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Tektronix 7250
6 GHz Transient Digitizer
Tektronix 7250 aka Intertechnique IN7000

Produced from 1986 to 1992(?)

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The Tektronix 7250 is a digitizing oscilloscope with 6 GHz bandwidth, optimized for digitizing single-shot events. It uses a scan converter CRT for digitizing. From the scan converter, the trace is transferred to memory boards containing conventional RAM.

The input is through a 50 Ω N connector on the rear panel, which loops through, rather than being terminated internally. Like in the 519, there is no vertical amplifier.

The captured waveform can be transferred to a computer via a GPIB interface or can be viewed on the built-in monitor, which is a conventional computer-style CRT display and has menus.

At 60 kg (132 pounds), it is the heaviest one-piece oscilloscope ever sold by Tektronix. It was made by Intertechnique in France where it was sold as the IN7000, and rebranded by Tektronix for sale in the United States.


     — 7250 mainframe
Bandwidth 6 GHz (measured as -3 dB @ 7 GHz, -6 dB @ 9.6 GHz, and -8.5 dB @ 14 GHz in Haas, Warman, van Ewijk, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 60 (3), March 1989)
Rise time 50 ps
Resolution Vertical, 11 bits. The digitizer captures 512 samples in one shot.
Sweep 1 μs/Div to 50 ps/Div (1-2-5), equivalent to max. ~1 terasample per second
Sensitivity fixed 500 mV/Div (no vertical amplifiers in the signal path)
Max. input 2 kV spikes < 1 μs
Triggering External only, requires 50 ns pretrigger signal
     — 7250 Opt. 01 External Delay Line
Bandwidth 4.5 GHz
Rise time ≤75 ps
Delay 55 ns
Attenuation 4.5 dB
Input / output 50 Ω N connectors
Trigger pickoff 20 dB attenuation, 300 ps rise time, BNC connector



  Year 1988 1990
7250 Catalog price $99,995 $104,000
2016 value $204,000 $192,000
Opt. 01 Ext. Delay Line Catalog price $12,500 $12,500
2016 value $25,500 $23,000


The 7250 has two 3.6 V ½AA lithium batteries on each memory board. With time, these batteries die, which will cause the 7250 to fail its power-on self test. New replacements are still (2011) widely available.