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Keysight helps accelerate the development of SK hynix’s memory technology

Article by: Keysight Technologies Inc.

SK hynix selected Keysight’s embedded PCIe 5.0 test platforms to accelerate its memory semiconductor development.

SK hynix Inc. has selected Keysight Technologies Inc.’s embedded Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) 5.0 test platforms to accelerate its development of memory semiconductors used to design advanced products capable of supporting high data speeds and manage massive amounts of data.

SK hynix develops solid-state memory solutions with Compute Express Link (CXL) technology to meet the performance and capacity requirements of next-generation mobile phones, computers, data servers and road vehicles. Keysight’s integrated solutions for simulation, characterization, and physical-layer validation of PCIe 5.0 devices enable SK hynix to accelerate testing and development of dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) and new PCIe devices. generation with high-speed CXL memory interconnect technology.

“Keysight is pleased to provide SK hynix PCIe 5.0 test solutions that validate the performance of high-capacity, power-efficient memory storage devices used in edge and cloud computing, data centers, 5G devices and radio access network equipment,” said Joachim Peerlings, vice president of network and data center solutions at Keysight. “Keysight’s PCIe test platforms enable SK hynix to validate the performance of high-bandwidth memory expansion modules deployed in many Fourth Industrial Revolution applications.

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Keysight ensures consistency in test results through its contributions to PCI SIG, a consortium responsible for specifying PCI standards. Consistency in testing standards allows vendors to confidently release new PCIe 5.0 technology designs that interact as intended with other vendors’ products.

Based in South Korea, SK hynix is ​​a leading semiconductor supplier offering Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) chips, Flash Memory (NAND Flash) chips and CMOS Image Sensors (CIS) for a wide range of distinguished clients around the world.

Hyung-Soo Kim, Head of DRAM AE at SK hynix, said, “SK hynix greatly appreciates Keysight’s expertise, especially the company’s PCIe 5.0 test solutions. Keysight’s oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, bit error rate testers and PCIe transceiver (TRX) test solutions enable SK hynix to advance the development of memory semiconductors based on DRAM and NAND technologies.

Keysight integrates hardware and software platforms to create solutions that allow SK hynix to perform both receive and transmit testing. These include:

  • Infiniium UXR Series Real-Time Oscilloscope for Visually Representing Voltage Signal Variations as Waveforms (UXR0504A)
  • 64 Gbaud High Performance Bit Error Rate (BERT) Tester for Receiver Testing (M8040A)
  • PCI Express 5 Card Electromechanical (CEM) Receiver Test Automation Software for Testing, Debugging, and Characterizing PCIe 5.0 CEM Expansion Cards and Systems (N5991PC5A)
  • PCIe 5.0 Transmitter Electrical Performance Validation and Compliance Software (D9050PCIC)