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Fibre Channel FC-PI-6 Compliance Kit

Characterize and validate the performance of a Fibre Channel FC-PI-6 channel design.

This kit is designed for analysis of a host board and an optical module. The channel consists of a host board connected with a mated connector to a module board which represents the interconnect between the transmitting and receiving 28.05 Gb/s data across the channel. The kit has sheets that represent network characterization for insertion and return loss testing, channel FEXT/NEXT crosstalk to measure BER compliance and RX stress testing.

This kit enables you to insert a channel design and characterize and validate its performance using the specification masks to determine if the channel has a “high confidence” of success. If the channel does not meet the compliance masks or BER estimates, further investigation or redesign, along with simulation, will need to be performed to determine possible changes to meet compliance.

Open FC-PI-6 Kit

Open the FC-PI-6 kit in the Serial Link Designer app using the openSignalIntegrityKit function.



Kit Overview

  • Project Name: FC_PI_6

  • Interface Name: FC_PI_6

  • Operating Frequency: 28.05 Gb/s (UI = 35.75 ps)

The FC-PI-6 kit defines three schematic sets. Schematic sheets are included for testing a Fibre Channel FC-PI-6 channel with mated connector to a module board. The masks provided in this kit are given in the Fibre Channel FC-PI-6 specification.

  • ALL – Contains all project schematics

  • Host_Channel_Simulations – Host board design schematics

  • Module_Channel_Simulations – Module board design schematics

For more information about the FC-PI-6 channel compliance schematics, transfer net properties, and compliance rules, refer to the document FibreChannel_FC_PI_6.pdf that is attached to this example as a supporting file.


[1] Fibre Channel Physical Interface 6 Rev 1.00 specification. FC-PI-6 Rev 1.00_(13-135v1).pdf. April 26, 2013.

[2] Fibre Channel Methodologies for Signal Quality Specification – MSQS (Rev 0.2). fc_signal_quality_specs_09-263v1.pdf.

[3] IEEE 802.3bj D1.4 Draft Specification. Draft Standard for Ethernet Amendment X:Physical Layer Specifications and Management Parameters for 100 Gb/s Operation Over Backplanes and Copper Cables. P802d3bj_D1p4.pdf. February 21, 2013.

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