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Test results exceed specs for new oscilloscope platform

Posted: 24 May 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:oscilloscopes? test? platform?

Tektronix Inc., maker of oscilloscopes has announced that a recent test done for ASICs designed in IBM's 8HP silicon germanium (SiGe) BiCMOS Specialty Foundry technology has shown promising results for its new oscilloscope platform.

PR NewswirSANTA CLARA, Calif., May 18, 2011

According to Tektronix, the test results have exceeded the target specifications set for the oscilloscope platform. Results revealed that the platform is capable of greater than 30GHz bandwidth across multiple channels while minimizing noise found in older chip sets.

Tektronix said the technology could meet the electronics designers' needs for more accurate characterization of high speed serial data beyond 10Gb/s and enhance optical modulation analysis of 100GbE where complex signaling requires accurate bit capture.

Roy Siegel, general manager for Oscilloscopes at Tektronix, said the test represents its first commercial integration of 8HP technology. The latest generation of SiGe, Siegel said, could offer significant performance differentiation to the industry's most demanding oscilloscope applications.

"This year, we will be delivering a new series of performance oscilloscopes with the lowest noise and class-leading signal acquisition performance across multiple channels," Siegel said.

"IBM's SiGe technology has long delivered the performance and reliability our customers demand and as our lab demonstration indicates, this will continue well into the future," he added.

According to Tektronix, IBM's 8HP technology is a 130nm (nm) SiGe bipolar complementary metal oxide semiconductor (BiCMOS) process that offers twice the performance over the previous generation.

The SiGe technology supports the fabrication processes of the 50-year-old silicon industry. Its performance levels are comparable to that of exotic materials such as Indium Phosphide (InP) and Gallium Arsenide (GaAs).

Unlike these alternatives, however, Tektronix said SiGe BiCMOS provides access to high-speed bipolar transistors on the same die as standard CMOS, enabling a class of circuitry that marries extreme performance with large-scale integration.

"As Tektronix's lab demonstration makes very apparent, IBM's 8HP SiGe technology continues to deliver a winning combination of speed, accuracy and integration required for high-end instrumentation," said IBM Special Foundry director Regina Darmoni.

Tektronix said product deployments using 8HP SiGe technology are expected later this year.

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