TDS5000 Series Datasheet. (Discontinued. Recommended Replacement: MSO/DPO5000B Series.)
Recommended replacement: MSO/DPO5000B Series.
Features & Benefits
- 500 and 350 MHz Bandwidth Models
- 2 and 4 Channel Models
- 5 GS/s Sample Rate
- Up to 16 M Record Length
- 100,000 wfms/s Maximum Waveform Capture Rate
- MyScope™ Custom Control Windows Enhance Productivity
- Right-Mouse-Click Menus for Exceptional Efficiency
- OpenChoice® Platform with Windows 2000 Delivers Built-in Networking and Analysis
- Small Footprint/Lightweight
- 10.4 in. Bright Display
- Suite of Advanced Triggers
- Communication Mask Testing
- Pass/Fail Limit Testing
- Remote Viewing and Control
- E-mail on Event
- CD-RW Drive
- Built-in Printer (Optional)
- Interoperability with Tektronix Logic Analyzers
- GPIB Controller
- Digital Design and Debug
- Mask Testing for Telecomm/Datacomm/Video Standards
- Investigation of Transient Phenomena
- Power Measurements
- Video Design and Debug
- DVD, Jitter and Timing, Spectral Analysis
- Automotive Electronics
- Manufacturing Test
- Industrial Control
The World’s Easiest to Use Midrange Oscilloscope
MyScope™ Custom Control Windows
The TDS5000B Series offers the industry’s first easily customizable oscilloscope user interface. MyScope control windows is a revolutionary new feature that allows you to build your own control windows with only the controls, features, and capabilities that you care about and are important in your job. For the first time, you can pull all the functionality you need from all the various parts of the oscilloscope into one control window, effectively creating your own personalized “toolbox” of oscilloscope features. No longer do you need to search through menus for features or re-learn how to drive the oscilloscope after a break from the lab. MyScope control windows enable you to spend your valuable time focused on the task at hand rather than navigating menus on your oscilloscope. And creating these custom control windows isn’t a long drawn-out or complex process. They are easily created in a matter of minutes using a simple, visual, drag and drop process. Once created, these custom control windows are easily accessed through a dedicated MyScope button and menu selection on the oscilloscope button/menu bar, just like any other control window. You can make an unlimited number of custom control windows, enabling each person who uses the oscilloscope, in a shared environment, to have their own unique control window. Since the control windows are stored as files on the hard drive, they can easily be transferred to other TDS5000B Series oscilloscopes, or they can even be e-mailed to a co-worker around the world when the need arises. MyScope control windows will benefit all oscilloscope users, from eliminating the ramp-up time that many face when returning to the lab after not using an oscilloscope for a while, to the power user who can now operate far more efficiently. Everything you need is found in one control window rather than having to constantly navigate through menu after menu to repeat similar tasks.
MyScope. MyScope control windows are created using a simple, visual drag and drop process.
MyScope. Once created, they are just like other control windows in the instrument and are easily accessed from either the menu or button bars.
The TDS5000B Series also introduces a comprehensive suite of right-mouse-click menus that make simple things as they should be – simple. Right-click menus are context sensitive, meaning the choices presented in the menu depend on where you right-clicked the mouse. This makes right-click menus extremely intuitive. Want to change the cursor type? Right-click on a cursor or the cursor readouts. Want to change the reference levels of an automatic measurement? Right-click on the measurement. Want to change trigger parameters? Right-click on the trigger readouts. Want to change a waveform’s color? Right-click on the waveform handle. Virtually all objects on the oscilloscope display have right-click menus associated with them that include all the appropriate actions or features relative to those objects. There are also right-click menus for regions of the display in addition to just objects. For example, right-clicking in the main graticule brings up a menu with choices such as Clear Data, Default Setup, Autoset, Screen Captures, Save All Waveforms, and Add Screen Text, providing single-click access to many of your most commonly performed tasks.
