Protocol Analyzers

Summit T3-8 Analyzer

The Summit T3-8 Protocol Analyzer captures, decodes and displays PCIe 3.0 protocol rates for x1, x2, x4, x8 lane widths

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Summit T416 Analyzer  

The Summit T416 Protocol Analyzer captures, decodes and displays PCIe 4.0 protocol traffic data rates for x1, x2, x4, x8, x16 lane widths

Summit T3-16 Analyzer  The Summit T3-16 Protocol Analyzer captures, decodes and displays PCIe 3.0 protocol traffic data rates for x1, x2, x4, x8, x16 lane widths
Summit T3-8 Analyzer  The Summit T3-8 Protocol Analyzer captures, decodes and displays PCIe 3.0 protocol traffic data rates for x1, x2, x4, x8 lane widths
Summit T34 Analyzer  The Summit T34 Protocol Analyzer captures, decodes and displays PCIe 3.0 protocol traffic data rates for x1, x2, x4 lane widths
Summit T28 Analyzer  The Summit T28 Protocol Analyzer captures, decodes and displays PCIe 2.5GT/s and 5GT/s data rates for x1, x2, x4, x8 lane widths
Summit T24 Analyzer  The Teledyne LeCroy Summit T24 PCI Express analyzer is for customers developing PCIe 1.0 or 2.0 x4 lane width server, workstation, desktop, graphics, storage, and network card applications.
Summit Z3-16 Exerciser with SMBus Support  The Summit Z3-16 with SMBus Support is a critical test and verification tool intended to assist engineers in developing and improving the reliability of their systems. The exerciser can emulate PCI Express root complexes or device endpoints, allowing new designs to be tested against corner case issues.In addition, it can emulate SMBus traffic as a master or slave.
PCIe Compliance Testing  The UNH NVMe conformance tests run on the Teledyne LeCroy Protocol analyzer and exerciser. These tools support the necessary NVMe emulation capabilities to perform these tests.
PXP-100B Test Platform  The Teledyne LeCroy PXP-100B Test Platform provides a convenient means for testing PCIe cards with a self-contained portable and powered passive backplane. The PXP-100B provides power required for both cards under test, and an interposer can be used for connection to a protocol analyzer.

Teledyne LeCroy is the main supplier of protocol analyzers and exercisers to companies developing SSD and other similar storage products using the new NVMe, SATA Express and SCSI Express high-speed serial data standards. Protocol analyzers and exercisers are used by developers and validation engineers to directly record and examine data traffic on serial data communication links between devices and systems. This equipment enables developers to reduce debug and test schedules, lower engineering development costs on new products and meet aggressive time-to-market requirements.

NVMe Protocol Analysis Features for Storage Development and Test36:27

As storage developers make the transition from legacy SAS and SATA protocol-based SSDs to the more advanced NVMe and SATA Express technologies, they are encountering limitations in available design and test tools including limited trace recording times and a lack of standardized analysis reports for PCIe-based storage. These two issues are significant for the newer technologies of NVMe and SATA Express due to the following:

  • High performance SSD testing can require recording data traffic beyond a few minutes. This is not possible for many protocol analyzers due to limitations in their recording architectures.
  • While some test tool suppliers have claimed support for the NVMe and SATA Express protocols, support for these protocols has remained minimal. This has hampered developer's productivity due to the use of reporting systems designed for the older technologies, which are not optimized for quality testing on NVMe and SATA Express products.

The Summit T34 protocol analyzer, specifically targeted at PCIe storage applications, now supports long trace recordings with a new NVMe Enhanced Mode. The Summit T34 can also be configured with up to 64 GB of trace recording memory. NVMe Enhanced Mode builds on and optimizes the existing deep buffer memory to allow users long recording time capability. Depending on the speed of the DUT (Device Under Test), the recording time can be maximized to up to several hours for a single trace capture. This feature is useful for tasks such as measuring performance or determining how well your Queue handling algorithms are functioning. An example of the metrics that are now available include the ability to measure the NVMe queue distribution over a sustained period of time. The ability to gather queue behavior for long periods helps driver and OS developers fine tune their applications and balance queue loads for optimized product performance.

With over a decade of experience in providing PCI Express, SAS/SATA and other serial data protocols with standardized error analysis and product performance reports, Teledyne LeCroy has now created an NVMe and SATA Express SSD Performance and Analysis capability. Trace Expert™, a new feature in the PCIe Protocol Suite, creates a detailed report that the SSD industry requires to obtain a common understanding of how their SSD or storage systems are operating and includes information on the necessary PCIe based components. Information such as NVMe queues, commands, doorbell and control registers and many other metrics are captured, analyzed and organized into a detailed report providing developers a comprehensive status document for their products including a wide range of performance statistics.

