The Centellax Modular 10G BER Test System is designed for device characterization, research and development testing, production testing, and general lab use. The system features a synthesizer that operates the BERT at bitrates from 500 Mb/s to 12.5 Gb/s, and enables stressed eye testing. With the addition of other modular hardware, like a 622 Mb/s-13.5 Gb/s clock recovery unit, the SB10 system can be configured to address a wide range of physical layer digital signal integrity test applications.
The base system allows physical-layer BER testing of single-ended or differential DUTs with operating rates from 500 Mb/s to 12.5 Gb/s. The system is GPIB controlled with a suite of features including PRBS pattern selection (PRBS7-31), electronic clock/data alignment, variable output voltages (0.6-3.6 V p-p differential), and many clock and subrate trigger outputs.The SB10 system can support six BER test channels.
The system can be used as a bit error rate tester for many different applications, including characterization and production test of components and low-level systems. The jitter injection and clock chirping features allow compliance testing to a wide range of datacom standards, including PCI express, infiniband, serial ATA, and others.
When outfitted with the extended synthesizer range and un-banded clock recovery unit, the SB10 is ideally suited for testing higher-rate devices that induce signal distortion (like fiber loops). The clock recovery unit can also be used to test a signal generated at a remote site, where the fullrate data clock must be recovered to test BER.
Key benefits and features
- Operates from 500 Mb/s to 12.5 Gb/s
- Integrated jitter source for stressed eye testing
- Configurable with a clock recovery unit
- Cost-effective alternative to other systems
- Modular solution allows functional additions later
Established in 2001, designs and manufactures low-cost, high-performance test instruments, test accessories, and components for electrical and optical path signal integrity testing. Products include modular building blocks for <10G, 10G, 14G, 28G, 56G, and 100G applications. Corporate headquarters is located in Santa Rosa, CA, just 90 minutes north of San Francisco. Centellax sells and markets its products worldwide.