Tektronix Debuts Digital Visual Interface Compliance Testing Software

5/9/2003 - Tektronix, Inc. (NYSE: TEK), the global oscilloscope leader, announced the industry's first complete oscilloscope software solution for Digital Visual Interface (DVI) compliance testing.

With the rapid adoption of DVI in the computer, electronics, and display markets, the success of DVI device designers depends upon speeding a new product to market while guaranteeing its interoperability with other devices. To meet these challenges, these engineers need an in-house test solution that provides credible results for DVI conformance testing. Tektronix' TDSDVI Compliance Test Solution, backed by the superior performance of its TDS7404, TDS7254, CSA7404, and TDS6000 Series oscilloscopes, enhances test efficiency with faster validation cycles and offers higher reliability for conformance to the standard. TDSDVI brings unrivaled ease-of-use to DVI device engineers with one-button testing and one-click reporting for a wide range of measurements required by the DVI standard.

"The success of our customers developing DVI devices is highly dependent on their ability to be first-to-market with their products," said Colin Shepard, Vice President and General Manager, Oscilloscope Products, Tektronix. "Now, using the TDSDVI Compliance Test Solution combined with the exceptional signal fidelity of a Tektronix performance oscilloscope and TekConnect probe, these design engineers get an insurance policy for success. While working with a technology that involves a highly iterative design process and program delays, TDSDVI gives them the ability to do conformance testing and reporting more reliably and efficiently than any other solution."

Tektronix' TDSDVI Compliance Test Solution is the industry's first test tool that conducts testing according to the DVI specification as stated in the DVI Test and Measurement Guide. Addressing a diverse spectrum of transmitter, cable and receiver test, the portfolio of measurements includes eye diagram, jitter, skew, rise time, and fall time. It first calculates the unit interval (Tbit), accumulates a million acquisitions, and performs eye diagram testing on the work-case eye among the ten bits of a pixel. The mask hit-count provides detailed information about the signal characteristics. It automatically sets up the oscilloscope for a selected test, creates the eye mask, and performs other parametric tests with the push of a single button. Pass/Fail indication for conducted tests, substantiated with highly detailed results, makes TDSDVI a robust solution for DVI compliance testing. Finally, an automatic report generator provides detailed reports for required documentation and a unique result comparison feature enables test results conducted on two different devices.

About DVI
The Digital Visual Interface (DVI) is a display interface developed by the Digital Display Working Group (DDWG) in response to the proliferation of digital flat-panel displays. For the most part, these displays are currently connected to an analog video graphics array (VGA) interface and, thus, require a double conversion. The digital signal from the computer must be converted to an analog signal for the analog VGA interface and then converted back to a digital signal for processing by the flat-panel display. This inherently inefficient process takes a toll on performance and video quality and adds cost. In contrast, when a flat-panel display is connected to a digital interface, no digital-to-analog conversion is required.

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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