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New Connectorless Logic Analyzer Probes from Tektronix Raise Industry Standard for Size and Performance

New Connectorless Logic Analyzer Probes from Tektronix Raise Industry Standard for Size and Performance

Incorporating New D-MaxTM Probing Technology, P6960 and P6980 Probes Simplify Design of High-Speed Digital Devices

BEAVERTON, Ore., May 18, 2004 - Tektronix, Inc. (NYSE: TEK), a leading worldwide provider of test, measurement and monitoring instrumentation, today announced the P6960 and P6980 high-density connectorless probes using new D-MaxTM probing technology for its TLA700 Series of logic analyzers. The new D-Max probing technology surpasses that of competing products with a similar profile by enabling leading channel density and signal integrity. The new probes provide a footprint 61% smaller than the previous generation, and the lowest capacitance rating available in the industry, typically 0.5 pF, to maintain the integrity of the signals being observed.

Designers developing high-speed computing, communication, and network device prototypes usually include probing footprints on their circuit designs. These footprints bring hundreds of connections to a central "probing" point to allow for troubleshooting and evaluation. As circuit boards continue to shrink in size, these test points must be reduced proportionately without adding costs to the prototype. Furthermore, it is critical that the method of accessing signals itself does not itself impact the measurement outcome.

Designers exploring advanced digital architectures turned to the industry's technology leader, Tektronix, for a solution to these challenges. Tektronix' pioneering D-Max probing technology dispenses with cumbersome connector housings while enhancing the reliability of the connection and minimizing the footprint-and the cost-of on-board probing.

"These new products continue a tradition of innovation and leadership that began when Tektronix introduced the industry's first true connectorless probes, the P6860 and P6880 in 2002 which have become a de facto industry standard among digital designers confronting cutting-edge measurement problems," said David Bennett, General Manager, Logic Analyzer Product Line, Tektronix, Inc. "Our new P6960 and P6980 probes incorporate D-Max probing technology to provide the industry's highest pin density and lowest loading in a tiny footprint. The new products will help today's innovators develop ever-faster serial buses and smaller digital systems."

Industry-Leading Channel Density Doesn't Trade Off Performance

Aimed at digital designers who must address today's multi-GHz bus speeds and commensurately tighter circuit design tolerances, the new probes provide the industry's densest channel count per unit area. It situates 34 clock and/or data channels in a footprint that is 61% smaller than that of its predecessor and significantly smaller than any other offering in the market. Most importantly, the small size and high density permit shorter traces and easier routing to probing sites, further conserving circuit board real estate.

Using the new D-Max probing technology, the P6960 and P6980 connectorless probes incorporate a durable new interconnect technology that ensures positive contact to board-mounted pads. The P6960 is a 34 channel probe, with single-ended data and differential clocks. The P6980 is also a 34 channel probe, but in addition to acquiring the clock signals differentially it also acquires the data channels differentially. The differential data acquisition capabilities make the P6980 probe suitable for the acquisition of very high speed signals.

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 www.tektronix.com.

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