Tektronix released the XGbT test automation software and test fixtures. The oscilloscope-based solution is the first one-button solution for the full-range of 10GBASE-T measurements. The XGbT software and fixtures can perform repeatable conformance and validation tests at the press of a button, making it ideal for both design and manufacturing applications. The new solution lowers cost by almost 50%, removes complexity, and improves usability compared to competitive 10GBASE-T test solutions that require the use of up to three separate instruments.
Using the new Tektronix solution, 10GBASE-T designers and validation engineers can improve efficiency with faster validation cycles and higher reliability afforded by the industry leading features of the Tektronix DPO7000 Series and DPO/DSA70000 Series Real-Time Oscilloscopes, XGbT software, and XGbT Test Fixtures. In addition, the 10GBASE-T software is built on the TekExpress test automation framework which enables additional automation steps that may be required for unique measurement needs – such as one-button control of a Tektronix AWG7000B Series Arbitrary Waveform Generator for Return Loss measurements.
Compared to competitive offerings which require the use of an oscilloscope, vector network analyzer (VNA), and spectrum analyzer, the Tektronix oscilloscope and software solution provides faster and easier test set-up. The use of a single instrument reduces upfront costs by nearly 50 percent in certain configurations and provides for a significantly improved user experience and more repeatable results. This is especially important in distributed engineering environments where repeatable test methods are required across different groups using different test equipment. The Tektronix solution conforms to 10GBASE-T PHY electrical testing specifications.
The XGbT software and fixtures enable engineers to use all four channels of the DPO/DSA oscilloscope to perform measurements for faster test times and additional cost savings. Designers can also use a Tektronix P7380 SMA differential probe and P6330 high input impedance probe with the XGbT test fixture to further reduce test time. For in-depth validation and debugging, the XGbT software includes a reporting module and results export capabilities and can capture test margins and statistical information.
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