Solutions for simulating, characterizing, and validating PCIe® 5.0 devices drive consistency in industry test standards

Keysight Technologies, Inc. is participating as a gold suite vendor in the industry’s first PCI-SIG® Compliance Workshop to help advance standards that drive interoperability between PCI Express® (PCIe®) 5.0 devices.

The event, hosted by PCI-SIG, is scheduled to be held from April 18 to 21, 2022 in Burlingame, California. PCI-SIG is a consortium that owns and manages PCI specifications as open industry standards and defines industry standard I/O (input/output) specifications consistent with the needs of its members.

The PCIe 5.0 specification, a high-speed serial interface standard used in computer servers and graphics cards, supports greater data traffic and bandwidth requirements in data centers. The PCI-SIG Compliance Workshop enables the industry to advance standardized test procedures, software tools, and fixtures for PCIe technology-capable devices supporting data speeds of up to 32 giga transfers per second (GT/s). Consistency in PCIe specification test standards is vital to vendors of computer servers, endpoint devices, switches, storage devices and compute engines as it enables them to confidently launch PCIe 5.0 technology designs that interoperate as expected with other vendors’ products.

“Keysight’s receiver and transmitter test solutions enable vendors to simulate, characterize and validate interoperability between PCIe 5.0 devices used in data centers,” said Dr. Joachim Peerlings, vice president of network and data center solutions at Keysight. “An active member of PCI-SIG since 1992, Keysight is pleased to participate in the first official PCI-SIG workshop focused on the PCIe 5.0 standard.”

PCIe 5.0 and 6.0 interfaces underpin mass adoption of 400 Gigabit Ethernet (GE), a high-capacity data transport technology, which data center providers use to address 5G, cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, gaming, visual computing, storage, and networking applications. At the workshop, Keysight will showcase the company’s recently announced PCIe 5.0 Protocol Analyzer, which combines an analyzer and interposer into one integrated design, resulting in simplified connections and improved signal integrity.

“Interoperability between vendors’ PCIe products is critical to the successful deployment of PCIe technology and we value Keysight’s contributions to the development of PCIe standards,” said Al Yanes, president, and chairperson of PCI-SIG. “We appreciate Keysight’s electrical, interconnect, protocol, and serial test solutions that enable a global ecosystem to accelerate compliance and interoperability validation.”

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