Gennum Adopts Tektronix Waveform Monitor for 3Gb/s Chip Characterization
Tektronix WFM7120 Helps Gennum Deliver Industry’s First Transmit and Receive Solution to Support 3Gb/s SDI Applications for Broadcast and Professional Video Equipment Manufacturers

Beaverton , OR, September 12, 2008 – Tektronix, Inc., a leading worldwide provider of test, measurement and monitoring instrumentation, announced that Gennum, a pioneer in the advancement of technologies for the broadcast industry, has successfully utilized Tektronix WFM7120 waveform monitors for design validation and characterization in the development of the industry’s first 3Gb/s serial digital interface (SDI) solution.  Through the use of the Tektronix WFM7120 Waveform Monitor with 3Gb/s support, Gennum is able to assure broadcast and professional video equipment manufacturers that its integrated semiconductor solutions will meet industry-standard SDI requirements, dramatically reducing their development time.

Gennum customers are under increasing pressure to design and deliver the next generation of digital video equipment supporting 3Gb/s SDI.  3Gb/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.

As Gennum set out to develop their newest chipset, they needed a test and measurement solution to validate and characterize 3Gb/s technology including comprehensive analysis capabilities. The WFM7120 with its 3Gb/s support and deep measurement and analysis offerings—jitter measurement, digital data analysis and simultaneous input display—met Gennum’s equipment needs.

The resulting Gennum chips— the GS2972 and GS2970 with both video support and audio embedding capabilities and the GS2962 and GS2960 with video support only—are transmit and receive solutions that support 3 gigabits per second (Gb/s), as well as high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD), for SDI applications.  With the delivery of the industry’s first integrated 3Gb/s SDI chips, Gennum customers can dramatically reduce development cycles and bring new products to market faster. 

“We have a long-standing relationship with Tektronix, one of the industry’s leading providers of video test equipment,” said Vijay Sharma, Director of Marketing, Analog & Mixed-Signal Products, at Gennum. “The WFM7120 played a critical role during each phase of design, troubleshooting, functional verification and manufacturing test for our latest chips by allowing our design team to efficiently validate our 3Gb/s chipset and confirm full compliance to the standard.  As a result, our customers can feel confident about the performance of our new 3Gb/s SDI solution.”

The WFM7120 also provides a solution for evaluating the physical layer performance on a single-link 3Gb/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 3Gb/s signal presence and continuity.

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

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