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TDS1000C-EDU Digital Oscilloscope Series, Datasheet

TDS1000C-EDU Series Datasheet. (Recommended Replacement: TBS1000B-EDU Series.)

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TDS1000C-EDU Series Datasheet. (Recommended Replacement: TBS1000B-EDU Series.)

Recommended replacement: TBS1000B-EDU


The TDS1000C-EDU Digital Oscilloscope Series is designed specifically to meet the needs of today's schools and universities. Packed with features and built-in tools, the TDS1000C-EDU is easy to learn and simple to operate - idea for first-time oscilloscope users and students. Featuring the same user interface as other members of the Tektronix TDS Oscilloscope Family, your students will learn to operate the world's most popular oscilloscope platform, with over 500,000 oscilloscopes in operation worldwide.

Key performance specifications
  • 100 MHz, 60 MHz, 40 MHz bandwidth models
  • 2 channels on all models
  • Up to 1 GS/s sample rate on all channels
  • 2.5k point record length on all channels
  • Advanced triggers including pulse width trigger and line-selectable video trigger
Key features
  • 16 automated measurements and FFT analysis for simplified waveform analysis
  • Autoset and signal auto-ranging
  • Probe check wizard
  • 11-language user interface and context-sensitive help
  • 144 mm (5.7 inch) active TFT color display
  • Small footprint and lightweight - only 124 mm (4.9 inches) deep and 2 kg (4.4 lb)
  • USB 2.0 Host Port on the front panel for quick and easy data storage
  • USB 2.0 Device Port on the rear panel for easy connection to a PC or direct printing to a PictBridge®-compatible printer
  • 3-year warranty

Performance and price

To simplify integration with your existing curriculum, the TDS1000C-EDU also includes an Education Resource CD filled with tools to help you students master the use of an oscilloscope. The TDS1000C-EDU offers the tools and performance you need at a price you can afford.

Digital precision for accurate measuring

With up to 100 MHz bandwidth and 1 GS/s maximum sample rate, no other digital storage oscilloscope offers as much bandwidth and sample rate for the price. Tektronix proprietary sampling technology provides real-time sampling with a minimum of 10X oversampling on all channels, all the time to accurately capture your signals. Sampling performance is not reduced when using multiple channels.

Critical tools for troubleshooting your device

Advanced triggers - rising/falling edge, pulse width, and video - help you quickly isolate your signals of interest. Once you've captured a signal, advanced math capabilities and automated measurements can speed you analysis. Quickly perform an FFT or add, subtract, or multiply waveforms. Sixteen automated measurements quickly and reliably calculate important signal characteristics such as frequency or rise rime.


Quickly and easily capture waveforms

Designed to make your work easy

The TDS1000C-EDU Series oscilloscopes are designed with the ease of use and familiar operation you have come to expect from Tektronix.

Intuitive operation

The intuitive user interface with dedicated per-channel vertical controls, auto-setup, and auto-ranging makes these instruments easy to use, reducing learning time and increasing efficiency.

Help when you need it

The built-in Help menu provides you with important information on your oscilloscope's features and functions. Help is provided in the same language as the user interface.

Probe check wizard

Check out your probe compensation before making measurements with just one button that starts a fast, easy procedure.

Flexible data transfer

The USB host port on the front panel enables you to save your instrument settings, screenshots, and waveform data in a flash.

Easy PC Connectivity

Easily capture, save, and analyze measurement results by connecting to your PC with the rear-panel USB device port and the included copy of OpenChoice® PC Communications Software. Simply pull screen images and waveform data into the stand-alone desktop application or directly into Microsoft Word and Excel. Alternatively, if you prefer not use your PC, you can simply print your image directly to any PictBridge®-compatible printer.


Easily capture, save and analyze measurement results with OpenChoice PC Communications software

Performance you can count on

In addition to industry-leading service and support, every TDS1000C-EDU Series oscilloscope comes backed with a 3-year warranty as standard.

Education resources

Every TDS1000C-EDU model includes an Education Resource CD filled with tools to help your students master the use of an oscilloscope. The Education Resource CD includes two Student Labs and Instructor's Guides and two Primers. The Introduction to Oscilloscopes Student Lab and Instructor's Guide explains the basics of oscilloscope operation complete with hands-on exercises for your students. The Introduction to Oscilloscope Probes Student Lab and Instructor's Guide explains the fundamentals of probing and how probes can affect measurement quality. The two Primers included are the most popular and widely-used from Tektronix - the XYZs of Oscilloscopes and ABCs of Probes.


The included Education Resource CD is filled with tools to help your students master the use of an oscilloscope.



All specifications are guaranteed unless noted otherwise. All specifications apply to all models unless noted otherwise.

