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Tektronix Video SPG8000A

Master Sync/Master Clock Reference Generator

Brand: Tektronix Video
Model Number: SPG8000A
Our Item No: SPG8000A
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Product Features:

  • Multiple independent black burst and HD tri-level sync outputs provide all video reference signals required for video broadcast or production
  • Four LTC outputs, VITC on black burst outputs, and NTP server provide time reference signals in variety of formats
  • PTP (IEEE 1588) support, including support for SMPTE ST 2059-1 and ST 2059-2 profiles
  • GPS/GLONASS-based synchronization gives an accurate time-of-day reference and deterministic video phase reference, locking remote SPG8000A systems to each other
  • Stay GenLock and GPS Holdover Recovery prevent synchronization shock when external reference input or GPS/GLONASS signal is temporarily lost
  • Wide selection of video test patterns in serial digital formats (SD, HD and 3G-SDI), as well as composite analog formats (NTSC and PAL)
  • Dual hot-swappable power supplies ensure continuous availability of reference signals
  • Easy to manage with Web-based interface for remote configuration and SNMP for status and alert information


  • Sync generator and time reference generator for broadcast, studio, mobile, and post-production facilities
  • Master or slave (genlock) operation for distributed system architectures
  • Video equipment verification, facility link testing, and display calibration

The SPG8000A is a precision multiformat video signal generator, suitable for master synchronization and reference applications. It provides multiple video reference signals, such as black burst, HD tri-level sync, and serial digital and composite analog test patterns, and it provides time reference signals such as time code, NTP (Network Time Protocol), and IEEE 1588 PTP (Precision Time Protocol).

Master Video Synchronization and Time Reference Generator

The base configuration includes three sync outputs that can be configured with independent output formats (NTSC/PAL black burst and/or HD tri-level sync) and independently adjustable timing offsets. With Option BG, four more analog outputs can be added. A high-accuracy, oven-controlled crystal oscillator provides a stable frequency reference for the system, or the pass-through genlock input can be used to lock to an external video reference or 10 MHz continuous wave signal.

The SPG8000A’s Stay GenLock™ feature avoids “synchronization shock” if the external reference suffers a temporary disturbance, by maintaining the frequency and phase of each output signal. When the external reference is restored, Stay GenLock™ ensures that any accumulated clock drift is removed by slowly adjusting the system clock within standard limits instead of “jamming” back to the correct phase.

Time reference outputs are available in multiple formats. Three independent linear time code (LTC) outputs are available, and a fourth LTC connection can be used as input or output. Each LTC output has independent frame rate selection, time source (time-of-day or program time) and time zone offset. Vertical interval time code (VITC) is available on each NTSC or PAL black output, also with independent time sources and offsets. The SPG8000A can also serve as a Network Time Protocol (NTP) server or as a Precision Time Protocol (PTP) grandmaster clock, providing the time-of-day reference to network-attached devices.

Optional GPS-GLONASS Receiver

Option GPS adds an integrated receiver to the SPG8000A that is capable of receiving both GPS and GLONASS signals. When connected to an external antenna that supplies the standard GPS and/or GLONASS RF signal (for example, SPG8000ANT), the SPG8000A can use the GPS/GLONASS system’s stable frequency reference.

The GPS/GLONASS signal also includes a precise time-of-day reference that can be used for all time code outputs. Similar to the Stay GenLock™ feature, the SPG8000A can maintain the video frequency and phase when the GPS/GLONASS signal is interrupted, and the Holdover Recovery mode will ensure a shock-free realignment of frequency and phase when the GPS/GLONASS signal is restored.

Test Signal Outputs

The SPG8000A can be optionally configured with a variety of test signal outputs. Option BG includes two composite analog outputs (NTSC or PAL) that can be used to generate test patterns such as color bars, or serve as additional black burst outputs.

Option SDI adds two fully independent serial digital video generator channels of two outputs each. Each channel can be configured to any standard 3G/HD/SD-SDI format and frame rate. The selected test pattern can be generated on both outputs per channel, or one output can generate digital black.

A wide variety of standard test patterns are included, such as color bars, convergence grid, step scales, ramps, multiburst, SDI pathological test matrix and a real-time programmable zone plate generator. Bitmap images can be downloaded to the SPG8000A’s flash memory for arbitrary userdefined test patterns. ID text, burn-in time code, circle, and color logo overlays can be added to any test pattern, and several ancillary data packet types, including ancillary time code and user-defined packets, can be inserted into the SDI output signal.

Audio Reference Signals

Several audio reference signals are available on the SPG8000A. The base configuration includes a 48 kHz word clock output, and Option AG adds five AES/EBU output pairs. One pair is dedicated to a Digital Audio Reference Signal (DARS) output, and the other four pairs are used for test tone generation, with independent tone frequency and amplitude settings for each of the 8 channels.

