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  • Datasheet Literature Number: ReleaseDate
    5 Series MSO
    The 5 Series MSO datasheet provides an overview of the product's features, important specifications, and ordering information.
    48W-60850-21
    5 Series B MSO
    The 5 Series B MSO datasheet provides an overview of the product features, important specifications, and ordering information.
    48W-73851-0
    1.5 GHz Active Probe
    TAP1500 Single-ended Active FET Probe provides excellent high-speed electrical and mechanical performance required for today's digital system designs.
    51W-19043-8
  • Technical Documents Document Type ReleaseDate
    5 Series B Included Accessories
    This factsheet lists the probes and accessories included with each 5 Series B MSO oscilloscope.
    Fact Sheet
    5 Series MSO Upgrade Guide
    Many of the features of the 5 Series MSO are field-upgradable, including bandwidth, record length, arbitrary/function generator, logic channels, and protocol support.  This fact sheet lists all available post-purchase upgrades.      
    Fact Sheet
    Application Software Bundles for the 4, 5 and 6 Series MSO Oscilloscopes
    Application bundles are a great alternative to purchasing individual options, especially if you plan to address diverse applications with your oscilloscope. Compared to individual options, these specially designed …
    Brochure
    TekDrive Collaborative Data Workspace Flyer
    TekDrive is a collaborative data workspace that provides an oscilloscope-to-cloud software solution for instant data sharing and recall on an oscilloscope, PC, phone, or tablet.  This document highlights how TekDrive helps you stay productive while …
    Brochure
    Next-Generation Oscilloscopes Brochure - 3 Series MDO, 4 Series MSO, 5 Series MSO, 6 Series MSO
    User interface designed for both touch and mouse Large touchscreen HD displays (1,920 × 1,080) Integrated spectrum analysis Powerful analysis Automated measurements with trend, histogram, and …
    Brochure
    Measuring the Control Loop Response of a Power Supply Using an Oscilloscope
    Most power supplies and regulators are designed to maintain a constant voltage over a specified current range. To accomplish this goal, they are essentially amplifiers with a closed feedback loop. An ideal supply needs to respond …
    Application Note
    Magway Zero Emissions IMDA Case Study
    Magway, an innovative start-up in London, is developing a new rail-based parcel delivery system with the help of advanced DQ axis analysis from Tektronix with the 5 Series MSO Mixed Signal Oscilloscope and current (TCP0030A) and differential voltage …
    Case Study
    Effective Measurement of Signals in Silicon Carbide (SiC) Power Electronics Systems
    Introduction After years of research and design, Silicon Carbide (SiC) power devices are rapidly being designed into a variety of power electronics applications. The shift from silicon to SiC is driving new energy …
    Application Note
    Software for the Education Lab
    Tektronix offers a range of efficient and intuitive remote education solutions that combine with our oscilloscopes, DMMs, data acquisition systems, or other tools to help students put engineering theory into practice.  Read this flyer to learn how …
    Fact Sheet
    Comparing the Traditional Oscilloscope FFT to Spectrum View Spectrum Analysis for Measuring Power Supply Control Loop Frequency Response
    New Tektronix oscilloscopes incorporate spectrum analysis using digital downconverters in each channel. The resulting displays are called Spectrum View. Using Spectrum View to generate Bode plots for power supply control loop frequency response …
    Whitepaper
    Programming Interface Translator Technical Brief
    The PI Translator The PI Translator is a simple system. It acts as a "dictionary" that contains a list of legacy commands and their modern counterparts. In addition to direct translation, entries can be configured to alias to …
    Technical Brief
    Characterizing Self-Generated EMI for Wireless and IoT Products with 4, 5 or 6 Series MSO Oscilloscopes
    Learn about wireless self-interference, which can cause performance issues especially in the compact wireless designs typical in IoT. Learn to use near-field probes and Spectrum View synchronized, multi-channel spectrum analysis on 4, 5 and 6 Series …
    Application Note
    Verifying ESD Simulator Performance Using an Oscilloscope
    THIS APPLICATION NOTE Is intended to help designers verify the shape of current pulses from ESD simulators prior to compliance or precompliance testing Covers some basic theory on ESD Describes a basic testing system for …
    Application Note
    Tektronix Probe Selection Guide
    Probe / Oscilloscope Compatibility *1 Some probes require an external power supply (1103) when used with the TDS3000 series. *2 When using with MSO / DPO2000 series, a …
    Product Selector Guide
    Troubleshooting ESD Failures Using an Oscilloscope
    THIS APPLICATION NOTE Is intended to help designers learn troubleshooting techniques for ESD compliance failures Covers some basic theory on ESD Describes a basic testing system for ESD troubleshooting, including an H …
    Application Note
    Advanced Radar Analysis: Tools for Measuring Modern Radar Application Note
    With today's rapid advances in radar technology, developing and manufacturing highly specialized and innovative electronic products to detect radar signals takes leading-edge technology and tools. Tektronix innovative test equipment reduces testing …
    Application Note
    Columbia University Case Study
    Read this case study to learn how the Motor Drives and Power Electronics Lab (MPlab) at Columbia University’s Electrical Engineering used an MSO58 8-channel oscilloscope to analyze three-phase motor drives and multi-phase power electronics systems to …
    Case Study
    University of Naples Case Study
    Students at The University of Naples are now able to focus more attention on the experiment at hand, rather than worrying about the tool being used to monitor it.  Read this case study to learn how.
