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MPEG Generators

MTX100B MPEG-2 Recorder and Player

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Features & Benefits

  • Transport Stream Generation and Recording in a Portable Form Factor with Real-time Updating of Time Stamps and Time Tables for Error-free Looping
  • IPTV and Video over IP Stress Test Generation for STB Test or Migrating to IP Interface Technology, Including Support for IPv6 and TTS Standards
  • Comprehensive Suite of DVB, ATSC, and MPEG Test Streams Supplied as Standard Provides Ready-made Content for Stream Creation and Generation
  • Multiplexer Software Option with New Integrated Playout Functionality Provides a Complete Solution for Stream Creation, Editing, and Generation
  • High-capacity Storage, and High Data Rate Recording and Playout of MPEG Transport Streams Let You Build, Maintain, and Use a Large Local Library of Test Streams
  • IEEE1394b, USB 2.0, and GbE Interface Download of Transport Streams for Optimum Flexibility in Storing and Managing Transport Stream Libraries
  • PCR Jitter Insertion to Help You Fully Stress Your Product or System Design
  • Remote Control using Ethernet, with Standard Command for Programmable Instruments (SCPI) Command Set
  • Easy Integration with Tektronix MPEG Analysis Tools for Transport Stream Creation to Support Compliance and Stress Testing of Video Products Using MPEG-2 Technology
  • Integrated with Tektronix Monitoring Tools for Powerful and Cost-effective Transport Stream Monitoring, and Error Recording
  • Color Hierarchical Display of Transport Stream Components for Quick and Easy Interpretation of Complex Structures
  • A Full Suite of Electrical Interfaces Lets You Address a Wide Range of Applications


  • IRD/STB Design and Manufacturing Test
  • Evaluation of Professional MPEG Equipment
  • Performance Verification of MPEG Systems
  • Scheduling of Stream Playout and Recording for Broadcast and Production Line Applications
  • Portable, In-field Analysis Tool for System Installation, Commissioning, and Debug of MPEG Transmission Systems

Product Information

The MTX100B MPEG-2 Recorder and Player offers a flexible, affordable solution for design evaluation and conformance testing of digital video products using MPEG-2 technology. The MTX100B records and plays out MPEG-2 transport streams compliant with ATSC, DVB, and ISDB standards at the high data rates needed to verify and troubleshoot designs for high-performance video products and systems. The large internal storage, USB 2.0, and Ethernet download capability help you build and maintain a large library of test streams. A suite of DVB, ATSC, and MPEG Test streams are provided with the instrument and optional Multiplexer software with new integrated playout functionality, provides a complete stream creation and generation tool set.

The MTX100B offers continuous, error-free transport stream looping for long-duration playout, and PCR jitter insertion for stressing designs. Users can continuously loop all sample streams, including updating of all time stamps, continuity counters, time tables (TDT, TOT, and STT), Normal Playtime Reference, ISDB-T Reed Solomon FEC plus RTP time stamps and sequence numbers for IPTV, without fear of buffer under- or overflow. IP generation capability negates the need to purchase a separate IP Player and provides a consistent user experience regardless of which physical interface is used to generate streams. Investment is protected through inclusion of support for IPv6 and TTS standards.

Ethernet network remote control functionality enables control of functions such as Play, Record, Clock Rate, and Jitter Insertion using the SCPI (Standard Control for Programmable Instruments) command set.

The MTX100B can play any transport stream files, including custom transport streams created with offline multiplexers in the Tektronix MPEG Analysis Tools. In addition, the MTX100B can play data files in other formats, including elementary streams and files in DSS format.



For the development of instruments that process digital television signals, the MTX100B is a powerful signal source for parametric stress tests and evaluation. Streams can be repeatedly played out into development systems and equipment without timing discontinuities, simulating transmissions easily and consistently.


The ability to repeatedly playout a range of transport streams directly into equipment in a manufacturing environment is crucial when checking quality and conformance. The user interface makes control of MTX100B intuitive and simple, and remote control interfaces provide the flexibility of remote and automated control.


The MTX100B can be used as a broadcast simulator when installing and debugging transmission chains by using test streams and recording transmissions. The user's control over the source material removes a major element of uncertainty when installing systems and equipment. This speeds up the installation and debugging process, and helps ensure a better end result. The large number of physical and electrical transport stream interfaces that Tektronix supports means that interfacing to other pieces of equipment in the transmission chain is easy.


For error analysis of Transport Streams, the MTX100B provides continuous recording that can be controlled by external trigger signals from the MTM400 Transport Stream monitoring tool. Digital TV broadcasters and Network operators can analyze captured streams in-depth using Industry-leading Tektronix Analysis Tools.

A Scheduler application enables the MTX100B to be used as a simple content scenario server for transport-stream based transmissions. The extendable storage allows users to tailor the amount of storage they require.