In addition to the standard storage protocols, all of our NVMe platforms also fully support, Trusted Computer Group (TCG), Single Root I/O Virtualization (SRIOV), Multi-Root I/O Virtualization (MRIOV) and Address Translation Services (ATS). A full list of capabilities, views and reports can be found on the product pages (listed below) for each of our analyzers.

NVMe over PCIe Specification Decoding and Analysis - NVMe Initialization Decoding
• Decode NVMe Commands
• Analyze NVMe Queues
• NVMe Multiple Pointer Based Transactions
• NVMe Power Management
• Extract the PCIe SSD Base Address automatically
Summit T3-16 PCI Express Protocol Analyzer Introduction Video4:05
Synopsys and Teledyne LeCroy Showcase PCI Express 3.0 Interoperability at PCI-SIG 20103:04
Demo of Synopsys DesignWare PCI Express 3.0 with Teledyne LeCroy Protocol Test Suite4:34
IDT PCIe Switch Demo using Summit T3-16 protocol analyzer7:15
Cadence and Teledyne LeCroy work together supporting PCI Express 3.0 development and test1:26
PCIe 3.0 at 8.0 GT/s3:17
NVMe Protocol Analysis Features for Storage Development and Test36:27

The Teledyne LeCroy Summit T3-8 PCI Express analyzer is for customers developing PCIe 3.0 x8 lane width server, workstation, desktop, graphics, storage, and network card applications.

PCIe 3.0 technology achieves twice the effective data throughput rate of the PCIe 2.0 standard through a combination of increased data bit rate (5 GT/s moving to 8 GT/s) and the elimination of 8b/10b data encoding, which previously added an overhead of 20 percent to all data transfers. In eliminating 8b10b encoding, PCIe 3.0 technology now relies on the existing data scrambling techniques similar to those used for PCIe 2.0 technology to ensure that receivers maintain lock on the incoming data stream.

PCIe 3.0 speeds

With advanced features such as support for PCI Express Spec 3.0, data rates of 2.5, 5 and 8 GT/s, lane widths from x1 to x16, and a full 8 GB of trace memory, the Summit T3-8 provides unmatched capability and flexibility for developers and users of advanced PCI Express products. The Summit T3-8 is by far the most advanced and sophisticated PCI Express Analyzer available in the market today.

Powerful Views

As with other Teledyne LeCroy PCI Express analyzers, the Summit T3-8 leverages the intuitive and powerful CATC Trace analysis software system, embedding a deep understanding of the PCI Express protocol hierarchy and intricacies. The colorful, intuitive and easy to use graphical display allows you to quickly capture and validate PCI Express product designs. All Teledyne LeCroy PCI Express protocol analyzers employ high-impedance, non-intrusive probing technology, thereby allowing fully unaltered data pass-through.

Lane Swizzling

In addition to a full suite of advanced hardware and software features, the Summit T3-8 provides user-convenience and analysis features, such as support for "lane swizzling" which allows a board developer to lay out a Mid-Bus probe pad with lanes in non-standard order, simplifying the design of the board. Internally the Summit T3-8 maps the lanes back into their correct order and accurately displays the embedded bus traffic. Other software features include enhanced error checking for automatic identification of additional error types, more compact trace files that allow for faster analysis of trace data, and the choice of simplified or advanced modes for setting up trace recording options.

Bit Tracer

A new raw recording mode, Bit Tracer, allows bytes to be recorded as they come across the link, allowing debugging of PHY layer problems and combining the features of a logic analyzer format with a protocol analyzer format. The new auto sense link feature monitors negotiation between devices of different lane widths, and the bifurcated link support recombines multilink PCI Express operations that have been separated into narrower links.

Lan Support

The Summit T3-8 also supports Ethernet LAN port as a standard feature. By connecting over a LAN, engineers can operate the system remotely (e.g., install the client software on their desktop systems, and control an analyzer operating in a remote lab). Also, multiple engineers working collaboratively can time-share use of a single analyzer, reducing the need for an additional analyzer for each engineer, and increasing the cost effectiveness of the product.

Flexible Configurations

The Summit T3-8 is available in two configurations—that support either x1, x2, x4, and x8; or x1, x2, x4, x8, and x16 if combined with a second Summit T3-8—to match user requirements with available budgets. The upward compatibility and 13 month warranty of the Summit T3-8 also provide investment protection for current Gen1 and Gen2 users who plan to upgrade to Gen3 devices in the future.

