Keysight N6470A Thunderbolt 3 Transmitter Compliance Test

Keysight N6470A Thunderbolt 3 Transmitter Compliance Test
Keysight N6470A
Thunderbolt 3 Transmitter Compliance Test
Software for Infiniium Oscilloscopes
Data Sheet
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Verify and Debug Your
Thunderbolt 3 Designs
The N6470A Thunderbolt 3 electrical test
software gives you a fast and easy way
to verify and debug your Thunderbolt
designs for both silicon validation as well
as end products like storage devices or
motherboards.
The Thunderbolt 3 electrical test software
allows you to automatically execute
Thunderbolt 3 electrical transmitter tests
and displays the results in a flexible report
format. In addition to the measurement
data, the report provides a margin analysis
that shows how closely your device passed
or failed each test.
The N6470A Thunderbolt 3 electrical
test software covers the prescribed test
methods and parameters required for
Thunderbolt electrical certification testing.
This produces results that are consistent
with those obtained during official
certification at approved test labs and
informational testing at plugfests.
In addition to automatic setup and
execution of the transmitter tests, the
N6470A Thunderbolt 3 electrical test
software also provides automatic setup
and control of the crosstalk generator
source, a required condition for electrical
testing during official certification tests.
Features and benefits
The N6470A Thunderbolt 3 electrical test software offers several features to simplify the
validation of your Thunderbolt designs:
–– Automated test setup and execution for ease of use
–– Support for simultaneous two-lane testing as well as single or dual port
–– Support for cable and test fixture embedding and de-embedding to provide more
accurate margin estimates
–– Run tests with live or saved waveforms for easy regression testing if specification
requirements change
–– Support for user-defined limits and specification-specific limits for all Thunderbolt
Interconnect specification revisions
–– Automated test report generation and margin analysis
–– Add additional custom tests, steps or automation to your application using the
N5467A User-Defined Application (UDA) development tool
–– Supports automated setup and control of crosstalk generator
Applications
The N6470A Thunderbolt 3 application software provides electrical testing coverage for:
–– Thunderbolt devices
–– Storage devices
–– Displays
–– Expansion bays
–– Systems, hosts, motherboards
–– Dongles
–– Cables
–– Silicon
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Easy Test Definition
The N6470A Thunderbolt 3 electrical
test software extends the ease-of-use
advantages of the Keysight Technologies,
Inc. Infiniium V- and Z-Series oscilloscopes
to testing Thunderbolt designs. The
Keysight automated test engine walks
you quickly through the steps required
to define, set up, perform, and view the
results for the tests. You can select a
category of tests all at once or specify
individual tests. You can save tests
and configurations as project files and
recall them later to quickly re-test, run
additional tests and review previous test
results. You can also quickly verify old
test results against new specification
requirements using the Saved Waveform
option.
Figure 1. Setup test environment for one or two port products.
Thunderbolt transmitter testing requires
active inputs to the receivers of the
product under test during all electrical
tests. The N6470A Thunderbolt electrical
test software automates setup and control
of the crosstalk source.
Figure 2. Automated transmitter test setup including crosstalk source.
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Easy-to-follow task
flow for configuring and
running tests
Select one test or a group
of tests with a single
mouse click
Figure 3. Thunderbolt application – select test tab.
Configurability and Guided Connections
The Configure Tab provides flexibility in
your test setup and oscilloscope settings
used during tests. In configuring the tests,
advanced users can specify changes to
the test configuration to optimize test time
versus coverage depending on validation
requirements and testing goals.
Figure 4. Thunderbolt application – configure tab.
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Reports with Margin Analysis
In addition to providing you with
measurement results, The N6470A
Thunderbolt electrical test software
automates and provides a report format
that shows you not only where your
product passes or fails but also how
close you are to the limits specified for
a particular test parameter relative to
the specification revision you are testing.
You can select the margin test report
parameter, which means you can specify
the level at which warnings are issued to
alert you to electrical tests where your
product is operating close to the official
test limit defined by the Thunderbolt
Interconnect specification.
Test results in an easy-toread, HTML formatted report
Overall test
description
Figure 5. Thunderbolt application – results HTML report.
Figure 6. Thunderbolt application – summary of test results.
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Extensibility
You may add additional custom tests
or steps to your application using the
N5467B User Defined Application (UDA)
development tool (www.keysight.com/
find/uda). Use UDA to develop functional
“Add-Ins” that you can plug into your
application.
