Air Force selects Tektronix as supplier of digital oscilloscopes

April 26, 2005
BEAVERTON, Ore., 26 April 2005. Tektronix, Inc. announced that it has won a contract award from the U.S. Air Force to supply digital oscilloscopes.

BEAVERTON, Ore., 26 April 2005. Tektronix, Inc. announced that it has won a contract award from the U.S. Air Force to supply digital oscilloscopes.

The contract award, issued by Warner Robins Air Logistics Center (WR-ALC), covers three Digital Phosphor Oscilloscopes (DPO), including the 2-channel, 300 MHz (Model TDS3032B), the 4-channel, 500 MHz (Model TDS5054B) and the 4-channel, 1 GHz (Model TDS5104B). The awarded contract is a five-year requirements contract with one base year and four option years

The instruments will be used throughout the Air Force for use in the installation, maintenance and support of an array of electronic equipment and systems ranging from low-end radio systems to highly sophisticated radar and EW systems. This contract follows similar contract awards made to Tektronix in the past two years by the U.S. Navy for the Model TDS3012B (100 MHz) and the Model TDS5054B (500 MHz).

"In today's world, our customers are dealing with increasingly complex electronic systems and the demand for shorter and shorter downtimes with regard to time-to-test and time-to-maintain," said Colin Shepard, vice president for the performance oscilloscope product line at Tektronix.

"The downtime issue is particularly critical when it pertains to national security and the readiness of a branch of the armed services like the U.S. Air Force. Tektronix is committed to enabling systems readiness and the TDS3000B and TDS5000B Series are a perfect example of the design, test and monitoring solutions offered that can effectively support this critical need."

The TDS3000B and TDS5000B Series digital phosphor oscilloscopes pack the power of a DPO, digital real-time (DRT) sampling technology, WaveAlert automatic waveform anomaly detection, OpenChoice documentation and analysis solutions, and five application-specific modules into a lightweight, battery-capable design.

WaveAlert waveform anomaly detection, a patented signal acquisition capability found exclusively in the TDS3000B, makes troubleshooting faster and easier, especially when searching for elusive, intermittent problems. WaveAlert relies on the processing power of digital phosphor oscilloscope architecture to automatically detect and alert the user to deviations from the "normal" wave shape on the screen. With WaveAlert, the TDS3000B handles the task of monitoring the incoming signal, freeing the engineer to concentrate on the design or troubleshooting task at hand.

The TDS5000B Series features MyScope functionality that enables users to quickly and easily customize the oscilloscope's user interface to meet their unique requirements. Users can create a virtually unlimited number of custom MyScope control windows, enabling multiple users of a shared oscilloscope to each have their own custom interface. In addition, the TDS5000B Series uses context sensitive menus with the Microsoft Windows mouse right-click and scroll wheel features. When pointing the cursor at an area of interest on the display -- e.g., a waveform displayed on channel one -- users can right-click to bring up a menu of possible controls.

Tektronix, Inc. is a test, measurement, and monitoring company providing measurement solutions to the communications, computer, and semiconductor industries worldwide. With more than 55 years of experience, Tektronix enables its customers to design, build, deploy, and manage next-generation global communications networks and advanced technologies. Headquartered in Beaverton, Ore., Tektronix has operations in more than 19 countries worldwide. For more information, see

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