The customization and efficiency provided by MyScope control windows and right-click menus make the TDS5000B Series the world’s easiest to use midrange oscilloscope, enabling you to achieve levels of productivity you wouldn’t have thought possible with your current oscilloscope.
The Performance and Feature Set You Expect
The TDS5000B Series digital phosphor oscilloscopes (DPO) deliver up to 1 GHz bandwidth, 5 GS/s real-time sample rate, 16 M record length, and a suite of advanced triggers, enabling you to capture and characterize even your most demanding signals. DPOs provide unmatched insight into signal behavior by displaying, storing and analyzing complex signals in real-time using three dimensions of signal information: amplitude, time and distribution of amplitude over time. The TDS5000B Series DPO, enabled by Tektronix proprietary DPX® acquisition technology, delivers greater than 100,000 waveforms per second capture rates. Some oscilloscope vendors claim high waveform capture rates for short bursts of time, but only DPOs, enabled by DPX technology, can deliver these fast waveform capture rates on a sustained basis – saving minutes, hours or even days by quickly revealing the nature of faults so sophisticated trigger modes can be applied to isolate them.
Elusive Glitch. Fast waveform capture rate, enabled by Tektronix proprietary DPX acquisition technology, maximizes the probability of capturing elusive glitches and other infrequent events.
Advanced Waveform Analysis
The TDS5000B Series includes a complete parametric measurement system for signal characterization. Select from 53 automatic measurements using a graphical palette that logically organizes measurements into Amplitude, Time, Combination, Histogram, and Communications categories. Gather further insight into your measurement results with statistical data such as mean, min, max, standard deviation, and population. Waveform cursors make it easy to measure trace-to-trace timing characteristics, while cursors that link between YT and XY display modes make it easy to investigate phase relationships and Safe Operating Area violations. Define and apply math expressions to waveform data for on-screen results in terms that you can use. Access common waveform math functions with the touch of a button. Or, for advanced applications, create algebraic expressions consisting of waveforms sources, math functions, measurement values, scalars, and user adjustable variables with an easy-to-use calculator-style editor.
Applied measurement extensions can be installed to enhance TDS5000B capability. These software applications build on the precision acquisition performance of the TDS5000B Series to address the need for application specific measurements to quickly quantify device and system performance. Optional applications include power measurement and analysis, jitter and timing analysis, disk drive measurements, USB compliance testing, optical storage analysis, ANSI/ITU telecom pulse compliance, and Ethernet compliance testing.
The TDS5000B Series includes open access to the MS Windows 2000 operating environment. While the instrument remains a dedicated oscilloscope, the ability to access the MS Windows desktop creates a powerful tool. Built-in applications such as WordPad, Paint and a Web browser allow you to concurrently maintain lab notes while working with the instrument. This saves time and eliminates error-prone steps associated with transporting images for later report development. Other applications such as Microsoft Word or Excel, MATLAB and LabVIEW can be installed on the instrument to accomplish local documentation or signal analysis. Installation of the oscilloscope on the LAN enables Web-based information browsing, e-mail exchange, printing and file sharing. Using the embedded PCI bus, waveform data can be moved directly from acquisition to analysis applications on the Windows desktop at much faster speeds than conventional GPIB transfers.
In addition, the OpenChoice architecture provides a comprehensive software infrastructure for faster, more versatile operations. Data transfer programs, such as the Excel Toolbar, Word Toolbar, and Report Generator are used to simplify analysis and documentation on the Windows desktop or on external PCs. Tektronix' implementation of industry-standard protocols, such as TekVISA™ interface and ActiveX Control, are included for using and enhancing Windows applications for data analysis and documentation. Or, use the Software Developer's Kit (SDK) to help create custom software to automate multi-step processes in waveform collection and analysis with Visual BASIC, C, C++, MATLAB, LabVIEW, LabWindows/CVI and other common Application Development Environments (ADE). Integration of the oscilloscope with external PCs and non-Windows hosts is also supported by the TDS5000B Series software solutions. Plug-and-play and IVI instrument drivers are included to enable easy communication with the oscilloscope using GPIB, Serial, and LAN connections from programs running on the instrument or an external PC. UNIX applications, and other LAN resources, can connect directly over Ethernet using the VXI 11.2 server included on the TDS5000B Series.
