China Partners with Tektronix to Prepare for Digital Broadcast

6/19/2002 - Tektronix Inc. (NYSE:TEK), the world leader in video test, measurement, and monitoring solutions, today announced they are partnering with the Academy of Broadcasting Science (ABS) to establish a national digital broadcasting research and development laboratory for China's broadcast industry. ABS is a part of the State Administration of Radio, Film, and TV (SARFT).

"The technical cooperation and partnership between ABS and Tektronix has deepened and widened since Tektronix opened its first office in Beijing in 1985. This strengthening of our relationship has allowed us to keep pace with today's modern digital television testing requirements," said Zhang Zhijian, Vice Director, Science & Technology Commission, SARFT. "The acceleration of TV digitization, the maturation of video technology, and the demands for China's television system to be upgraded has led the Chinese government to recognize the need to establish a digital TV testing lab that can accelerate the digitization of the country's television industry. We believe our partnership with Tektronix will help us to achieve this goal."

"Tektronix' award-winning solutions fulfill ABS' requirements to test and monitor a variety of signal formats. Tektronix' equipment will provide reliable evidence that the country's consumers are receiving the highest digital video quality, whether the video is being broadcast in standard- or high-definition," said Vince Ganley, Vice President, Pacific region, Tektronix. "As SARFT continues to research and develop the country's next-generation digital video technology, Tektronix will be there to meet their test and measurement needs."

Tektronix Gear Tests and Monitors Signals for Satellite/Cable/Terrestrial Distribution
The Institute of Standardization and Planning, a department within ABS, will use the new Tektronix WFM700M multi-format waveform monitors, MTG300 MPEG-2 generators, VM700T video measurement sets, MTS300 MPEG test systems, and TG2000 signal generation platforms in the lab. The equipment will be used to test specific characteristics of digital TV modulation and transmission, provide performance testing of digital TV decoders and set-top boxes, subjectively evaluate picture quality, and analyze the structure of the video signal. The Tektronix solutions will also be used in conformance testing, software evaluation, and provide built-in system testing of digital TV products.

The award-winning WFM700M is a measurement-quality multi-format waveform monitor that provides for the evaluation of the digital transport layer and digital analysis capabilities important in design, installation, and maintenance of 270MB and 1.485 GB component digital systems. The TG2000 is a programmable, multi-format test signal generation platform that provides reference-quality test signals in both the analog and digital domain. It is used to generate standardized test signals for installation, timing and sync, maintenance, and design evaluation applications. The MTS300 MPEG test system, based on Emmy® award-winning technology, provides comprehensive analysis of MPEG-2 transport streams, while the MTG300 MPEG generator is a flexible, cost-effective source of MPEG-2 transport streams for design evaluation and conformance testing of compressed digital video products. The VM700T, another Emmy award-winning product, is a video measurement set that automatically performs specific baseband video and audio measurements.

About Academy of Broadcasting Science
Established 44 years ago, ABS has completed many big projects such as the definition of black-and-white TV, color TV, frequency modulation broadcasting module and the building of preliminary broadcasting system in China. The Academy was responsible for the development of several significant hi-tech products including the 7GHz microwave system, L and Ku wave band satellite receiver, TV camera tube, picture and language TV system and the DAB MUX. Fifty-five science and technology awards have been given to the Academy for its research and development in the broadcasting arena. ABS is now in charge of ten state-level research projects including HDTV, DAB, comprehensive broadband cable business network technology, and DVB conditional receiving system research and experiment. Additionally, they are responsible for 43 administrative-level scientific research projects and have acquired phased achievements to push forward the development of China's broadcasting and TV enterprises. The HDTV analog experimental system, DAB experimental system and Satellite TV receiving test system laboratories were also founded by ABS, creating convenience for scientific research and development.

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, computing and advanced technologies. Headquartered in Beaverton, Ore., Tektronix has operations in 24 countries worldwide. Tektronix' Web address is

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