Add-ins may be designed as:
–– Complete custom tests (with
configuration variables and
connection prompts)
–– Any custom steps such as pre or
post processing scripts, external
instrument control and your own
device control
Figure 7. Importing a UDA Add-In into your test application.
Figure 8. UDA Add-In tests and utilities in your test application.
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Automation
You can completely automate execution
of your application’s tests and AddIns from a separate PC using the
included N5452A Remote Interface
feature (download free toolkit from
www.keysight.com/find/scope-apps-sw).
You can even create and execute
automation scripts right inside the
application using a convenient built-in
client.
The commands required for each task may
be created using a command wizard or
from “remote hints” accessible throughout
the user interface.
Using automation, you can accelerate
complex testing scenarios and even
automate manual tasks such as:
–– Opening projects, executing tests and
saving results
–– Executing tests repeatedly while
changing configurations
–– Sending commands to external
instruments
–– Executing tests out of order
Combine the power of built-in automation
and extensibility to transform your
application into a complete test suite
executive:
–– Interact with your device controller
to place it into desired states or test
modes before test execution.
–– Configure additional instruments used
in your test suite such as a pattern
generator and probe switch matrix.
–– Export data generated by your tests
and post-process it using your favorite
environment, such as MATLAB,
Python, LabVIEW, C, C++, Visual Basic
etc.
–– Sequence or repeat the tests and
“Add-In” custom steps execution in
any order for complete test coverage
of the test plan.
Figure 9. Remote Programming script in the Automation tab.
Compliance app + Automation engine
UDA add-in
- Custom test/Steps
- Post processing
C++ Script
LabVIEW
UDA add-in
- DUT control
- Instrument control
Pattern
generator
Custom tests
Matlab processing
Results
DUT or external
instrument control
Switch
matrix
Live signals
DUT
Custom tests/Steps
or post processing
Figure 10. Combine the power of built-in automation and extensibility to transform your application
into a complete test suite executive.
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Oscilloscope Compatibility
The N6470A Thunderbolt 3 electrical
test software is compatible with V- and
Z-Series oscilloscopes with operation
software revision 5.60 or higher.
Oscilloscope bandwidth must be a
minimum of 25 GHz.
Data rate
20.625 Gb/s
Recommended oscilloscope
Infiniium V or Z Series
Bandwidth of recommended oscilloscope
25 GHz or higher
Ordering Information
You can order the N6470A as an option to
your oscilloscope hardware purchase or as
a separate software product. The N6470A
Thunderbolt 3 electrical test software
supports testing for Thunderbolt devices
and hosts.
Table 1. Required SW applications.
Application
License type
Thunderbolt 3
compliance software
Fixed
Floating
EZJIT+ jitter analysis
software
Fixed
Floating
Equalization emulation Fixed
software
Floating
InfiniiSim advanced
waveform
transformation
software
Fixed
Serial data analysis/
mask testing with
clock recovery
Fixed
Floating
Floating
Factory-installed
User-installed
Transportable
Server based
Factory-installed
User-installed
Infiniium Z/V
Series
N6470A-1FP
N6470A-1FP
N6470A-1TP
N5435A-104
N5400A-1FP
N5400A-1FP
Transportable
Server based
Factory-installed
User-installed
N5400A-1TP
Transportable
Server based
Factory-installed
User-installed
N5461A-1TP
Transportable
Server based
Factory-installed
User-installed
N5465A-1TP
Transportable
Server based
E2688A-1TP
N5461A-1FP
N5461A-1FP
N5465A-1FP
N5465A-1FP
E2688A-1FP
E2688A-1FP
Infiniium 90000
Series
DSO90000A-004
N5400A-1FP 1
N5400A-1NL 2
N5400A-1TP
N5435A-001
DSO90000A-012
N5461A-1FP 1
N5461A-1NL 2
N5461A-1TP
N5435A-025
DSO90000A-014
N5465A-1FP 1
N5465A-1NL 2
N5465A-1TP
N5435A-027
DSO90000A-003
E2688A-1FP 1
E2688A-1NL 2
E2688A-1TP
N5435A-003
1. Requires Infiniium oscilloscope software 5.00 and above.
2. Systems running Windows 7 require Infiniium 4.60; systems running XP require Infiniium 4.20.
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