Tektronix Announces Innovative Protocol Analyzer to Speed Bluetooth Development, Evaluation
Bluetooth Solution Will Ease Product Design Debug and Interoperability Testing; Hasten Bluetooth Acceptance
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Tektronix, Inc. , an industry leader in test and measurement instrumentation and an Associate member of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), today announced the introduction of a protocol analyzer for Bluetooth wireless technology development applications.

The Tektronix BPA100 Bluetooth Protocol Analyzer combines the protocol analyzer recently acquired from Digianswer ("Tektronix Acquires Digianswer Bluetooth Protocol Analyzer, Forms Technology Partnership," Nov. 27, 2000) with enhanced features for hardware and software integration and design. For engineers integrating Bluetooth wireless technology into their products, Tektronix now offers the most comprehensive suite of design test solutions.

"Bluetooth wireless technology has tremendous momentum but one of the factors that has hampered its deployment is the lack of qualified test solutions," said Craig Overhage, vice president, Digital Systems Business Unit, Tektronix. "The BPA100 enables customers to design and build next-generation Bluetooth products by providing a proven solution for device turn-on, stress testing and interoperability testing, all of which are key to the rapid development of Bluetooth products."

New Instrument Is the First to 'Participate' in Bluetooth Piconets

The Tektronix BPA100 Protocol Analyzer incorporates Bluetooth SIG qualified radio, baseband and host stack technology developed and marketed by Digianswer. This new instrument adds significant new capabilities for hardware/software integration and design debug, including packet data error generation, data decryption, real time protocol decoding and display, and sophisticated triggering.

The Tektronix BPA100 Protocol Analyzer is the only dual mode test instrument on the market that can both join or monitor a piconet. A piconet is a group of devices synchronized together in a common communication pattern. Participating in the piconet offers design engineers a significant advantage: In the "piconet mode" the BPA100 protocol analyzer can generate traffic or inject intentional errors into the piconet to test other connected devices' ability to stay reliably connected under difficult or stressed conditions. In the "independent mode," the BPA100 captures and analyzes data transfers non-intrusively.

The instrument has many of the capabilities that design teams expect: It captures all baseband packets transmitted within a piconet and displays packet payload, status information such as access errors, estimated clock and hop frequency. In addition, the data can be displayed at higher protocol levels such as LMP, L2CAP, RFCOMM, and SDP. With selective filtering and advanced triggering, only data of interest may be logged, simplifying the identification of errors. In free run display mode, the instrument display updates continuously as new packets are received, allowing the user to observe changes and track messaging in higher protocols. Connection between the protocol analyzer hardware and the monitoring software on the host computer is via USB and data storage is only limited by the size of the user's disk drive.

About Bluetooth

Bluetooth technology is an evolving short-range wireless standard for connecting different kinds of enabled devices in ad-hoc networks; for example, connecting a mobile phone with a desktop or laptop computer, or synchronizing a PDA and laptop without a cable interconnect. Bluetooth devices can communicate by wireless signals within a 10-meter range, and do not need a line-of-sight connection. Companies anticipating strong demand for Bluetooth products are seeking solutions for development and troubleshooting challenges that include hardware/software integration, interoperability testing, and pre-compliance testing.

Pricing and Availability

Digianswer will continue to take orders and ship its Bluetooth Protocol Analyzer v1.1 until January 29, 2001. The Tektronix BPA100 Protocol Analyzer is U.S. priced at $24,950 and available to order beginning January 29, 2001 with delivery six weeks upon receipt of order. In addition, Tektronix will upgrade all Digianswer Bluetooth Protocol Analyzer v.1.0 and v.1.1 customers to the BPA100 (including new hardware and software) at no cost after March 1. For more information about the Tektronix BPA100 and other Tektronix Bluetooth solutions, please visit the company's website at http://www.tektronix.com/bluetooth.

About Tektronix

Tektronix, Inc., an Associate member of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, is a test, measurement, and monitoring company providing measurement solutions to industries including telecommunications, computer and semiconductor. With more than 50 years of experience, Tektronix enables its customers to design, build, deploy and manage next-generation global communications networks and Internet technologies. Headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, Tektronix has operations in 26 countries worldwide. Tektronix website is http://www.tektronix.com/.

NOTE: Tektronix is a registered trademark of Tektronix, Inc. Bluetooth is a trademark owned by its proprietor and used by Tektronix under license. All other trade names referenced are the service marks, trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

SOURCE: Tektronix, Inc.

Contact: Susan Rich of Tektronix, Inc., 503-627-6849, or
susan.e.rich@tektronix.com

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