Tek Debuts Pinpoint Triggering System for TDS7000B Digital Oscilloscopes

8/5/2004 - Tektronix, Inc. (NYSE: TEK), a leading worldwide provider of test, measurement and monitoring instrumentation, announced the availability of its new PinpointTM triggering system on the TDS7000B Series Digital Phosphor Oscilloscopes (DPO), previously available only for the TDS6000B Series oscilloscopes. Existing TDS7000B customers can now download the Pinpoint triggering system software as part of a firmware upgrade from www.tektronix.com/software at no charge.

Bit and clock rates in complex digital architectures are rapidly increasing in the communications, computer and semiconductor industries. Customers working with leading-edge applications, such as XAUI, PCI-Express and Infiniband are tasked with connecting, triggering, acquiring and analyzing fast, multiple, complex signals simultaneously. To meet the exacting requirements of high-end product design and test, leading-edge oscilloscopes must provide top banner specifications and exceptional signal integrity/fidelity. They must also provide effective debugging tools. Pinpoint triggering carries on the Tektronix TDS family tradition of flexible, innovative triggering tools to help users find elusive events quickly or qualify complex waveform data for analysis.

"The term 'Pinpoint' summarizes the precision with which the new trigger system can isolate individual events or combinations. We have received very positive feedback from customers about our new Pinpoint triggering system and have decided to extend this capability throughout our high-performance oscilloscope family," said Colin Shepard, Vice President, Oscilloscope Products, Tektronix, Inc. "By adding Pinpoint triggering for our TDS7000B Series, we are helping customers to more quickly and reliably characterize, debug and analyze the fastest and most complex signals that drive today's technologies."

Pinpoint Triggering Offers TDS7000B Customers Broadest Capabilities
Pinpoint triggering enables users to quickly isolate, capture and analyze events of interest by using both A- and B-triggers mixed and qualified into almost any sequential logic combination. More than 1400 trigger combinations are possible. This capability is ideal for customers who need to "zero-in" on specific waveform areas of interest for signal integrity and data acquisition applications and fault conditions in debug applications. The dual trigger combinations offered by Tektronix' 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. With the Pinpoint triggering system, users can trigger on events previously impossible to detect. With the fast waveform capture rate (up 400,000 wfms/s) already present in the TDS7000B Series, the addition of Pinpoint triggering further enhances the productivity of the world's best troubleshooting scopes.

Pinpoint triggering on the TDS7704B provides ultra low trigger jitter - less than 1.2ps rms trigger jitter (typical) and less than 170ps (typical) glitch capture for isolating events of interest with industry-leading accuracy. 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.

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.

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