VMETRO Unveils Free Host Exerciser for PCI Express, PCI-X, PCI

VMETRO has released a free utility for developers of PCI Express, PCI-X and PCI systems. The Vanguard Host Exerciser is a powerful utility that enables the user to generate PCIe, PCI-X or PCI traffic, perform memory testing, scan the configuration space, build scripts and perform many other tasks.

The Host Exerciser uses the Host’s Root Complex or Host Bridge to generate traffic to the end-point/peripheral slot in Windows 2000 or XP systems. The Host Exerciser is controlled by VMETRO’s easy-to-use BusView application software running on the same computer, or via an Ethernet connection for the convenience of remote operation. This software allows a user to view captured trace files acquired from a VMETRO Vanguard Analyzer, and build/generate Host Exerciser scripts.

“The ability to easily generate transactions, peek or poke registers, scan configuration space, modify memory locations, save memory regions to disk and perform many other tasks offers a wealth of productive tools to the user at no cost,” says Espen Boch, Engineering Manager at VMETRO.

The Vanguard Host Exerciser is included with the BusView GUI for all VMETRO Vanguard and Vanguard Express analyzers. The Host Exerciser can be used with or without a Vanguard or Vanguard Express analyzer, and is available for download.

VMETRO [OSE: VME] provide integrators of high-end embedded computer systems with products and services from development through deployment, with the highest levels of performance, innovation and reliability. Main product areas include 1) Embedded Computing – high-performance I/O and Digital Signal Processing boards and systems based on FPGAs and PowerPCs, 2) Data Recording and Storage – high-performance long endurance Recording / Playback systems and Rugged Storage solutions, and 3) Bus and Protocol Analyzers – advanced tools used to debug, optimize, validate and test computer based systems. All products are based on open standards like VME/VXS and PCI/cPCI/PMC/XMC, with strong focus on high-speed serial interconnects such as Fibre Channel, Serial FPDP, Aurora and PCI Express.