Tektronix Launches Ultra High-Performance Digital Storage Oscilloscope

3/31/2004 - Tektronix, Inc. (NYSE: TEK), a leading worldwide provider of test, measurement and monitoring instrumentation, announced the availability of its new 8 GHz bandwidth TDS6000B Digital Storage Oscilloscope (DSO) Series. Featuring industry-leading signal fidelity with unique PinpointTM triggering, four channels of concurrent high resolution waveform capture, and a new differential probing solution using IBM's 0.18um Silicon Germanium (7HP SiGe) technology, the TDS6000B represents a continuation of performance leadership from Tektronix.

With rapidly increasing bit and clock rates in complex digital architectures, customers working with leading-edge applications such as XAUI, PCI-Express and Infiniband in the communications, computer, and semiconductor industries are tasked with connecting, triggering, acquiring and analyzing fast, multiple, complex, signals simultaneously. The new Tektronix TDS6000B Series includes industry-leading features and performance at all stages of a customer's high-speed design and validation processes, including ultra-high bandwidth, the best signal fidelity, leading acquisition performance, broadest trigger features, and the most extensive range of optional analysis and compliance solutions.

"The new TDS6000B Series DSOs raise the industry standard for signal capture and integrity," said Colin Shepard, Vice President, Oscilloscope Products, Tektronix, Inc. "Design engineers need the best tools and the most comprehensive test and measurement solutions available. The TDS6000B Series delivers the highest performance solution for connecting, triggering, acquiring and analyzing single-shot or repetitive high-speed signals on multiple channels to customers whose designs push technology limits and compete for fast delivery in the marketplace."

"Companies needing to stay abreast of market pressures for producing the latest technology need to have the most advanced tools," said Laurie Balch, principal analyst for Gartner Dataquest. "For design engineers, oscilloscopes are a fundamental requirement for producing leading-edge electronics. Customers understand that it is not only banner specifications but also the overall system capabilities and performance that lead to enhanced productivity. It is a key requirement for leading-edge oscilloscopes to provide both top banner specifications and exceptional signal integrity and fidelity to meet the exacting requirements of high-end product design and test."

Uncompromising Performance in a High-End Oscilloscope
The TDS6000B Series consists of the TDS6804B and TDS6604B, featuring bandwidths of 8 GHz and 6 GHz respectively. With the TDS6804B, the user can select between 7 GHz analog bandwidth and an 8 GHz Digital Signal Processing (DSP) enhancement. The bandwidth choice provides customers with both the high analog bandwidth needed to capture today's high-speed signals as well as the magnitude and phase compensation of DSP needed to preserve the best signal amplitude and integrity at full sample rate.

Each model includes 20 GS/s on all four channels, and up to 32 Meg record concurrently on all four channels. The combination of attributes across all channels in the TDS6804B enables rise-time measurements down to 35 ps (20% to 80%) with DSP turned on and capturing 1.6ms time windows at full sample rate. The TDS6000B Series is the only oscilloscope with up to 8 GHz bandwidth via user selectable DSP boost, combined with simultaneous 20 GS/s and 32 M RL on all channels.

Unique Dual Triggering Offers Broadest Capabilities At Full Analog Bandwidth
The TDS6000B features a unique Pinpoint triggering feature using a dual A- & B-triggering system that enables over 1400 trigger combinations. For customers who need to "zero-in" on fault conditions in debug applications and specific waveform areas of interest for signal integrity and data acquisition applications, the new TDS6000B enables them to quickly isolate, capture and analyze events of interest using a unique dual triggering system that allows both A- and B-triggers to be mixed and qualified into almost any sequential logic combination. The dual trigger combinations offered by Tektronix' TDS6000B Pinpoint triggering system give the user the ultimate flexibility in triggering on high speed digital signals, enabling even the most elusive events to be captured.

Pinpoint triggering provides ultra-low trigger jitter (<1.5 ps) and captures glitches less than 200 ps wide for capturing events of interest with industry-leading accuracy. It supports the full 7 GHz analog performance of the TDS6804B for all trigger modes. And, it is the only triggering system that provides full capabilities and flexibility on both A- and B-triggers with high accuracy and at such high speed.

Breakthrough Technology Yields New Probe Operating at Full Scope Bandwidth
The new P7380SMA Active Differential Probe, the world's first 8 GHz differential probe, is an active differential signal acquisition system designed specifically to bring the TDS6804B's full-bandwidth performance to the test point. This entirely new probing platform is based on the latest Silicon-Germanium (7HP SiGe) process, and enables the capture of full acquisition performance on all channels, providing maximum signal fidelity with minimum loading. This SiGe process incorporates a high-performance bipolar device optimized for high-speed or low-power applications.

"The P7380SMA probe from Tektronix is an excellent example of the commercial use of IBM's BiCMOS 0.18um silicon germanium (7HP SiGe) technology," said James Doyle, vice president, foundry manufacturing services, IBM Technology Group. "Tektronix has found that our SiGe technology is well suited for testing applications such as probes and scopes and provides a competitive advantage."

The P7380SMA is the first in a series of high bandwidth differential input probes that will offer customers a range of solutions for next generation product design, debug, and compliance testing. Tektronix plans to deliver a new member of the P7300 differential active probe family mid-2004 using the same 7HP SiGe ASIC that supports the full bandwidth of the oscilloscope and features convenient attachment to the device under test for multiple use cases.

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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