OpenChoice Platform. Capturing data into Microsoft Excel using the unique Excel Toolbar and then creating a custom report using the Tektronix Report Generator.
The unparalleled ease-of-use, coupled with the TDS5000B’s high performance, OpenChoice platform, and comprehensive feature set all in a compact bench-top package, provides exceptional value.
The TDS5000B Series' high performance features make it ideal for a multitude of applications, such as digital design and debug, power measurements, communications mask testing, and video design.
Digital Design and Debug
The interoperability of the TDS5000B Series oscilloscope with the Tektronix TLA5000 Series logic analyzer made possible by Tektronix Integrated View (iView™) enables digital designers to solve signal integrity challenges and effectively debug and verify their systems more quickly and easily. The iView feature fully integrates the industry-leading performance and measurement accuracy of a Tektronix oscilloscope with the multi-channel and powerful triggering capabilities of a Tektronix logic analyzer. This integration allows designers to view time-correlated digital and analog data in the same display window and isolate the analog characteristics of the digital signals that are causing failures in their systems.
The iView Wizard simplifies this integration of the oscilloscope and logic analyzer by guiding the user through set up and connection. No user calibration is required. And, once set up, the iView feature is completely automated. The result – an integrated tool set for digital design and troubleshooting.
Digital Design and Debug. Tektronix Integrated View (iView) fully integrates the performance and measurement accuracy of a Tektronix oscilloscope with the multi-channel and powerful triggering capabilities of a Tektronix logic analyzer in one display, allowing designers to quickly verify and debug their designs.
The TDS5000B Series' powerful and flexible measurements, math, and math-on-math capabilities make it an ideal solution for making power measurements, such as voltage, current, instantaneous power, and energy for power device designers.
Power Measurements. Channel 1 (yellow, labeled Voltage) shows the turn-off voltage on the FET of a switching power supply, with current on Channel 2 (blue, labeled Current). The Math 1 waveform, M1 (orange, labeled Power), is the instantaneous power resulting from the multiplication of the voltage and current waveforms (Ch. 1 * Ch. 2). The Math 2 waveform, M2 (purple, labeled Energy), is the result of a calculation of the integral of M1, a math-on-math operation of the TDS5000B Series. An energy measurement, located to the right of the display, is a gated measurement made on M1 and includes statistics.
Communications Mask Testing
Option SM provides a complete portfolio of masks for verifying compliance to serial communications standards. Masks are provided for electrical standards up to 555 Mb/s and optical standards up to 1.25 Gb/s. Easily tailor mask testing to your specific requirements using features such as one-button mask autoset, autofit, user adjustable mask margin tolerance, hit counting, failure notifications, and built in mask editing.
Communication Mask Testing. Testing an E1 signal against the mask specified by the standard.
Tektronix exclusive DPX acquisition technology sets the TDS5000B Series apart from other digital oscilloscopes, enabling the capture of up to 100,000 waveforms per seconds for a live, analog-like display. The TDS5000B Series also supports a wide variety of video standards with dedicated triggers including NTSC, PAL, SECAM, and analog HDTV. In addition, IRE and mV graticules can be selected for easier measurements and visual inspection. All of this together makes the TDS5000B Series an ideal tool for video design and development.
Video Design. Illustration of triggering on an analog HDTV tri-level sync signal and examining horizontal blanking interval.
