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Tektronix is a United States corporation that is currently a major presence in the test, measurement, and measuring industry. It manufacturers oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, and both video and mobile test protocol equipment. Tektronix is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TEK NYSE: TEK, the nickname by which Tektronix is known to its employees, customers, and neighbors. Image File history File links Tektronix_logo. ... A Tektronix model 475A portable analogue oscilloscope, a very typical instrument of the late 1970s. ... A HP 1615A Logic Analyzer (from 1980)showing a timing diagram. ... New York Stock Exchange (June 2003) The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) , also nicknamed the Big Board, is the largest stock exchange in the world in dollar volume and second largest by number of companies listed. ... New York Stock Exchange (June 2003) The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) , also nicknamed the Big Board, is the largest stock exchange in the world in dollar volume and second largest by number of companies listed. ...


Several charities are or were associated with Tektronix, including the Tektronix Foundation and the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust in Vancouver, Washington.

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History

A Tektronix model 475A portable analogue oscilloscope, a very typical instrument of the late 1970s.
A Tektronix model 475A portable analogue oscilloscope, a very typical instrument of the late 1970s.

The company traces its roots to the electronics revolution that immediately followed World War II. The company’s founders C. Howard Vollum and Jack Murdock invented the world’s first triggered oscilloscope in 1946, a significant technological breakthrough. They founded Tektronix in southeast Portland, Oregon, which they later moved to the suburb of Beaverton following an employee vote. Its IPO, when it publicly sold its first shares of stock, was on September 11, 1963. Image File history File links Oscilloscope. ... Image File history File links Oscilloscope. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... Combatants Major Allied powers: United Kingdom Soviet Union United States Republic of China and others Major Axis powers: Nazi Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Harry Truman Chiang Kai-Shek Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tojo Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead... Howard Vollum, (1913-1986) an engineer, scientist, and philanthropist, was the co-founder of Tektronix Corporation, and endowed the Vollum Institute. ... A Tektronix model 475A portable analogue oscilloscope, a very typical instrument of the late 1970s. ... 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Nickname: City of Roses, Stumptown, Bridgetown, PDX Location in Multnomah County and the state of Oregon Coordinates: Country United States State Oregon County Multnomah County Incorporated February 8, 1851 Mayor Tom Potter Area    - City 376. ... Beaverton is a city located in Washington County, Oregon, seven miles west of Portland in the Tualatin River Valley. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... It has been suggested that shareholder be merged into this article or section. ... September 11 is the 254th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (255th in leap years). ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ...


For many years, Tektronix was the major electronics manufacturer in Oregon, and in 1981 U.S. payroll peaked at over 24,000 employees. Tektronix also had operations in Europe, South America and Asia. Tektronix European factories were located in St. Peter Port on the island of Guernsey (then in the European Free Trade Association), and Heerenveen, Holland (then in the European Common Market). Official language(s) None Capital Salem Largest city Portland Area  Ranked 9th  - Total 98,466 sq mi (255,026 km²)  - Width 260 miles (420 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 2. ... This is a map of Guernsey. ... The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) was established on May 3, 1960 as an alternative for European states that were not allowed or did not wish to join the European Community (now the European Union). ... Heerenveen (Frisian: It Hearrenfean) is a municipality and a town in the province of Friesland, in the north of the Netherlands. ... The European Community (EC), most important of three European Communities, was originally founded on March 25, 1957 by the signing of the Treaty of Rome under the name of European Economic Community. ...


For many years, Tektronix operated in Japan as Sony-Tektronix, a 50-50 joint venture of Sony Corporation and Tektronix, Inc; this was due to Japanese trade restrictions at the time. Since then, Tektronix has bought out Sony's share and is now the sole owner of the Japanese operation. Sony Corporation (Japanese katakana: ソニー) (TYO: 6758), (NYSE: SNE) is a global consumer electronics corporation based in Tokyo, Japan. ...


Some Tektronix employees have gone on to create other successful Silicon Forest companies,include Mentor Graphics, Planar Systems, Floating Point Systems, Merix Corporation and Anthro Corporation. The Silicon Forest is a nickname for the Portland metropolitan area in Oregon and Southwest Washington. ... Mentor Graphics, Inc (NASDAQ: MENT) is a US-based multinational corporation dealing in electronic design automation (EDA) for electrical engineering and electronics, as of 2004, ranked third in the EDA industry. ... Planar Systems, Inc. ... Floating Point Systems Inc. ...


