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Digital Storage Oscilloscope

TDS6000B/C Series

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TDS6000B/C Series

Features & Benefits

  • Bandwidths of 15 GHz (TDS6154C), 12 GHz (TDS6124C), 8 GHz (TDS6804B), and 6 GHz (TDS6604B)
  • Rise Times to 19 ps 20-80% (28 ps 10-90%) on TDS6154C Typical Rise Time, with Channel-matched, User-selectable DSP
  • 40 GS/s Real-time Sample Rate on Two Channels*1, 20 GS/s Real-time Sample Rate on All Four Channels with 500 fs/sample Interpolated Points
  • Up to 64 Megasamples on Two Channels*1, up to 32 Megasamples Record Length on All Four Channels with MultiView Zoom™ Function for Quick Navigation
  • MyScope® Custom-control Windows Enhance Productivity
  • Right-mouse-click Menus for Exceptional Efficiency
  • Pinpoint™ Triggering Provides the Most Flexible and Highest Performance Triggering, with Over 1400 Combinations to Address Virtually Any Triggering Situation
  • Serial Pattern Triggering up to 3.125 Gb/s with 8b/10b Protocol Triggering
  • Serial Data Analysis and Compliance at Rates of 6.25 Gb/s and Above
  • OpenChoice® Software with Microsoft Windows XP OS Delivers Built-in Networking and Analysis
  • Technology-specific Software Solutions Provide Built-in Domain Expertise for Serial Data, Jitter, Ethernet, DVI, USB 2.0, Communications, and Power Measurements
  • System Includes: Dual-processor System (2.8 GHz Pentium 4 and 583 MHz PowerPC), High-resolution XGA Display, Front-panel CD-R/W, Front-panel USB 2.0 Port, and 1000BaseT Network Connection


  • Signal Integrity, Jitter, and Timing Analysis
  • Validation, Debug, Characterization, and Compliance of Next-generation Digital Designs
  • Computer, Datacom, Storage-area Network Equipment Designs, and High-speed Backplanes
  • High-energy Physics Measurements and Data Acquisition

*1 For C model versions only.

Uncompromised Performance Oscilloscope Solution – Probing, Acquisition, Analysis, Compliance, and Debug

TDS6000B/C Series digital storage oscilloscopes provide unprecedented performance along with a complete feature set designed to address design validation, debug, and compliance challenges of next-generation computer, datacom, and communications equipment. High bandwidth, high sample rate, and deep memory also provide the ideal solution for data acquisition applications.

Uncompromised Acquisition

You won’t need to need to trade off bandwidth, record length, and sample rate for your serial data measurement and analysis needs. The TDS6000C DSOs provides acquisition architecture with 40 GS/s maximum sample rate and 64 Megasamples record length on two channels (20 GS/s and 32 Megasamples on each of the four channels simultaneously), for the acquisition power you need. They provide the ultimate combination of bandwidth, sample rate, and record length for the fastest signals. The TDS6154C provides matched 15 GHz performance across any two channels using advanced, Tektronix-proprietary DSP enhancement, important for high-speed channel-channel measurements. The user-selectable DSP filter on each channel provides magnitude and phase correction, plus extension of the analog bandwidth to 15 GHz for more accurate signal fidelity on high-speed measurements – easily capturing the fifth harmonic of 3.0 GHz embedded clocks used in next-generation 6.0 Gb/s serial data standards, and even the third harmonic of 5 GHz clocks being developed for future systems. The DSP filter on each channel can also be switched off to take advantage of true 12 GHz analog bandwidth for applications needing the highest available raw data capture.

MyScope® Custom-control Windows

MyScope control windows allow 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 create your own personalized “toolbox” of oscilloscope features. No longer do you need to search through menus for features or relearn how to drive the oscilloscope after a break from the lab. MyScope control windows are easily created in a matter of minutes using a simple, visual, drag-and-drop process. Once created, these customized 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 or TDS/CSA7000B Series oscilloscopes, or they can even be e-mailed to a coworker 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.

Right Clicks

Right-mouse-click menus 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.

Pinpoint™ Triggering

Trigger on glitches down to 100 ps wide.


Pinpoint trigger system provides the most advanced, highest performance triggering available.

