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New Tektronix Logic Analyzer Solution for Debug of FB-DIMM

New Tektronix Logic Analyzer Solution for Debug of FB-DIMM

Tektronix' Oscilloscope Solutions to be Demonstrated at IDF for PCI Express Gen 2 and FB-DIMM, Enabling Testing of Latest Serial Data Standards

INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, March 1, 2005 - Tektronix, Inc. (NYSE: TEK), a leading worldwide provider of test, measurement and monitoring instrumentation, announced new Fully Buffered DIMM (FB-DIMM) test solutions for logic analyzers in conjunction with Nexus Technology and will demonstrate both FB-DIMM and second generation PCI Express test solutions for their industry leading oscilloscopes.

FB-DIMM and second generation PCI Express are the two most recent examples of the industry trend to replace legacy shared parallel buses with high-speed point-to-point serial buses. FB-DIMM is an interconnect architecture for high-end memory connections, enabling memory chips to operate at a throughput of 6.4 GBytes per second, double the current throughput of today's DDR-2-400 modules. Similarly, PCI Express second generation operates at 5 Gb/s, double the bandwidth of the current PCI Express specification.

"Having new test and validation capabilities available for FB-DIMM and second generation PCI Express early in advance of first silicon power on is essential to help the broader community of companies who are working to design and implement these technologies," said Jim Pappas, director of initiative marketing for Intel’s Digital Enterprise Group.

Tektronix Logic Analyzers and Nexus Technology Provide FB-DIMM Capabilities

Tektronix' TLA700 Series logic analyzer and Nexus Technology’s NEX-FBD-NEXVu enable designers to verify, test and debug the Advanced Memory Buffer (AMB) control of the DDR2 SDRAM. Additionally, the FB-DIMM northbound and southbound traffic can be monitored by Tektronix’ TLA700 Series logic analyzer and a Nexus Technology NEX-FBD-LAI interposer card.

"To keep pace with more complex and shorter design cycles, designers need to optimize their FB-DIMM testing and validation with powerful solutions that enable them to address these challenges," said David Bennett, vice president, logic analyzers product line, Tektronix. "Tektronix offers the world’s most powerful logic analyzers, which can be utilized in concert with specific support packages such as Nexus Technology’s latest offerings to provide a robust toolset for FB-DIMM and DDR2 testing."

"We found the combination of the Tektronix TLA700 logic analyzer and NEX-FBD-NEXVu from Nexus Technology to be extremely useful in our FBDIMM debug work," said Terry Lee, Executive Director of Advanced Technology and Strategic Marketing, Micron System Memory Group. "This combination enables easy connectivity without requiring an interposer card and it allows us to probe signals, as seen by the memory chips, with minimal impact on signal integrity. In addition, the Analog Mux capability of the Tektronix TLA allows these signals to be viewed with a Tektronix oscilloscope without having to re-probe, simplifying signal integrity measurements."

New RT-Eye Compliance Tests for FB-DIMM and second generation PCI Express

At IDF, Tektronix will demonstrate new RT-Eye Serial Compliance and Analysis software modules that transform a host oscilloscope into a powerful automated validation and compliance-testing platform for FB-DIMM and second generation PCI Express. The modules run on the Tektronix TDS6000 Series and TDS/CSA7000 Series oscilloscopes including the recently announced TDS6124C and TDS6154C. The latter is the world’s fastest oscilloscope designed for the most demanding serial data applications.

About Tektronix

Tektronix, Inc. is a test, measurement and monitoring company providing measurement solutions to the communications, computer, and semiconductor industries worldwide. With more than 55 years of experience, Tektronix enables its customers to design, build, deploy, and manage next-generation global communications networks and advanced technologies. Headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, Tektronix has operations in 19 countries worldwide. Tektronix' Web address is

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