Agilent Technologies Inc. has released details of fixture kits for USB 3.0 connectors and cable-assembly compliance tests. The USB fixture kits are provided by Hosiden, a Japanese manufacturer, and are available through Hosiden's distributor, BitifEye Digital Test Solutions.
The fixture kits enable design engineers to connect test equipment to USB 3.0 connectors and cable assemblies used in portable consumer electronic devices so they can test for potential compliance issues.
The fixture kits are used in conjunction with the Agilent E5071C ENA network analyzer option TDR, a one-box solution covering all the measurements required for USB 3.0 compliance as defined by the latest cable and connector test specification from the USB Implementers Forum. The forum has certified the fixture kits for USB 3.0 connectors and cable-assembly compliance tests.
Engineers can debug data signal-integrity issues using ENA Option TDR and USB fixture kits and Agilent also offers a method of implementation and dedicated state files for USB 3.0 connectors and cable-assembly compliance tests. The method of implementation guides users through the compliance tests and introduces the most efficient test procedure. The state file allows designers to skip the tedious setup operation for the compliance tests.
The BitifEye standard cable test fixture kit (product number BIT-USB-CBL-0001) contains standard A and B receptacles, a micro-B receptacle, and necessary calibration boards and terminations.