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Digital Storage Oscilloscopes

TDS210 • TDS220 • TDS224

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TDS210 • TDS220 • TDS224

Features & Benefits

  • 60 MHz or 100 MHz with 1 GS/s Sample Rate on all Channels
  • 2 and 4 Channel Models
  • Dual Timebase
  • Automatic Measurements
  • Multi-language User Interface
  • Autoset
  • Waveform and Setup Memories
  • Extended Capabilities Are Provided with Optional Modules, Software and Probing


  • Design/Debug
  • Service and Repair
  • Manufacturing Test and Quality Control
  • Education/Training

Tektronix' Most Popular DSO

The TDS200 Oscilloscopes have quickly become the benchmark for low-cost oscilloscopes. Offering an unbeatable combination of performance, reliability and versatility, the TDS200 Series offers breakthrough digital and real-time advantages at affordable oscilloscope prices. And with the TDS224, the digital performance of the TDS200 Series is available to customers that need four full-featured channels.

Affordable Digital Performance

No other digital oscilloscope offers as much bandwidth and sample rate for the price. By sampling at 10 and 16 times their bandwidths on all channels, the TDS200 Series oscilloscopes provide accurate real-time acquisition up to their full bandwidth.

Digital storage technology supports features not available on most low-cost oscilloscopes, including automatic measurements, peak detect, storage of two reference waveforms and five instrument setups and autoset. Peak detect and high sample rates minimize aliasing while capturing waveform details that remain unseen on many low-cost oscilloscopes.

Versatility and Flexibility

The TDS200's reliable, backlit liquid crystal display permits the instrument to be only 4.75 in. (12 cm) from front to back, while its light weight (3.25 lbs., 1.5 kg) and rugged construction allow for portability. The portable form factor provides increased versatility, allowing the instrument to be easily moved or safely stored away when not in use.

Two productivity enhancing modules are available with capabilities not possible on many low-cost oscilloscopes. The Communication Extension Module allows RS-232 and GPIB programmability, plus the printing of screen shots via a Centronics-type parallel port. The Measurement Extension Module combines the features of the Communications Module plus Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) analysis and four additional measurements. Other optional accessories, such as WaveStar™ software and the AD007 GPIB-LAN adapter, add additional functionality to the TDS200.

Easy to Use

The user interface is similar to that of an analog oscilloscope, but with improvements that reduce learning time and increase efficiency. Knobs and buttons are grouped by function and provide direct access to controls, and each vertical channel has its own dedicated scale and position knobs. Readouts or menus are displayed on-screen at all times, allowing users to more quickly and accurately determine instrument settings. The display responds quickly to control adjustments and has a fast update rate.

All models have a multi-language user interface. Menus and help text are provided in a user-selectable language: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, Traditional Chinese or Simplified Chinese.

The Personal Oscilloscope

The TDS200 Series oscilloscopes are designed for people who demand the ultimate in oscilloscope value. If an inexpensive yet high performance oscilloscope is needed for the bench, production line or training lab, a TDS200 Series Oscilloscope is the best choice.


Signal Acquisition System

Bandwidth -

TDS210: 60 MHz

TDS220: 100 MHz

TDS240: 100 MHz

Sample Rate - 1 GS/s on each channel

Channels -

TDS210 and TDS220: 2 identical channels plus external trigger

TDS224: 4 identical channels

Sensitivity (with calibrated fine adjustment) - 2 mV to 5 V/div (bandwidth limited to 20 MHz at 2 mV/div and 5 mV/div, in all modes, and 20 MHz at 10 mV/div in Peak Detect mode)

Vertical Zoom - Vertically expand or compress a live or stopped waveform

Calibrated Position Range

Volts/Div Setting

Offset Range

2 mV to 200 mV/div

±2 V

>200 mV to 5 V/div

±50 V

DC Gain Accuracy - ±3% (±4% at 2 mV/div and 5 mV/div)

Vertical Resolution - 8-bit (256 levels over 10.24 vertical divisions)

Automatic Measurements

Period, frequency, cycle RMS, mean, peak-to-peak

Acquisition Modes

Sample, Average, Peak Detect - High frequency and random glitch capture; captures glitches as narrow as 10 ns using acquisition hardware at all time/div settings between 5 µs/div and 5 s/div

Time Base System (main and Window)

Horizontal Zoom - Horizontally expand or compress a live or stopped waveform

Time/Division Range - 5 ns to 5 s/div

Record Length - 2,500 sample points per channel

Horizontal Accuracy - ±0.01%

Nonvolatile Storage

Waveform Display - Two 2,500 point reference waveforms

Waveform Storage -

TDS210 and TDS220: Two 2,500 point reference waveforms

TDS224: Four 2,500 point reference waveforms

Setups - 5 front panel setups

Triggering System (main Only)

Trigger Type - Edge (rising or falling), video, set to 50%

Video Trigger Type - Triggers on fields or lines from composite video; triggers on broadcast standard NTSC, PAL or SECAM video

Trigger Modes - Auto, normal, single sweep

Trigger Source -

TDS210 and TDS220: CH1, CH2, Ext, Ext/5 and AC Line

TDS224: CH1, CH2, CH3, CH4 and AC Line

Trigger View - Displays trigger signal while trigger view button depressed.


Types - Voltage, time

Measurements - Delta T, 1/Delta T, Delta V

Waveform Processing

Arithmetic Operators - Add, subtract

Sources - CH1±CH2, CH3±CH4 (TDS224)

Autoset - Single button automatic setup on selected input signal for vertical, horizontal and trigger systems.

Display System

Robust, backlit LCD with adjustable multilevel contrast.

Interpolation - Sin(x)/x

Display Modes - Vectors, dots

Persistence - Off, 1 sec, 2 sec, 5 sec, infinite

Format - YT and XY

Hardcopy Capability (requires Modules)

Printer/File Formats - Thinkjet, Deskjet, Laserjet, Epson (9- or 24-Pin), BMP, PCX, IMG, EPS, DPU 411, DPU 412

Hardcopy Layout - Landscape or portrait

TDS2CM Communications Extension Module

Centronics-type Parallel Port

RS-232 Programmability - Full talk/listen modes. Control of all modes, settings and measurements. Baud rate up to 19,200. 9-Pin, DTE.

GPIB Programmability - Full talk/listen modes. Control of all modes, settings and measurements (IEEE Std 488-1987). Includes WaveStar™ Software for Oscilloscopes 30 day product demo.

TDS2MM Measurement Extension Module


Windows: Hanning, Flat Top, Rectangular

Sample points: 2,048

Automatic Measurements - Rise/fall time, positive/negative pulse width

Interface - Centronics, RS-232, GPIB

Environmental and Safety

Temperature -

Operating: 0°C to +50°C

Nonoperating: -20°C to +60°C

Humidity -

Up to 90% RH at or below +40°C;

Up to 60% RH from 41°C to 50°C (operating and nonoperating)

Altitude - Up to 3,000 m (operating)

EMC - Meets Directive 89/336/EEC, GOST

Safety - UL3111-1, CSA1010.1, IEC61010-1, EN61010-1

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