TekConnect connector

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TekConnect interface

The TekConnect interface was introduced in 2001 (superseding the TekProbe BNC interface).

Evolution of Tektronix probe interfaces (click to enlarge)

Designed to overcome the maximum useable bandwidth of BNC connectors which is about 4 GHz, TekConnect uses a BMA connector, a blind-mate connector similar in size and performance to an SMA connector, but with a thread-less outer ground connection. This connector has adequate electrical performance up to at least 18 GHz.

Probe power and control signals are carried by spring-contact pins that mate with gold-plated pads on a small circuit board on the scope.

Instruments and probes using TekConnect include