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Tektronix Probe Selection Guide


Probe / Oscilloscope Compatibility

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*1 Some probes require an external power supply (1103) when used with the TDS3000 series.
*2 When using with MSO / DPO2000 series, a dedicated AC adapter (119-8726-00) and a power cable (161-0342-00) are required.
*3 When using with MSO / DPO3000 series, depending on the probe you may need a separate AC adapter (119-8726-00) and a power cable (161-0342-00).
*4 When using with MSO / DPO5000 series, separate AC adapter (119-8726-00) and power cable (161-0342-00) may be required depending on the probe model and number.
*5 when using with TBS2000 and MDO3000 series, the total power draw capacity can not exceed the maximum power supply capacity of the oscilloscope, see here for more information.
*6 Readout does not function in the TBS2000 series.

Passive Probes

Passive voltage probes ship standard with most oscilloscopes and provide a low cost, general purpose probing solution. Generally, these probes lack the performance of an active voltage probe but provide the ruggedness and wide dynamic range suitable for visualizing signals over a broad range of applications. Tektronix has released a new class of passive probes that redefine performance in the passive probe product category.

Tektronix new class of passive probe solutions offer:

  • Best-in-class bandwidth up to 1 GHz
  • Best-in-class input capacitance as low as 3.9 pF which minimizes probe loading effects
  • Best-in-class input capacitance which minimizes performance loss when long ground leads are attached
  • Automated probe compensation eliminating the need for the compensation screwdriver
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Passive Probes - Accessories

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Active Probes – Low Voltage Single Ended

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A low voltage single-ended probe is typically used for measuring high-speed, ground referenced signals up to 12 V. These low voltage probes are the best choice for making measurements on high impedance, high frequency circuit elements which require minimal probe loading. Users should select probes with a low input capacitance specification (~1 pF) to minimize the probe’s loading effect on the circuit. A probe with lower input capacitance will offer higher input impedance at higher frequencies.

Tektronix Low Voltage Single-ended Probe solutions offer:

  • Bandwidths up to 4 GHz.
  • Very high input impedance with low input capacitance (<1 pF)
  • Most extensive set of probe accessories for optimum measurement performance

Power Rail Probes

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The TPR1000 and TPR4000 probes provide a low noise, large offset range solution for measurement of ripple on DC power rails ranging from –60 to +60 VDC. Tektronix’s power rail probes offer industry leading low noise and high offset range required to measure AC ripple between 200 μV p-p and 800 mV p-p at up to 4 GHz.

Key Specs:

  • <300 μV p-p noise on 6 Series MSO (20 MHz BW Limit)
  • <1 mV p-p noise on 6 Series MSO (Full Bandwidth)
  • ±60 V offset range
  • Offset setting error: ±2 mV max, ±0.4 μV typical
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Power Rail Probes Accessory Kits

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Differential Probes- Low Voltage

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Differential Probes- Low Voltage Accessories

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Current Probes

Tektronix current probe solutions offer:

  • The broadest range of AC/DC and AC-only current probes
  • Measurement accuracy from μAs to 2000 A
  • Best-in-class bandwidth up to 120 MHz
  • Best-in-class current clamp sensitivity down to 1 mA
  • The only products with 3rd Party Safety Certification (UL, CSA, ETL)
  • The only products with bare wire voltage ratings
  • Automatic readout and scaling when used with Tektronix oscilloscopes so you don’t have to convert volts to amps or manually set the scaling
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High Voltage Probes - Single Ended

A high voltage single-ended probe is typically used for measuring ground referenced signals up to 40 kV. However, some single-ended probes are designed for instruments with isolated or floating inputs for measurements that are not ground referenced. Users should select probes with a low input capacitance specification (< 4 pF) to minimize the probe’s loading effect on the circuit because a probe with lower input capacitance will offer higher input impedance at higher frequencies.

Tektronix High Voltage Probe solutions offer:

  • Best-in-class bandwidth up to 800 MHz
  • Best-in-class probe loading with input capacitance as low as 1.8 pF
  • The only products with 3rd Party Safety Certification (UL, CSA, ETL)
  • Most extensive set of probe accessories
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Differential Probes – High Voltage

High Voltage Differential Probes

A high voltage differential probe is used for measuring the voltage difference between two test points where neither test point is at ground. High voltage differential probes from Tektronix can be used for signals up to 6000 V. These probes are the best choice for making non-ground referenced, floating or isolated measurements in large part due to their common mode rejection capability. These products are designed, manufactured, and serviced by Tektronix.

Tektronix High Voltage Differential Probe solutions offer:

  • Best-in-class bandwidth and probe loading
  • The only products with 3rd Party Safety Certification (UL, CSA, ETL)
  • High and medium voltage products to support varying dynamic range and measurement resolution requirements
  • Most extensive set of probe accessories
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IsoVu® Differential Isolated Measurement System

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IsoVu® Differential Isolated Measurement System

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Optical Probes

The DPO7OE Series Optical Probes paired with a DPO70000 real time oscilloscope delivers high performance and advanced debug capabilities that are necessary for designers to fully troubleshoot 400G PAM4 signals (up to 56 GBd) and reduce time to market needs. These probes can also be used as a conventional O/E with a flat frequency response for general signal acquisition up to their respective bandwidth; 33 GHz using the DPO7OE1 or 59 GHz using the DPO7OE2.

  • Versatile and modular design for use with multiple high performance real time oscilloscope models
  • Broad wavelength range with FC/PC and FC/APC connector options
  • Deep optical PAM4 and PAM2 (NRZ) signal analysis and error detection
  • User selectable Optical Reference Receivers (ORR)
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