Tektronix Oscilloscope Enables NI to Develop High-Speed Designs

5/9/2003 - Tektronix, Inc. (NYSE: TEK), a leading manufacturer of test and measurement solutions for high-speed digital design, announced the sale of a high-performance oscilloscope and an array of accessories to National Instruments (NASDAQ: NATI) a world leader in virtual instrumentation.

After assessing the offerings from different vendors, NI selected Tektronix' TDS6604 digital storage oscilloscope (DSO), TDSJIT3 Jitter Analysis Software, TDSUSB2 USB 2.0 Compliance Test Package, and other software options. Tektronix' probes, such as P7260, the world's fastest single-ended active probe, and the P7350 5 GHz differential probe, were also included in the package. The oscilloscope will be used in the development of Pentium IV-based motherboards and other projects involving advanced technologies.

"We evaluated a number of different options for our most sophisticated applications including eye-diagram analysis, physical layer testing, jitter analysis, and compliance testing, on standards such as USB 2.0 and PCI Express," said Stu Streiff, NI Principal Architect. "After careful consideration, we determined that the acquisition system, analysis capabilities, and probing options for Tektronix' TDS6604 offered the best solution for designing our next generation PXI and PCI-based measurement products."

"With the exceptional performance of this entire toolkit, NI design engineers now have a flexible and powerful solution to address the validation and characterization of high-speed digital systems," said Colin Shepard, Vice President and General Manager, Oscilloscope Products, Tektronix. "With unprecedented competition among high-performance oscilloscope vendors in today's marketplace, this is a significant win for Tektronix, and a testament to how customers recognize and trust the technical excellence of our products."

A Complete Measurement System-Probing, Acquisition and Analysis
Tektronix' P7350 5 GHz differential probe is a companion to the world's fastest single-ended active probe, Tektronix' 6 GHz P7260. Both types of probes are commonly used in the design and troubleshooting of high-speed digital systems and designed for use with Tektronix' high-performance oscilloscopes in the TDS6000 and TDS/CSA7000 families. The TDS6604 DSO is a four-channel, real-time instrument that offers 6 GHz bandwidth as well as a simultaneous 20 GS/s sample rate on 2 channels, or 10 GS/s on 4 channels. With its ability to support single shot acquisition at 6 GHz, the TDS6604 also includes Tektronix-pioneered triggering features and application-specific options such as serial pattern trigger and mask testing.

TDSJIT3 is the premiere jitter analysis software package. Running within the Tektronix TDS6000 and TDS/CSA7000 Series oscilloscopes, TDSJIT3 provides the highest accuracy real-time jitter measurements available. With comprehensive jitter analysis algorithms, TDSJIT3 simplifies discovering jitter and its related sources in today's high-speed digital, communication and system designs. Also, users can characterize random and deterministic jitter (Rj/Dj) and predict system bit error ratio with a general-purpose tool, the oscilloscope.

TDSUSB2 eliminates the complexity of manually setting up the oscilloscope by providing predefined oscilloscope setups for USB-IF-recommended tests. Users can quickly perform various tests, such as eye diagram and parametric testing for Low-speed, Full-speed and High-speed devices and hubs. Quick Pass/Fail tests substantiated with results make the TDSUSB2 application a good tool for USB2.0 physical layer validation. Also, a compliance test fixture provides a probing solution for the Signal Quality test, Inrush Current check, Drop and Droop test, Receiver Sensitivity and Impedance Measurement test.

About National Instruments
National Instruments (http://ni.com) is a technology pioneer and leader in virtual instrumentation -- a revolutionary concept that has changed the way engineers and scientists approach measurement and automation. Leveraging the PC and its related technologies, virtual instrumentation increases productivity and lowers costs for customers worldwide through easy-to-integrate software, such as the NI LabVIEW graphical development environment, and modular hardware, such as PXI modules for data acquisition, instrument control and machine vision. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 3,000 employees and direct operations in 40 countries. In 2002, the company sold products to more than 25,000 different companies in more than 80 countries around the world. For the past four consecutive years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.

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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