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Ethernet PHY testing

The Sifos PVA-3000 PhyView® Analyzer, Comprehensive 10/100/1000 PHY Testing Made Easy.
The PVA-3000 PhyView Analyzer is designed to bridge the wide coverage gap between comprehensive Ethernet twisted pair PHY compliance testing and simple packet verification testing. The PVA-3000 introduces an innovative multi-port capability dedicated to 10/100/1000BaseT physical layer characterization under controlled impairments including line loss, ingress noise, jittered or offset timing, and even Power-over-Ethernet. The PVA-3000 tests Ethernet switches and routers, discrete LAN interfaces, link transmission components, and network service integrity at any DTE interface.

Key Features

  • Comprehensive 10/100/1000 PHY Testing Made Easy
    - Just Plug…..Run…..Evaluate
  • Easier, Faster, and More Informative Alternative to Packet Testing
    AnswerWhat’s Wrong, How Wrong, and Where?
  • Automatically Examine All PHY Performance Margins:
     >Transmitted Signal Integrity
     >Receiver Performance Under Stress
     >Physical Interface Characteristics
  • Automatically Sequence Up To 24 DUT Ports per PVA-3000 Chassis
    - That’s 96 Gigabit Pairs and 48 10/100BaseT Pairs!
  • No Scopes, Fixtures, Probes, Generators, Test Modes, or Cable Spools!
    - Test Any LAN Interface, Anywhere
  • Innovative New Measurements on Transmitted Signals
  • Versatile, Programmable Impairments for LAN Receiver Testing
  • Automated DC Unbalance Analysis When Combined with PSA-3102 Blades
  • Sifos PSA-3000 and PSA-1200 Chassis Compatible
  • Externally Accessible Impairments – Combine with Packet Analyzers
  • Also a compact portable 2-Port version available  (model PVA-3002)

Target Applications & Benefits

  • Direct PHY Testing of 10/100/1000BaseT LAN Ports
    - Higher Coverage, Better Defect Visibility than Packet Tests
    - Pre-screen best / worst performing ports for IEEE 802.3 PHY compliance tests
  • Rapid QA or Manufacturing Analysis of 10/100/1000BaseT Ports
    - Assure Quality & Interoperability Under All Conditions
    - Pinpoint Defects
  • Stressed Receiver Testing with Flexible In-Line Impairment Synthesis
    - Speed up Receiver Testing
    - Simulate Worst Case Link Conditions
  • Link Quality Analysis at Any Service Access Point
  • Mixed PoE & LAN PHY (DC Unbalance) Analysis
    - Combine with Sifos PSA-3102 Test Ports & DC Unbalance Generator Unit
    - Fully Automated DC Unbalance Analysis
  • Passive Media and End-to-End Link Quality Analysis
    - Insertion Loss / Bulk Return Loss / Bulk Crosstalk Response Measurement

PVA-3000 Metering & Impairments

  • Transmission Parameters
    - Signal Power
    - Signal-to-Noise Ratio
    - Power Spectral Distortion
    - Pair Timing Skew
    Port Parameters
    - Bulk Return Loss
    - Bulk Crosstalk
  • Receiver Measurements
    - Link Stability
    - Frame Count
  • Receiver Impairments
    - Worst Case Line Loss
    - Variable Ingress Noise
    - Frequency Offset
    - Variable Transmit Jitter
    - Line Mismatch
  • Link Information
    - Auto-Negotiation Advertisement

PVA Interactive Graphical User Interface Software

Get productive quickly with the PhyView Analyzer using PVA Interactive software (for Microsoft Windows). Configure test ports, configure impairments, control link-up conditions, and assess link stability with simple menu selections. Meters such as Rx Power, SNR, Power Spectral Distortion, Bulk Return Loss, and Bulk Crosstalk are readily configured to produce single or multi-pair information in a single mouse click. Full access to the PhyView Performance Test Suite with one-button test sequencing is supported under the automated test menu. MAC packet definition and transmission as well as packet counting are supported along with fully automated, one-button test port calibration sequences.

PowerShell PSA Script Automation Software

Every feature of each PVA-3000 test port is directly accessible and programmable using the Tcl/Tk-based PowerShell PSA interactive scripting environment. Issue interactive commands and queries, sequence tests and calibrations, or generate custom test programs using high level API commands and utilities built into this productive script development environment.

For more information please contact Gerard Fianen





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