TDS5052B / TDS5054BE
Analog Bandwidth (-3 dB) 5 mV/div - 1 V/div
Calculated Rise Time 5 mV/div (typical)
Hardware Bandwidth Limits
150 MHz or 20 MHz
AC, DC, GND
Input Impedance, 1 MΩ
Input Impedance, 50 Ω
Input Sensitivity, 1 MΩ
1 mV/div to 10 V/div
Input Sensitivity, 50 Ω
1 mV/div to 1 V/div
8-bits (>11-bits w/ averaging)
Max Input Voltage, 1 MΩ
150 V CAT I, ≤ 400 V peak. Derate at 20 dB/decade to 9 VRMS above 200 kHz
Max Input Voltage, 50 Ω
5 VRMS with peaks <±30 V
DC Gain Accuracy
1.5% with offset set to 0 V
Offset Range, 1 MΩ
1 mV/div - 99.5 mV/div ±1 V
100 mV/div - 1 V/div ±10 V
1.01 V/div - 10 V/div ±100 V
Offset Range, 50 Ω
1 mV/div - 99.5 mV/div ±1 V
100 mV/div -1 V/div ±10 V
Channel-to-channel Isolation for Any Two Channels at Equal Vertical Scale
≥100:1 at ≤100 MHz and ≥30:1 at >100 MHz up to the rated bandwidth
200 ps/div to 1000 s/div
Timebase Delay Time Range
(s/div × 10) to 1000 s
Channel-to-channel Deskew Range
Delta Time Measurement Accuracy
(0.06/sample rate + 15 ppm × |Reading|)RMS
Trigger Jitter (RMS)
8 psRMS (typical)
Long Term Sample Rate and Delay Time Accuracy
±15 ppm over any ≥1 ms interval
TDS5032B / TDS5052B
Real-time Sample Rates
2 Channels (max)
3-4 Channels (max)
Equivalent Time Sample Rate (max)
Maximum Record Length per Channel with Standard Memory
With Opt. 3M
Maximum Duration at Highest Real-time Resolution (1 ch)
All Other Models
Time Resolution (single shot)
1 ns (1 GS/s)
200 ps (5 GS/s)
Max Duration with Standard Memory
Max Duration with Opt. 3M
FastAcq optimizes the instrument for analysis of dynamic signals and capture of infrequent events. Maximum FastAcq waveform capture rate is 100,000 wfms/s.
Acquire sampled values
Captures narrow glitches (<1 ns) at all real-time sampling rates
From 2 to 10,000 waveforms included in average
From 2 to 2 × 109 waveforms included in min-max envelope
Real-time boxcar averaging reduces random noise and increases resolution
Accumulates a waveform database that provides a three dimensional array of amplitude, time, and counts
Acquisition memory divided into segments; maximum trigger rate >225,000 waveforms per second
Internal DC Coupled
0.35 div DC to 50 MHz increasing to 1 div at rated bandwidth
External (auxiliary input)
400 mV from DC to 50 MHz increasing to 750 mV at 100 MHz
Main Trigger Modes
Auto, Normal, and Single
Main, Delayed by time, Delayed by events. All sequences can include separate horizontal delay after the trigger event to position the acquisition window in time.
Standard Trigger Types
Edge, Glitch, Runt, Window, Width, Transition Time, Timeout, Pattern, Video, State, Setup/Hold
A Event and Delayed B Event Trigger Types
All above types
Delayed B Event
Communications-related Triggers (requires Option SM)
Support for AMI, HDB3, BnZS, CMI, MLT3, and NRZ encoded communications signals. Select among isolated positive or negative one, zero pulse form or eye patterns as applicable to standard
Trigger Level Range
±10 divisions from center of screen
External (auxiliary in)
Fixed at 0 V
DC, AC (attenuate <60 Hz), HF reject (attenuate >30 kHz)
LF reject (attenuates <80 kHz) Noise reject (reduce sensitivity)
Trigger Holdoff Range
1.5 μs to 12 s maximum
Positive or negative slope on any channel or front panel auxiliary input. Coupling includes DC, AC, noise reject, HF reject, and LF reject.
Trigger on NTSC, PAL, SECAM, analog HDTV, and non-standard video formats
Trigger on or reject glitches of positive, negative or either polarity. Minimum glitch width is 1.0 ns with 200 ps resolution.
Trigger on width of positive or negative pulse either within or out of selectable time limits ranging from 1 ns to 1 s with 200 ps resolution
Trigger on a pulse that crosses one threshold but fails to cross a second threshold before crossing the first again. Event can be time or logic qualified (logic on 4 channel models only).