Support for IP Stress test playout with capabilities for error insertion (IP Packet Drops, Checksum Errors, Sequence Errors, and Packet Jitter), burst mode (both timing and packet number based), and manual error generation capabilities provide a complete solution for validating IPTV equipment designs. Advanced Mode provides protocol header customization capabilities for source and destination ports and addresses, setting MAC address, transport checksum, network checksums, and user editing of any packet header field parameters.

Session replication functionality is provided to simultaneously encapsulate and play a TS over many IP sessions to simulate an IPTV environment.

Portable MPEG Analysis

The addition of the MTS400 MPEG analysis toolset to the MTX100B platform provides the broadest, deepest MPEG tool set on a highly portable platform. Ideally suited to in-field installation, commissioning, and debug of complex MPEG transmission systems the analysis options offered with the MTX100B provide both real-time and offline transport stream analysis capability for ASI/SMPTE310M interfaces. Additional options provide offline multiplexing, PES and buffer analysis, elementary stream analysis, and data broadcast analysis and generation.

A separate data sheet is available covering the MTX100B Stream Multiplexing and Analysis options in greater detail.

Performance You Can Count On

Depend on Tektronix to provide you with performance you can count on. In addition to industry-leading service and support, this product comes backed by a one-year warranty as standard.


System Characteristics



MPEG Stream Source

Supports MPEG-2, DVB, ATSC, and ISDB protocols. Records and plays out MPEG streams in multiple formats. Error-free looping. PCR jitter insertion

Packet Length

188, 204, or 208 bytes, and Non-TS

ASI Maximum Data Rate


200 Mb/s


120 Mb/s

   Maximum individual file size of 100 GB

ASI Minimum Data Rate, Play and Record

256 Kb/s

ASI Minimum Data Rate, Portable MPEG Analysis

500 Kb/s

IP Generation

Supports IPv4, IPv6,RTP. UDP. Unicast, IGMP Multicast and broadcast modes, TTS

IP Maximum Data Rate

   Single session

160 Mb/s

   Session replication

300 Mb/s

Number of Input/Output Interfaces

One DVB SPI I/O standard, with a second I/O available

Available Optional Interfaces

Asynchronous Serial Interface (ASI/M2S), Universal Parallel/Serial Interface, IEEE1394 (Firewire), SMPTE310M

Internal Reference Clock

27 MHz ±1 ppm when manufactured


±1 ppm over temperature range

   Long-term drift

±0.5 ppm per year

External Reference Input

27 MHz ±1 ppm (recommended)

Transport Stream Interfaces



DVB Synchronous Parallel Interface (Standard)

Connector: 25-pin D-sub

Maximum data rate: 200 Mb/s

IP Interface (Standard)

10/100/1000BaseT RJ45 Network Interface

Asynchronous Serial Interface (Option 01)

Connector: BNC

Maximum data rate: 200 Mb/s, User-selectable burst and nonburst transmission format

Universal Parallel/Serial Interface (Option 02)

Parallel, Serial, and Event Output Modes

Parallel Mode

Connector: 25-pin D-sub

Maximum Data Rate: 200 Mb/s

Output Levels: ECL, LVDS, and TTL with/without termination, Single-end Input Levels

ECL and TTL with Termination


Serial Mode

Connector: 25-pin D-sub

Maximum Data Rate: 40 Mb/s

Output Levels: ECL, LVDS, and TTL

Differential Input Levels: ECL and TTL with/without termination, Single-end Input Levels

ECL and TTL with Termination


Event Output

Connector: BNC

IEEE1394/ASI Interface (Option 05)

   IEEE1394 Connector

4-pin standard, Data Rate: 400 Mb/s

   ASI Connector

BNC, Maximum Data Rate: 200 Mb/s

SMPTE310M/ASI/SPI Interface (Option 07)

   SMPTE310M Connector

BNC, Data Rate: 19.39 Mb/s

   ASI Connector

BNC, Maximum Data Rate: 200 Mb/s

   SPI In Connector

25-pin D-sub, Maximum Data Rate: 200 Mb/s

Platform Characteristics



Operating System

Microsoft Windows XP

Disk Space

19.5 GB, MPEG storage: 182 GB


1024 MB


1024×768, Color LCD

Character Input


Keyboard and Mouse



VGA output, Printer port, Serial port, USB 2.0, 1000 BASE-T Ethernet, IEEE1394b

Environmental Characteristics





+5 °C to +40 °C


-20 °C to +60 °C



20% to 80% (noncondensing)


5% to 90% (noncondensing)



Up to 3 km


Up to 12 km







UL61010-1, CAN/CSA C22.2 No. 61010-1-04, EN61010-1

Australia Declaration of Conformity

AS/NZS 2064

Power Requirements



Mains Voltage Range

100 to 240 VAC

Mains Frequency

50/60 Hz

Power Requirements

180 VA Max

Physical Characteristics



















PC System Requirements for Scheduler Software

The following PC configuration is required for installation:

  • Intel, or 100% compatible motherboard chipset.
  • Windows 2000 Operating System, or Windows XP Operating System.
  • 256 MB RAM.
  • 2-3 MB of available hard disk space for applications and documentation.
  • VGA (640 × 480) resolution video adapter and monitor. (XVGA (1024 × 768), or higher resolution recommended)
  • CD-ROM, or DVD drive.
  • Keyboard and Microsoft Mouse, or compatible pointing device.

