USI Develops PCle Gen.5 Test Platform Solution

The PCIe Gen.5 technology is increasing in popularity. Amid this, high-speed data transfer and low latency are now essential application requirements for industries such as gaming, data centers and cloud computing, high-performance computing, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, as well as automotive and aerospace. Thus, USI launches its self-developed PCIe Gen.5 mass production test platform solution. This aims to meet the urgent need of these industries to build product ecosystems supporting the PCI interface.

USI is a well-known enterprise with 17 years of expertise in solid-state drive (SSD) products. Specifically, it provides end-to-end services from R&D, validation to mass production, and is renowned for its top product quality in the industry. The launch of the PCIe Gen.5 mass production test platform solution demonstrates USI’s technical strength and innovative capabilities in this field.

Specifically, the transfer rate of PCIe Gen.5 doubles to 32GT/s compared to the previous generation. This requires more stringent signal transmission. Also, the technology-supporting ecosystem is not yet complete. The mass production test platform must have stricter design and validation for the controller, PCB material, wire length, signal path, connector, and software settings. These result in significantly increased development cycle time, technical risk, and cost. Currently, there are few solutions that support PCIe Gen.5 testing in the market. However, these solutions are costly, with long lead time, and the supply from foreign manufacturers is limited. Thus, USI launches its self-developed mass production test platform solution to address these challenges.

USI’s solid-state drive (SSD) generic production testing solution offers many advantages. The platform is deployed in a standard rack and suits a modular design while testing port modules are added or removed as needed. Moreover, a single cabinet supports testing for 80 U.2 drives or 40 AIC drives, with a single port supporting up to 150W power consumption. Additionally, the platform supports all ports running at full PCIe Gen.5 speed simultaneously, with voltage and current measurement and protection, skew testing, hot-swapping, unified platform software management, software upgrades, platform self-verification, flexible capacity configuration options, and affordable total operating costs for the testing platform. These features provide customers with a more efficient, stable, and flexible testing solution.

Jaguar Meng, PM of Storage Array & Interconnect PLM of USI, said “USI’s self-developed mass production testing platform solution will provide efficient, stable, and flexible testing support for the PCIe Gen.5 industry. In addition, USI also provides customized support based on a generic testing plan. With its intellectual property in the product, we offer customized PCIe Gen.5 interface product mass production support. Among them are custom interfaces, temperature variation environments, and mass production testing program development based on customers’ specific needs. This will greatly improve users’ production efficiency, reduce technical risks, and enhance product competitiveness.”

Specifically, this solution showcases USI’s technical strength and innovation in the SSD industry. Also, it serves as a testament to the company’s continuous exploration of technology bottlenecks and innovative solutions. With USI’s generic testing solution and customized support, the company will become a reliable partner for PCIe Gen.5 interface production testing, making an important contribution to the development of the entire industry.