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Tektronix: No excuse for 4K confusion

Manufacturers must stay on top of codec standard development in order to make the advent of new technologies an evolution for customers, not a revolution.

Tektronix CTO for video product line, Paul Robinson, told The IBC Daily that although there is the perception that all the underlying technology changes for 4K are new, there was in fact a lot of advanced warning that these changes were imminent, with UHDTV first demonstrated at NAB back in 2006.

Robinson commented: “Obviously the availability of 4K sensors and display panels has accelerated the drive towards 4K implementation, but we had prior warning of the development of higher resolution than HD video.

Indeed, when developing the Tektronix WFM and WVR8000 series waveform monitors the internal architecture was implemented to handle 4K data rates, which has allowed us to implement 4K/UHD support as an existing product upgrade, rather than requiring a completely new product.”

He added that the biggest challenge of making 4K a reality for customers was not 4K itself, but staying on top of the ever-changing IP-based workflow standards.
Robinson explained: “There are quite a few different standards being developed, so it’s about monitoring those developments and making sure we deliver the right products at the right time.”