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SerialTek launches PCI Express® Gen5 X4 protocol analysis


LONGMONT, Colo., Jan. 27, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — SerialTek, a leading provider of protocol testing and analysis products for the data center and storage industries, including solutions for PCI Express®NVM Express®, Serial Attached SCSI and Serial ATA, today announced the availability of a PCIe Gen5 x4 scanning system with a range of feature cost editions for its Kodiak™ protocol scanning system. Additionally, the company announced the release of its real-time protocol processor technology for PCIe Gen5 NVMe scanning and several modular calibration-free POD interposers.

New Gen5 x4 Analyzer editions include advanced architectural capabilities

Three tiered editions (Standard, Professional and Enterprise), designed to meet the requirements of a wide range of developers, are available with the new Kodiak Gen5 x4 Analysis System. Based on the Kodiak PCIe Gen5 x16 Analyzer System, the Kodiak PCIe Gen5 x4 Analyzer uses an integrated hardware architecture that offers substantial and unmatched advancements in capture, seek, and processing acceleration for PCIe analysis. Like all Kodiak PCIe scanners, interface responsiveness is significantly advanced, searches involving huge amounts of data are fast, and hardware filtering is flexible and powerful. Kodiak Gen5x4 Analyzer editions also leverage SerialTek’s new web browser-based BusXpert tracking application, REST API, JSON data exchange format, and advanced probing technology, providing the most powerful PCIe protocol system and the most efficient on the market.

“SerialTek has long been a leader in the storage market, so we understand the important analysis requirements and the differences between the PCIe x16 wide memory bus and the storage bus. By creating a Kodiak specific PCIe/NVMe x4 analyzer (and 2×2) and multi-form-factor POD Warehouse, not only do we solve the problem of having to take boot traces for proper decoding, but we now support all current (8) form factors with a single premium POD interposer and can easily add new form factors in the future,” said Paul Mutschler, CEO of SerialTek.

The system has deep trace capture memory and multiple storage options. Trace files can be saved directly to internal storage (up to 4TB), attached storage (USB3.2 or PCIe OCuLink) or uploaded via two 10GbE (SFP+) ports or one 1GbE (RJ-45) network connection . Standard, Pro, and Enterprise editions are all field-upgradable.

Enhanced NVMe and PCIe Capabilities with Real-Time Protocol Processor Capabilities

With SerialTek’s innovative real-time protocol processor, users save setup and testing time with important features not available on other PCIe scanners, including:

  • Automatic capture and display of configuration space, controller registers, and NVMe queues, even if the analyzer is not recording.
  • A boot trace is not required to correctly decode PCIe and NVMe.
  • Native NVMe triggering and filtering

New PCIe Gen5 x4 SI-Fi Interposers Offer Advanced Features and Convenience

Along with the release of the Kodiak PCIe Gen5 x4 Scan System, SerialTek released the industry’s most advanced PCIe Gen5 x4 interposers, supporting both 1×4 and 2×2 configurations. Form factors include EDSFF (E1.S/E1.L/E3.S), U.2, U.3, M.2, MCIO, and Slimline devices. These interposers, with SerialTek’s SI-Fi™ technology, extend coverage to enable testing in critical areas, including Link Shaping and State Machine (LTSSM), power management, branching hot, reset, and other cases where the physical characteristics of the channel may change .

“Our team at SANBlaze found the SerialTek Kodiak PCIe Analyzer to be an invaluable tool when developing our SBExpress-RM4 NVMe Gen4 test system,” said Vince Asbridge, CEO of SANBlaze. “The analyzer’s ability to recover seamlessly from NVMe reset tests has been a critical success factor for us. Additionally, the analyzer’s ease of use and intuitive nature of the interface have helped us compelled to include it in our ‘Triggering a PCIe scanner from your SBExpress system white paper.’

To realize these advanced interposition capabilities, a custom Gen5 IC was created. This IC has been designed to provide extremely accurate electrical properties, as well as unparalleled ease of use for the end customer. The result is that tuning (calibration) is not required, and both host and endpoint signals pass through the interposer to enable true PCIe link formation and easy configuration. Competing PCIe parsers and interposers require time-consuming and signal-distorting tuning, which can lead to reliability issues because modern PCIe handshaking sequences occur dynamically. With Kodiak’s SI-Fi technology and adaptive equalization capabilities, users can save hours of setup time. If the characteristics of the link change (for example, Hot Plug or NSSR), Kodiak can track those changes dynamically, ultimately saving the user’s test.

Availability, product photos and information

For more information, including software downloads, contact [email protected] or visit www.serialtek.com.
The SANBlaze SBExpress System White Paper can be downloaded at https://www.sanblaze.com/white-papers

About SerialTek

SerialTek, an Ellisys company, is a provider of innovative protocol analysis and testing tools for the data center and storage industry. Leading manufacturers depend on our products to improve product quality and reduce time to market. SerialTek solutions support a variety of standards, including PCI Express (PCIe), Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe), Serial Attached SCSI (SAS), and Serial ATA (SATA).

SerialTek contact: Simon Thomas, Senior Director, Sales and Marketing
Phone: +1-720-204-2140
Email: [email protected]

SerialTek, the SerialTek logo, Kodiak, SI-Fi and BusXpert are trademarks of SerialTek and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. PCI Express® and PCIe® are registered trademarks of PCI-SIG® Corporation. NVM Express®, NVMe™ and NVMe-oF™ are trademarks of NVM Express, Inc. Electron is the registered trademark of OpenJS Foundation. Other trademarks and trade names belong to their respective owners.

Related images

Figure 1: PCIe Gen5 U2 U3 Interposer

PCIe Gen5 U2 U3 SI-FI interposer. For use with SerialTek Kodiak PCIe Gen5 Protocol Analysis System

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