The ability to trigger an oscilloscope on events of interest is paramount in high-speed debug and validation. Whether you're trying to find a system error, or need to isolate a section of a complex signal for further analysis, Tektronix’ Pinpoint triggering provides the solution. The Pinpoint trigger system uses Silicon Germanium (SiGe) technology to provide trigger sensitivity of up to 9 GHz (TDS6000C models), and allows selection of all trigger types on both A and B trigger circuits. It can capture glitches down to 100 ps wide with 1 psRMS trigger jitter typical (TDS6000C models). Other trigger systems offer multiple trigger types only on a single event (A Event), with delayed trigger (B Event) selection limited to edge-type triggering and often does not provide a way to reset the trigger sequence if the B Event doesn't occur. But Pinpoint triggering provides the full suite of advance trigger types on both A and B triggers with Reset triggering to begin the trigger sequence again after a specified time, state, or transition so that even events in the most complex signals can be captured. Other oscilloscopes typically offer less than 20 trigger combinations; Pinpoint triggering offers over 1400 combinations, all at full performance.

Protocol Triggering and Decoding Software (Opt. PTD)

Decode 8b/10b data streams and set up to 4 data words (40 bits) to trigger on.

Easily decode 8b/10b and other encoded serial data streams, and set desired encoded words for the serial pattern trigger to capture. 8b/10b decoding on data rates over 10 GB/s is possible on the TDS6000C models. Option PTD recovers the clock signal, identifies the transitions, and decodes the characters and other protocol data. The TDS6000C models can trigger on up to four consecutive 10 bit words or specified error conditions at data rates up to 3.125 Gb/s. And you can see the captured bit sequences decoded into their words for convenient analysis.

Unparalleled Analysis

Waveform data analysis can take many forms. Whether it’s a simple math expression, waveform mask testing, a pass/fail compliance test, or a custom application that you develop, the TDS6000B/C Series offer the industry's most comprehensive set of analysis and compliance tools.

Built-in Analysis Tools


Measurement System. Enables over 50 parametric measurements in the amplitude, time, and statistical domain.


8.5 Gb/s TDSRT-Eye™ diagram on the TDS6154C.


Waveform Math Equation Editor. Enables boundless analysis on waveform data.

Standard tools built into the TDS6000B/C offer a wide range of analysis capabilities including Cursors, Measurements, Math Equation Editor, Serial Data Communications Mask Testing (with Opt. SM), and Spectrum Analysis.

Technology-specific Software Solutions


TDSRT-Eye™ software. Compliance and analysis for testing high-speed serial standards. Eye diagrams at data rates to beyond 6.25 Gb/s. Software clock recovery to ≥10 Gb/s.


TDSJIT3 v2.0 Jitter analysis for validation and debug of high-speed digital systems.


TDSET3 10/100/1000BaseT Compliance.


TDSDVI Digital Visual Interface Compliance.

Validation, debug, and compliance testing often require automated test tools that quickly analyze waveform data and provide the answers you need. The TDS6000B/C models provide complete “turn-key” solutions for the most demanding technologies. Software options are also available for performing validation and compliance measurements on emerging industry standards.

OpenChoice® Analysis


Access data seamlessly for your own custom application such as this Microsoft Excel example.

Designing your own custom solution? The analysis and networking features of OpenChoice software adds more flexibility to Tektronix open Windows XP oscilloscopes:

  • Fast PCI bus speeds communication between the data acquisition processor and the Microsoft Windows desktop.
  • ActiveX controls to connect the oscilloscope to popular Windows applications - WITHOUT leaving the application.
  • PnP drivers to control the scope from LabVIEW and Lab Windows/CVI running directly on the oscilloscope, or running on external PCs.

Support for application development environments includes Visual BASIC, .NET, C, C++, MATLAB, LabVIEW, and LabWindows/CVI.

Differential Probing with Performance to >12 GHz

P7313 12.5 GHz and P7380 8 GHz Differential Probes.

Most high-speed signals today are differential. The P7313 12.5 GHz Differential Probing System provides true differential connection to the device under test for a variety of connection requirements: solder-in, hand held, and fixtured. Typical system performance with the TDS6154C exceeds 12.5 GHz bandwidth. The P7313 offers the lowest loading, highest signal fidelity, and lowest cost per connection in the industry. Versatile, inexpensive Tip-Clip™ adapters provide the optimum solution for virtually any connection need.

The P7380SMA Differential Probing System provides a 50 Ω per side termination network with a termination voltage. The termination voltage can be applied externally or through the TekConnect® interface from the TDS6000B/C probe menu, or not used at all. A gain switch provides two different sensitivity settings of the probe and an Aux Out provides an inverted version of the signal for driving other equipment. The P7380SMA probing system used with the TDS6000B/C oscilloscopes provides an ideal solution for validation and compliance testing of high-speed serial data links.



