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Tektronix 1A7A
1 MHz differential amplifier

Compatible with 500-series scopes

Produced from 1968 to 1975

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The Tektronix 1A7A, designed by Thor Hallen and introduced in 1968, is a redesign of the 1A7 high-sensitivity differential plug-in for 500-series scopes. It senses down to 10 μV/Div, either AC or DC-coupled.

The 1A7A doubled the 1A7's bandwidth (to 1 MHz). It has a FET-equipped input stage.

The 1A7A's differential amplifier design was re-used with some modifications in the 3A9, 3A10, 7A22, 5A22N and 5030/5031 scopes. The AM502 and 26A2 use BJTs instead of JFETs for the offset current sources.

Type 1A7A remained available until the end of the 500-series line.

John Addis says:

The 1A7A (designed by Thor Hallen) and the 7A22 (designed by Val Garuts) used essentially the same circuit. Exactly who came up with the brilliant input circuit is lost to history. The 1A7A came out first, but Thor had worked as evaluation engineer for Val Garuts. Val does not remember who created the circuit, and Thor died in 2002.

Key Specifications

Deflection 10 μV/Div to 10 V/Div in 1–2–5 sequence
Input impedance 1 MΩ // 47 pF (either input)
Bandwidth 1 MHz, LF limit switchable DC, 0.1 Hz to 10 kHz in ×10 steps, HF limit switchable 100 Hz to 1 MHz in ×3/×10 steps, AC coupling 1.6 Hz
Signal ranges
Range Differential signal DC Offset Common mode
10 μV/Div to 10 mV/Div ±0.4 V ±0.4 V ±10 V
20 mV/Div to 0.1 V/Div ±4 V ±4 V ±100 V
0.2 V/Div to 1 V/Div ±40 V ±40 V ±500 V
2 V/Div to 10 V/Div ±400 V ±400 V ±500 V



Some Parts Used in the 1A7A