Vitesse releases VScope embedded waveform viewing technology

The technology for video broadcast applications complements the company’s product portfolio

Meeting the growth of HD video broadcasting production, Vitesse Semiconductor has embedded its VScope integrated circuit-based waveform viewing technology into its latest clock and data recovery (CDR) product offerings, which are now capable of improving signal integrity for uncompressed HD 1080i/1080p video.

The explosion of HD video distribution is increasing signal integrity requirements on video broadcast equipment. To this end, monitoring links in real time for Quality of Service parameters is becoming essential. Studio backbones with hundreds of HD streams are taxing the capabilities of test equipment to monitor these signals. VScope embeds the waveform viewing circuitry in the actual video transceiver chip, as the VSC3406, allowing a real-time, economical monitoring function for live video feeds.

Demonstrated live at InterBEE 2008, this combination of video-capable CDR and VScope oscilloscope functionality provides remote diagnostic and monitoring capabilities that enable manufacturers to verify the signal integrity of HD video broadcast signals.

Vitesse’s VScope and CDR technology is applicable in a range of equipment form broadcast video systems to networking/telecommunications carrying a mix of both HD video and data traffic. The VSC3406 is capable of transmitting and receiving HD video signals while introducing new architectural options for equipment carrying video and data, allowing a new level of visibility for system debugging and remote monitoring across a full video router matrix.

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