Vertical System






Input Channels


Bandwidth, Rise Time (DSP)


8 GHz

50 ps (10-90%) (typical)

35 ps (20-80%) (typical)

12 GHz

35 ps (10-90%) (typical)

24 ps (20-80%) (typical)

15 GHz

28 ps (10-90%) (typical)

19 ps (20-80%) (typical)

True Analog Bandwidth (-3 dB), typical Rise Time

6 GHz

70 ps (10-90%) (typical)

53 ps (20-80%) (typical)

7 GHz

62 ps (10-90%) (typical)

43 ps (20-80%) (typical)

12 GHz

35 ps (10-90%) (typical)

24 ps (20-80%) (typical)

12 GHz

35 ps (10-90%) (typical)

24 ps (20-80%) (typical)

Hardware Bandwidth Limits

(Requires TCA-1MEG Adapter)

Full, 250 MHz, or 20 MHz

Input Coupling


Input Impedance

50 Ω ±2.5%

50 Ω ±2%

Input Sensitivity, 50 Ω

Full-scale 50 mV to 10 V (5 mV/div*2 to 1 V/div).

Full-scale is the peak-peak digitizer range at a given sensitivity.

V/div = Full-scale/10.

Vertical Resolution

8 bit (>11 bit with averaging)

Max Input Voltage, 50 Ω

(Also determined by TekConnect® accessory)

<1 VRMS for <100 mV/div,

<7 VRMS for ≥100 mV/div settings.

<1 VRMS for <1 V full-scale,

<5.5 V for ≥1 V full-scale.

DC Gain Accuracy

±(2.5% + (2% × offset))


Position Range

±5 divisions

Offset Range*3

Full-scale settings:

100 mV to 500 mV: ±0.5 V

505 mV to 995 mV: ±0.25 V

1 V to 5 V: ±5 V

5.05 V to 10 V: ±2.5 V

Full-scale settings:

100 mV: ±0.45 V

200 mV: ±0.4 V

500 mV: ±0.25 V

1 V: ±4.5 V

2 V: ±4.0 V

5 V: ±2.5 V

10 V: 0

General formula for offset range:

100 mV to 995 mV: ±|0.5 V - Full-scale/2|

1 V to 10 V: ±|5 V - Full-scale/2|

Offset Accuracy

±(0.7% × offset + 1.5 mV + 0.1 × V/div setting)

for ranges <100 mV/div

±(0.8% × offset + 15 mV + 0.1 × V/div setting)

for ranges ≥100 mV/div

±(0.35% × offset + 1.5 mV + 0.1 × V/div setting)

for ranges <100 mV/div

±(0.35% × offset + 15 mV + 0.1 × V/div setting)

for ranges ≥100 mV/div

Channel-to-Channel Isolation for Any Two Channels at Equal Vertical Scale

≥80:1 at 1.5 GHz

≥15:1 at rated bandwidth

≥150:1 at 0 to 10 GHz

>80:1 at 10 GHz to 12 GHz

≥50:1 at 12 GHz to 15 GHz

*2 5 mV/div is a software zoom with 7 bits digitizer resolution at 50 mV full scale.

*3 Offset range in addition to ±5 division position range.

Vertical System (Cont.)


Full-scale Gain Setting









Noise, typical

100 mV

950 μV

690 μV

570 μV

670 μV

160 mV

950 μV

840 μV

950 μV

200 mV

1.6 mV

1.1 mV

940 μV

1.0 mV

300 mV

1.6 mV

1.45 mV

1.6 mV

400 mV

2.1 mV

1.85 mV

2.1 mV

500 mV

3.55 mV

2.5 mV

2.3 mV

2.4 mV

800 mV

4.4 mV

3.8 mV

4.1 mV

900 mV

4.8 mV

4.3 mV

4.6 mV

1 V

9.5 mV

6.9 mV

5.7 mV

6.8 mV

2 V

16 mV

10.5 mV

9.5 mV

10.0 mV

5 V

35.5 mV

25 mV

23 mV

24 mV

10 V

68 mV

56 mV

46 mV

50 mV

Timebase System


TDS6000B Models

TDS6000C Models

Timebase Range

25 ps to 40 s/div; Interpolation down to 500 fs/pt.

