Microstar International Chooses Tektronix Measurement Tools to Speed Critical R&D Work

10/4/2002 - Tektronix, the world's leading manufacturer of test and measurement solutions for high-speed digital design, announced a major multi-unit sale of test instruments to Microstar International (MSI), of Taiwan, a leading provider of OEM (original equipment manufacturer) motherboards, server boards, and related products for prominent clients in the PC industry worldwide.

Designers of digital system elements such as motherboards are facing growing challenges as they increase the operational speeds and functionality of their products to keep pace with customer demands. Among these challenges are signal integrity issues, timing conflicts, and other problems best understood with the aid of high-performance measurement tools such as oscilloscopes and logic analyzers. The sale to MSI includes an array of more than 20 top lab instruments, including the TLA715 logic analyzer and TDS6604, TDS7104, TDS5104, and TDS3054B oscilloscopes, which accelerate the company's characterization, verification, and debugging process for new high-speed digital designs. In addition, MSI also purchased specialized tools, including a BPA105 Bluetooth Protocol Analyzer and a VM700T Video Measurement set, supporting the development of personal networking and multimedia features that end-users want in tomorrow's computers.

"Tektronix digital measurement instruments provide efficient answers to the complex technical challenges confronting computing industry leaders like MSI," said Colin Shepard, Vice President, Oscilloscope Products, Tektronix. "With tools like the TDS6604 digital storage oscilloscope, MSI engineers will be able to detect elusive signal aberrations early, avoiding costly re-design later in the development process. And equally important, the full suite of Tektronix tools will give MSI the resources to deliver well-characterized, high-quality products to their customers."

Products Address R&D and Troubleshooting Needs
The instruments include eight TDS6604 digital storage oscilloscopes, whose 6 GHz bandwidth makes it possible to detect and analyze transients, jitter, and other high-speed timing problems. The TLA715 logic analyzer offers the industry's highest acquisition rates and depths. In addition, Tektronix' iViewTM (Integrated View) capability enables the display of time-correlated analog signals from the TDS family of oscilloscopes on the TLA logic analyzer, making it easy to associate digital effects with their analog causes. The TDS7104, TDS5104, and TDS3054B oscilloscopes are all models in Tektronix' digital phosphor oscilloscope (DPO) family. DPO technology, with its fast waveform capture rate and intensity-graded display, provides engineers with the ability to maximize the probability of discovering hidden faults or revealing dynamic signal behavior of their designs.

About Microstar International
Micro-Star International, Inc. (MSI) is a Taiwan-based company that continues its "Award-winning product quality and outstanding customer service" philosophy in all of its production lines, such as mainboards, graphic cards, servers, slim PCs, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, CD-ROM and IA products. MSI has also achieved a position as one of the top five main board manufacturers in the world, and one of the top three in Taiwan.

About Tektronix
Tektronix, Inc. is a test, measurement, and monitoring company providing measurement solutions to the communications, computer, and semiconductor industries worldwide. With more than 55 years of experience, Tektronix enables its customers to design, build, deploy, and manage next-generation global communications networks and advanced technologies. Headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, Tektronix has operations in more than 20 countries worldwide.

Tektronix is a registered trademark of Tektronix, Inc.

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