    Case Study
    Verifying Power Supply Sequencing with an 8-Channel Oscilloscope
    Most systems use several sets of power rails and verifying proper power supply sequencing requires multiple oscilloscope input channels.  You’ll learn the basics of checking the power-on and power-off sequence of an AC-DC power supply, how to look at …
    Application Note
    Using Mixed Signal Oscilloscopes to Find and Diagnose Jitter Caused by Power Integrity Problems
    THIS APPLICATION NOTE Describes the connection between signal integrity, specifically jitter, and power integrity Gives a brief review of jitter measurements and terminology, including eye diagrams and jitter …
    Application Note
    Step by Step EMI Troubleshooting with 4, 5 and 6 Series MSO Oscilloscopes
    This application note will help you learn the basics of EMC and EMI troubleshooting and debugging.  It introduces a 3-step troubleshooting process and introduces the basics of radiated and conducted emissions troubleshooting. It covers the …
    Application Note
    Achieve Higher Vertical Resolution for More Precise Measurements
    This white paper describes an approach in which new oscilloscope ADC technology, combined with digital signal processing and a low-noise front end, can provide even higher resolution than found in conventional high bit-rate ADC implementations. It …
    Whitepaper
    Chalmers University Case Study
                  Case Study   A Passion for Innovation | Chalmers University STUDENT HIGHLIGHT When Alexander Andersson was a kid, he wanted to become a “Lego engineer” — the person who designs the Lego houses and trucks and lanes. As he …
    Case Study
    Jitter Testing for 1000BASE-T Ethernet Compliance Application Note
    Compliance testing for IEEE 802.3 Ethernet standards such as 10BASE-T, 1000BASE-Tx and 1000BASE-T requires jittter testing to ensure interoperability.  This application note describes test fixtures, test modes, and the various types of tests with …
    Application Note
    Working Remotely with Tektronix Oscilloscopes Running the Windows Operating System
    Most modern Tektronix oscilloscopes support one or more ways of working remotely. These methods include simple file-sharing and offline analysis, control using PC software, custom programming in Python or other languages, and Windows Remote Desktop …
    Technical Brief
    Working Remotely with Tektronix Oscilloscopes
    There are several approaches you can take to work remotely with Tektronix oscilloscopes. The available techniques differ somewhat between instruments that run the Windows operating system and instruments that do not. This …
    Technical Brief
    EMI Troubleshooting with the Latest-Generation Oscilloscopes
    This application note describes techniques using an oscilloscope that can help you determine the source of unwanted radiated emissions (EMI), especially after an out-of-limits condition has been identified through formal testing or pre-compliance …
    Application Note
    Serial Support Using Tektronix Oscilloscopes and Optional Software
    Tektronix oscilloscopes offer a portfolio of optional analysis capabilities to simplify serial bus debug or compliance verification. This selection matrix shows which serial standards are supported by each of the oscilloscope series.