Timebase Delay Time Range

5 ns to 250 s

Channel-to-Channel Deskew Range

±75 ns

Trigger Jitter (RMS)

<1.5 psRMS (typical)

<1 psRMS (typical)

Long-term Sample Rate and Delay Time Accuracy

<2 ppm over any ≥100 ms interval

Clock Stability

<1 ppm (typical)

<2.5 ppm (guaranteed)

Jitter Noise Floor


420 fsRMS (typical) over 10 µs duration or less

Delta Time Accuracy

[(0.06/sample rate) + (2.5 ppm × [Reading])]RMS, typical*4

635 fsRMS over <100 ns duration, typical*5

*4 Test conditions: Sample mode, at 20 GS/s.

*5 Test conditions: Sample mode, 500 mV full-scale (50 mV/div) setting, input signal 350 mV with rise time (10% to 90%) <50 ps.

Acquisition System


TDS6000B Models

TDS6000C Models

Max Sample Rate

20 GS/s on 4 channels

40 GS/s on 2 channels,

20 GS/s on 4 channels

Equivalent Time Sample Rate (max)

2 TS/s

Maximum Record Length per Channel

32 M (requires Opt. 4M)

64 M on two channels;

32 M on all 4 channels (requires Opt. 4M)


2 M on all 4 channels

4 M on two channels;

2 M on all 4 channels

   with Memory Opt. 2M

8 M on all 4 channels

16 M on two channels;

8 M on all 4 channels

   with Memory Opt. 3M

16 M on all 4 channels

32 M on two channels;

16 M on all 4 channels

   with Memory Opt. 4M

32 M on all 4 channels

64 M on two channels;

32 M on all 4 channels

Maximum Time Duration Captured at Highest Real-time Resolution (All Channels)


TDS6000B Models

(All Channels)

TDS6000C Models

(Two Channels)

Max Duration with Standard Memory

100 μs

100 μs

Max Duration with Opt. 2M

400 μs

400 μs

Max Duration with Opt. 3M

800 μs

800 μs

Max Duration with Opt. 4M

1.6 ms

1.6 ms

Acquisition Modes


All Models

Waveform Database

Accumulate Waveform Database providing three-dimensional array of amplitude, time, and counts


Acquire sampled values

Peak Detect

Captures narrow glitches at all real-time sampling rates

Minimum Peak Detect Pulse Width

50 ps


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

FastFrame™ Acquisition

Acquisition memory divided into segments; maximum trigger rate >310,000 waveforms per second. Time of arrival recorded with each event

Roll Mode

200 kS/s at 8 M record length and 500 kS/s at 4 M record Length on all channels.

Pinpoint™ Trigger System


All Models


Internal DC Coupled

0.5 div DC to 50 MHz increasing to 2.5 div at 7 GHz (TDS6000B models, typical).

0.4 div DC to 50 MHz , increasing to 1 div at 3 GHz, increasing to 3 div at 9 GHz (TDS6000C models, typical).

External (auxiliary input)

250 mVDC to 50 MHz, increasing to 350 mV at 1 GHz, increasing to 500 mV at 2 GHz (typical).

Trigger Characteristics

Main Trigger Modes

Auto, Normal, and Single.

A Event and Delayed B Event Trigger Types

Edge, Glitch, Runt, Width, Transition Time, Timeout, Pattern, State, Setup/Hold, Window – all except Edge, Pattern, and State can be Logic State qualified by up to two channels.

Trigger Sequences

Main, Delayed by Time, Delayed by Events, Reset by Time, Reset by State, Reset by Transition.

All sequences can include separate horizontal delay after the trigger event to position the acquisition window in time.

Communications-related Triggers

(requires Opt. SM)

Support for AMI, HDB3, BnZS, CMI, MLT3, and NRZ encoded communications signals up to 3.125 Gb/s. Select among isolated positive or negative one, zero pulse form, or eye patterns as applicable to standard.

Serial Pattern Trigger

(requires Opt. ST)

64 bit serial word recognizer, bits specified in binary (high, low, don't care) or hex format. Trigger on NRZ-encoded data up to 1.25 Gbaud. TDS6000C models only: trigger on 8b/10b encoded data up to 3.125 Gbaud (40 bits).

Trigger Level Range


±12 divisions from center of screen.

External (auxiliary in)

±5 V.


Fixed at 0 V.

Trigger Coupling

DC, AC (attenuate <60 Hz).

HF reject (attenuate >30 kHz).

LF reject (attenuates <80 kHz).

Noise reject (reduce sensitivity).

