Ethernet Compliance Test Software for Tektronix Oscilloscopes Catapults Design Efficiency To A New Level

1/7/2003 - Tektronix, Inc. (NYSE: TEK), the worldwide oscilloscope leader, announced the industry's most comprehensive Ethernet compliance test software for use with its high-performance digital oscilloscopes.

With the emergence of Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and its ten-fold increase in data rates, Ethernet compliance testing is now more complex and not readily possible using standard test and measurement tools. Until now, the stopgap methodology relied upon human intervention in the testing process, which can affect the repeatability and reliability of the testing. With Tektronix' TDSET2 Ethernet Compliance Test Software, coupled with the superior signal fidelity of the TDS6000 and TDS/CSA7000 Series oscilloscopes, networking equipment designers now, for the first time, have the tool they need to ensure their product's compliance to all three electrical (10Base-T, 100Base-T, and 1000Base-T) Ethernet standards. This software gives them the ability to automatically perform the widest range of compliance tests available.

"Because our customers depend on Tektronix' leadership in the design, debug, and compliance testing of next-generation products based upon emerging standards, such as Gigabit Ethernet, we continually strive to stay ahead of their need," said Colin Shepard, Vice President and General Manager, Oscilloscope Products, Tektronix. "Now for the first time, with the TDSET2 Ethernet Compliance Test Software, combined with the exceptional signal fidelity of our oscilloscopes and probes, networking equipment designers can take advantage of the industry's most robust measurement system to quickly and reliably test their Ethernet designs."

Ethernet-The Unchallenged Networking Technology
Since its inception in 1976, Ethernet has remained unchallenged as the world's most pervasive networking technology. However, as the number of bandwidth-hungry applications grow, consumer desire for more robust media formats increases, and as more powerful computers and servers emerge, the demand for better, faster and more efficient networks has driven the standard to evolve. Ten times faster than its predecessor, Gigabit Ethernet (GbE), in either optical (1000Base-X), or CAT5 twisted-pair copper cabling (1000Base-T), delivers speeds up to 1,000Mbps.

Comprehensive, Efficient and Reliable Ethernet Testing
The TDSET2 Ethernet Compliance Test Package, coupled with TDS6000 and TDS/CSA7000 Series oscilloscopes, enhances efficiency with faster validation cycles and greater reliability. With comprehensive testing, such as template, amplitude, jitter, and many others, TDSET2 addresses the wide spectrum of 10BaseT, 100Base-T, and 1000Base-T requirements. The unprecedented level of automation offered by TDSET2, with features, such as "Select All" and one-button report generation, simplifies the testing process and shrinks validation cycles from hours to minutes. Backed by the superior signal fidelity of Tektronix oscilloscopes, TDSET2 takes advantage of this unmatched performance to deliver reliable and trustworthy results.

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

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