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Semtech Enables Leader Electronics’ UHDTV Test and Measurement Platform with Next Generation 12G UHD-SDI Interface Product Portfolio
Leader Electronics uses Semtech’s 12G UHD-SDI retiming cable equalizer and cable driver to enable its UHDTV waveform m

Semtech Enables Leader Electronics’ UHDTV Test and Measurement Platform with Next Generation 12G UHD-SDI Interface Product Portfolio

Leader Electronics uses Semtech’s 12G UHD-SDI retiming cable equalizer and cable driver to enable its UHDTV waveform monitor

Camarillo, California - April 18, 2016 -

Semtech Corporation (Nasdaq: SMTC), a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, announced that its portfolio of 12G UHD-SDI solutions is enabling the LV5490 UHDTV waveform monitor LV5490SER06 option card from Leader Electronics Corporation (JASDAQ: 6867), a leading supplier of test equipment solutions to the broadcast industry.

Leader Electronics’ LV5490SER06 option board provides a 12G UHD-SDI interface with eye monitoring and jitter measurement capability to the LV5490 UHDTV waveform monitor and utilizes Semtech’s GS12141 retiming equalizer and GS12181 retiming cable driver products.

UHD-SDI is the only standardized broadcast UHDTV interface, and the GS12141 retiming cable equalizer and GS12181 retiming cable driver, with their advanced feature sets and class leading performance, provide a commercial, off-the-shelf interface solution for next generation UHDTV equipment and infrastructure.

“Next generation UHDTV infrastructures will require advanced UHD-SDI test and measurement capabilities,” said Ryosuke Takagi, Director of Leader Electronics Corporation’s development department. “Semtech is a recognized leader in 12G UHD-SDI interface and gearbox products, and the GS12141 and GS12181’s advanced feature sets and high performance, uniquely enable our next generation UHDTV test and measurement portfolio.”

“Sophisticated test and measurement solutions are required to address the critical performance requirements of broadcasters as facilities are updated with UHDTV-enabled UHD-SDI infrastructures,” said Don Shaver, Director of Video Marketing for Semtech’s Signal Integrity Product Group. “Leader’s LV5490 waveform monitor, when equipped with the LV5490SER06 12G UHD-SDI option card utilizing Semtech’s high performance 12G UHD-SDI solutions, offers powerful and flexible UHD-SDI test and measurement solutions for next generation UHDTV facilities.”

Semtech’s UHD-SDI products feature ultra-low power consumption and provide industry-leading performance at 12Gbps rates. UHD-SDI is ideal for UHDTV infrastructures, including routers, cameras, monitors, switchers and more. It offers pristine image quality, is backwards compatible with existing SDI systems and is standardized by both the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), simplifying UHDTV infrastructure upgrades and reducing risk for broadcasters.

Key Features of the GS12141 & GS12181

  • Multi-standard operation: 1Mb/s to 11.88Gb/s for increased design flexibility and a wider range of end-product applications
  • Performance optimized: For 11.88G/s with ultra-long cable reach, enabling designs that offer maximum performance at all data rates (GS12141).
  • Ultra-low additive jitter for increased PCB design margin and class leading output return loss performance that surpasses SMPTE specifications at all rates, simplifying board optimization, speeding time to market (GS12181)
  • Ultra-low power consumption: Ideal for multi-channel high density designs to minimize overall power consumption
  • Advanced feature set: Output pre-emphasis for compensating for long PCB trace lengths, simplifying PCB optimization (GS12141) and input trace equalization to compensate for long input trace lengths, critical for optimizing performance in 12G UHD-SDI designs (GS12181)

Key Features of the LV5490

  • 12G UHD-SDI interface with eye monitoring and jitter measurement when equipped with the optional LV5490SER06 interface card
  • Built-in, 9-inch, full high definition (LED Backlit) display (1920 x 1080) for superb picture representations
  • 4K/HD Pattern Generator function

Semtech’s portfolio of 12G UHD-SDI products will be demonstrated at Semtech’s booth N5024 at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show April 18-21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas. The LV5490 will also be demonstrated at Leader’s booth C5109.




The GS12141 and GS12181 are available now. Semtech offers comprehensive design assistance, including field- and factory-based support. Data sheets, volume pricing and delivery quotes, as well as evaluation kits and samples, are available at

About Leader

Since its beginning 60 years ago, Leader has earned a worldwide reputation for designing and manufacturing some of the most reliable, practical and cost effective electronic instruments available. The products were originally developed for production testing and servicing. These are applications in which ease-of-use and highest reliability are essential. By expanding into a broad line of industrial and video instruments, Leader was able to add to these fundamental qualities a cost-performance ratio unequalled in the industry.

Manufacturing quality is built in every step of the way. Only the finest parts are used for optimum reliability. At each production run, sub-assemblies are separately tested before they are integrated into the finished product. Then product is tested. Less than 1% of all Leader products made are ever returned for warranty repair or adjustment.

More and more, Leader products, over 100 of them, ranging from 4K Waveform Monitors to rasterizers and video test equipment, are being specified for research, development, production and service applications in addition to over 100 instruments customized for production line applications.

About Semtech

Semtech Corporation is a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors for high-end consumer, computing, communications and industrial equipment. Products are designed to benefit the engineering community as well as the global community. The company is dedicated to reducing the impact it, and its products, have on the environment. Internal green programs seek to reduce waste through material and manufacturing control, use of green technology and designing for resource reduction. Publicly traded since 1967, Semtech is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol SMTC. For more information, visit

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