Trigger Holdoff Range

250 ns minimum to 12 s maximum.

Trigger Types

Edge - Positive and/or negative slope on any channel or front-panel auxiliary input. Coupling includes DC, AC, noise reject, HF reject, and LF reject.

Glitch - Trigger on or reject glitches of positive, negative, or either polarity. Minimum glitch width is down to 100 ps with re-arm time of 250 ps.

Width - Trigger on width of positive or negative pulse (down to 100 ps) either within or out of selectable time limits.

Runt - Trigger on a pulse that crosses one threshold but fails to cross a second threshold before crossing the first again. Optional time qualification.

Timeout - Trigger on an event which remains high, low, or either, for a specified time period, selectable from 360 ps to 1 s.

Transition - Trigger on pulse edge rates that are faster or slower than specified. Slope may be positive, negative, or either.

Setup/Hold - Trigger on violations of both setup time and hold time between clock and data present on any two input channels.

Pattern - 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.

State - Any logical pattern of channels (1, 2, 3) clocked by edge on channel 4. Trigger on rising or falling clock edge.

Window - Trigger on an event that enters or exits a window defined by two user-adjustable thresholds. Event can be time or logic qualified.

Trigger Delay by Time - 5 ns to 250 seconds.

Trigger Delay by Events - 1 to 10,000,000 events.

Waveform Measurements

Amplitude - Amplitude, High, Low, Maximum, Minimum, Peak-to-Peak, Mean, Cycle Mean, RMS, Cycle RMS, Positive Overshoot, Negative Overshoot.

Time - Rise time, Fall time, Positive Width, Negative Width, Positive Duty Cycle, Negative Duty Cycle, Period, Frequency, Delay.

Combination - Area, Cycle Area, Phase, Burst Width.

Histogram-related - Waveform count, Hits in box, Peak hits, Median, Maximum, Minimum, Peak-to-Peak, Mean (μ), Standard Deviation (σ), μ + 1σ, μ + 2σ, μ + 3σ.

Eye-pattern-related - Extinction Ratio (absolute, %, and dB), Eye Height, Eye Top, Eye Base, Eye Width, Crossing %, Jitter (peak-peak, RMS, and 6sigma), Noise (peak-peak and RMS), S/N ratio, Cycle Distortion, Q-factor.

Waveform Processing/Math

Algebraic Expressions - Define extensive algebraic expressions including waveforms, scalars, and results of parametric measurements e.g. (Integral (CH.1-Mean(CH.1))×1.414).

Arithmetic - Add, subtract, multiply, divide waveforms and scalars.

Relational - Boolean result of comparison >, <, ≥, ≤, =, ≠.

Calculus - Integrate, differentiate.

Frequency Domain Functions - Spectral magnitude and phase, real and imaginary spectra.

Vertical Units -

Magnitude: Linear, dB, dBm.

Phase: Degrees, Radians.


Window Functions - Rectangular, Hamming, Hanning, Kaiser-Bessel, Blackman-Harris, Gaussian, Flattop2, Tek Exponential.

Waveform Definition - As arbitrary math expressions.

Display Characteristics

Display Type - Liquid-crystal active-matrix color display.

Display Size - Diagonal: 264 mm (10.4 in.).

Display Resolution - 1024 horizontal × 768 vertical pixels.

Waveform Styles - Vectors, Dots, Variable Persistence, Infinite Persistence.

Computer System and Peripherals

CPU - Intel Pentium 4 processor, 2.8 GHz.

PC System RAM - 1 GB (266 MHz DDR).

Hard Disk Drive - 40 GB removable hard disk drive: rear-panel standard or front-panel (Opt. FHD).

USB Ports - One on front panel, four on rear panel, USB 2.0 compliant.

CD-R/W Drive - Front-panel CD-R/W standard or rear-panel (Opt. FHD).

Mouse - Optical scroll-wheel model included, USB interface.

Keyboard -

Small keyboard included (fits in pouch).

Order 119-6297-xx for full-size keyboard; USB interface and hub.


Input/Output Ports

Front Panel

Fast Edge Output - Front-panel SMA connector provides fast edge signal.

TDS6000B models: Amplitude 350 mV ±20% into a ≥50 Ω load, frequency 1 kHz ±5%, 200 ps typical rise time.

TDS6000C models: Amplitude 440 mVpk-pk, ±20% in a 50 Ω load; VOH +0.3 V, VOL - 0.14 V; frequency 1 kHz ±5%, 200 ps typical rise time.