    Selection Guide
    Spectrum View: A New Approach to Frequency Domain Analysis on Oscilloscopes
    Debugging embedded systems often involves looking for clues that are hard to discover just by looking at one domain at a time. The ability to look at time and frequency domains simultaneously can offer important insights. FIGURE 1. Spectrum …
    Application Note
    Power Supply Measurement and Analysis with 4/5/6-PWR Application Software
    Introduction Today’s power supply designers are faced with increasing pressure to achieve power conversion efficiencies of 90% and even higher. This trend is driven by demand for longer battery life in portable electronics, the …
    Application Note
    Decoding and Searching MIPI I3C Bus Activity with an Oscilloscope
    The MIPI I3C standard defines a two-wire interface with a bidirectional data bus for connecting sensors to an application processor. This application note gives a brief orientation on the physical layer and packet structures of the I3C protocol. It …
    Application Note
    Automated Low Voltage Differential Signaling (LVDS) Measurements
    Low Voltage Differential Signaling (LVDS) is a popular signaling system for applications requiring high speed data transfers using low power. This application note explains the basic elements of LVDS signaling, details measurements based on an …
    Application Note
    Making Higher Accuracy Oscilloscope Measurements
    Introduction One of the most important functional blocks in a digital oscilloscope is the analog-to-digital converter or ADC. This technical brief explains why ADC resolution (number of bits) has become a more important consideration in …
    Technical Brief
    Physical Layer Compliance Testing for 1000BASE-T Ethernet
    Engineers designing or validating the 1000BASE-T Ethernet physical layer on their products need to perform a wide range of tests, quickly, reliably and efficiently. This application note describes the tests that ensure …
    Application Note
    Measuring Power Supply Switching Loss with an Oscilloscope
    Introduction With the demand for improving power efficiency and extending the operating time of battery-powered devices, the ability to analyze power loss and optimize power supply efficiency is more critical than ever …
    Application Note
    Characterizing and Troubleshooting Jitter with Your Oscilloscope
    THIS APPLICATION NOTE Gives a brief orientation of simple timing analysis measurements on clock signals Explains how to interpret timing and jitter measurements Gives examples of measurements on non-modulated clocks …
    Application Note
    Getting Started with Power Rail Measurements Application Note
    Most of today’s electronic designs require many different supply voltages to function properly. In fact, many components within a given circuit require multiple voltages. This is especially true with highly-integrated system on chip and …
    Application Note
    Understanding and Performing USB 2.0 Electrical Testing and Debugging
    USB 2.0 is used in a wide range of applications, thanks to its performance, reliability and relatively low cost. Automated USB 2.0 compliance testing may be used to prepare for formal compliance certification, or simply to validate bus performance …
    Application Note
    Replicating Real World Signals with an Arbitrary/Function Generator
    Learn how to simulate sensor and bus signals on an arbitrary waveform generator.  Find out how to capture signals using an oscilloscope, edit them using PC software, and play them back on an arbitrary/function generator.
    Application Note
    Troubleshooting Ethernet Problems with your Oscilloscope
    This Application Note: •     Gives a brief orientation on the physical layer and packet structure of Ethernet, with a goal of providing just enough detail to help with troubleshooting •     Explains how to set up decoding on an oscilloscope …
    Application Note
    Troubleshooting Analog to Digital Converter Offset Using a Mixed Signal Oscilloscope
    This application note gives a procedure for performing quick checks on an Analog to Digital Converter (ADC) system gain, offset and linearity.  The technique uses a ramp signal from a function generator to stimulate the system, including signal …
    Application Note
    Tek049 ASIC Powers Next-Generation Oscilloscopes
    Introduction As electrical, optical, and wireless system technology grows ever more advanced, engineers require increasingly powerful tools to aid them in system design and debugging. To set the foundation for the next …
    Whitepaper
    Automotive Ethernet: See the True Signal
    As the move toward Automotive Ethernet technology in vehicles accelerates, comprehensive design validation is vital to ensure interoperability and reliable operation across multiple ECUs. This application note provides information on Automotive …
    Application Note
    How to Minimize Probe Loading with Low Capacitance Probes
    Probing a circuit always has some impact on signals. Probe loading changes the signal being probed and can cause measurement problems or can even cause a circuit to perform differently. Reducing capacitive loading can help minimize these effects. In …
    Application Note
    XYZs of Oscilloscopes Primer
    After reading this primer, you will be able to: Describe how oscilloscopes work Describe the differences between analog, digital storage, digital phosphor, and digital sampling oscilloscopes Describe electrical waveform types Understand basic …
    Primer
    2020 Tektronix and Keithley Product Catalog
    We have the right products to ensure your success. Browse our new Tektronix and Keithley Product Catalog and explore our complete line of test and measurement solutions. You’ll find over 130 pages of key product details and specifications …
    Selection Guide
    Using FastFrame Segmented Memory on the 4/5/6 Series MSO
    Introduction Debug and verification of complex systems present many technical challenges, including capturing and visualizing multiple infrequent or intermittent events, such as serial data packets, laser pulses, and glitches …
    Technical Brief
    Oscilloscope Selection Guide
    From basic signal-checking to high-performance analysis, this selection guide gives an overview of the complete range of oscilloscopes from Tektronix. Comparison tables give high-level specifications and features, and indicate the major differences …
    Selection Guide
    Wave Inspector® Navigation and Search: Simplifying Waveform Analysis
    Modern digital oscilloscopes can capture massive amounts of data which must then be analyzed. Discover how the Tektronix Wave Inspector® navigation and search capability gives you the tools to extract the answers you need fast and efficiently.
