Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Tektronix introduces high-performance 3Gb/s SDI waveform monitors
Tektronix has introduced the WFM8200 and WFM8300 advanced waveform monitors, the latest additions to the company’s current waveform monitor lineup. The new high-performance instruments provide high-quality, real-time, automated 3Gb/s SDI eye pattern display and jitter measurements that help broadcasters and network operators effectively diagnose signal problems. The WFM8300 (with optional PHY) also provides multirate HD/SD-SDI and 3Gb/s SDI (with optional 3G) color bar and pathological signal-generation capabilities that provide engineers with a simple signal source for quick signal path verification during system and equipment setup and troubleshooting. The new models also feature advances in color grading with new Luma Qualified Vector and spearhead gamut displays.
For broadcasters, the WFM8200 and WFM8300 are designed to help engineering staffs reduce time and effort in equipment qualification and setup and more effectively detect system degradations before they become quality problems. This is made possible by comprehensive physical layer measurements including automated 3Gb/s SDI signal eye pattern parameters and jitter measurements as well as Tektronix jitter waveform display and cable length measurement. Additionally, alarm information helps identify and diagnose video and audio content quality as well as vertical ancillary data problems.