Audio tone generation, including Dolby E format, is provided with Option SDI as embedded audio on each of the SDI outputs. Various Dolby E audio frame start locations can be set to test the error handling ability of the signal processing equipment in the signal path. Embedded Dolby E metadata are also included in the Dolby E test stream. Supported Dolby E program configurations include mono, stereo, 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound audio.

Remote Access

The SPG8000A includes a 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet interface for remote access to the instrument. A web-based user interface can be used for all configuration settings and for monitoring system status.

Alarm and key status information is also available using Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) messaging, enabling easy integration with network management systems. Remote control and alarm reporting is also available using a general purpose interface (GPI). The SPG8000A has a front-panel USB port that can be used to backup and restore presets and other user data, and to perform system firmware upgrades.

Optional Backup Power Supply

For mission-critical applications, the SPG8000A can be configured with a second power supply module. Under normal operation, the designated backup supply is seldom used, ensuring that it has maximum remaining life should the primary supply fail. The backup supply is load-tested once each day to verify that it can serve as the primary supply if necessary.

The usage time of each supply is logged as “temperature-weighted hours”, a metric that best estimates the calculated life of the supply. A front-panel LED will indicate when the supply is nearing its end-of-life.

If the primary supply is interrupted for any reason, the system will switch to the backup without any disruption to system operation. Power supply modules are hot-swappable for easy replacement, and feature a locking mechanism to prevent the power cable from accidental disconnection.

  • 1 - Genlock input with loop-through output
  • 3 - Analog composite black or HD tri-level sync outputs
  • 1 - LTC input/outputs (4 out or 1 in/3 out)
  • 1 - 48 kHz word clock output
  • 1 - General purpose interface
  • 1 - 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface with Web UI support
  • 1 - SNMP support
  • Cannot be sold separately from main unit(s)
  • Order with purchase of new main unit(s)
  • Factory-installed, prior to shipping
  • Installations vary; please call for details
SPG8000A AG Tektronix SPG8000A AG Add DARS Output & Four AES/EBU Test Signal Outputs (Eight Audio Channels) Add to Cart


SPG8000 ANT Tektronix SPG8000 ANT GPS/GLONASS Roof Antenna (5.0 VDC/1588MHz Range/F-Connector; Opt GPS Required) Add to Cart


SPG8000A BG Tektronix SPG8000A BG Add 2 Black Bursts/Tri-Level Sync Outputs/2 Black Bursts/Composite Outputs Add to Cart


SPG8000A GPS Tektronix SPG8000A GPS Add GPS/GLONASS Master Clock Synchronization (Includes & NTP Server Support) Add to Cart


SPG8000A PTP Tektronix SPG8000A PTP Add PTP (IEEE 1588) Support (Includes SMPTE ST 2059-1 & ST 2059-2 Support) Add to Cart


SPG8000A SDI Tektronix SPG8000A SDI Add 2 Sets of 3G/HD/SD-SDI Test & Test/Black Signal Generation Outputs Add to Cart


SPG8000A DPW Tektronix SPG8000A DPW Add Second Hot-Swappable Redundant (Backup) Power Supply & Second Power Cord Add to Cart


SPG8000A LX Tektronix SPG8000A LX Add Gigabit Ethernet Optical SFP Module (1310 nm/Single-Mode/LC connector) Add to Cart


SPG8000A RACK Tektronix SPG8000A RACK Add Rackmount Slides & Rails Kit (1 RU Height w/Standard Full Depth) Add to Cart


SPG8000A SX Tektronix SPG8000A SX Add a Gigabit Ethernet Optical SFP Module (850 nm/Multimode/LC connector) Add to Cart


SPG8000A XLR Tektronix SPG8000A XLR Add 6 ft. Cable from 15-Pin D-Sub GPI/LTCs to 4 XLR Males & 3 BNC Males Add to Cart


Calibration & Data Reports
Model Description Buy Now Price
SPG8000A C3 Tektronix SPG8000A C3 Calibration Service 3 Years Add to Cart


SPG8000A C5 Tektronix SPG8000A C5 Calibration Service 5 Years Add to Cart


SPG8000A D3 Tektronix SPG8000A D3 Calibration Data Report 3 Years (w/Option C3) Add to Cart


SPG8000A D5 Tektronix SPG8000A D5 Calibration Data Report 5 Years (w/Option C5) Add to Cart


SPG8000A G3 Tektronix SPG8000A G3 Three Year Gold Care Plan Add to Cart


SPG8000A G5 Tektronix SPG8000A G5 Five Year Gold Care Plan Add to Cart


Repair Services
Model Description Buy Now Price
SPG8000A R3 Tektronix SPG8000A R3 Standard Warranty Extended to 3 Years Add to Cart


SPG8000A R5 Tektronix SPG8000A R5 Standard Warranty Extended to 5 Years Add to Cart


Tektronix SPG8000A Master Sync/Master Clock Reference Generator
Tektronix SPG8000A
Master Sync/Master Clock Reference Generator
Data Sheet: PDF Document Icon (500 KB)
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