Debug in any PCIe environment

By leveraging years of experience in protocol analysis tools for emerging markets, Teledyne LeCroy's PCI Express protocol analyzers blend sophisticated functionality with practical features to speed the development of PCI Express IP cores, semiconductors, graphics, servers, workstations, bridges, and switches.

Product Features
  • Trace Expert Analysis and Report - NVM Express, SATA Express performance, statistics and analysis
  • Powerful & Intuitive CATC Trace - Faster interpretation and debug of PCI Express traffic.
  • Expert Software Extensive Decoding - Understand the protocol completely with accurate and reliable decoding of TLPs (Transaction Layer Packets) and DLLPs (Data Link Layer Packets) and all Primitives for PCI Express.
  • LTSSM Flow Graph - Look at the trace from the LTSSM State machine perspective to understand how the link is behaving. Quickly see if states are getting stuck or if the link is going up or down. Navigate the trace using the state bubbles that are hyper linked to the trace.
  • Compact Trace View - Compact the trace to get a better overall understanding of what is happening in the entire trace.
  • Advanced Triggering/Filtering - Find Errors fast by isolating important traffic, specific errors or data patterns. Understand transactions more clearly by removing non-essential fields from the trace.
  • Flow Control View - Check on credit behavior between Root complex and endpoint transactions. See the credit decrement and credit updates in the trace with clarity.
  • Intelligent Reporting - Quickly identify and track error rates, abnormal link or timing conditions, display configuration space, and protocol specification details.
  • One Button Error Report - View the entire trace for PCI Express Errors. Navigate to each error by clicking on the error indicated.
  • Dword to Transaction Level Viewer - See and understand Symbol, Packet, Link and Split Transaction levels of the PCI Express protocol.
  • Monitoring and Link Utilization - Troubleshoot throughput, link utilization, and bandwidth issues.
  • BitTracer Software Option - Records the bytes as they come across the link. Allows debugging of PHY layer problems. Gives protocol analyzer the best of both worlds; a logic analyzer format and decoded protocol analyzer format.

    • Quickly identify new PCIe 3.0 start tokens

    • See the new 128/130 bit encoding structure in PCIe 3.0 packets

  • Auto Sense Link - Analyzes all traffic negotiation between two devices of different lane widths.
  • NVMExpress(PCIe SSD) Specification Decoding and Analysis - NVMe Initialization Decoding
  • Decode NVMe Commands
  • Analyze NVMe Queues
  • NVMe Multiple Pointer Based Transactions
  • NVMe Power Management
  • Extract the PCIe SSD Base Address automatically
  • SRIOV Decode Support - Analyze Single Root IO Virtualization enabled devices.
  • MRIOV Decode Support - Analyze Multi Root IO Virtualization enabled devices.
  • Lane Swizzling - Accommodates specialized or unique board layouts for MidBus connections.
  • Deep Buffer Recording Capacity - Capture long recording sessions for analysis and problem solving up to 8 GB (4 GB in each direction).
  • CRC Checking - Know that info being displayed is accurate.
  • High-speed Interface Ports - No complicated setup required, with 1 Gb/s Ethernet and USB 2.0 ports available.
  • Downloadable Trace Viewer - Share and annotate trace recordings within a development team.
  • 13 Month Warranty - Protect your investment.
90 Degree PCIe 3.0 Right Server Interposer Card
90 Degree PCIe 3.0 Left Server Interposer Card
Active Interposer Card for PCIe 2.0
Active Interposer Card for PCIe 3.0
AMC Mezzanine Card Interposer for PCIe 2.0
CompactPCI Serial Interposer
Dish Interface Board for Gen3 Mid-bus Probe
ExpressCard Interposer
ExpressModule Interposer
External Cable Interposer
Gen 3 U.2 Standard Interposer
Gen 3 U.2 Dual Port Interposer
M.2 Adapter
Mid-bus Probe
Mini Card Interposer
Multi-lead Probe
Passive Interposer for Gen2
PCIe 3.0 M.2 Interposer
PCI Express Gen3 M.2 Interposer
PCIe External Cable 3.0 Interposer
Single Port 5-inch PCIe 3.0 U.2 (SFF-8639) Interposer
Single Port 12-inch PCIe 3.0 U.2 (SFF-8639) Interposer
Dual Port 5-inch PCIe 3.0 U.2 (SFF-8639) Interposer
Dual Port 12-inch PCIe 3.0 U.2 (SFF-8639) Interposer
Summit Z3-16 Test Platform
VPX Interposer
XMC Mezzanine Card Interposer