Tektronix Speeds High Definition TV Development for Silicon Image

12/8/2003 - Tektronix, Inc. (NYSE: TEK), a leading provider of test and measurement solutions, announced that Silicon Image, Inc., a leader in high-bandwidth semiconductor and system solutions for mass markets, has purchased Tektronix signal sources and oscilloscopes for the first High-Definition Multimedia InterfaceTM (HDMITM) Authorized Testing Center (ATC) in the United States. Compliance testing is a requirement for companies developing new products built to the HDMI 1.0 Specification. With Tektronix, the Silicon Image HDMI ATC helps deliver on the promise to bring digital, high-definition audio/video content to consumers.

Compliance testing is a matter of adhering to rigorous, mandated measurement procedures defined in a test specification document. A variety of Tektronix test equipment including data timing generators, arbitrary waveform generators, digital phosphor and TDR sampling oscilloscopes, and clock recovery software was included in the HDMI 1.0 Compliance Test Specification. For example, the new DTG5000 Series high performance data generator is part of the specification so that manufacturers can ensure their products will be compatible and will operate at peak performance under less-than ideal conditions. The DTG5000 Series solves that problem by providing a full complement of highly accurate data signals and the ability to precisely control their parameters for automated testing of receiver products over a wide range of operating conditions.

"By partnering with Silicon Image and other HDMI industry leaders to understand their test needs as they emerged, we were able to create an optimized stimulus toolset specifically for HDMI applications," said Craig Overhage, Vice President, Instruments Business, Tektronix, Inc. "The HDMI Committee's decision to test products for compatibility and promote interoperability will increase customer confidence and help solidify its adoption. The Tektronix HDMI test solution, including the DTG5274, is the only complete, approved compliance measurement solution that's ready to equip a working compliance test operation like Silicon Image's new HDMI ATC."

HDMI Licensing, LLC - the licensing agent for the HDMI Specification -issued the HDMI 1.0 Specification defining an uncompressed digital video and audio interface for connecting a wide range of consumer electronics products. The companion HDMI 1.0 Compliance Test Specification enables HDMI Adopters to verify HDMI compliance and bring their products to market, addressing consumer demand for HD programming and interoperability among digital products such as set-top boxes and DVD players that send this content and the digital televisions (DTVs) that display it.

"With HDMI poised to play a key role in the availability and consumption of high-definition digital media, we saw the need for an ATC that can help bring HDTV products to market quickly," said Stevan Eidson, director of product marketing, consumer electronics, at Silicon Image. "As a leader in video test, Tektronix did their homework and delivered a complete test solution that meets the HDMI compliance test signal requirements. Using Tektronix test equipment made it possible for us to adhere to the HDMI 1.0 Compliance Test Specification, meet our aggressive time-to-market targets, and open the first HDMI Authorized Test Center in the U.S. on schedule."

The Silicon Image HDMI compliance solution includes two signal sources: a DTG5274 Data Timing Generator provides digital data using features such as its integral DC voltage outputs simplify the test setup by eliminating the need for external power supplies; an AWG710 Arbitrary Waveform Generator provides a synchronizing clock signal to the DTG5274 and second clock signal (containing deliberately added jitter if needed) to the HDMI device under test. A selection of specially developed test adapters delivers signals to the device under test, while pre-written software sequences-developed with the input of HDMI founders for the DTG5274 - generate the gradations and test patterns outlined in the HDMI 1.0 Compliance Test Specification. In addition, the TDS7404 oscilloscope provides the industry's best solution to the challenging signal integrity issues faced by designers verifying, characterizing and debugging sophisticated HDMI designs.

About the DTG5000 Series
The DTG5000 Series combines the power of a data generator with the capabilities of a pulse generator in a versatile, bench-top form factor, shortening the duration of complex test procedures and simplifying the generation of low-jitter, high-accuracy clock signals or serial data across multiple channels. Its modular platform allows users to easily configure the performance of the instrument to existing and emerging needs to minimize equipment costs. When integrated with Tektronix' high-performance oscilloscopes and logic analyzers, the DTG5000 Series provides an ideal stimulus solution for serial/parallel data analysis and semiconductor device characterization in a versatile, bench top form factor.

About HDMI
HDMI is the first industry-supported, uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface. HDMI provides an interface between audio/video source devices, such as set-top boxes, DVD players, and A/V receivers and digital displays, such as (DTVs). More information on HDMI can be found at: hdmi.org.

About Silicon Image, Inc.
Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Silicon Image, Inc. designs, develops and markets multi-gigabit semiconductor and system solutions for a variety of communications applications demanding high-bandwidth capability. Silicon Image leads the global PC/display arena with its innovative digital interconnect technology, and has emerged as a leading player in the consumer electronics and storage markets-offering robust, high-bandwidth semiconductors. For more information on Silicon Image, visit www.siliconimage.com.

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.

Tektronix is a registered trademark of Tektronix, Inc.

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