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Barco Air Traffic Management Selects Tektronix Oscilloscopes for Life Critical Design Work

Barco Air Traffic Management Selects Tektronix Oscilloscopes for Life Critical Design Work

TDS7704B Digital Phosphor Oscilloscopes (DPO) Deliver Superior Measurement Fidelity, Unrivalled Analysis and Usability for Development of Air Traffic Control Components

BEAVERTON, Ore., June 07, 2005 - Tektronix, Inc. (NYSE:TEK) a leading worldwide provider of test, measurement and monitoring instrumentation, announced that the Air Traffic Control Business Unit of Barco N.V. has selected Tektronix' oscilloscope and probing solutions to support the development of complex high-speed designs for the air traffic management marketplace.

Barco is a recognized international leader and pioneer in the design, development and manufacturing of real-time graphics display systems and software components for air traffic control. Much of its testing activity is conducted in a laboratory environment and requires instrumentation with leading specifications and all around capabilities in high frequency applications. Following extensive evaluation of several product offerings from different companies, Barco chose the Tektronix TDS7704B Digital Phosphor Oscilloscope (DPO) and 8GHz P7380 Z-Active™ high performance probe solution.

"Developing dependable products through effective test and measurement is key to Barco's business," said Jeroen Debonnet, R&D Manager ATC at Barco. "The TDS7704B provides us with superior measurement fidelity plus unrivalled analysis and usability to deliver a highly effective, fast test solution for complex high-speed designs that need to operate reliably in a life critical environment."

Bjorn Declercq, Development Engineer Electronics at Barco, added: "The TDS7704B's superior bandwidth and fast rise time are essential in order for us to check the signal integrity of our products. Furthermore, the probing solution offered by Tektronix supports fast, effective and economical testing and measurement."

The TDS7704B is used to solve demanding high-speed measurement problems in communications, computing, and other advanced electronic applications. With 7-GHz bandwidth, the TDS7704B acquires signals with excellent fidelity. The TDS7704B provides an advanced SiGe triggering system optimized for debugging signal anomalies and glitches that are less than 110 ps, event qualification and extremely low trigger jitter of less than 1.2 ps RMS (typical) for accurate signal capture. The DPO's waveform capture rate (more than 400,000 waveforms per second) powered by exclusive DPX® acquisition technology, is orders of magnitude better than existing digital storage oscilloscopes (DSOs) in delivering faster accumulation of signal data for both critical insight into signal behavior and in-depth analysis.

The order was secured by C.N. Rood N.V./S.A., the Tektronix distributor for Belgium. Working closely with Barco over a long period of time has helped C.N. Rood to develop a strong understanding of Barco's test and measurement requirements and has helped to reinforce the reliable and dependable nature of Barco's life critical products.

Commenting on the new business Sven De Coster of C.N. Rood said: "This represents key business for Tektronix and underlines the strong specification and excellent usability of its products. The application at Barco sets high performance requirements and the need for a dependable test solution is reinforced by the life critical nature of the end application."

About Barco

Barco, an international company headquartered in Kortrijk, Belgium, provides visualization and display solutions for professional markets. Barco designs and develops solutions for large screen visualization, display solutions for life-critical applications, and systems for visual inspection. Barco is active worldwide and has its own facilities for Sales & Marketing, Customer Support, R&D and Manufacturing in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. Barco is quoted on Euronext Brussels and is a BEL 20 and a Next 150 company (Euronext: BAR; Reuters: BARBt.BR; Bloomberg: BAR BB).

About C.N. Rood

C.N. Rood provides knowledge and solutions to the educational, scientific and industrial institutes in the Benelux region. Our wide range of solutions varies from communication test-equipment and general test- & measurement-equipment to automatic identification products combined with consultancy, training and turnkey solutions including software development.

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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