Recovered Clock - SMA connector, ≤1.25 Gb/s, Output swing ≥130 mVpk-pk into 50 Ω. Requires Opt. SM or Opt. ST to enable.

Recovered Data - SMA connector, ≤1.25 Gb/s, Output swing of 1010 repeating pattern 200 mV into 50 Ω. Requires Opt. SM or Opt. ST to enable.

DC Probe Calibration Output - BNC connector, ±10 VDC for DC probe calibration. (Signal available only during probe calibration.)

AUX Trigger Output - BNC connector, provides a TTL-compatible, polarity switchable pulse when the oscilloscope triggers.

USB 2.0 Port - One in front. Allows connection or disconnection of USB keyboard, mouse, or storage device while oscilloscope is on.

Rear Panel

External Timebase Reference In - BNC connector; allows timebase system to phase-lock to external 10 MHz reference.

Timebase Reference Out - BNC connector; provides TTL-compatible output of internal 10 MHz reference oscillator.

Aux Trigger Input - BNC, see Ext Trigger specification.

Parallel Port - IEEE 1284, DB-25 connector.

Audio Ports - Miniature phone jacks for stereo microphone input and stereo line output.

USB 2.0 Ports - Four in back. Allows connection or disconnection of USB keyboard, mouse, or storage device while oscilloscope power is on.

Keyboard Port - PS-2 compatible.

Mouse Port - PS-2 compatible.

LAN Port - RJ-45 connector, supports 10BaseT, 100BaseT, and 1000BaseT.

Serial Port - DB-9 COM1 port.

Windows Video Port - 15-pin D-Sub connector on the rear panel; connect a second monitor to use dual-monitor display mode allowing analysis results and plots to be viewed along with the oscilloscope display. Video is DDC2B compliant.

GPIB Port - IEEE 488.2 standard.

Scope XGA Video Port - 15-pin D-Sub connector on the rear panel, video is IBM XGA compatible. Connect to show the oscilloscope display, including live waveforms on an external monitor or projector. The primary Windows desktop can also be displayed on an external monitor using this port.

Power Source

Power - 100 to 240 VRMS, ±10%, 50/60 Hz; 115 VRMS ±10%, 400 Hz; CAT II, <500 W typical (650 VA).

Option SM

156 Standards Masks Supported -

ITU-T (1.544 Mb/s - 155 Mb/s)

ANSI T1.102 (1.544 Mb/s - 155 Mb/s)

Ethernet IEEE Std 802.3, ANSI X3.263 (1.544 Mb/s - 3.125 Gb/s XAUI)

Sonet/SDH (51.84 Mb/s - 2.4883 Gb/s)

Fibre Channel (133 Mb/s - 4.25 Gb/s*6)

InfiniBand (2.5 Gb/s)

USB (12 Mb/s - 480 Mb/s)

Serial ATA (1.5 Gb/s, 3.0 Gb/s)

Serial Attached SCSI (1.5 Gb/s, 3.0 Gb/s)

IEEE 1394b (491.5 Mb/s - 1.966 Gb/s)

Rapid I/O (1.25 Gb/s - 3.125 Gb/s)

OIF Standards (2.488 Gb/s - 3.11 Gb/s)

PCI Express (2.5 Gb/s)


*6 4.25 Gb/s mask supported using Glitch Trigger.

Physical Characteristics

Benchtop Configuration






















Rackmount Configuration























Cooling -

Required Clearance




0 or >76

0 or >3




Left side



Right side











Operating -

Excluding CD-R/W drive:

TDS6000B models: +5 °C to +40 °C.

TDS6000C models: +10 ºC to +45 ºC.

Including CD-R/W drive: +10 °C to +40 °C.


Nonoperating - -22 °C to +60 °C.


Operating - 20% to 80% relative humidity with a maximum wet-bulb temperature of +29 °C at or below +50 °C, noncondensing. Upper limit derated to 25% relative humidity at +50 °C.

Nonoperating - 5% to 90% relative humidity with a maximum wet-bulb temperature of +29 °C at or below +60 °C, noncondensing. Upper limit derated to 20% relative humidity at +60 °C.


Operating - 10,000 ft. (3,048 m).

Nonoperating - 40,000 ft. (12,190 m).

Random Vibration

Operating - 0.000125 g2/Hz from 5 to 350 Hz, -3 dB/octave from 350 to 500 Hz, 0.0000876 g2/Hz at 500 Hz. Overall level of 0.24 gRMS.

