tolerance testing under the PCIe 3.0 Base specification. By automating the calibration of the bit error-ratio test signal, engineers save valuable test time and are able to achieve a consistent and reliable stressed eye signal, ensuring their PCIe 3.0 devices meet the requirements of the specification for jitter and voltage stress levels.

PCI Express technology is commonly used in high-performance server, workstation and graphics-intensive desktop applications. The PCIe 3.0 standard, for operation at 8 gigabits per second, requires that PCIe 3.0-compliant devices support a robust receiver equalizer capable of opening what would otherwise be deemed a closed-eye signal. To validate that a receiver’s equalizer meets the minimum performance called out in the PCIe 3.0 specification, engineers must be able to emulate a worst-case PCI Express 3.0 signal that contains the maximum allowable jitter and noise while delivering only a minimal amount of peak-to-peak voltage to the receiver.

Without the software, the procedure for calibrating the output of a bit error-ratio tester to meet the PCIe 3.0 testing requirements is tedious and complicated, as random jitter, sinusoidal jitter, and common-mode and differential-mode noise must all be applied simultaneously.

“PCI-SIG® values the efforts put forth by companies such as Agilent that make it easier for our members to perform exhaustive testing of the receivers on their PCIe 3.0-compliant devices,” said Al Yanes, PCI-SIG president and chairman. “An important objective of the PCI-SIG is achieving full interoperability at 8 GT/s, and validation and delivery of fully compliant PCIe 3.0 receivers and transmitters is critical to achieving that objective.”

The software option:

  • Provides automated remote control of the J-BERT N4903B and the 81150A pulse generator
  • Automates the calibration of stressed jitter and voltage eyes for PCIe 3.0 receiver testing
  • Uses PCI-SIG-recommended techniques for minimizing the impact of system noise on eye closure.

“Agilent provides the broadest array of engineering tools for PCI Express development,” said Sigi Gross, vice president of Agilent’s Electronic Test Division. “Our expertise in receiver and transmitter test allows us to be the first vendor to offer tools that integrate the functions of BERTs, oscilloscopes and signal generators to help our customers easily accomplish their receiver testing requirements for PCI Express 3.0 devices and systems.”

“As digital speeds for PCI Express reach 8 GT/s today and 16 GT/s tomorrow, Agilent is delivering oscilloscope bandwidth and performance that will meet the requirements of this and many other standards,” said Jay Alexander, vice president of Agilent’s Oscilloscope Products Division. “By engineering a software tool that integrates the core functionality of different Agilent products to achieve a single test objective, Agilent helps customers save crucial time in their receiver validation and enables them to release their products to market faster with fewer first silicon defects.”

Agilent’s Infiniium 90000 X-Series and 90000 Q-Series 16-GHz to 63-GHz oscilloscopes are ideal for testing PCI Express 3.0 and 4.0 devices. These oscilloscopes offer the industry’s lowest noise floor, deepest memory and flattest response.

Additional information about Agilent’s N5393C Option 004 PCI Express 3.0 receiver test calibration software and other information on Agilent’s total PCI Express 3.0 test solution portfolio is available at Product images are available at A backgrounder covering PCI Express technology and Agilent’s test solutions is available at

Agilent’s complete portfolio of oscilloscopes is available in a variety of form factors, from 20 MHz to 90 GHz. They offer industry-leading specifications and powerful applications.

U.S. Pricing and Availability

The Agilent N5393C Option 004 PCI Express 3.0 receiver test calibration software is available now for $9,000.

Agilent’s Digital Test Standards Program

Agilent Digital Test Standards Program experts are involved in various international standards committees, including the Joint Electronic Devices Engineering CouncilPCI-SIGVideo Electronics Standards AssociationSerial ATA International Organization, Serial Attached SCSI (T10), USB-Implementers ForumMIPI AllianceEthernet standards (IEEE 802.3), Optical Internetworking Forum and many others. Agilent’s involvement in these standards groups enables the company to bring the right solutions to market when customers need them.


PCI-SIG is the special-interest group that owns and manages PCI specifications as open industry standards. The organization defines industry standard I/O specifications consistent with the needs of its members. Currently, PCI-SIG is comprised of more than 750 industry-leading companies. For more information and a list of the board of directors, visit

About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world’s premier measurement company and a technology leader in chemical analysis, life sciences, diagnostics, electronics and communications. The company’s 20,000 employees serve customers in more than 100 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $6.6 billion in fiscal 2011. Information about Agilent is available at

PCI-SIG, PCIe and the PCI Express are U.S. registered trademarks and/or service marks of PCI-SIG.

Contact Information

Agilent Technologies Inc.

5301 Stevens Creek Blvd
Santa Clara, CA, 95051

tele: 1 800 829-4444
toll-free: 800 829-4433

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