Ellisys have delivered Explorer 280 (EX280) SuperSpeed USB protocol analysers/generators to their early adopter customers in the U.S and Japan. The Explorer 280 (EX280) SuperSpeed USB protocol analyser/generator is available from Embedded Logic Solutions .
Ellisys designed the EX280 system from the ground up, avoiding the pitfalls of using a patchwork of older analysers or technologies, and used new, custom-designed hardware and firmware specifically built to handle the engineering challenges presented by SuperSpeed USB architecture.
The EX280 hardware can be configured on-the-fly as a logically passive analyser, monitoring and characterising SuperSpeed USB or legacy USB traffic between two system components, such as a host and device.
The EX280 hardware can perform as an active generator, emulating a system component in order to actively characterise and test another system component. Additionally, the EX280 hardware can be configured to accommodate standard connectors built to the USB 3.0 specification, or alternative front-end interconnections, such as SMA. A dual capture modality provides users a choice to employ a stream-to-disk feature, or a traditional circular buffer approach, using large hardware memory resources.
Ellisys have introduced innovative approaches to USB analysis and validation, including an automated compliance test suite (Device Examiner), inline error injection, stream-to-disk functionality, probing methods for embedded USB applications and graphical timing analysis (InstantTiming).
Ellisys have also been a key contributor to the growth and development of Wireless USB, with the 2005 introduction of the WEX300 WiMedia Explorer analyser/generator system. To support early adopters of SuperSpeed USB, Ellisys have implemented a partner programme, intended to provide participating leading –edge developers with EX280 application software tools, beta products and engineering collaborations.