Tektronix instruments have enjoyed a leading position in the test and measurement market for decades, basically beginning with the firm's first cathode ray oscilloscopes. Much like Hewlett-Packard, Tektronix had a company policy of designing equipment of the very highest quality. Their equipment was quite expensive, but usually unmatched in performance, quality, and stability. Most test equipment manufacturers built their oscilloscopes with off-the-shelf, generally available components. But Tektronix, in order to get an extra measure of performance, used many custom-designed or specially-selected components. They even had their own factory for making ultra-bright and sharp CRT tubes. Later on they built their own integrated circuit design and manufacturing facility in order to make IC's with many times the performance of generally available ones. The Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE: HPQ), commonly known as HP, is a very large, global company headquartered in Palo Alto, California, United States. ...


Tektronix instruments contributed significantly to the development of computers and communications equipment and to the advancement of research and development in the high-technology electronics industry generally. The tower of a personal computer. ... Copy of the original phone of Graham Bell at the Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris Telecommunication is the transmission of signals over a distance for the purpose of communication. ... The phrase research and development (also R and D or R&D) has a special commercial significance apart from its conventional coupling of scientific research and technological development. ... High tech refers to high technology, technology that is at the cutting-edge and the most advanced currently available. ... The field of electronics comprises the study and use of systems that operate by controlling the flow of electrons (or other charge carriers) in devices such as thermionic valves (vacuum tubes) and semiconductors. ...


Employee relations

The early Tektronix was often described as exemplary in its employee relations practices. Rules were played down and trust and reliance on each individual's judgement were emphasized. Vacation and health benefits were unusually liberal, and a generous profit sharing plan returned 35% of corporate pre-tax profits to employees. This worked well for Tektronix employees during the years that profits were substantial. Profit sharing, when used as a special term, refers to various incentive plans introduced by businesses that provide direct or indirect payments to employees that depend on companys profitability in addition to employees regular salary and bonuses. ...


'Non test' products

Some important non-test equipment Tektronix had created and sold include:

The Tektronix 4014 was an early text and graphics computer terminal based on the companys own storage tube technology. ... A computer terminal is an electronic or electromechanical hardware device that is used for entering data into, and displaying data from, a computer or a computing system. ... The Tektronix 405x series was a series of graphics microcomputers produced by Tektronix in the late 1970s through the early 1980s. ... KDE 3. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX) (pronounced ) is an American document management company, which manufactures and sells a range of color and black-and-white printers, multifunction systems, photo copiers, digital production printing presses, and related consulting services and supplies. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Old Farts by the Sometimes-United Nations. ... There also is Grass Valley, California, a city in Nevada County, California, USA and Grass Valley, Oregon, a city located in Sherman County, Oregon. ... Thomson has several meanings: Thomson SA, formerly known as Thomson Multimedia, a French electronics manufacturer and media services provider. ...

Slump

In the 1980s, Tektronix found itself distracted with too many divisions in too many markets. This led to decreasing earnings in almost every quarter. A period of lay-offs, top management changes and sell-offs followed. (In 1994, Tektronix spun off its printed circuit board manufacturing operation as a separate company, Merix Corp., headquartered in Forest Grove, Oregon.) Eventually, Tektronix was left with its original market of test and measurement equipment. Upon his promotion in 2000, the current CEO, Richard H. "Rick" Wills, carefully limited corporate spending in the face of the collapsing high-tech bubble. This led the way for Tektronix to emerge as one of the largest companies in its product niche, with a market capitalization of $3 billion as of April, 2006. The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... Market capitalization, often abbreviated to market cap, is a measurement of corporate size that refers to the current stock price times the number of outstanding shares. ...


Notable people who worked for Tektronix

The following notable individuals currently work for Tektronix, or have previously worked for Tektronix in some capacity. This list includes persons who are notable for reasons unrelated to their careers at Tek.

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See also

The Tektronix 4014 was an early text and graphics computer terminal based on the companys own storage tube technology. ... A Tektronix model 475A portable analogue oscilloscope, a very typical instrument of the late 1970s. ...

Further reading

  • Winning with People: The First 40 Years of Tektronix by Marshall M. Lee. Published by Tektronix, Inc., October, 1986.

External links

  • Corporate Home Page
  • Tektronix China (Simplified Chinese 简体中文)

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