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Device Controller Emulator tests NVMe driver, SSD compatibility.

August 23, 2012 - Combining emulation capability and test configurability in one card, NVM Express (NVMe) Device Controller Emulator enables host system boards that integrate PCIe I/O to be tested for NVMe operation and performance. Card is recognized by OS, can emulate storage device, and is based on Summit Z3-16 Exerciser, which supports all PCIe speeds from 2.5-8 GT/s as well as x1, x2, x4, x8, and x16 lane widths. Exerciser can perform NVMe device emulation as well as host side.
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Teledyne LeCroy Corporation
700 Chestnut Ridge Road
Chestnut Ridge, NY, 10977
USA


Teledyne LeCroy Announces New NVM Express Device Controller Emulator


Test Host Systems' Ability to Work with NVM Express Driver for SSDs

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Teledyne LeCroy Corporation, the worldwide leader in protocol test solutions, today demonstrated its new NVM Express (NVMe) Device Controller Emulator. NVMe is a storage-focused protocol based on the highly adopted and efficient PCI Express® protocol. NVMe-based solid state disks (SSDs) require a driver to allow them to be recognized by the operating system as a storage device. The Teledyne LeCroy NVMe Device Controller Emulator is recognized by the operating system and can emulate a storage device. Combining this emulation capability and test configurability in one test card enables host system boards that integrate PCI Express I/O to be easily tested for NVMe operation and performance.

Two years ago, Teledyne LeCroy was the first company to introduce a PCI Express protocol analyzer with NVM Express decoding functionality. Since that time Teledyne LeCroy has added decoding for SCSI Express (SOP/PQI) and SATA Express (AHCI/PCIe). Integrating all three PCIe® SSD technologies into a single protocol analyzer gives developers versatile tools that can show essential details regarding proper data transmission and bus performance. These tools have been at the heart of much of the PCIe SSD interoperability testing that has occurred over the last couple of years.

"The Summit Z3-16 Exerciser when applied to testing SSD devices and systems provides high functionality with regard to the individual PCIe SSD technologies. NVM Express testing will especially benefit with both device and host emulation," said John Wiedemeier, Product Marketing Manager for the Interconnect Communications Group, Teledyne LeCroy Corporation. "The combination of easily viewing SSD decodes with the protocol analyzer and using a PCIe SSD test system for either device or host testing provides developers with effective tools to get the validation job done quickly and accurately."

The Teledyne LeCroy NVMe Device Controller Emulator is based on the Teledyne LeCroy Summit Z3-16 Exerciser. This tool supports all PCIe speeds from 2.5 GT/ s up to 8 GT/s, and can support lane widths of x1, x2, x4, x8 and x16. The Windows 7 device driver is also compatible with the Teledyne LeCroy NVMe Device Controller Emulator. Not only can it perform NVMe device emulation but this exerciser can also emulate the host side, making it a versatile test tool to do SSD device testing for NVM Express, SCSI Express and SATA Express SSD storage systems. The Teledyne LeCroy Summit Z3-16 exerciser has been chosen as the hardware test platform for the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab's (UNH-IOL) NVMe Compliance program.

"The availability of NVMe emulation test tools is an illustration of a growing ecosystem around NVM Express," said Jim Pappas, Director of Technology Initiatives, Datacenter & Connected Systems Group, Intel Corporation. "Adopters of NVM Express may now use an emulation tool to help speed their development and improve their competitiveness within the NVM Express environment."

Teledyne LeCroy's protocol analyzers have been at the forefront of PCI Express development. All Teledyne LeCroy protocol analyzers feature a hierarchical display, real-time statistics, protocol traffic summaries, detailed error reports, powerful scripting, and the ability to create user-defined test reports which allow developers to troubleshoot intricate problems and finish their projects on time.

Availability

The NVMe Device Controller emulation feature is included, at no additional charge, with the PETracer(TM) 6.60 software release on the Summit Z3-16 exerciser. For additional information, contact Teledyne LeCroy at 1-800-5LeCroy (1-800-553-2769) or visit Teledyne LeCroy's web site at teledynelecroy.com.

About Teledyne LeCroy

Teledyne LeCroy is a worldwide leader in serial data test solutions, creating advanced instruments that drive product innovation by quickly measuring, analyzing and verifying complex electronic signals. The Company offers high-performance oscilloscopes, signal integrity test solutions and global communications protocol analyzers used by design engineers in the computer, semiconductor and consumer electronics, data storage, automotive and industrial, telecommunications, and military and aerospace markets. Teledyne LeCroy's 48-year heritage of technical innovation is the foundation for its recognized leadership in "WaveShape Analysis" - capturing, viewing and measuring the high-speed signals that drive today's information and communications technologies. Teledyne LeCroy is headquartered in Chestnut Ridge, New York. Company information is available at teledynelecroy.com.

© 2012 by Teledyne LeCroy All rights reserved. Specifications are subject to change without notice.

CONTACT: Media contact: Peter Fletcher, TechniPubs, +1-408-373-5601; or Teledyne LeCroy: John Wiedemeier, Product Marketing Manager, +1-408-486-7211; or Customer contact: Teledyne LeCroy Customer Care Center, +1-800-553-2769
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