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DDR Tools Solutions - Pick the write one for the Job!

2020-06-22  |  3 min read 

Overview

When you build a home, you use multiple different types of tools. Some tools are used for roughing, while other tools for precision work, such as installing molding. Even more precise tools for finer cabinetry work. Depending on the tools and skillset you have, you may decide to upgrade your workshop or subcontract the finer work. 

Similarly, designing for today’s high-performance DDR5 requires measurement tools that can address smaller eye size and faster rise and fall times. Selecting the proper tool allows you to more accurately design test and validate your build. DDR5 Design margins requirements are becoming so tight that new measurement test methods are required.  It would help to have tools with higher vertical accuracy and timing performance.

 

Figure 1. Simulated with Memory Designer  - Jitter injected at transmiter, and eye measured at the DRAM Solder-Ball Receiver Input

DDR5 SOLUTIONS

Bit error rate testers (BERTs), oscilloscopes, probes, and associated compliance software alleviate some of the challenges when working on the physical layer. For a more in-depth analysis of the OSI layers, logic analyzers can help you test and debug your designs for functional and protocol compliance.

 

Conclusion

Keysight offers the complete suite of tools to test, validate, characterize, and optimize your DDR5 / LPDDR5 implementation. 

The Keysight M8020A J-BERT, UXR-Series oscilloscopes, and U4164A logic analyzer offer a best-in-class solution of DDR5 design test tools. From physical-layer testing, characterization, and device compliance to software trace, functional, and protocol compliance, Keysight has you covered.

Here are the recommended lab tools for your DDR5 / LPDDR5 design: 

 

Click here to learn more about  DDR Technology Testing Solutions and  DDR Memory: Test Challenges from DDR3 to DDR4 and DDR5.  

Contact one of our experts to help you configure your DDR solution: http://www.keysight.com/find/contactus.