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Cable Technology Feature Article

September 10, 2009

Tektronix Announces New Automated Management Software, IPM400A Probe and DVB-S2 Support

By Jai C.S., TMCnet Contributor

Tektronix, Inc., a provider of test, measurement and monitoring equipment, has reportedly launched a new VQNet Video Service Assurance Manager and IPM400A network probe, which are specially designed to help cable, telco and broadcast operators to quickly identify and resolve customer impacting issues across their IP networks.

Added to this, the company has also announced a DVB-S2 interface for its MTM400A Transport Stream Monitor.

"Today's digital content goes through considerable processing before it gets delivered to the end user. Monitoring of both the IP and TS layers is critical to ensuring the best possible experience for the viewer," said Paul Robinson, chief technology officer of Video Products, Tektronix (News - Alert), in a release.

"With these new and comprehensive solutions, Tektronix will enable content distributors and operators to automate monitoring of video quality and differentiate their services from the competitors," added Robinson.

With 60 years of experience, Tektronix enables its customers to design, build, deploy, and manage next-generation global communications networks, computing and advanced technologies. The company’s network monitoring solutions are designed to empower operations staff to efficeintly identify and resolve customer impacting problems before they severely impact customers.

Working in concert with the VQNet management software, Tektronix delivers a powerful and scalable probe architecture. This includes the new IPM400A concurrent probe that provides real-time analysis of all video and audio content within a GigE link, and the MTM400A directed diagnostic probe which provides deep analysis capability for ASI and QAM, COFDM and DVB-S/S2 RF links.

This is said to enable operators with scalability in depth of measurement and visibility across their head-end network. VQNet also supports the Tektronix RFM300 8-VSB probe for ATSC transmission and ingest monitoring.

The IPM400A, as stated by the company, can monitor up to 500 IP flows (sessions) and all essential parameters including TS errors, IP packet inter-arrival time (PIT) and MDI (News - Alert). This ensures IP and TS integrity across a broad set of video services on even a fully loaded GigE link.
The new DVB-S2 interface for the MTM400A Transport Stream Monitor enables Satellite Direct To the Home (DTH) broadcasters and other operators that ingest and distribute content via satellite to efficiently deliver superior Quality of Service (QoS) levels as they adopt the latest standard for transmission of MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 audio and video streams.

Reportedly, the newly announced VQNet software, the IPM400A and the MTM400A DVB-S2 interface can be ordered now and will be available in Q4, 2009.

Jai C.S. is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jai's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard