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Status Expired

Contract number 1011431

Solicitation number 23_58063

Publication date

Contract award date

Last amendment date

Contract value

CAD 161,629.55


    This contract was awarded to:

    Rohde & Schwarz Canada, Inc.

    Advance Contract Award Notice (ACAN)



    1. Advance Contract Award Notice (ACAN)
    An ACAN is a public notice indicating to the supplier community that a department or agency intends to award a contract for goods, services or construction to a pre-identified supplier, thereby allowing other suppliers to signal their interest in bidding, by submitting a statement of capabilities. If no supplier submits a statement of capabilities that meets the requirements set out in the ACAN, on or before the closing date stated in the ACAN, the contracting officer may then proceed with the award to the pre-identified supplier.
    2. Definition of the requirement
    The National Research Council (NRC) of Canada has a requirement for the supply of a digital oscilloscope with a large memory depth, to support expansion of photonics and quantum information activities and to align with NRC’s quantum objectives.
    A GHz-rate oscilloscope with a large memory depth will enable our lab to make long continuous time measurements of our single photon detectors and of our integrated optics devices. This is crucial to characterizing our systems in order to get a proper measure of properties such as the dispersion of the device or single photon event correlations. For dispersion measurements, we must continuously scan a laser and measure the response, with specific resolution, to capture the full scanned range of our lasers. The response must be compared to two other signals as accurately as possible, all in one long measurement. For single photon correlations, long continuous measurements in time will give our lab a new tool to analyze the sources for quantum information applications, and study the performance of our waveguide-coupled single photon detectors.
    3. Criteria for assessment of the Statement of Capabilities (Minimum Essential Requirements)
    The contractor must provide all equipment, operator manual, peripherals, accessories, and components necessary for the laser pulse selector to work in accordance with the Mandatory Technical Requirements specified herein. This must include, but is not limited to all of the following:
    a. Digital oscilloscope;
    b. Memory depth meeting NRC requirements;
    c. All necessary power cables and data accessories for operation;
    d. Operational and maintenance manuals in electronic format;
    All as detailed herein. All electrical equipment supplied under the Contract must be certified or approved for use in accordance with the Canadian Electrical Code, ESA (Electrical Safety Authority), or American equivalent. All costs for certification are the responsibility of the Contractor.
    The Contractor must provide the requirement with the following specifications:
    Minimum Specifications Estimated Value Estimated Value
    Bandwidth Minimum 6 GHz
    Number of channels 4
    Sample rate Maximum 40 Gs/s
    Memory depth Min 1 Gpoints/channel
    Maximum memory depth (upgrade) Min 3 Gpoints/channel
    Digital resolution 16 bit (20 Gs/s), min 8 bit for 40 Gs/s
    RMS noise floor 340 uV @ 2 mV/div
    Intrinsic timing jitter 200 fs
    Time base range 10 ps/div to 10000 s/div

    4. Applicability of the trade agreement(s) to the procurement
    This procurement is subject to the following trade agreement(s)
    o Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA)
    o Revised World Trade Organization - Agreement on Government Procurement (WTO-AGP)
    o Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)
    o Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)
    o Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA)
    o Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement
    o Canada-Honduras Free Trade Agreement
    o Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement
    o Canada-Panama Free Trade Agreement
    o Canada-Peru Free Trade Agreement (CPFTA)
    o Canada-United Kingdom Trade Continuity Agreement (Canada-UK TCA)
    o Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA)
    5. Justification for the Pre-Identified Supplier
    No, there are no alternative sources for a digital oscilloscope that can be upgraded to have 3 Gpoints of memory depth for 2 channels. Our intended use of the oscilloscope requires both a large bandwidth (6+ GHz) and the aforementioned memory depth in order for us to properly characterize the properties of our integrated optical designs. Without this, some of our projects will be unable to perform the critical measurements that are needed to properly measure and update designs for new generations of quantum photonics devices.
    6. Government Contracts Regulations Exception(s)
    The following exception to the Government Contracts Regulations is invoked for this procurement under subsection 6(d) - "only one person is capable of performing the contract".
    7. Exclusions and/or Limited Tendering Reasons
    The following exclusion(s) and/or limited tendering reasons are invoked under the:
    a. Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) – Article 513 (1) (b) (iii): due to an absence of competition for technical reasons;
    b. World Trade Organization - Agreement on Government Procurement (WTO-AGP) – Article XIII (b) (iii): due to an absence of competition for technical reasons;
    c. Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) – Article 19.12 (b) (iii): due to an absence of competition for technical reasons;
    d. Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) – Article 15.10 (2) (b) (iii): due to an absence of competition for technical reasons;
    e. Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA) – Article Kbis-16 (2) (c): necessary to protect intellectual property;
    f. Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement – Article 1409 (1) (b) (iii): due to an absence of competition for technical reasons;
    g. Canada-Honduras Free Trade Agreement – Article 17.11 (2) (b) (iii): due to an absence of competition for technical reasons;
    h. Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement – referencing the WTO Protocol Amending the GPA, Article XIII (1) (b) (iii): due to an absence of competition for technical reasons;
    i. Canada-Panama Free Trade Agreement – Article 16.10 (1) (b) (iii): because of the absence of competition for technical reasons;
    j. Canada-Peru Free Trade Agreement (CPFTA) –Article 1409 (1) (b) (iii): due to an absence of competition for technical reasons;
    k. Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA) – Annex 10-6 (2) (a): any form of preference, including set asides, to benefit micro, small and medium enterprises; and
    l. Canada-United Kingdom Trade Continuity Agreement: refer to CETA as the provisions of CETA are incorporated by reference into and made part of this Agreement. (CETA) Article 19.12 (b) (iii).
    8. Period of the proposed contract or delivery date
    o The equipment must be delivered within 16 weeks of the confirmation of order.
    10. Name and address of the pre-identified supplier
    Rohde & Schwarz Canada, Inc.
    1 Hines Rd / Kanata ON K2K 3C7
    11. Suppliers' right to submit a statement of capabilities

    Suppliers who consider themselves fully qualified and available to provide the goods, services or construction services described in the ACAN may submit a statement of capabilities in writing to the contact person identified in this notice on or before the closing date of this notice. The statement of capabilities must clearly demonstrate how the supplier meets the advertised requirements.
    12. Closing date for a submission of a statement of capabilities
    The closing date and time for accepting statements of capabilities is October 16th, 2023 at 2:00 pm EDT.
    13. Inquiries and submission of statements of capabilities
    Name : Jonathan Soles
    Title: Contracting Authority
    Telephone: 343-548-9258
    Email :

    Business address

    1 Hines Rd

    Kanata, ON, K2K 3C7
    Notice type
    Advance Contract Award Notice
    Procurement method
    Advance Contract Award Notice
    Selection criteria
    Not applicable
    Region(s) of delivery
    National Capital Region (NCR)

    Contract duration

    The contract will be for a period of 5 month(s), from 2023/10/16 to 2024/03/31.

    Commodity - UNSPSC

    • 41100000 - Laboratory and scientific equipment

    Trade agreements

    • North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
    • Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA)
    • Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement
    • Canada-Panama Free Trade Agreement
    • Canada-Honduras Free Trade Agreement
    • Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA)
    • Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA)

    Reason for limited tendering

    A contracting officer can use limited tendering for specific reasons outlined in the applicable trade agreements. The reason for this contract is described below:

    • Exclusive Rights
    Contact information

    Contracting organization

    National Research Council Canada

    1200 Montreal Road

    Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0R6
    Contracting authority
    Jonathan Soles
    (343) 548-9258

    1200 Montreal Road

    Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0R6
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