Display (QVGA LCD)TFT on all models
Bandwidth40 MHz60 MHz100 MHz
Channels2 channels on all models
External trigger inputIncluded on all models
Sample rate on each channel500 MS/s1.0 GS/s1.0 GS/s
Vertical system
Record length
2.5k points at all time bases on all models
Vertical resolution
8 bits
Vertical sensitivity
2 mV to 5 V/div on all models with calibrated fine adjustment
DC vertical accuracy
±3% on all models
Vertical zoom
Vertically expand or compress a live or stopped waveform
Maximum input voltage
300 VRMS CAT II; derated at 20 dB/decade above 100 kHz to 13 Vp-p AC at 3 MHz
Position range

2 mV to 200 mV/div +2 V;

>200 mV to 5 V/div + 50 V

Bandwidth limit
20 MHz for all models
Input impedance
1 MΩ in parallel with 20 pF
Input coupling
AC, DC, GND on all models
Horizontal system
Time base accuracy
50 ppm
Horizontal zoom
Horizontally expand or compress a live or stopped waveform
Trigger system
Trigger modes
Auto, Normal, Single Sequence
Trigger types
Edge (rising/falling)
Conventional level-driven trigger. Positive or negative slope on any channel. Coupling selections: AC, DC, Noise Reject, HR Reject, LF Reject
Trigger on all lines or individual lines, odd/even or all fields from composite video, or broadcast standards (NTSC, PAL, SECAM)
Pulse width (or glitch)
Trigger on a pulse width less than, greater than, equal to, or not equal to, a selectable time limit ranging from 33 ns to 10 s
Trigger source
CH1, CH2, Ext, Ext/5, AC Line
Trigger view
Displays the trigger signal while the Trigger View button is depressed.
Trigger signal frequency readout
Provides a frequency readout of the trigger source
Acquisition system
Acquisition modes
Peak detect
High-frequency and random glitch capture. Captures glitches as narrow as 12 ns (typical) using acquisition hardware at all time-base settings from 5 μs/div to 50 s/div
Sample data only
Waveform averaged, selectable: 4, 16, 64, 128 
Single sequence
Use the Single Sequence button to capture a single triggered acquisition sequence
Roll mode
At acquisition time base settings of >100 ms/div
Waveform measurements
Automatic waveform measurements
Period, Frequency, +Width, -Width, Rise Time, Fall Time, Max, Min, Peak-to-Peak, Mean, RMS, Cycle RMS, Cursor RMS, Duty Cycle, Phase, Delay
Amplitude and time
ΔT, 1/ΔT (frequency), ΔV
Waveform math
Add, Subtract, Multiply, FFT
CH1 - CH2, CH2 - CH1, CH1 + CH2, CH1 x CH2

Windows, Hanning, Flat Top, Rectangular

2,048 sample points

Autoset menu

Single-button, automatic setup of all channels for vertical, horizontal, and trigger systems, with undo Autoset.

Autoset-menu signal-type choices are:

Square wave
Single-cycle, Multi-cycle, Rising or Falling Edge
Sine wave
Single-cycle, Multi-cycle, FFT Spectrum

Field, All, Odd, or Event

Line: All or Selectable Line Number

Automatically adjust vertical and/or horizontal oscilloscope settings when a probe is moved from point to point, or when a signal exhibits large changes
Display characteristics
QVGA color TFT
Sin (x)/x
Display types
Dots, vectors
Off, 1 s, 2 s, 5 s, infinite
YT and XY
Input-output interfaces
USB Ports

2 USB 2.0 ports

The USB host port on the front panel supports USB flash drives

The USB device port on the back of the instrument supports connection to a PC and to all PictBridge-compatible printers

Nonvolatile storage
Reference waveform display
Two 2.5k point reference waveforms
Waveform storage without USB flash drive
Two 2.5k point for all models
Maximum USB flash drive size
64 GB
Waveform storage with USB flash drive
96 or more reference waveforms per 8 MB
Setups without USB flash drive
10 front-panel setups
Setups with USB flash drive
4,000 or more front-panel setups per 8 MB
Screen images with USB flash drive

128 or more screen images per 8 MB

The actual number of images depends on the file format selected

Save All with USB flash drive

12 or more Save All operations per 8 MB

A single Save All operation creates 3 to 9 files (setup, image, plus one file for each displayed waveform)

Power source
Power source
Source voltage
Full range: 100 to 240 VAC RMS ±10%, Installation Category II (covers range of 90 to 264 VAC)
Power consumption
Power consumption: Less than 30 W at 85 to 275 VAC input
Physical characteristics
Instrument dimensions
158.0 mm (6.2 inches)
326.3 mm (12.8 inches)
124.2 mm (4.9 inches)
Instrument weight
Instrument only
2.0 kg (4.4 lb)
Instrument with accessories
2.2 kg (4.9 lb)
Shipping package dimensions
266.7 mm (10.5 inches)
476.2 mm (18.7 inches)
228.6 mm (9.0 inches)
RM2000 rackmount dimensions
177.8 mm (7.0 inches)
482.6 mm (19.0 inches)
108.0 mm (4.3 inches)
EMC, environment, and safety
0 to +50 °C
-40 to +71 °C

