Rick Eads

Rick Eads

Rick Eads, Principal PCI Express Program Manager, Keysight Technologies, Inc. Rick is a principal program manager at Keysight Technologies with expertise in technical/industrial marketing of test and measurement tools and electronic design automation software in the computer, semi-conductor, communications, and storage industries worldwide. Rick’s specialty is precision product and solution definition. He provides technical leadership in driving standards within industry organizations for PCI Express, CCIX, GenZ, OCP, NVM Express, CEI 4.0, IEEE 802.3, ExpressCard, DDR, SATA, and InfiniBand. He markets test and measurement products covering oscilloscopes and associated compliance software tools, vector network analyzers, bit error ratio testers (BERTs) and EDA tools. Rick earned a MBA from the University of Colorado and holds a BSEE from Brigham Young University with an emphasis on digital design and computer architecture. Rick actively contributes to the development of the PCIe physical layer BASE, CEM, and test specifications and has led electrical Gold Suite testing at PCI-SIG workshops worldwide since 2004. Rick currently serves on the PCISIG Board of Directors and is also serving as the co-chair of the Gen-Z Consortium’s Compliance and Interoperability Working Group.


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PCI Express Gen5 is Coming: What You Need to Know for Tx Measurements

While we all love increased network speed, there is an implied assumption that the backbone speeds of the internet will keep up with this rising demand placed upon it by millions of new 5G devices. PCIe 5.0 (or Gen5) represents the technology that is needed by the computer, data center, and ultimately the 5G wireless industry to enable the next generation of mobile and desktop applications. So, what is PCI Express 5.0 and how does it compare to PCI 4.0? Read on to find out.

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