    Application Note
    Keysight S-Series vs. 5 Series MSO Mixed Signal Oscilloscope Comparison
    Oscilloscope Design Tektronix 5 Series MSO ✔ Industry First FlexChannels (up to 8) (each input is 1 analog or 8 digital) ✔ Industry First 4, 6, 8 channel models ✔ …
    Competitive
    Keysight X6000 Series vs. 5 Series MSO Mixed Signal Oscilloscope Comparison
    This fact sheet compares important specifications and features of the Tektronix 5 Series MSO Mixed Signal Oscilloscope to those of the Keysight X6000 Series 
    Competitive
    Visual Triggers: Graphical Methods for Capturing Bursts and Other Complex Signals on Oscilloscopes
    Visual triggers allow you to build triggers by thinking in terms of wave shapes. This technical brief starts by explaining how to quickly capture bursts of specific length by drawing boxes on an oscilloscope display. It then describes how to apply …
    Technical Brief
    5 Series MSO - What's in the Box
    This factsheet shows the probes and accessories that are included with a 5 Series MSO oscilloscope.
    Fact Sheet
    Solutions for RADAR and Electronic Warfare
    Tektronix offers a wide range of hardware and software built to help you design and test mission-critical RF systems, such as military comms, radar and electronic warfare—from algorithm prototyping to testing to ongoing maintenance. Our products are …
    Brochure
    LeCroy HDO6000A/HDO8000A Series vs. 5 Series MSO Mixed Signal Oscilloscope Comparison
    Oscilloscope Design Tektronix 5 Series MSO ✔ Industry First FlexChannels (up to 8) (each input is 1 analog or 8 digital) ✔ Industry First 4, 6, 8 channel models ✔ …
    Competitive
    Electronics Engineering For Cleaner Skies
    How Tektronix products have helped the RAISE project take off
    Case Study
    Identifying Setup and Hold Violations with a Mixed Signal Oscilloscope
    Problems with setup and hold timing are among the most challenging to identify.  Mixed signal oscilloscopes (MSOs) are able to capture both analog and digital representations of signals, making them well-suited for identifying digital timing problems …
    Application Note
    LeCroy HDO9000 Series vs. 5 Series MSO Mixed Signal Oscilloscope Comparison
    Oscilloscope Design Tektronix 5 Series MSO ✔ Industry First FlexChannels (up to 8) (each input is 1 analog or 8 digital) ✔ Industry First 4, 6, 8 channel models ✔ …
    Competitive
    Debugging Serial Buses in Embedded System Designs
    Learn the basics of the hardware protocols of the most common serial buses, such as I2C, SPI , USB, RS-232/422/485/UART, CAN, CAN FD, LIN, FlexRay, Ethernet, and I2S/LJ/RJ/TDM.  Find out how to use the protocol trigger, decode and search capabilities …
    Application Note
    Power Supply Converter Design Procedures
    This poster offers insight into power supply converter design procedures, test stages, challenges, and solutions.
