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Lesson 1 - Introduction to BERTs

Testing a receiver with a BERT is something every digital engineer will have to do, and it's an intimidating task. This course makes it easier.

A bit error ratio tester is the go-to tool for receiver testing and provides critical insights into your digital serial bus's performance. A BERT provides different insights than an oscilloscope, so knowing how to use a BERT will give you a better picture of your receiver's performance. We'll cover the fundamentals of receiver testing and the basics of how bit error rate testers work. It explores test setups, typical receiver test configurations, and different ways a data test pattern can be stressed.

Who should take Receiver and Bit Error Rate Testing (BERT) Basics?

This course is designed for engineers that want to learn how to design, characterize, and test their high speed digital receivers. 

Receiver characterization is complex, and this course builds a foundation that you can use to understand and improve your device's receiver performance.

We'll cover:

  • Characterizing Serial Data Links
  • Receiver testing fundamentals
  • Bit error rate basics
  • Bit error rate vs. bit error ratio
  • BERT overview
  • Impairments
  • What impairments look like
  • Making BER measurements with a BERT

Duration: 1 hour