The MAX3987 evaluation kit (EV kit) is a fully assembled and tested PCB that demonstrates the capabilities of the MAX3987 8.5Gbps quad equalizer and preemphasis driver. The EV kit can be controlled using a PC to run the evaluation software or using DIP switches mounted on the EV kit to bias hardware pins. The included software is Windows® compatible and provides a simple graphical user interface (GUI) to configure all available device features. The software communicates with the EV kit through a USB port and provides three methods for configuration. The primary method is a simple point-and-click interface. The other debug interfaces allow direct register read/write operations, or software-controlled external pin programming. The data I/O traces on the EV kit are controlled impedance with matched lengths. All external connections are AC-coupled with standard SMA connectors for easy connection to test equipment.
SMA Connectors for Inputs and Outputs
Controlled Impedance and Matched Length Input and Output Signal Traces
Software- or Hardware-Controlled Operation
Windows Software Provides Point-and-Click Access to MAX3987 Features
Silkscreen Labels Identify All Signal Traces, Connectors, Jumpers, and LEDs
Power Through USB or External 5V Supply
FR4 and Cable Equalization
Preemphasis and Receive Equalization
XAUI and XAUI2, Fibre Channel, Interlaken, InfiniBandTM/SM, SAS-2 and SATA Revision 3 OOB
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