VIAVI Introduces Protocol Exerciser for PCIe 5.0 Traffic Validation

VIAVI selected as a principal supplier of PCIe 5.0 analyzer/exerciser solutions by Broadcom to meet demands of tomorrow’s compute-intensive infrastructure

San Jose, Calif., December 2, 2020 – VIAVI Solutions Inc. (VIAVI) (NASDAQ: VIAV) today introduced the Xgig® Protocol Exerciser for the 5P16 Platform for protocol traffic validation and performance evaluation. Together with the recently introduced Xgig® 5P16 Analyzer — the first 16-lane protocol analysis system for PCIe 5.0 — the VIAVI Xgig Protocol Exerciser enables powerful real-time emulation, manipulation and analysis of PCIe 5.0 data traffic at all layers of the stack.

"Component and equipment manufacturers are in a race to develop robust technologies that can reliably handle emerging compute-intensive applications, from 400 Gigabit Ethernet and hyperscale networks to artificial intelligence," said Tom Fawcett, Vice President and General Manager, Lab and Production Business Unit, VIAVI. "The flexibility and performance of the Xgig Protocol Exerciser helps leading-edge manufacturers like Broadcom lead in that race by enabling validation of complex test cases that were not previously possible."

The VIAVI Xgig Protocol Exerciser enables in-depth protocol evaluation and debugging at 32Gbps per lane, as well as testing for PCIe compliance, allowing development of network technologies to meet the demands of tomorrow’s high-speed, high-performance computing applications. The Xgig Exerciser Solution includes a system chassis, test stand interposer for device under test (DUT) connectivity, and the exerciser license key. With a modular architecture and an implementation tightly coupled to a full-featured analysis system, the Xgig Protocol Exerciser reduces the need for extra hardware investments, while a familiar Xgig management interface helps limit training needs, minimizing overall design and development costs.

Xgig Exerciser Host Test Stand for PCI Express® 5.0

"Broadcom has selected VIAVI Solutions as a key supplier for PCIe Gen 5.0 Analyzer/ Exerciser/ Jammer products. We performed a careful review in the marketplace and determined that the VIAVI Xgig 5P16 family matches our requirements for development and validation of our industry-leading PCIe Gen 5.0 products," said Dan Roehrich, Vice President of IC Development, Data Center Solutions Group, Broadcom. "We believe VIAVI’s ability to simultaneously inject errors and capture the data stream of 16 lanes, each running at 32Gbps, is unique in enabling detailed protocol and performance evaluation, at all layers of the PCIe stack. Thus, allowing Broadcom to bring to market a robust and thoroughly tested solution."


VIAVI (NASDAQ: VIAV) is a global provider of network test, monitoring and assurance solutions for communications service providers, enterprises, network equipment manufacturers, government and avionics. We help these customers harness the power of instruments, automation, intelligence and virtualization to Command the network. VIAVI is also a leader in light management solutions for 3D sensing, anti-counterfeiting, consumer electronics, industrial, automotive, and defense applications. Learn more about VIAVI at Follow us on VIAVI Perspectives, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.

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