Nonoperating - 0.0175 g2/Hz from 5 to 100 Hz, -3 dB/octave from 100 to 200 Hz, 0.00875 g2/Hz from 200 to 350 Hz, -3 dB/octave from 350 to 500 Hz, 0.006132 g2/Hz at 500 Hz. Overall level of 2.28 gRMS.


Electromagnetic Compatibility - 89/336/EEC.

Safety - UL 3111-1, CSA1010.1, EN61010-1, IEC 61010-1.


Ordering Information


15 GHz Digital Storage Oscilloscope.


12 GHz Digital Storage Oscilloscope.


8 GHz Digital Storage Oscilloscope.


6 GHz Digital Storage Oscilloscope.

TDS6000B and TDS6000C Models Include: Accessory pouch, front cover, USB mouse, USB mini-keyboard, user manual (071-1658-xx), Documentation CD-ROM (063-3760-xx), product software CD-ROM (020-2572-xx for TDS6000B models; 020-2647-xx for TDS6000C models), operating system restoration CD-ROM (020-2569-xx), optional applications software CD-ROM (020-2450-xx), performance verification procedure PDF file, GPIB programmer's reference (on product software CD-ROM), calibration certificate documenting NIST traceability, 2 540-1 compliance and ISO9000, power cord, one-year warranty. (4) TekConnect® to SMA adapters (TCA-SMA) , Deskew Fixture (067-0484-xx).


Please specify power plug when ordering.


Instrument Options

Power Plug Options

Opt. A0 - North America power.

Opt. A1 - Universal EURO power.

Opt. A2 - United Kingdom power.

Opt. A3 - Australia power.

Opt. A5 - Switzerland power.

Opt. A6 - Japan power.

Opt. A10 - China power.

Opt. A99 - No power cord or AC adapter.

Manual Language Options

Opt. L5 - Japanese manual

Opt. L7 - Simplified Chinese manual

Opt. L10 - Russian manual

Disk Drive Options

Opt. FHD - Front-panel 40 GB removable hard disk drive, replaces front-panel CD-R/W which is moved to the back.


GPIB Cable (1 m) - Order 012-0991-01.

GPIB Cable (2 m) - Order 012-0991-xx.

RS-232 Cable - Order 012-1298-xx.

Centronics Cable - Order 012-1214-xx.

Mounting Options

Opt. 1K - K4000 Scope Cart.

Opt. 1R - Rackmount Kit.

Service Options

Opt. C3 - Calibration Service 3 Years.

Opt. C5 - Calibration Service 5 Years.

Opt. D1 - Calibration Data Report.

Opt. D3 - Calibration Data Report 3 Years (requires Opt. C3).

Opt. D5 - Calibration Data Report 5 Years (with Opt. C5).

Opt. R3 - Repair Service 3 Years.

Opt. R5 - Repair Service 5 Years.

Acquisition Memory Options

TDS6000B Models:

Opt. 2M - 8 MSamples on all channels.

Opt. 3M - 16 MSamples on all channels.

Opt. 4M - 32 MSamples on all channels.

TDS6000C Models:

Opt. 2M - 16 MSamples on two channels; 8 MSamples on all channels.

Opt. 3M - 32 MSamples on two channels; 16 MSamples on all channels.

Opt. 4M - 64 MSamples on two channels; 32 MSamples on all channels.

Software Options

Opt. CP2*7 - TDSCPM2 ANSI/ITU Telecom Pulse Compliance Testing Software (requires Opt. SM).

Opt. DVI - TDSDVI DVI Compliance Test Solution.

Opt. ET3 - TDSET3 Ethernet Compliance Test Software.

Opt. HT3 - HDMI Compliance Test Software.

Opt. JA3 - TDSJIT3 v2.0 Advanced Jitter Analysis Software.

Opt. JE3 - TDSJIT3 v2.0 Essentials Jitter Analysis Software.

Opt. J2 - TDSDDM2 Disk Drive Analysis Software.

Opt. PW3*8 - TDSPWR3 Power Measurement and Analysis Software.

Opt. RTE - TDSRT-Eye™ Serial data compliance and analysis software.

Opt. RJA - Software Bundle of TDSJIT3 v2.0 (Opt. J3A), TDSRT-Eye (Opt. RTE), and Protocol Trigger Decode (Opt. PTD).

Opt. RSA - Software Bundle of TDSJIT3 v2.0 (Opt. J3A), RT-Eye (Opt. RTE), Serial Trigger (Opt. ST), Protocol Trigger and Decode (Opt. PTD), and Serial Mask testing (Opt. SM).