Important Note - Apart from those specifically authorized by Tektronix, no other applications should be installed on the PC. If other applications are installed, they may interfere with the operation of the software supplied. Software operation under these circumstances cannot be guaranteed.

Ordering Information

When ordering Option 05, please consider the following guidelines:

  • When considering the purchase of Option 05 (Firewire), the MTX100B’s Option 05 interoperability with the target device should be verified prior to order placement.
  • Interoperability of Option 05 (Firewire) with a given model of a manufacturer’s product does not guarantee interoperability with:
    • Other models from the same manufacturer
    • That same model employing new software or firmware
MTX100B Recorder and Player

Includes: Stream capture and playout over DVB SPI and IP interfaces with error-free looping, error and jitter insertion, 512 MB RAM, 182 GB MPEG stream storage, T-clips sample stream library, USB keyboard and mouse, front cover, user manual, and one-year warranty.


Note: Please specify power plug when ordering.


MTX100B Options




Opt. 01   

Add ASI Interface Module

Opt. 02

Add Universal Parallel/Serial Interface Module

Opt. 05

Add IEEE1394/ASI Interface Module

Opt. 07

Add SMPTE310M/ASI/SPI Interface Module

Opt. SC


Note: Options 01, 02, 05, and 07 are mutually exclusive.

Important: Option 07 is required to run Opt. TSCX and Opt. MTX10UP.

Security Dongle key to add:


Real-time Transport Stream Compliance Analyzer to MTX100B


Deferred-time Transport Stream Compliance Analyzer to MTX100B

Opt. MX

Deferred-time Multiplexer to MTX100B

Opt. ES

ES Analyzer to MTX100B

Opt. PA

PES Analyzer to MTX100B

Opt. BA

Buffer Analyzer to MTX100B

Opt. DB

Carousel Analyzer to MTX100B

Opt. CG

Carousel Generator to MTX100B


Carousel Analyzer and Carousel Generator to MTX100B




Opt. C3  

Calibration Service 3 Years

Opt. C5

Calibration Service 5 Years

Opt. D1

Calibration Data Report

Opt. D3

Calibration Data Report 3 Years (with Opt. C3)

Opt. D5

Calibration Data Report 5 Years (with Opt. C5)

Opt. G3

Complete Care 3 Years (includes loaner, scheduled calibration and more)

Opt. G5

Complete Care 5 Years (includes loaner, scheduled calibration and more)

Opt. R3

Repair Service 3 Years

Opt. R5

Repair Service 5 Years

Power Plug Options



Opt. A0

North America

Opt. A1

Universal EURO

Opt. A2

United Kingdom

Opt. A3


Opt. A4

240 V, North America

Opt. A5


Opt. A6


Opt. A10


Opt. A11


Opt. A99

No Power cord

Language Options



Printed Manual

Opt. L0


Opt. L5


Opt. L99

Electronic manuals only (no printed manual)

Upgrade Kit




Field Upgrade Kit for MTX100B. Any options shall be transferred to OptionDongle. This option includes a USB memory stick and upgrade instructions

   Opt. 01

Add ASI Interface Module

   Opt. 02

Add Universal Parallel/Serial Interface Module

   Opt. 05

Add IEEE1394/ASI Interface Module

   Opt. 07

Add SMPTE310M/ASI/SPI Interface Module

   Opt. SC

Scheduler Option

   Opt. IPTVP

Add IPTV Gigabit Ethernet interface with 10/100/1000 Base-T RJ45 electrical port. Requires Opt. TSCX and Opt. 07


Field upgrade kit for MTX100B. Any options shall be transferred to OptionDongle. This option includes a USB memory stick and upgrade instructions

Upgrade to add Security Dongle key for:

Opt. MX

Deferred-time Multiplexer to MTX100B

Opt. ES

ES Analyzer to MTX100B

Opt. PA

PES Analyzer to MTX100B

Opt. BA

Buffer Analyzer to MTX100B

Opt. DB

Carousel Analyzer to MTX100B

Opt. CG

Carousel Generator to MTX100B


Carousel Analyzer and Carousel Generator to MTX100B


Transport Stream Compliance Analyzer to MTX100B


Real-time Transport Stream Compliance Analyzer to MTX100B


Opt. UPG

Upgrade to latest version of software


Opt. L0

English Documentation for Portable Analyzer printed (MTS400)

Opt. L5

Japanese Documentation for Portable Analyzer printed (MTS400)

Opt. L99

Electronic manuals only (no printed manual) for Portable Analyzer (MTS400)

Optional Accessories




Service Manual

WFM7F05 Opt. NN

Rackmount Kit


Blank Panel