    Poster
    Innovation that drives innovation
    Case Study
    Debugging SPMI Power Management Buses with an Oscilloscope
    Introduction Increasingly, mobile devices and other portable designs are adopting System Power Management Interface (SPMI) protocol for multimaster, multi-slave systems to monitor and dynamically control supply voltages based on real …
    Application Note
    Making Accurate Current Measurements on Power Supplies with Oscilloscopes
    This application note describes considerations and techniques for making accurate current measurements on power converters using an oscilloscope and a current probe. When used in conjunction with an oscilloscope’s voltage measurements …
    Application Note
    Ensuring the Performance and Conformance of In-Vehicle Networks for New-Generation Automobiles
    When comparing past, present and future automobiles, one trend is clear: cars have become data centers on wheels. Within each vehicle, the volume of data from safety systems, onboard sensors, navigation systems, and so on and the …
    Primer
    How to Troubleshoot System Problems Using an Oscilloscope with I2C and SPI Decoding
    Introduction Most microcontroller-based designs use I2C or SPI or both, to communicate among controllers and between controllers and peripheral chips. Seeing what’s going on in an embedded system when a chip sends a particular I2C or …
    Application Note
    Measuring Digital Clock Stability and Jitter with an Oscilloscope
    Introduction Clocks are the heartbeats of embedded systems, providing timing references and synchronization between components, subsystems,and entire systems. Incorrect clock signal amplitudes and timing can prevent reliable …
    Application Note
    In-circuit Measurement of Inductors and Transformers with an Oscilloscope
    An oscilloscope can be used to measure the performance of inductors and transformers under operating conditions.  This application note: Provides a quick review of practical inductor and transformer theory, especially related to power supply …
    Application Note
    Debugging SENT Automotive Buses with an Oscilloscope
    Introduction Increasingly, automotive designs are adopting Single Edge Nibble Transmission (SENT) protocol for low-cost, asynchronous, point-topoint transmission of high-resolution data. Unlike basic protocol analyzers, oscilloscopes …
    Application Note
    Debugging CAN, LIN and FlexRay Automotive Buses with an Oscilloscope
    Introduction Embedded systems applications growing rapidly in the automotive industry. Many vehicle designs use CAN, LIN or FlexRay to communicate among electronic control units (ECUs), and between ECUs and sensors, actuators and …
    Application Note
    Probing Techniques for Accurate Voltage Measurements on Power Supplies with Oscilloscopes
    This application note describes considerations and techniques for making accurate voltage measurements on power converters with an oscilloscope, especially as they relate to probe selection and application. It includes two examples for …
    Application Note
    Tools to Boost Oscilloscope Measurement Resolution to More than 11 Bits
    Figure 1. The whole measurement system must be optimized for high resolution. When making high-resolution measurements you can improve your results by looking at your digital oscilloscope …
    Application Note
    How to Use a Mixed Signal Oscilloscope to Test Digital Circuits
    The ability to present both analog and digital representations of signals make mixed signal oscilloscopes (MSOs) ideal for verifying and debugging digital circuits. This application note provides tips to help you efficiently debug …
    Application Note
    Troubleshooting Multiple-bus Systems Using FlexChannel Input Channels Tech Brief
    Troubleshooting embedded systems with multiple processors, sensors, actuators, communications and human interfaces, often demands more than the 2 or 4 measurement channels available on most oscilloscopes.  More channels can help up to a point, but a …
    Technical Brief
    RTO2000 Series Rohde & Schwarz Oscilloscope vs. 5 Series MSO
    This fact sheet compares important specifications and features of the Tektronix 5 Series mixed signal oscilloscope (MSO) to those of the RTO2000 Series Rohde & Schwarz oscilloscope. This datasheet looks at the logic analysis capabilities, included …
    Competitive
    Yokogawa DLM4000 Series vs. 5 Series MSO Mixed Signal Oscilloscope Comparison
    Oscilloscope Design Tektronix 5 Series MSO ✔ New Tektronix FlexChannels (up to 8) (each input is 1 analog or 8 digital) ✔ New Available in 4, 6, and 8-channel models ✔ …
    Competitive
    Troubleshooting USB 2.0 Problems with Your Oscilloscope
    Learn the basics of the USB 2.0 physical layer to help you troubleshoot bus problems or system issues.  Learn how to set up and interpret the results when using automated decoding, triggering, and search on an oscilloscope equipped with USB 2.0 bus …
    Application Note
    Understanding and Characterizing Timing Jitter Primer
    Timing jitter is the unwelcome companion of all electrical systems that use voltage transitions to represent timing information. Historically, electrical systems have lessened the ill effects of timing jitter (or, simply “jitter”) by employing …
    Primer
    Control Loop Analysis Kit for Power Design Stability Measurements
    This document describes how the Tektronix Control Loop Analysis Kit provides a simple test setup for validating and debugging feedback loop stability.  This setup also enables engineers to test power supply rejection ratio (PSRR) on the regulator …
    Application Overview