Opt. PCE*9 - PCI Express™ Compliance Module for Opt. RTE.

Opt. PTD - Protocol Trigger and Decode (provides protocol decode on all models, requires Opt. ST for protocol triggering on the TDS6000C Series only).

Opt. IBA*9 - InfiniBand® Compliance Module for Opt. RTE.

Opt. SM - Serial Communications Mask Testing (enables hardware clock recovery).

Opt. SST - SATA and SAS Analysis Software Module for Opt. RTE.

Opt. ST - Serial Pattern Trigger (enables hardware clock recovery)

Opt. USB*10 - TDSUSBS USB 2.0 Compliance Test SW Only.

*7 Requires Opt. SM.

*8 Opt. 3M and a TCA-1MEG TekConnect 1 MΩ buffer amplifier are recommended for use with this software.

*9 Requires Opt. RTE (Serial Data Compliance and Analysis).

*10 Requires TDSUSBF (USB Test Fixture).

Recommended Accessories

P7313 - 12.5 GHz Differential Probe.

P7380 - 8 GHz Differential Probe.

P7380SMA - 8 GHz Differential Probing System.

AFTDS - Telecom Differential Electrical Interface Adapter (for line rates < 8 MB/sec; requires TCA-BNC adapter).

Keyboard (USB interface) Full-size Keyboard with 4-port USB hub - Order 119-6297-xx.

Transit Case - Order 016-1942-xx.

TekConnect® Adapters -

TCA-1MEG: TekConnect® High-impedance Buffer Amplifier. Includes P6139A Passive Probe.

TCA-SMA: TekConnect-to-SMA Adapter.

TCA-N: TekConnect-to-N Adapter.

TCA-BNC: TekConnect-to-BNC Adapter.

TCA75: 4 GHz precision TekConnect® 75 Ω to 50 Ω Adapter with 75 Ω BNC Input Connector.


Oscilloscope Cart - Order K4000.

Software -

WSTRO: WaveStar™ Waveform Capture and Documentation Software.


Test Fixtures -

TDSUSBF: TDSUSB Test Fixture for use with Opt. USB.


After Purchase Upgrades of TDS6000B and TDS6000C Series Oscilloscopes

Acquisition Record Length

Current Record Length



To upgrade your oscilloscope, order option as noted.


8 MSamples (16 MSamples TDS6000C)

TDS6BUP Opt. M02

16 MSamples (32 MSamples TDS6000C)

TDS6BUP Opt. M03

32 MSamples (64 MSamples TDS6000C)

TDS6BUP Opt. M04

8 MSamples

16 MSamples (32 MSamples TDS6000C)

TDS6BUP Opt. M23

32 MSamples (64 MSamples TDS6000C)

TDS6BUP Opt. M24

16 MSamples

32 MSamples (64 MSamples TDS6000C)

TDS6BUP Opt. M34




Serial Comm Mask Testing


Serial Pattern Trigger

Included in Opt. SM and ST

Hardware Clock Recovery for Serial Data Stream

Analysis and Compliance Software

TDS6BUP Opt. CP2 (Requires Opt. SM)

ANSI/ITU Telecom Pulse Compliance


DVI Compliance Test


Ethernet Compliance


JIT3 V2.0 Advanced Jitter Analysis Software


JIT3 V2.0 Essentials Jitter Analysis Software


DDM2 Disk Drive Analysis Software


Power Measurement/Analysis


Protocol Trigger and Decode (trigger capability for TDS6000C only, requires Opt. ST)


RT-Eye Serial Data Compliance and Analysis Software

TDS6BUP Opt PCE (Requires Opt. RTE or RJA or RSA)

PCI Express™ Compliance Module for Opt. RTE

TDS6BUP Opt IBA (Requires Opt. RTE or RJA or RSA)

InfiniBand® Compliance Module for Opt. RTE

TDS6BUP Opt. USB (Requires TDSUSBF test fixture)

USB 2.0 Compliance, Software Only


RT-Eye Serial Data Analysis Software, TDSJIT3 v2.0 Advanced Jitter Analysis, Opt. PTD Protocol Trigger and Decode Software Bundle


RT-Eye Serial Data Analysis, TDSJIT3 v2.0 Advanced Jitter Analysis, Opt. SM Serial Mask, Opt. ST Serial Trigger, Opt. PTD Protocol Trigger and Decode Software Bundle