Tektronix Thrusts Test and Measurement Support Behind RapidIO

7/23/2002 - Tektronix, Inc. (NYSE: TEK), a leading provider of test equipment for digital hardware and embedded software designers, today announced support for RapidIO, a fast emerging, intra-system communication architecture.

In the network computing market, there has been a constant demand for software transparency, greater reliability and higher bandwidth. The RapidIO interconnect architecture addresses these needs by providing a high-performance standard that optimizes interaction between chip-to-chip and circuit board-to-board. However, in order to accurately test and implement RapidIO technology, developers must have full visibility of its signals to identify and characterize faults. Using the new Tektronix TMS805 RapidIO support package for the TLA family of logic analyzers, developers can acquire and trigger on RapidIO packets, control symbols and transactions in real-time with minimal impact on the system's normal environment, allowing them to find elusive internal system bus faults and stay on schedule.

"There is a clear need to bring visibility into processor bus operation in high-speed environments. Tektronix' implementation is unique, innovative, robust and scaleable up into the Gigahertz environments we expect to see in RapidIO," said Tom Cox, Marketing Chair, RapidIO Trade Association. "The Tektronix TMS805 support package will be key for silicon manufacturers to develop robust design verification platforms and be of significant value to downstream customers when developing and integrating their hardware and software designs around silicon components."

"A new breed of processor and bus communication technologies is replacing the traditional front side bus in processor architectures and forming the cornerstone of fabric networks. RapidIO holds immense promise as an intra-system communication standard and we are pleased to offer the industry's best debug solution for acquiring, displaying and decoding RapidIO bus cycles," said David Bennett, General Manager, Logic Analyzer Product Line, Tektronix. "An integrated toolset of TLA700 Series logic analyzer with TMS805 RapidIO support package, TDS oscilloscope and differential probe enables design engineers to quickly and easily implement RapidIO ports into their designs."

Integrated Analog/Digital Capabilities Key to RapidIO Test and Verification
The Tektronix TMS805 RapidIO support package provides support for RapidIO rates up to 1 Gb/s. It enables designers to capture RapidIO transmit and receive buses, trigger on control symbols or packets using predefined templates for common trigger events, view captured data in a packet display, and automatically link the transaction-level and operation-level activities between the transmit and receive buses.

At speeds of RapidIO's magnitude, it is essential to acquire and view both the digital and analog properties of signals to properly characterize known faults. The analog mux capability of the Tektronix TLA7Axx modules and iView™ (Integrated View) package for analog/digital display allows designers to integrate a TLA700 Series logic analyzer and TDS6000 Series oscilloscope to view, trigger and characterize not only digital, but also analog characteristics of high-speed signals with a single, connectorless P6880 differential probe. With the TMS805 support package, RapidIO developers now have access to a powerful, integrated analog/digital toolset with bus-specific software support.

Jitter component identification and communication mask testing are also necessary in the RapidIO test and debug process. Tektronix offers the TDSJIT3 jitter analysis software for the TDS6604 digital storage oscilloscope, which provides engineers the industry's first real-time solution capable of characterizing random and deterministic jitter (Rj/Dj) and predicting bit error rate (BER). For communication mask testing, Tektronix offers the CSA7000 Series communications signal analyzers, which deliver industry-leading performance and compliance mask testing at rates up to 2.5 Gb/s.

Tektronix is a sponsoring member of the RapidIO Trade Association. For more information on RapidIO, please visit www.rapidio.org

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' Web address is www.tektronix.com

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