Advanced Cable Tester - Level 1 Application

Advanced Cable Tester - Level 1 Application

Part Number: TP603010

Distribution: Physical Shipment

Availability: Limited Availability

Price: $1,500.00

The Advanced Cable Tester is the first comprehensive cable tester on the market. Please note, it requires installation on the Promira™ Serial Platform.

The Total Phase Advanced Cable Tester - Level 1 is the quickest and most convenient way to test USB Type-C cables. It provides thorough continuity testing, DC resistance measurement for safe operation/reliability, and E-Marker verification. Rapid spot-checking of cables, easy-to-understand reports, and 100% test coverage are now available to casual, laboratory, and production environments at a fraction of the price, setup time, and labor versus any alternate solutions.

The USB Type-C cable is the most technically advanced cable available. High voltage and current, coupled with 10 Gbps data rates and numerous wires drive ubiquity and, with it, complexity. Test and validation of cables has always been essential, but with the added risk of fire increasing liability, complete testing of these new cables is more critical than ever.

The Advanced Cable Tester enables this essential testing, without expensive scopes, custom fixtures, and highly trained personnel, saving hundreds of thousands of dollars.

All pins are checked for continuity, preventing dangerous situations like shorts of VBUS to data signals, VBUS/GND reversal, etc.

DCR and IR Drop testing confirms that each power pin (VBUS and GND) is capable of carrying the required current to meet the applicable specification. For Type-C cables, each power pin is individually measured, then the cable as a whole is tested.

E-Marker testing reads the data from any present E-Marker, then validates the advertised data and power capabilities against the actual measured parameters of the cable. Additionally, fields such as Vendor ID, Product ID, Test ID, firmware and hardware versions can be set by the operator, for easy pass/fail determination of cables through a QA process.

A REST API is available for integration of the Advanced Cable Tester into a larger test infrastructure. This integration can be very high-level: taking just a real-time pass/fail indication; or much more integrated: retrieving all details for custom processing, analysis, logging, etc.

The Advanced Cable Tester itself supports testing of both Full-Featured and USB 2.0 Type-C cables. Adapter cards are available for legacy connectors, enabling testing of additional types of cables:

  • Standard-A to Micro-B (USB 2.0 & USB 3.1)
  • Standard-A to Type-C (USB 2.0 & USB 3.1)
  • Standard-A to Lightning (USB 2.0)
  • Type-C to Micro-B (USB 2.0 & USB 3.1)
  • Type-C to Lightning (USB 2.0)
  • Lightning to Micro-B (USB 2.0 & USB 3.1)

The Data Sheet for the Advanced Cable Tester can be downloaded from this link.

The purchase of your Advanced Cable Tester – Level 1 Application includes one year of support, allowing you to download any updates for this application for 12 months after purchase.

The optional Advanced Cable Tester - Level 2 Application software upgrade includes all the above, plus the ability to test and validate all High-Speed and SuperSpeed wire pairs.

Use the Quick Start Guide to help you get started. 

Detailed technical information about Advanced Cable Tester applications and the Promira Serial Platform can be found in the following: 


Test Coverage 
  • Comprehensive cable IR drop for VBUS & GND based on DC resistance measurement
  • DC resistance of each individual power pin — 16 measurements for Type-C
  • Continuity checking of all pins/wires for opens/shorts
  • For Electrically Marked Cable Assemblies ("EMCAs") E-Marker operation and correctness is compared to measured cable characteristics
  • All parameters have defaults to prove spec compliance, and can be overridden for more strict requirements
    • Solution Features
      • Compatible with all Type-C cables including Full-Featured and USB 2.0 Type-C cables
      • Available adapters for testing other cable types:
        • Standard-A to Micro-B (USB 2.0 & USB 3.1)
        • Standard-A to Type-C (USB 2.0 & USB 3.1)
        • Standard-A  to Lightning (USB 2.0)
        • Type-C to Micro-B (USB 2.0 & USB 3.1)
        • Type-C to Lightning (USB 2.0)
        • Lightning to Micro-B (USB 2.0 & USB 3.1)
          • Continuous test mode (burn-in)
          • Real-time results
          • Results displayed on LEDs for stand-alone operation — no PC required
          • Detailed measurements and eye diagrams available via web interface
          • Ideal for laboratory and manufacturing applications
          Built on Promira Serial Platform 
          • Easy software updates
          • Ethernet/USB connectivity
          • Remotely accessible
          Advanced Cable Tester API 
          • REST API accessible via USB or Ethernet port
          • Full control of all test profile parameters
          • Real-time pass/fail status
          • Retrieve detailed test reports, logs, and statistics
          • Upgrade for programming of E-Markers (future release)  
          What's Included: 
          • Advanced Cable Tester - Level 1 Application (via download)
          • (1) Advanced Cable Tester Hardware
          • (1) 34-Pin: 34-Pin Header Cable 40 mm
          • (1) Type-C: Type-C Test Cable 
          • Warranty
The following applies to the hardware that accompanies the Advanced Cable Tester - Level 1 Application. 
  • REACH, RoHS, China RoHS
  • Manufacturing: ISO 9001, ISO 13485, AS9100C
  • Pro-rated hardware warranty
TDC Characteristics
  • Power Consumption: 900 mA @ 5 V with Promira platform
  • 77.5 x 29.2 x 115.6 mm (3.05 x 1.15 x 4.55 in) (W x D x L)
  • Advanced Cable Tester Hardware:  125 g (4.41 oz)
Operating Temperature
  •  10º–35º C (50º–95º F)

PC Requirements & Supported Operating Systems (32-bit and 64-bit)

  • Windows: XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10 
  • Linux: Red Hat, SuSE, Ubuntu
  • Mac OS X: 10.7-10.11