Montreal, Canada, August 25, 2021 – Introspect Technology, leading manufacturer of test and measurement tools for high-speed digital applications, announced today the introduction of the SV4E-SLVSEC 16-Lane, 6.5 Gbps SLVS-EC Protocol Analyzer. This ultra-compact instrument enables the development, debugging, and testing of image sensor and camera systems based on the Scalable Low Voltage Signaling Embedded Clock (SLVS-EC) Version 2.0 protocol. This protocol is also referred to as the JIIA EVI-001-2019, and it was published recently by the Japan Industrial Imaging Association (JIIA). Promising the enablement of extremely high frame rate and high resolution sensing and vision solutions, this interface protocol supports high bandwidth payload transfer using a fully differential, embedded clock signaling scheme. It is uniquely positioned to support future CMOS image sensor implementations targeting automotive and robotics applications. The SV4E-SLVSEC’s unique analog front-end technology provides high-confidence design validation at speeds far exceeding the latest SLVS-EC standards.
“The SLVS-EC Version 2.0 interface is establishing itself as a viable solution for a certain class of high performance CMOS image sensors that have traditionally relied on LVDS or SLVS signaling. Introspect Technology is thrilled to help the leading image sensor manufacturers transition to it,” said Dr. Mohamed Hafed, Introspect Technology CEO. “Staying true to the Introspect tradition of supporting product engineers throughout the lifecycle of development and high volume manufacturing, the SV4E-SVLSEC is packed with features that help at both ends of the product creation spectrum: from gaining deep insights during the debug phases to reducing test times with go/no-go testing during mass production”, he continued.
Completely Integrated Solution
The most important hallmark of the SV4E-SLVSEC analyzer is that it is a completely integrated solution residing in a small form factor instrument that is the size of a large smartphone or small tablet computer. The analog front end features a linear amplifier, a continuous-time linear equalizer, a high performance clock and data recovery (CDR) circuit, and fine phase and window comparator controls. This makes it a true ATE-on-Bench solution that can be used during the early days of development and also during end-of-line mass production testing and calibration.
Multiple Interface Topologies
With 16 lanes that are fully programmable, the SV4E-SLVSEC can be used to test single-interface and multiple-interface image sensor topologies. Additionally, each interface topology can be configured with different lane support. This flexibility means that a single test and measurement tool can be deployed across multiple applications, and this helps support fragmented roadmap strategies that are becoming more and more prevalent in modern product development paradigms.
Award Winning Software
Control of the SV4E-SLVSEC happens through the award winning Introspect ESP Software. The software strikes a perfect balance between ease of use and infinite programmability. On the one hand, all capture parameters are easily accessible through property tables that enable one-click analysis of SVLS-EC packets and/or video frames. And, on the other, the software offers a comprehensive Python-based integrated development environment, thus allowing the creation of automated tests in a matter of minutes.
Advanced Trigger Modes
Just like all Introspect Technology analyzers, the SV4E-SLVSEC features a hardware analysis engine that allows for triggering captures based on a wide range of conditions. Triggering can be based on events (for example, a frame start), on symbols (for example, a startCode or other specified dataSymbol), or on errors.
The unveiling of Introspect Technology’s SV4E-SLVSEC analyzer reaffirms the company’s commitment to high-speed product engineers across a broad spectrum of applications, interface protocols, and deployment paradigms. The analyzer leverages a decade’s worth of research and development in ultra-compact analog measurement technology that is coupled with sophisticated signal processing and signal correction techniques. It is not only valuable for verification engineers that perform traditional characterization tasks, but it is also ideal for FPGA developers and software developers who need rapid turnaround signal verification tools or hardware-software interoperability confirmation tools.
About Introspect Technology
Founded in 2012, Introspect Technology designs and manufactures innovative test and measurement equipment for high-speed digital applications. Whether it is the next smartphone or the level-4 autonomy engine in a mobility solution, our award-winning tools are used to develop, test, and manufacture next-generation products. In short, we help the leading global technology companies make tomorrow’s technology today’s possibility.