Up to 80% RH at or below +40 °C

Up to 45% RH up to +50 °C


Up to 80% RH at or below +40 °C

Up to 45% RH up to +50 °C

Up to 3,000 m
Up to 3,000 m
Electromagnetic compatibility
Meets Directive 2004/108/EC, EN 61326-2-1 Class A; Australian EMC Framework
UL61010-1:2004, CSA22.2 No. 61010-1:2004, EN61010-1:2001, IEC61010-1:2001, EU Low Voltage Directive 2006/95/EC

Ordering information

40 MHz, 2 Ch, 500 MS/s, TFT DSO
60 MHz, 2 Ch, 1 GS/s, TFT DSO
100 MHz, 2 Ch, 1 GS/s, TFT DSO
Instrument options
Language options
Opt. L0
English (front-panel label on instrument)
Opt. L1
French (front-panel overlay)
Opt. L2
Italian (front-panel overlay)
Opt. L3
German (front-panel overlay)
Opt. L4
Spanish (front-panel overlay)
Opt. L5
Japanese (front-panel overlay)
Opt. L6
Portuguese (front-panel overlay)
Opt. L7
Simplified Chinese (front-panel overlay)
Opt. L8
Traditional Chinese (front-panel overlay)
Opt. L9
Korean (front-panel overlay)
Opt. L10
Russian (front-panel overlay)

User manual (PDF) in 11 languages are available on the documentation CD and for download from There are no printed user manuals.

Power plug options
Opt. A0
North America power plug (115 V, 60 Hz)
Opt. A1
Universal Euro power plug (220 V, 50 Hz)
Opt. A2
United Kingdom power plug (240 V, 50 Hz)
Opt. A3
Australia power plug (240 V, 50 Hz)
Opt. A4
North America power plug (240 V, 50 Hz)
Opt. A5
Switzerland power plug (220 V, 50 Hz)
Opt. A6
Japan power plug (100 V, 50/60 Hz)
Opt. A10
China power plug (50 Hz)
Opt. A11
India power plug (50 Hz)
Opt. A12
Brazil power plug (60 Hz)
Opt. A99
No power cord
Service options
Opt. D1
Calibration Data Report
Opt. R5
Repair Service 5 Years (including warranty)
Opt. SILV100
Standard warranty extended to 5 years

Probes and accessories are not covered by the oscilloscope warranty and Service Offerings. Refer to the datasheet of each probe and accessory model for its unique warranty and calibration terms.

The Tektronix customer service advantage

You can trust Tektronix to offer unequaled engineering expertise and a customer-centric approach to ensure the optimal performance of your Tektronix products and maximize the lifetime value of your Tektronix investment. With service from Tektronix you get:

  • Access to the source of product knowledge; unsurpassed technical expertise
  • Your challenges solved by front-line technical experts, design engineering reinforcement, and online support tools
  • Comprehensive and thorough support provided worldwide, including software and firmware updates, data reports, and adjustments
  • Efficiency and convenience; no-hassle service from initial service call to turnaround and delivery
  • Flexible repair and calibration service with access to the best on-call technical trouble shooting staff in the industry, with over 20 years of training per support engineer
  • Customer-centric approach dedicated to serving your needs everyday with services designed to optimize your product performance, increase productivity and ROI by delivering a fixed cost of ownership, and efficient management of service
Standard accessories
Two (2) 100 MHz 10X passive probes
Power cord
Please specify plug option
Traceable Certificate of Calibration

TDS2000C and TDS1000C-EDU Compliance and Safety Instructions

TDS2000C and TDS1000C-EDU Documentation CD

OpenChoice PC Communications Software
Enables fast and easy communication between a Windows PC and the TDS2000C Series using USB. Transfer and save settings, waveforms, measurements, and screen images
Educator Classroom and Lab Resource CD
Contains lab experiments for oscilloscopes and probes, and XYZs of Oscilloscopes and ABCs of Probes primers.
3-year warranty

Covering labor and parts for defects in materials and workmanship for a minimum of 3 years, excluding probes and accessories.

Probes and accessories are not covered by the oscilloscope warranty and Service Offerings. Refer to the datasheet of each probe and accessory model for its unique warranty and calibration terms.

Recommended accessories
10X passive probe, 100 MHz bandwidth
10X passive probe, 200 MHz bandwidth
1X/10X passive probe, 200 MHz bandwidth
1X passive probe (15 MHz, 300 VRMS CAT II rating)
1000X high-voltage passive probe (75 MHz)
100X high-voltage passive probe (500 MHz)
High-voltage active differential probe (25 MHz)
15 A, 60 MHz AC-current probe
2000 A, 5 to 50 kHz, AC-current probe
100 A, 100 kHz, AC/DC current probe/BNC
150 A, 15 MHz AC/DC current probe/amplifier
50 A, 50 MHz AC/DC current probe/amplifier
30 A, 100 MHz AC/DC current probe/amplifier
500 A, 2 MHz AC/DC current probe/amplifier
GPIB-to-USB converter
Soft carrying case for instrument
Hard plastic carrying case for instrument
Rackmount kit
Programmer manual, English only, PDF only, downloadable from
Service manual, English only, PDF only, downloadable from
USB host to device cable, 3 feet long