Marshall Electronics Turns to Tektronix for 3Gb/s Monitor Design Validation and Test
Tektronix WFM7120 Waveform Monitor, TG700 Video Signal Generator Help Marshall Deliver Industry’s First Lineup of 3Gb/s LCD Monitors

BEAVERTON, Ore., April 13, 2009 – Tektronix, Inc., a leading worldwide provider of test, measurement and monitoring instrumentation,announced that Marshall Electronics, a leading manufacturer of LCD camera-top and rack mountable monitors, has turned to a Tektronix WFM7120 Waveform Monitor and a TG700 Video Signal Generator with an HD3G7 module for design validation and characterization in the development of the industry’s first 3Gb/s serial digital interface (SDI) LCD monitors.

With the demand for high definition broadcast exploding, Marshall's customers in film and broadcast production need full-featured, high-end monitors with full 3Gb/s and HD-SDI support. The latest family of Marshall 6.5” and 7” LCD monitors offers 3Gb/s SDI, HD-SDI (1.5Gb/s single and dual link), SD-SDI, HDMI, and Component inputs. More Marshall monitors offering 3Gb/s SDI will become available later this year in a variety of sizes and configurations.

When Marshall launched the design effort for its new monitors, it needed high-end instrumentation and accurate signal generation.  After scanning the market, Marshall found that Tektronix was the only vendor able to deliver proven, accurate 3Gb/s test instruments and video signal generators.  The TG700 is a multi-format precision signal generation platform. Designed with the changing needs of the video industry in mind, the TG700 offers sync pulse generation and test signal generation for a wide array of analog, serial digital, and digital high definition formats including SD-SDI, HD-SDI single and dual link and 3Gb/s high speed SDI supporting 1080p formats up to 60 fps. Tektronix leadership position with a 3Gb/s signal generator solution assisted Marshall in achieving product innovation and creating a competitive advantage.

“Not all signal generators are created equal. The TG700 gave us the confidence that our new 3Gb/s monitors were going to work properly,” said Amir Behrozi, project manager at Marshall Electronics. “The WFM7120 is the Ferrari F430 of test instruments and the Tektronix technical support team has been great at helping us meet the exacting standards expected for professional video production gear.”

About the WFM 7120/7020/6120 Series

The WFM7120/7020/6120 family provides Tektronix' superior video monitoring and analysis capabilities required in Content Creation, Content Delivery, Research & Development, and Manufacturing applications. These products help video content producers verify content quality and make precision content adjustments. In video delivery systems, they help operations staff verify content quality and system reliability, and help engineering staffs qualify, install, and maintain video systems. Design and manufacturing engineers developing new video equipment use these products for design troubleshooting, functional verification, and manufacturing test.

About the TG700

The TG700 is a modular, multi-format, analog and digital, precision signal generation platform. Designed with the changing needs of the video industry in mind, the TG700 offers sync pulse generation and test signal generation for a wide array of analog, serial digital, and digital high definition formats. Support for 3Gb/s is provided by the HD3G7 module which supports both Level A and Level B 1080p SMPTE formats. The 3Gb/s HD3G7 modules assist video equipment designers and manufacturers to get to market quickly and efficiently and facilitate early 3Gb/s services roll out for broadcasters and post-production operators.

About the Marshall V-LCD70P-3GSDI

The V-LCD70P-3GSDI is the latest addition to Marshall's successful and popular line of portable field / camera-top monitors. This new 7” monitor introduces a  durable and lightweight design, weighing in at only 1.3 pounds. It features a completely digital TFT-MegaPixel high resolution LCD screen with 1.2 million pixels, 4-pin XLR power jack, and optical grade polycarbonate screen protection. Analog signals are digitized using advanced 10-bit processing with 4x oversampling and adaptive 5-line comb filter. A variety of battery adapters are available for each configuration. The V-LCD70P-3GSDI retails for $1299 and will be shipping soon.  

About the Marshall V-LCD651ST-3GSDI

The V-LCD651ST-3GSDI is the newest addition to Marshall's line of Super Transflective Outdoor Monitors. This 6.5" portable field / camera-top monitor is designed specifically for outdoor applications with high ambient light. This technology minimizes surface reflection of both outdoor and indoor light, while featuring a much wider color reproduction range than typical transflective/reflective LCDs or even those with increased backlight performance. Marshall's outdoor super-transmissive LCDs provide improved visibility by producing high-contrast images and a wider viewing angle, even under diverse and challenging lighting environments. This innovative technology dramatically boosts the efficiency of the LCD backlight's light utilization, while maintaining extended temperature ratings and low power consumption for outdoor operation. The V-LCD651ST-3GSDI retails for $2199 and will be shipping soon.

About Marshall Electronics Broadcast Multimedia Division

Marshall Electronics continues to gain recognition as the leading manufacturer of LCD rack-mountable monitors in the world. Marshall’s product line has grown to meet the demands of broadcast, multimedia, video, film, and news professionals worldwide. The company remains dedicated to providing the highest quality products and service to customers. For more information on Marshall Electronics and its various divisions, please visit www.marshallelectronics.net.

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 www.tektronix.com.

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