News | January 5, 2015

Rohde & Schwarz Video Testers Enable Interoperability Tests Of HDMI 2.0 6G Consumer Electronics Equipment

The latest version of HDMI has paved the way for launching high resolution 4K/UltraHD products on the consumer market. Rohde & Schwarz is supporting this development by adding two HDMI 2.0 6G test modules to its video tester family. The company is offering the first integrated, easy to operate solution for electrical measurements of HDMI 2.0 sources. The video testers also enable protocol compliance verification for consumer electronics equipment.

Rohde & Schwarz is expanding its video tester family to offer an absolute innovation for electrical measurements of HDMI 2.0 6G sources: the R&S VT B2380 TMDS time domain analyzer. The compact subsampling based option features an outstanding cost/benefit ratio and excellent operating convenience and gives users the advantage of carrying out "plug and measure" electrical analysis.

The electrical characteristics of HDMI sources are measured to verify basic signal integrity and identify faulty circuits, insufficient port connections as well as defective cables and lines. The new base module is added by an HDMI test adapter via a high frequency cable. The measurement instrument itself can be used for eye diagram analysis and other complex measurements in line with HDMI specifications for all TMDS signals without modifying the test setup.

Another new module, the R&S VT-B2362 HDMI CTS receiver/generator function for 600 MHz, enhances the Rohde & Schwarz HDMI protocol test portfolio by adding compliance tests for the new HDMI 2.0 version. The time minimized differential signaling protocol behind the technology can now also be tested for data rates of > 340 Mcsc in line with HDMI 2.0 specifications. This option is especially useful for carrying out the HF1-10 ff source tests and the HF2-5 ff sink tests required by the new compliance test specification. Detailed test IDs can be found in the appropriate data sheet.

The solution from Rohde & Schwarz is of special interest for design engineers and producers of consumer electronics equipment such as TVs, set top boxes, projectors and Blu-ray players, for chip manufacturers and test houses as well as the wide base electronics market. With its new options, the Rohde & Schwarz video tester family represents the most comprehensive platform for HDMI 2.0 tests on the market. Since users require only a single T&M instrument, there is no longer a need for costly test setups with multiple devices. Extensive automation makes it possible to carry out fast, comprehensive protocol-layer and physical-layer testing of HDMI interfaces.

The new R&S VT-B2362 module for HDMI source and sink compliance tests and the new R&S VT-B2380 module for debugging the electrical characteristics of HDMI sources are now available from Rohde & Schwarz. They are ideal for the R&S VTS, R&S VTE and R&S VTC video testers. For more information, visit

About Rohde & Schwarz
The Rohde & Schwarz electronics group is a leading supplier of solutions in the following business fields: test and measurement, broadcast and media, secure communications, radiomonitoring and radiolocation. Founded more than 80 years ago, this independent company has an extensive sales and service network and is present in more than 70 countries. On June 30, 2014, Rohde & Schwarz had approximately 9800 employees. It achieved a net revenue of EUR 1.75 billion in the 2013/2014 fiscal year (July to June). The company is headquartered in Munich, Germany. It also has regional headquarters in Singapore and Columbia, Maryland, USA, to manage its operations in these regions.

Source: Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG