Houston, TexasBoard maker and test-and-measurement vendor Vmetro expands its existing Vanguard Express analyzer family with the introduction of its Vanguard Express PCI Express Protocol and Link Analyzer for the AMC (AdvancedMC) form-factor.
Designed for debugging, testing and validating the PCI Express protocol, the Vanguard Express AMC supports testing of AMC.1 Type 1, Type 2, Type 4, and Type 8 modules.
The Vanguard Express AdvancedMC is a self-contained unit that installs between a DUT (device under test) and a host system. It permits testing with minimal intrusion to a system under test. In use, the Vanguard Express AdvancedMC is operated via USB (Universal Serial Bus) or Ethernet while using Vmetro's BusView 5 GUI (graphical user interface) software.
A single workstation can control multiple Vanguard analyzers for monitoring different protocols and form-factors, including PCI Express, PCI-X/PCI, PMC, CompactPCI, or VME.
The Serial Analyzer Engine
At the heart of the Vanguard Express AMC is the company's SAE (Serial Analyzer Engine) module. The SAE can be used on various Vmetro adapters, providing PCI Express analysis in multiple form-factors. This makes the Vanguard Express flexible and cost-effective.
To increase productivity, the Vanguard Express Analyzers and BusView 5 include protocol decoding as well as display of trace data in multiple views. The PCI Express protocol is decoded throughout the user interface, including set-up screens, trace displays, statistics, and utilities. You can arrange trace data in chronological order, or grouped as link or split transactions for improved readability.
Other unique trace views are available, including data, packet details, or lane views.
Realtime analysis is also possible using the Vanguard Express AMC Analyzer. A statistics engine offers concurrent realtime measurements, including event counting, link utilization, PLP distribution, TLP distribution, DLLP distribution, payload length distribution, and transfer rate.
In addition, post-processing statistics are generated on any acquired trace data using a Trace Count feature. It calculates performance information based on trace samples of interest.
Automatic error detection is performed by Vanguard Express's AMC on-board protocol checker. The protocol checker aids in tracking down link hardware errors and logical faults, without the need to understand the nature of the problem. Each error includes on-line help to assist with debugging. The system also includes a 256-Mbyte trace buffer, and can handle eight trigger events.
The Vanguard Express AdvancedMC product will be available in June, priced at about $24,000.
For more details, contact Nicole Renfro at Vmetro, Inc., 1880 Dairy Ashford, Suite 400, Houston, Texas 77077. Phone: (281) 584 0728. Fax: (281) 584 9034. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, or info@VMETRO.com.
Vmetro, 281-584-0728, www.vmetro.com