Tektronix PPG1601

1 Channel Programmable Pattern Generator 16 Gb/s

Model: Tektronix PPG1601
Description: 1 Channel Programmable Pattern Generator 16 Gb/s
Data Sheet PDF: Tektronix PPG1601


The Tektronix PatternPro® series programmable pattern generators provide up to four channels of stressed pattern generation for high-speed Datacom testing.

Key performance specifications

  • Low inherent jitter (typical RJ <250 fs)
  • 11 ps typical 20% to 80% rise/fall times
  • Variable output amplitude:
    • 300 mV to 1.0 V for PPG3200
    • 250 mV to 2.0 V for PPG1600 and PPG3000 series
  • Low frequency, high amplitude jitter insertion range of 10 Hz to 10 MHz at up to 5000 UI (PPG3200 series with Option LFJIT)
  • BUJ amplitudes up to 50 psp-p with modulation rates up to 2.5 Gb/s (with Option HFJIT)
  • 35% to 65% programmable crossing point (PPG1600 & PPG3000 series)

Key features

  • Available with 1, 2, or 4 output channels of 16, 30, or 32 Gb/s (independent data on all channels)
  • Provides full end-to-end multi-channel BER test solution when paired with the PED series error detector
  • Jitter insertion options include BUJ, SJ, RJ, and PJ
  • Aligned data on multi-channel units
  • Full rate built-in adjustable clock source
  • DC coupled differential data outputs
  • Programmable output amplitude, offset, and crossing point
  • PRBS and user defined patterns
  • Adjustable channel phase delay
  • Front panel touch screen GUI or USB computer control


  • Multi-channel 25 Gb/s testing for 100 G Ethernet
  • DQPSK and DP-QPSK testing
  • CFP2 and CFP4 testing
  • Multi-level signal testing
  • Semiconductor and component testing

Product description

The Tektronix PatternPro® line of high-performance pattern generators offer single and multi-channel configurations capable of data rates up to 32 Gb/s. With optional jitter insertion, the PPG line offers a flexible, cost effective and easy to use test solution supporting high speed applications such as 100 Gigabit Ethernet, 32G Fibre channel, PAM4, DP-QPSK testing, and a broad range of receiver test applications. The single unit multi-channel configurations provide aligned, pattern-independent data outputs that support testing of crosstalk immunity and multi-channel functionality. The PPG line can be paired with the Tektronix PED line of Error Detector products to provide a complete BER test capability.

Tektronix PPG1601 Product Overview