The 7503 project was managed by Phil Crosby, and was supposed to be a 7504 but with one fewer plug-in. The 7503 was Tek's first scope to use a harmonica connector for inter-board wiring. Prior to this, inter-board wiring had either mainly been point-to-point soldered. Other approaches were taken on certain instruments, for example the 7704, in which pins sticking out of the chassis mate with holes in the boards that receive the pins and make electrical contact.
|Bandwidth||90 MHz with 7A11, 7A16 (and faster plug-ins); 75 MHz with 7A12, 7A13, 7A14|
|Fastest calibrated sweep||5 ns/Div|
|Vertical modes||Left / Alt / Add / Chop / Right|
|Trigger Source||Left / Vert Mode / Right|
|Calibrator||4 mV to 40 V in five decade steps, 40 mA, 1 kHz ±0.5%|
|Outputs||Side panel: Vert signal, +Gate, +Sawtooth; At CRT: Camera power|
|Line Voltage||90-110 V / 104-126 V / 112-136 V / 180-220 V / 208-252 V / 224-272 V, 50—440 Hz|
|Power||Max. 258 W|
|Weight||21.3 kg / 47 lb (instrument only)|
Like other 75xx and 76xx mainframes and the 7504, the 7503 has a linear power supply, as opposed to the switchmode supplies used in the later 4-slot mainframes.