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Tektronix waveform monitors now support 3Gbit/s SDI

Posted: 07 Apr 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:waveform monitors and rasterizers? jitter measurement?

Tektronix Inc. has upgraded its WFM and WVR series of waveform monitors and rasterizers including the addition of 3Gbit/s Single Link SDI support to the WFM7020 and WFM7120 waveform monitors. This capability is added through two new options: a monitoring option (3G) for WFM7020 and WFM7120, and a jitter measurement option (JIT) for the WFM7120. Says the company, with the addition of 3Gbit/s SDI support for monitoring 1,080p 50/59.94/60 HD video and the See and Solve user interface, the waveform monitors provide precise, highly reliable easy-to-use tools for every critical monitoring point in the digital video ecosystem.

3Gbit/s SDI provides a means of transporting high-bandwidth 1,080p (also known as Full HD) signals conforming to SMPTE 424M and 425M standards. Both WFM7020 and WFM7120 waveform monitors support 1,080p 50/59.94/60 Level A and Level B formats. The WFM7120 also provides a solution for evaluating the physical layer performance on a single-link 3Gbit/s interface with the new jitter measurement option. This option also provides a basic test pattern generation capability in the waveform monitor for quick verification of 3Gbit/s signal presence and continuity.

Numerous additional features and enhancements are also being delivered across the entire Tektronix waveform monitor (WFM) and rasterizer (WVR) portfolio, enabling engineers to more efficiently verify video, audio and ancillary data content, diagnose quality and physical layer signal quality problems, and store data for later analysis or documentation. For example, the monitors now support 2K XYZ color space formats, allowing users to diagnose errors introduced in format conversions more efficiently, and to ensure correct level and colorimetry.

New features include the addition of automatic overshoot/undershoot measurements for the PHY option and enhancements to the award winning A/V delay measurement capability. New support is added for Dolby E A/VTiming and Synchronization measurements and to provide VANC Dolby Metadata Display. All audio options will now support audio loudness and peak measurement per ITU -R BS1770. All WFM and WVRxx20 instruments will now support decode of Wide Screen Signaling (WSS), Video Index, Teletext, EIA608/708 closed caption and Active Format Description (AFD) data. Altogether, over a dozen of feature enhancements are now available for the WFM and WVR platforms.

Options 3G and JIT for 3Gbit/s SDI are available for $10,000 each. Additional options are available. Current owners of existing options will be able to download firmware updates to enable many of these enhancements free of charge, said the company.

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