Trigger on an event that enters or exits a window defined by two user-adjustable thresholds. Event can be time or logic qualified (logic on 4 channel models only).
Trigger on an event which remains high, low or either, for a specified time period, selectable from 1 ns to 1 s with 200 ps resolution
Trigger on pulse edge rates that are faster or slower than specified. Slope may be positive, negative or either
Trigger on violations of both setup time and hold time between clock and data present on any two input channels
Trigger when pattern goes false or stays true for specified period of time. Pattern (AND, OR, NAND, NOR) specified for four input channels defined as High, Low or Don't Care.
Any logical pattern of channels (1, 2, 3) clocked by edge on channel 4 (channel 2 on TDS5032B/5052B). Trigger on rising or falling clock edge.
Comm (requires option SM)
Support for AMI, HDB3, B3ZS, B6ZS, B8ZS, CMI, NRZ and MLT3 encoded communication signals. Select among isolated positive or negative one, zero pulse form or eye patterns as applicable to standard.
Trigger Delay by Time
16 ns to 250 seconds
Trigger Delay by Events
1 to 10,000,000 Events
53 of which 8 can be displayed on screen at any one time
Amplitude, High, Low, Maximum, Minimum, Peak to Peak, Mean, Cycle Mean, RMS, Cycle RMS, Positive Overshoot, Negative Overshoot
Rise Time, Fall Time, Positive Width, Negative Width, Positive Duty Cycle, Negative Duty Cycle, Period, Frequency, Delay
Area, Cycle Area, Phase, Burst Width
Waveform count, Hits in box, Peak hits, Median, Maximum, Minimum, Peak to Peak, Mean (μ), Standard Deviation (σ), μ ± 1σ, μ ± 2σ, μ ± 3σ
Extinction Ratio (abs, %, dB), Eye Height, Eye Width, Eye Top, Eye Base, Crossing %, Jitter (Pk-Pk, RMS, 6σ), Noise (Pk-Pk, RMS), Signal/Noise Ratio, Cycle Distortion, Q-Factor
Mean, Min, Max, Standard Deviation, Population
User definable for each of the eight measurements
Vertical or horizontal with linear or log scaling
Isolate the specific occurrence within an acquisition to take measurements on
Horizontal Bars, Vertical Bars, Waveform, and Screen
Add, subtract, multiply, and divide waveforms.
Define extensive algebraic expressions including waveforms, scalars, user adjustable variables, and results of parametric measurements e.g. (Integral (Ch1-Mean(Ch1))*1.414*VAR1).
Average, Invert, Integrate, Differentiate, Square Root, Exponential, Log 10, Log e, Abs, Ceiling, Floor, Min, Max, Sin, Cos, Tan, ASin, ACos, ATan, Sinh, Cosh, Tanh
Frequency Domain Functions
Spectral magnitude and phase, real and imaginary spectra.
Linear, dB, dBm.
degrees, radians, group delay.
Rectangular, Hamming, Hanning, Kaiser-Bessel, Blackman-Harris, Gaussian, Flattop2, Tek Exponential.
Compare live waveforms against a known “golden” reference waveform with user defined vertical and horizontal tolerances.
10.4 in. Liquid crystal active-matrix color display
640 horizontal x 480 vertical pixels
Vectors, Dots, Intensified Samples, Variable Persistence, Infinite Persistence
YT, XY, XYZ
Individual color palettes for Record View and FastAcq/WfmDB modes include Normal, Green, Gray, Temperature, Spectral, and User Defined
Computer System and Peripherals
Intel Celeron Processor, 2.0 GHz
PC System Memory
Internal Hard Disk Drive
≥80 GB capacity
Front Removable Hard Disk Drive (optional)
≥40 GB capacity
Floppy Disk Drive
Front panel 3.5 in floppy disk drive, 1.44 MB capacity
Side panel CD-RW drive, ≥24X read and write speed
Built-in thermal printer
Optical wheel mouse, USB interface
Application Programmers Interface (API) for Windows developers. Documentation includes descriptions and samples of programming test and measurement applications on the unit in Visual BASIC, C and C++.
