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Tektronix Meets Design Goals with 8HP SiGe Technology in 30+ GHz Oscilloscopes

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Leading oscilloscopes manufacturer Tektronix, Inc presents a new oscilloscope platform that meets electronic designers’ needs for more accurate characterisation of high speed serial data beyond 10 Gb/s, enhancing optical modulation analysis of 100GbE where complex signalling requires accurate bit capture.  

According to Tektronix, the validation of ASICs designed in IBM’s 8HP silicon germanium (SiGe) BiCMOS Specialty Foundry technology has exceeded target specifications for a planned new performance oscilloscope capable of greater than 30 GHz bandwidth across multiple channels while minimising noise found in older chip sets.  

According to Roy Siegel, General Manager, Oscilloscopes, Tektronix, the new oscilloscopes represent their first commercial integration of 8HP technology and clearly shows the latest generation of SiGe is delivering significant performance differentiation to the industry’s most demanding oscilloscope applications.  

Tektronix will be delivering a new series of performance oscilloscopes this year with low noise and class-leading signal acquisition performance across multiple channels.  

IBM’s 8HP technology is a 130 nm SiGe bipolar complementary metal oxide semiconductor (BiCMOS) process that offers 2x performance over the previous generation.  

SiGe technology leverages highly-reliable and mature fabrication processes associated with the 50-year-old silicon industry, but with performance levels comparable to Indium Phosphide (InP) and Gallium Arsenide (GaAs).   

Unlike those alternatives, SiGe BiCMOS provides access to high-speed bipolar transistors on the same die as standard CMOS, enabling a class of circuitry that marries extreme performance with large-scale integration. This has enabled Tektronix to reliably deliver feature-rich, high-speed data acquisition systems for over a decade.   

TekMark Australia is the sole authorised Australian dealer for Tektronix instrumentation products.

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