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Tektronix Introduces Industry’s First Testing Tools for MIPI M-PHY Debug and Validation

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TekMark Australia  offers industry’s first test tools introduced by Tektronix for the MIPI Alliance M-PHY standard.

Tektronix Inc. is the world's leading manufacturer of oscilloscopes.

The new testing tools for the MIPI Alliance M-PHY standard allows customers to immediately get started with performance verification and bug testing using Tektronix DPO/DSA/MSO70000B Series oscilloscopes.

The announcement was made at the MIPI Alliance All-Members meeting taking place in Athens, Greece. The M-PHY specification is an essential part of the MIPI Alliance’s vision for more efficient high-speed interfaces on mobile devices.

Compared to the current D-PHY specification, M-PHY supports faster chip-to-chip connections while addressing EMI and power dissipation concerns. By moving quickly to offer M-PHY testing tools, Tektronix is stepping up to help ensure rapid delivery of next-generation mobile devices incorporating M-PHY at the physical layer.

Joel Huloux, chairman of the MIPI Alliance says that Tektronix as an active MIPI contributor brings its test and measurement knowledge to the organisation, driving the adoption of D-PHY and M-PHY specifications.

Tektronix is aiding the adoption of the new M-PHY interface by giving designers the testing tools they need to ensure signal integrity and verify performance of increasingly complex designs.

Key features of Tektronix M-PHY test tools

  • Based on the newly ratified MIPI Alliance M-PHY specification
  • Setup library for the popular DPOJET jitter analysis software and methods of implementation (MOI) developed in close cooperation with UNH-IOL
  • Probing and protocol support from Tektronix partner, The Moving Pixel Company 

Andy Baldman, senior technical staff, R&D, University of New Hampshire Inter Operability Lab (UNH-IOL) says that Tektronix has been supportive of UNH-IOL's collaborative efforts within the MIPI industry to foster correlation and consistency of physical layer measurement methodologies.

According to Scott Silver, president, The Moving Pixel Company, M-PHY requires dedicated tools that can help designers verify performance and interoperability while efficiently debugging problems.

He adds that their collaboration with Tektronix has resulted in their tool supporting the capabilities users need to acquire M-PHY traffic with 8b-10b decode, form packets and disassemble for analysis on Tektronix Oscilloscopes.

The Moving Pixel Company also offers the P335 M-PHY probes for PG3A with up to 6 Gbps across four lanes and adjustable voltage on a channel-by-channel basis in real time. The probe is designed for use with Tektronix DPO/DSA/MSO70000B Series oscilloscopes.

Dave Slack, marketing manager, Technology Solutions Group, Tektronix comments that M-PHY is seen as an extremely important new high-speed serial interface for the mobile device industry.

He adds that Tektronix is confident about delivering the industry’s first set of M-PHY testing tools. Their active involvement with the MIPI Alliance will help them meet the needs of M-PHY designers looking for signal testing guidance at high speeds.

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