TekVISA Control (TVC)
Active controls to make access to TekVISA easy for integration into Microsoft Windows applications
An Application Programmers Interface (API) for LAN connectivity from non-Windows environments
Provides support to run National Instrument's LabVIEW and LabWindows on an external PC connected to a TDS5000B Series or on the oscilloscope itself
Provides support for new and existing program environments utilizing the IVI instrumentation standard, such as LabVIEW, LabWindows/CVI, MATLAB, Visual BASIC, and C/C++
Excel and Word Toolbars
Provides direct access to screen images, waveform data, and measurements on the oscilloscope from a toolbar in Excel and/or Word
Enables the ability to design and create customized report templates that extract the oscilloscope's waveforms, settings, measurements, and other on-screen information with a click of the mouse
LabVIEW and MATLAB
30 day evaluation copies plus non-expiring demo programs that perform a variety of LabVIEW and MATLAB display and analysis functions with the oscilloscope
Software Developer’s Kit (SDK)
a CD is included in the Getting Started With OpenChoice® book. This SDK includes a wealth of documentation, programming tools, and examples to assist programmers working with the TDS5000B Series.
Front panel BNC connector. Trigger level range is adjustable from +8 V to -8 V. The maximum input voltage is ±20 V (DC + peak AC) and input resistance is ≥1.5 kΩ.
Probe Compensator Output
Front panel pins. Amplitude 1 V ± 1% into a ≥10 kΩ load, frequency 1 kHz ±5%.
Analog Signal Output
Rear-panel BNC connector, provides a buffered version of the signal that is attached to the Channel 3 input (4 channel models only)
50 mV/div ±20% into a 1 MΩ load, 25 mV/div ±20% into a 50 Ω load
100 MHz into a 50 Ω load
Auxiliary Output Levels
Rear-panel BNC connector, provides a TTL-compatible, negative polarity pulse when the oscilloscope triggers
External Reference In
Rear-panel BNC connector. 9.8 MHz to 10.2 MHz
IEEE 1284, DB-25 connector
Miniature phone jacks for stereo microphone input and stereo line output
Four USB 2.0 ports allows connection or disconnection of USB keyboard and/or mouse while oscilloscope power is on
RJ-45 connector, supports 10Base-T and 100Base-T
DB-9 COM1 port
DB-15 female connector; connect a second monitor to use dual-monitor display mode. Supports basic requirements of PC99 specification and display resolutions up to 1,920 x 1,440.
IEEE 488.2 standard, can be configured for talk/listen or controller mode
Oscilloscope VGA Video Port
DB-15 female connector, connect to show the oscilloscope display on an external monitor or projector
100 to 240 V RMS ±10%, 47 to 63 Hz; CAT II, or 115 V RMS ±10%, 360 to 440 Hz
76 mm required on left side
3 inches required on left side
*1Does not include accessory pouch.
*2From rack mounting ear to back of instrument.
+5 °C to +45 °C
-20 °C to +60 °C without diskette in floppy drive
20% to 80% relative humidity with a maximum wet bulb temperature of +29 °C at or below +45 °C, noncondensing. Upper limit de-rates to 30% relative humidity at +45 °C
Without diskette in floppy disk drive. 5% to 90% relative humidity with a maximum wet bulb temperature of +29 °C at or below +60 °C, noncondensing. Upper limit derates to 20% relative humidity at +60 °C
10,000 ft. (3,048 m)
40,000 ft. (12,190 m)
0.1 GRMS from 5 to 500 Hz, 10 minutes each axis, 3-axes, 30 minutes total
2.0 GRMS from 5 to 500 Hz, 10 minutes each axis, 3-axes, 30 minutes total
UL61010, CSA-22.2 No. 1010.1, EN61010-1, IEC61010-1