New Tektronix MPEG Test Analyzers Foster DTV and IP Video Transition
Portable MTS400P and Mid-Range MTS415 Offer Greater Flexibility

Beaverton, Ore, November 3, 2008 - Tektronix, Inc., a leading, worldwide provider of test, measurement and monitoring instrumentation, announced two new models in the MTS400 MPEG Analyzer Series.  The midrange MTS415 and the portable, entry-level MTS400P models provide first line diagnostics with integrated cross layer fault analysis and error logging.  Additionally, the company announced an enhancement to the MTS430 and new Tclips test streams. The analyzers add to the industry-leading portfolio ofvideo test equipment and solutions from Tektronix with a wide range of supported DTV and IP Video related standards including MPEG, DVB, ATSC, ISDB-T, ISDB-TB, IPv4 and IPv6.  The new additions advance the development and deployment of next generation DTV and IP Video networks and services.

Engineers developing, testing, debugging and evaluating next generation compressed video technology, products and services that are distributed and delivered over RF and/or IP networks must comprehensively and quickly test, characterize, and validate video services within their systems.  Broadcasters, Network Operators and Cable MSOs need to ensure high availability network performance and improve their time to insight when problems arise.  Tektronix provides a complementary suite of MPEG analyzers, generators and monitors with a common analysis engine for monitoring and analysis activities to meet these diverse and demanding needs.   

“The first step for an engineer troubleshooting a problem in a digital broadcast system is always to narrow a fault down to the source,” said Paul Robinson, senior manager MPEG test segment, Video Product Line, Tektronix.  “Detailed analysis at the appropriate layer can only be performed once the source of the problem is identified.  The new portable MTS400P and mid-range MTS415 video analyzers extend the industry-leading Tektronix portfolio of complementary MPEG analyzers, generators and monitors.” 

The portable MTS400P real-time analyzer provides an entry-level MPEG analyzer from the leading video test vendor.  In addition to standard features, the IP Video Option for the MTS400P offers a choice of 10, 100 and 1000base-T or optical Line Rate connections.  This option supports IPv4 and IPv6 networks and includes Time-stamped Transport Stream (TTS) analysis.  The MTS400P enables customers to analyze both constant and variable bit rate streams, single or multi-program transport streams plus IP and TS Key Performance Indicator analysis of up to 500 simultaneous sessions in IPv4 and IPv6 based networks.  Other options include an MPEG Player, Deferred Time Multiplexer, Deferred Time Transport Stream Compliance Analyzer, PES Analyzer, Buffer Analyzer and a Carousel Analyzer and Generator.

The new MTS415 offers premium analysis and the key measurements that broadcasters and operators require.  Standard features include an MPEG Player / Recorder, Transport Stream Compliance Analyzer for either deferred time or real time analysis, PES and Buffer Analyzers.  Also included is MTS4CC, a cost effective solution for CODEC comparisons and diagnosing interoperability problems.  Like the MTS400P, an IP Video option is available for the MTS415 that includes support for IPv6 and Time-stamped Transport Stream Analysis.

The MTS415 provides first line diagnostics with integrated cross layer fault analysis and error logging. Time to problem insight is reduced by informing the user whether root cause of video problems is at the Transmission, Transport Stream or Elementary Stream layer. With its new measurement interfaces and analysis capabilities, the MTS415 Series is ideal for equipment developers working to improve product quality and reduce time to market and assists engineers and technicians within broadcasters and network operators looking to ensure quality of service in next generation video networks.

The MTS430 provides a fast analysis engine, enabling reduced time to insight, rapid development, evaluation, deployment and diagnostics of next generation DTV and IPTV systems and services.  New MTS430 models now include a second software license that allows either the TS or ES analysis tools to be used on another PC.

Updated MTS400 Series analysis software includes a number of new advanced capabilities including PCR-PTS cross layer timing analysis to identify encoder access unit timing errors as well as Boolean packet searching which simplifies tracking down complex issues such as incorrect conditional access signaling.

Tclips are a broad range of MPEG-2 Transport Streams designed to test receivers across a broad range of video and audio formats. Tclips test streams are designed to test the receivers to the limits of their abilities and will be included as standard with all new MTS415 and MTS430 analyzers.  When used in combination with the Tektronix Software Multiplexer, the test streams can be adapted to the specific needs of the user.  

Availability

The MTS400P, MTS415, Tclips and enhanced MTS430 will be available for order in December 2008 with shipments in early 2009.  Entry-level pricing for the MTS400P begins at $14,000, U.S. MSRP.  Tclips will also be available as a separate standalone product to complement the current MTS4SA and MTS400 units.  Additional information about the MTS400 Series can be found at: www.tektronix.com.

About The MTS400 Series
The MTS400 Series including the MTS400P, MTS415, and MTS430 offer easy to use and easy to understand solutions for analyzing and isolating problems with compressed video products or services used in cable, satellite, terrestrial, fixed and mobile networks.  The analyzers enable the development and deployment of new services and technologies including distribution of Video over IP, IPTV, DTV RF Transmission and H.264 next generation compression, for cable, satellite, terrestrial, fixed and mobile networks.

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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