USB3.2 release just around the corner – test 1×2, 2×2 and retimer devices
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Where can I download VF?
I have not yet bought VF. Can I evaluate it first?
Yes you can. If you are a new user there is a possibility for a 30 day trial license. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in a trail license. You must however apply from a company mail address, not a private mail address.
I have bought VF. How can I get my license activated?
Congratulation!! We hope you will enjoy our software. In order to get your license activated, please send the Site Code and MID information to email@example.com. Please do not send a screenshot. Instead use the “copy to clipboard” button on the screen to share the information.
Can I have a floating license?
For N5990A Software options as well as for BIT-20xx-xxxx options this is not possible. The license is fixed to one computer. For N5991 there is in addition a possibility for a transportable license.
Can I move the license to another computer?
For PC Guard installations (prior to November 2019)
When the user wants to move to a new system, the recommended way is to:
Remove the license from the old PC
Install the software on the new PC
License the software on the new PC
To remove the old license:
You must hold the shift-key while clicking the application icon. This brings up the licensing dialog from our protection tool
Select “Remove License”, and enter the activation code. Click “Continue” and confirm. The removal code is shown. Note that the license on that PC is now expired
Please send the removal code to firstname.lastname@example.org. We compare it with the removal code in our data base. If the codes match, we know you successfully removed the license and we can proceed with issuing a new license.
Please note this is done only for troubleshooting and we do this service one time for free. For every following incident, we reserve the right to charge 500 USD for this process.
Further documentation with screenshots can be found at the download section.
Can I extend my license to other standards?
Yes you can. VF is a modular system regarless if this is a N5990A installation or N5991. At N5990A one Test sequencer (Opt. 010) is needed in any case. With this you can combine any of our receiver / sink test automation option.
With N5991 the test sequencer comes for free in the module. So this is even more flexible and you can design you test station very infidicually towards your needs.E.g. it is possible to combine a PCIe Gen4 with USB 3.2, but to have PCI Gen5 and TBT3 on another installation. With a tranferable licenses you can also do occasional moves within the different test set ups.
But please note that different standards may need different hardware set ups. Please check this first at our download page.
Which software options do I need, in order to test a certain standard?
Can I test serveral standards with the same PC?
What is PCIe LTS?/Why do we still need it if ValiFrame can control LTSSM?
The Keysight PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect) Express Link Training Suite (N5990A-301) is a software tool which allows to train PCI Express 3.0 links. It controls the pattern sequencer of an Keysight N4903B J-BERT or M8020A J-BERT (Jitter Bit Error Ratio Tester) to bring the device under test into the loopback mode. Enabling the loopback mode is usually a prerequisite for receiver compliance testing.
While ValiFrame can also train devices into loopback mode, the Link Training Suite provides more detailed control of the training parameters. This can be used to debug devices that need specific parameters for loopback training to work corretly. Once those specific settings are found they can be transferred to ValiFrame and used there.
The Link Training Suite is mainly a debugging tool. It offers the user more freedom to experiment than ValiFrame while still using the same set of calibration data to make sure what you set is really what you get.
How do I connect to the BIT-2100?
Can I use the BIT-2100 for custom applications?
How do I connect the BIT-21000 from a Keysight Oscilloscope Application?
What are the electrical characteristics of the BIT-2100?
What does “unterminated” and “terminated” mean?
Where can I find more information about the BIT-2100?
Can I use the BIT-3000 DSGA for custom applications?
What is the maximum data rate of the BIT-3000?
The clock module can be programmed up to 100 MHz, which means the maximum NRZ data rate is 100 MBit/s. PWM data can be generated as NRZ data, i.e. up to 33 MBit/s. The analyzer modules can handle NRZ data up to 100 MBit/s NRZ or 33 MBit/s PWM.