Advanced Cable Tester - Level 2 Application

Advanced Cable Tester - Level 2 Application

Part Number: TP603110

Distribution: Download

Availability: Limited Availability

Price: $1,000.00

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Please note, this is an application that requires installation on the Promira™ Serial Platform. The Advanced Cable Tester - Level 1 Application is a pre-requisite to using this application.

With the Total Phase Advanced Cable Tester - Level 1 Application you have the ability to do critical safety testing for Type-C and other USB cables. The Level 2 application goes beyond this to enable high-fidelity data throughput measurement at up to 12GBit/s.

The Level 2 application performs Signal Integrity testing, checking all SuperSpeed and USB2 pairs to verify they meet the relevant specifications. Testing is done at 518Mbit for USB2, and at 5Gbit, 10Gbit, or even up to 12Gbit for SuperSpeed lines.

Eye Diagram taken with Advance Cable Tester - Level 2

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

E-Marker testing reads the data from any present E-Marker, and validates the advertised data and power capabilities against the actual measured parameters of the cable.  As with the Level 1 application, 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.

Along with this signal integrity testing, all pins are still 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.

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. With the Level 2 Application, the eye diagram visualization can be retrieved for any tests run.

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:

  • A-to-Micro-B (USB 2.0 & USB 3.1)
  • A-to-C (USB 2.0 & USB 3.1)
  • A-to-Lightning (USB 2.0)
  • C-to-Micro-B (USB 2.0 & USB 3.1)
  • C-to-Lightning (USB 2.0)
  • Lightning-to-Micro-B (USB 2.0 & USB 3.1)
Testing USB Type-C Cables? Check out our sample test results library of Type-C to Type-C cables here.

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

The purchase of your Advanced Cable Tester – Level 2 Application includes one year of support, allowing you to download any updates for this application for 12 months after purchase.

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 
  • Test signal integrity for D+/D– (480 Mbps) and all four SuperSpeed pairs (5 Gbps, 10 Gbps, up to 12Gbit/s), validate eye openings, and capture and display eye diagrams.
  • 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 Full-Featured and USB 2.0 Type-C cables
  • Available adapters for testing other cable types:
      A-to-Micro-B (USB 2.0 & USB 3.1)
      A-to-C (USB 2.0 & USB 3.1)
      A-to-Lightning (USB 2.0)
      C-to-Micro-B (USB 2.0 & USB 3.1)
      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 2 Application (via download)

The Advanced Cable Tester - Level 2 Application is a download that runs on your Promira Serial Platform. Once you have purchased a Promira Serial Platform, you'll be able to instantly download and add new applications as they become available. 

All applications include one full-year of software maintenance.  As long as your software maintenance is current, you can take advantage of our five-star support.  Any time you purchase a new application for your Promira Serial Platform, we'll automatically extend the software maintenance for all applications that have current maintenance support (applications that are out of support do not receive this benefit, so it's always best to keep the maintenance current on your applications).  That means if you purchase one new application per year, all your applications will be eligible for software support.  Don't worry - if your software support is about to expire, we'll let you know and you'll have the option of purchasing continued software support.

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 (Click here for more information)
DC 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)
  • 125 g (4.41 oz)
Operating Temperature
  •  10º–35º C (50º–95º F)

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

  • Windows: 7, 8, 8.1, 10 
  • Linux: Red Hat, SuSE, Ubuntu, Fedora
  • Mac OS X: 10.7-10.14
  • Web Browser with HTML5 compatibility (Firefox, Chrome, Edge, etc.)

Advanced Cable Tester User Manual
Advanced Cable Tester Quick Start Guide