Electronic Products & Technology


U.S. Navy selects Tektronix as supplier of digital phosphor oscilloscopes

Tektronix, Inc. announced it has won a contract award from the U.S. Navy to supply digital phosphor oscilloscopes (DPOs). The $10.75 million contract has a Best Estimated Quantity (BEQ) of 5000 units over a five-year period.

The Naval Inventory Control Point, the Navy’s primary equipment purchasing and inventorying agent for the Naval Supply Systems Command, will use the Tektronix 100-MHz, 2-channel TDS3012C oscilloscopes for its General Purpose Electronic Test Equipment program. This contract follows two similar oscilloscope programs awarded by the U.S. Navy in recent years — 100MHz, 2-channel TDS3012B (six year program) and the 500MHz, 4-channel TDS5054B oscilloscopes (five year program). The TDS3000C oscilloscopes will be used to support a variety of Navy electronics systems including radar, communications, and navigation. In addition, the instruments will be used to support various Navy training programs and be a part of its metrology labs to assist with calibration and equipment repairs.

"Tektronix has a long and trusted relationship with the U.S. Navy, and this contract win is an important validation to our continued focus of developing best-in-class, affordable solutions to help customers stay ahead in their industries," said Amir Aghdaei, President, Tektronix. "Thanks to a forward-looking design and loyal following, Tektronix is proud to say that the TDS3000C Series is one of the most popular oscilloscope families in the industry."

About the TDS3000C

The TDS3000C oscilloscope allows users to take advantage of DPO-enabled signal acquisition and analysis at an affordable price. DPO technology acquires thousands of waveforms per second and uses intensity-grading to indicate the frequency of occurrence of signal events. Frequently occurring events appear brighter than infrequent ones, making it easy to distinguish glitches, transients and modulation. The TDS3000C has a full-resolution VGA display so even subtle details are clear. Once a user sees an anomaly, they can easily take a closer look with advanced glitch, runt, pulse or slew rate triggers. Optional software modules provide a scalable solution. Applications like Limit Testing, advanced channel math, Telecom Mask testing and HDTV video are supported through optional software modules. In addition, the TDS3000C includes the e*Scope built-in web page server, WaveAlert automatic anomaly detection, and a front-panel USB port for saving data and instrument settings to a memory stick.