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Tektronix DC508
1 GHz counter
Tektronix DC508

Compatible with TM500 system

Produced from 1978 to 1983

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The Tektronix DC508 is a 1 GHz counter plug-in for the TM500 system.

The DC508A version (1980) extended the frequency range to 1.3 GHz.

Both the DC508 and the DC508A use off-the-shelf divide-by-4 counter ICs as the prescaler. The DC508 uses a Motorola MC1697 (Tek part number 156-0923-00), which is rated to 1 GHz. The DC508A uses a Plessey SP8611B (Tek part number 156-1302-01), which is rated to 1.5 GHz.


  • 1 GHz, 9 digits
  • 0-100 MHz direct (15 mVRMS, 1 MΩ // 25 pF), gate times 1 ms to 10 s in decade steps
  • 100 MHz+ via prescaler (20 mVRMS, 50 Ω input, fused), gate times 8 ms to 8 s in decade steps
  • Functions: Frequency, events


  • Option 1 − High accuracy time base
  • Option 7 − Accepts rear panel control signals from a TR502 or SW503 to measure a marker frequency. Resolution and gating remote control circuitry is added to the DC508(A). Requires a TM503 - option 7 or an appropriately modified mainframe. This option inherently also adds option 1.