11.05.2006 08:00 AM
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Tektronix provides next-generation digital video measurement performance

Tektronix has announced the VM6000, an automatic video measurement set that runs on a new hardware platform. Equipped with high-speed signal acquisition hardware, optimized video measurement algorithms and an integrated, high performance oscilloscope, the VM6000 offers flexibility for users testing consumer DTV reception and playout devices.

The VM6000 can be used for design and development, quality of audit testing, certification and compliance testing, and automated production test applications. It is capable of testing SD (480i, 480p, 576i and 576p) and HD (720p, 1080i and 1080p) video formats to user-selected tolerance limits delivering fully automated, go/no go results. It automatically detects video format. The optional SD/HD model provides new capabilities, including H/V synchronous and distortion measurement.

Block mode is available for line-specific repeated measurement, and users can define positions for level and noise measurement. A custom signal configuration utility allows industry standard tests to be performed on non-standard signal formats, and optional H.264 test signals enable testing of MPEG-4 and PC-TV capable designs.

The VM6000 utilizes the DPO7000 oscilloscope platform with a 12.1in, XGA, high-resolution, touch-panel display. In addition to video signal measurements, it supports software options for the basic oscilloscope functions of timing measurement, power measurement, serial data and compliance testing for Ethernet and USB 2.0.

Software application packages that enable existing TDS5054x, TDS5104x, DPO7054, DPO7104 and DPO7254 oscilloscopes are available.

For more information, visit www.tektronix.com.

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