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MMTS speeds up multimedia device testing

Posted: 19 May 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:multimedia device testing? test systems? signal measurements?

VI Technology has introduced its highly scalable Multimedia Test System (MMTS), which the company touts as delivering the fastest path to analog and digital audio and video measurements for multimedia devices including DVD players, STBs, smart phones, mobile devices, computers and video game consoles.

The MMS is powered by the latest National Instruments PXI instrumentation technology to provide very precise, accurate and reliable results, VI Technology said. Based on the PXI platform, the test system is very scalable, making it simple to reconfigure for future multimedia devices. Engineers can upgrade the system as new standards are developed because of its software-based modular architecture.

The system delivers all the measurement hardware and software necessary for testing the most common video and audio signals and digital protocols in multimedia-capable devices. Out of the box, users can test for composite, S-Video, HD (component) and HDMI signals including NTSC-M, NTSC-4.43, PAL-M, PAL-N, RGB and YUV. Audio test capabilities include S/PDIF, PCM, Raw Dolby Digital and DTS. In addition, the system includes the ability to make power measurements, as well as Ethernet, USB and modem connectivity.

The test system can efficiently test up to four multimedia devices in parallel, maximizing the testing throughput without sacrificing the quality or the speed of the measurements to yield overall increases in test performance by up to 30x, VI Technology said.

The test system features a sleek, self-enclosed design that incorporates all the necessary signal routing and connectivity. The system is based on commercial, off-the-shelf technology, making it affordable and easily maintainable, said the company. It also includes built-in test data management and reporting capabilities.

Pricing starts at $32,900.

- Gina Roos

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