Thunderbolt™ Compliance, Verification and Characterization


Keep Up with the Latest Standards

The new Thunderbolt 3 and Thunderbolt 4 standards were designed to take advantage
of the higher bandwidth, larger storage, and faster data rates of next generation product
designs. But these technical improvements create a number of validation and compliance
testing challenges:

  • Complex jitter decomposition
  • Backward compatibility
  • Debugging physical and protocol layers

Keeping pace with the next generation of data rates and upcoming standards requires
end-to-end solutions that can help engineers design, validate and debug their products.

Tektronix’s Thunderbolt testing solution is designed to be both comprehensive and adaptable
to your unique projects. Our hardware enables accurate, repeatable measurements you can
rely on, and our automated software reduces test time and complexity by handling setup and

Thunderbolt is a trademark of Intel Corporation. USB4™ is a trademark of the Universal
Serial Bus Implementers Forum (USB-IF).


Comprehensive and Adaptable Thunderbolt Solutions


Thunderbolt 3 & 4 Transmitter Compliance Testing

Tektronix’s Thunderbolt 3 and 4 transmitter automated solution provides precise
measurements and includes DUT automation, enabling one-click validation of
relevant transmitter tests. Other helpful features include:

  • Support for both USB4™ Controller and TBT3 Controller
  • Support for both TenLira/TDT scripts and USB4 ETT scripts
  • Serial Data Link Analysis (SDLA) tool supports de-embedding, embedding,
    equalization, and custom channel characterization

Tektronix’s solutions are designed to help you accurately and efficiently validate,
debug, and optimize your designs.

View the Thunderbolt 3 and 4 Tx Datasheet

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Thunderbolt 3 & 4 Receiver Compliance Solution

Tektronix closely monitors the nuances of receiver testing as test specifications continue to evolve. Our expertise enables you to have confidence in your compliance test results.

Tektronix and Anritsu have collaborated to offer a joint solution for Thunderbolt receiver testing that integrates the Anritsu BERT MP1900A with a Tektronix real-time oscilloscope to make Thunderbolt 3 and 4 Rx compliance tests easier than ever.

View the Thunderbolt 3 and 4 Rx Datasheet

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DPO70000SX ATI Performance Oscilloscope MSO/DPO70000DX Mixed Signal/Digital Phosphor Oscilloscopes

Bandwidth of 70 GHz.
Sample rate of 200 GS/s: Lowest Noise.
Highest Fidelity. Maximum Performance

Bandwidths 8 GHz to 33 GHz. Sample rate of 100 GS/s.