New 3 Gb/s SDI Support for Tektronix Waveform Monitors
WFM7120 and WFM7020 Waveform Monitors Support New High Frame-rate HD Video Formats; Further Options Add Functionality for Full Waveform Monitor and Rasterizer Portfolio Including 2K Dual Link XYZ Color Space Formats
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BEAVERTON, Ore.

Tektronix, Inc., a leading worldwide provider of test, measurement and monitoring instrumentation, today announced significant upgrades for its successful WFM and WVR series of waveform monitors and rasterizers including the addition of 3 Gb/s Single Link Serial-Digital-Interface (SDI) support to the WFM7020 and WFM7120 Waveform Monitors. This capability is added through two new options: a monitoring option (3G) for WFM7020 and WFM7120, and a Jitter measurement option (JIT) for the WFM7120. With the addition of 3 Gb/s SDI support for monitoring 1080P 50/59.94/60 HD video, the Tektronix Waveform Monitors, http://www.tek.com/products/video_test/signal_monitors.html, empowered by See and Solve™ user interface, provide the most precise, highly reliable, and broadest range of easy-to-use tools for every critical monitoring point in the digital video ecosystem.

3 Gb/s SDI provides a means of transporting high-bandwidth 1080P (also known as Full HD) signals conforming to SMPTE 424M and 425M standards. Both WFM7020 and WFM7120 waveform monitors support 1080P 50/59.94/60 Level A and Level B formats. The WFM7120 also provides a solution for evaluating the physical layer performance on a single-link 3 Gb/s interface with the new jitter measurement option. This option also provides a basic test pattern generation capability in the waveform monitor for quick verification of 3 Gb/s signal presence and continuity.

Numerous additional features and enhancements are also being delivered across the entire Tektronix waveform monitor (WFM) and rasterizer (WVR) portfolio, enabling engineers to more efficiently verify video, audio, and ancillary data content, diagnose quality and physical layer signal quality problems, and store data for later analysis or documentation. For example, the monitors now support 2K XYZ color space formats, allowing users to diagnose errors introduced in format conversions more efficiently, and to ensure correct level and colorimetry.

"Consumer expectations for high quality video continue to increase in the new digital world," said Arif Kareem, Vice President, Video Product Line, Tektronix. "Our customers need to provide a high quality video experience and uninterrupted service. To meet this need, the Tektronix family of waveform monitors provide the most complete and robust set of video monitoring capabilities, now including support for 3 Gb/s SDI. Along with other new features and enhancements, the Tektronix portfolio of waveform monitors and rasterizers provide exceptional functionality, performance, and overall value."

New features include the addition of automatic overshoot / undershoot measurements for the PHY option and enhancements to the award winning Audio / Video delay measurement capability. New support is added for Dolby E Audio / Video Timing and Synchronization measurements and to provide VANC Dolby Metadata Display. All audio options will now support audio loudness and peak measurement per ITU-R BS1770. All WFM and WVRxx20 instruments will now support decode of Wide Screen Signaling (WSS), Video Index, Teletext, EIA608/708 closed caption and Active Format Description (AFD) data. Altogether, more than a dozen feature enhancements are now available for the WFM and WVR platforms. A complete list can be viewed at: http://www.tek.com/wfm.

Price and Availability

Options 3G and JIT for 3 Gb/s SDI are available for $10,000 each, U.S. MSRP. Additional options are available; customers should contact their Tektronix sales representative or distributor for further information. Current owners of existing options will be able to download firmware updates to enable many of these enhancements free of charge.

About The Tektronix Waveform Monitor and Rasterizer Portfolio

The HD, Dual Link, and 3G-capable WFM7120 waveform monitor offers high performance monitoring and measurement capabilities while the HD, Dual Link, and 3G-capable WFM7020 waveform monitor offers basic monitoring capabilities. Both WFM7120 and WFM7020 come standard with SD-SDI format support. Composite analog video support and audio support (including Dolby E and Dolby Digital, embedded and external AES/EBU digital audio as well as analog audio) are optional. The WFM6120 waveform monitor offers high performance monitoring and measurement capabilities for applications involving only SD-SDI and composite analog signals. An available audio option (Option AD) offers support for monitoring digital audio (embedded and AES/EBU inputs) and analog audio.

The WVR7120 waveform rasterizer provides high performance monitoring and measurement capabilities for applications involving HD and / or Dual-Link digital video while the WVR7020 waveform rasterizer provides a solution for basic monitoring of HD and / or Dual-Link video. Both WVR7120 and WVR7020 come standard with SD-SDI format support. Composite analog video support and audio support (including Dolby E and Dolby Digital, embedded and external AES/EBU digital audio as well as analog audio) are optional. The WVR6020 waveform rasterizer can monitor SD-SDI digital video and / or composite analog video. An available audio option (Option AD) offers support for monitoring digital audio (embedded and AES/EBU inputs) and analog audio.

About Tektronix

Tektronix is a leading supplier of test, measurement, and monitoring products, solutions and services for the communications, computer, and semiconductor industries -- as well as military/aerospace, consumer electronics, education and a broad range of other industries worldwide. With 60 years of experience, Tektronix enables its customers to design, build, deploy, and manage next-generation global communications networks, computing and advanced technologies. Headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, Tektronix has operations in 19 countries worldwide. Tektronix' Web address is http://www.tektronix.com/.

Tektronix is a registered trademark of Tektronix, Inc. All other trade names referenced are the service marks, trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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CONTACT: Gary Grossman, Worldwide Sr. PR Manager of Tektronix, Inc.,
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