Tektronix Introduces TDSHT3 Automated Compliance Test Software for HDMI

7/14/2004 - Tektronix, Inc. (NYSE: TEK), a leading worldwide provider of test, measurement and monitoring instrumentation, announced the availability of the TDSHT3, a new high-performance oscilloscope software package that provides an automated compliance testing solution for High-Definition Multimedia InterfaceTM (HDMITM) products. The TDSHT3 software is the industry's first package to enable engineers to efficiently perform reliable in-house compliance tests in accordance with the HDMI Compliance Test Specifications (CTS).

HDMI is still in an early phase of market adoption, but many industry sources expect HDMI to overtake Digital Visual Interface (DVI) in consumer electronics products such as televisions, set top boxes and DVD players within the next two to four years. Many companies are now involved in building HDMI receiver and transmitter chips, while others are rushing to include HDMI ports in their products. As the market for HDMI accelerates, designers need an automated test system to rapidly improve and validate HDMI designs. Customers will still need to perform final compliance testing at a HDMI Authorized Test Center (ATC), but prior use of the TDSHT3 software provides a much higher probability of a successful outcome.

"TDSHT3 HDMI software enables our customers to perform a wide range of tests efficiently and reliably," said Colin Shepard, Vice President, Oscilloscope Products, Tektronix, Inc. "The Tektronix offering, including the oscilloscope, data time generator, a complete library of test patterns built upon the HDMI CTS framework, and crucial test adapters provides customers with the most complete in-house solution for HDMI testing. TDSHT3 provides unprecedented ease-of-use through automation of a wide range of HDMI tests."

Compliance testing is a matter of adhering to rigorous, mandated measurement procedures defined in the CTS document. The TDSHT3 software running on Tektronix performance oscilloscopes automates many of the tests detailed in the CTS.

Reliable Testing
Conformance to HDMI standards and test specifications ensures reliable results with TDSHT3. The high level of automation and less manual set-ups ensures repeatable results. Accurate eye rendering and precise violation testing ensures reliable eye diagram tests. Sophisticated measurement techniques eliminate errors in Jitter measurements. Unprecedented efficiency is achieved with further automation of the signal sources that reduces test times from days to minutes.

Quick Testing
The software enables remote control of signal sources, automates Sink, Source and Cable tests and dramatically cuts test times. Automatic Mask-fit measurements and Pass/Fail notification delivers quick results and one-button selection of multiple tests ensures faster testing. Mask margins and statistical information aid analysis to help customers to quickly find answers.

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 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 19 countries worldwide. Tektronix' Web address is www.tektronix.com.

Tektronix is a registered trademark of Tektronix, Inc.

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