Tektronix Adds Next-Generation Compression Support to MPEG Test System

4/21/2004 - Tektronix, Inc. (NYSE: TEK), a leading worldwide provider of test, measurement and monitoring instrumentation, announced new design verification tools for next-generation video compression technologies available on the company's leading MPEG Transport Stream Test System. The new tools support H.264 and Microsoft Windows Media 9 Series (WMV9), enabling video equipment manufacturers to perform software and hardware verification of designs using these emerging technologies.

H.264, developed by ITU-T, and WMV9 are next-generation video compression technologies that support low bit rate, high quality compressed video. Microsoft submitted the compression technology used in the WMV9 codec to the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) C24 Technical Committee for consideration as an openly available international standard last September.

These technologies enable designers and manufacturers to build products that will utilize significantly less bandwidth while maintaining equivalent picture quality. This frees up valuable bandwidth that can be utilized by broadcasters to transmit more content, including high-definition (HD) services, or to reduce operating costs by minimizing requirements for existing content. Tektronix' AD953A is the first instrument to enable designers to successfully and accurately verify their H.264 and WMV9 designs. It is also compatible with Tektronix' Standalone Transport Stream analysis software (Version 6.7 and above) for deferred time analysis on the user's own personal computer (PC). This is the first Transport Stream analysis system to provide support for both H.264 and VC-9.

"Tektronix is a clear technological leader in the area of compressed video test and verification," said Jonathan Usher, Director of the Windows Digital Media Division at Microsoft Corp. "Because of Tektronix' support, we are confident that designers and broadcasters will have success with their Windows Media 9 Series designs and equipment and that consumers will experience a new level of picture quality."

"Tektronix is committed to providing test, verification and validation of the latest video compression technologies," said Todd Biddle, Vice President, Video Product Line, Tektronix, Inc. "To be successful, designers and manufacturers must be confident that their H.264 and WMV9 designs will work. Tektronix' AD953A MPEG Test System meets this unmet need with the world's only analysis support for these next-generation compression technologies."

About the AD953X Platform
The AD953A provides play and record capability as well as both real and deferred time MPEG analysis and multiplexing capability to enable easy creation of new transport streams. Options include carousel analysis and generation for testing interactive TV systems.

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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