Tektronix - Sync Generators

Tektronix - Sync Generators

Sync Generators Reference Clock Solutions


Tektronix TV Broadcast Sync and Test Pattern Generators provide highly accurate, stable, and reliable signals in both SDI and IP broadcast environments. The Tektronix family of SPG, TSG, and ECO products are the globally trusted sync solution for broadcasting and production.

  • Reliable sync & test signal generation for Hybrid SDI and IP Systems
  • Locks to GPS, PTP, NTSC/PAL black
  • Changeover for main and protect configurations
  • GPS Locked ST2059-2 PTP as Grandmaster or Slave

Market Leader for PTP Grandmaster & Slave Deployments

The SPG8000A is the proven, reliable, and accurate timing reference in mission critical environments. It is the ‘Gold Standard’ for analog/digital and ST2059 synchronization in interop, demonstrations, early proof of concepts, and full on-air deployments. With the field upgradeable Precision-Time-Protocol (PTP) Grand Master option, you can both limit your risk and the time required to transition to ST2110 or ST2022-6 IP networks.


  • Provides PTP as the Grandmaster or Slave with profiles for ST2059-2 and AES67
  • Eases migration from traditional SDI infrastructure to an IP based system
  • Pioneering and industry proven combination of PTP and black/tri-level master sync system
  • Extensive industry deployment as the system hybrid PTP and reference SPG

Designed for Mission Critical Sync System Reliability

The SPG8000A and ECO8000 are designed with one mission in mind: the provision of a stable, reliable, and accurate timing reference under any conditions. It's the detail that is paramount in mission-critical systems; redundant power supplies, the patented Stay Genlock and Holdover Recovery algorithms, and full PTP BMCA algorithm support, coupled with the electronic switching capability of the ECO8000. This earns the title ‘Best in Class’ as a master reference signal failover system.


  • Stay Genlock™ and Holdover Recovery bridges the loss of GPS or External Reference
  • Full support for the ST2059 BMCA algorithm and GPS lock for high reliability PTP Grandmaster
  • Both SPG and ECO employ unique dual hot swappable power supply design with sophisticated monitoring
  • The SPG complemented by the electronic switching capability of the ECO8000, minimizes shocks to analogue reference signals

Flexible Configuration for Wide Range of System Designs

The Tektronix Family of SPG, TSG, and ECO products provide a highly flexible set of components applicable to a wide variety of application and system designs; driven to maximize resiliency, minimize cost while being flexible enough to handle an increasingly uncertain future. Whether it's a new network design that requires a combination of PTP and traditional analog sync, an extension of an existing system, or a simple SDI system operating under budget constraints, the Tektronix family of sync components can more than satisfy any requirements.


  • Supports PTP Grandmaster or Slave
  • Ability to lock to GPS, PTP, or analog reference (Black Burst, Tri-Level, or CW)
  • Standard outputs for bi-level, tri-level, and CW 10MHz
  • Wide array of SDI video test patterns for SD, HD, 3G, and analog composite
  • Audio support with DARS, word clock and AES tones, 16 channels of embedded audio with Dolby E, AV Sync, and audio clicks for ID
  • Available as dedicated Sync Pulse Generator (SPG8000) or as a modular Test Generator Platform (TG8000)

Unmatched Knowledge Backed with Dedicated Support

Tektronix has been a leader in the design of TV Broadcast Sync systems and test pattern generators for over fifty years. By providing an unmatched level of support and keeping pace with leading edge development, Tektronix exhibits a commitment to service that is the most trusted in the industry.


  • Proven track record in sync and test pattern generators for over 50 years
  • An experienced support team that understands the urgency of broadcast events
  • Committed brand known for its support and longevity coupled with years of experience in the design of cutting edge technologies

ECO8000 Series



TG8000 Platform 

Product Images ECO8000 Series SPG8000A SPG700 TG8000 Platform


Automatic Changeover for master sync and timing application

Hybrid sync generator and PTP grandmaster clock for sync and timing application of SDI-based and / or IP-based media infrastructure

Best value mid-range sync generator for traditional analog and / or SDI-based media infrastructure

Modular platform to create configurations for broadcast and video equipment testing applications

Sync Formats


Blackburst, HD Tri-Level Sync, SD, HD, 3G-SDI


Blackburst, HD Tri-Level Sync, SD, HD, 3G-SDI


Blackburst, HD Tri-Level Sync, SD, HD, 3G-SDI


Blackburst, HD Tri-Level Sync, SD, HD, 3G-SDI

Test Signal Formats


Test Signal Formats Composite NTSC/PAL, SD, HD, 3G-SDI


Composite NTSC/PAL, SD, HD, 3G-SDI (including 4K/UHD) Embedded Dolby E




Composite NTSC/PAL, Analog Component, SD, HD, 3G-SDI (including 4K/UHD)



Electronic Fast Switch for Analog Sync / AES Switching (Opt. REF) High bandwidth (up to 3Gbps) SDI relay switching (Opt. HREF)Linear Timecode switching (Opt. LTC)


GPS/GLONASS master clock synchronization (Opt GPS) Precision Time Protocol IEEE 1588 support (Opt PTP) 3G/HD/SD-SDI signal outputs including 4K/UHD (Opt SDI)


3G/HD/SD-SDI signal outputs (Opt SDI)


GPS/GLONASS synchronization(GPS7) 3G/HD/SD-SDI test signal module including 4K/UHD support (SDI7) * Analog video test generator module (AVG7) * 4K/UHD support requires 2 x SDI7 modules

Dual Power Supply System

Option DPW

Option DPW

Option DPW

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