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The Tektronix 2440 is a two-channel 300 MHz, 500 MS/s digital sampling oscilloscope from the late 1980s.

It uses CCDs (essentially, analog shift registers) to store input samples at high speed and a single 8 bit flash A/D converter to digitize the time-multiplexed CCD output signals at 4 MS/s.

Operation of the 2440 (and 2432 and 2430): A/D-converter and CCD hybrids may suffer irreparable damage within a few minutes if operated out of the metal enclosure without extra cooling.


Bandwidth 300 MHz (Limit: 20, 100, Full)
Sampling rate 500 MSa/s each channel with simultaneous acquisition
Deflection 2 mV/div to 5 V/div in 1-2-5 sequence
Auto Scale Factor On-Screen Readout indicates probe tip deflection factors for ×1, ×10, ×100 and ×1000 probes
Input Impedance 1 MΩ // 15 pF
Sweep Speeds 2 ns/div to 5 s/div in 1-2-5 sequence (Modes A, A Intensified and B)
Auto Measure Simultaneously measures up to four parameters on one or more displayed waveforms, updated at 3 Hz intervals or display a snapshot of 20 parameters of waveform target
Acquisition Modes Normal, Envelope (glitch capture), Average
Display Modes CH1, CH2, invert, add, multiply, X-Y
Cursors Volts, Time, Volts At Time, 1/Time, Slope
Functions A Mode - Auto Level, Auto/Roll, Normal and Single Seq; B Mode - Trigger After Delay, Runs After Delay, 1K Record Length and more
Interface GPIB
Probes Two passive P6137 400 MHz ×10 voltage probes, 1.3 m
Power 90 to 132 VAC or 80 to 250 VAC, 48 to 440 Hz; 160 W
  • Autoprobe Function With P6137 Probe
  • 300 MHz X-Y bandwidth at probe tip
  • Automatic measurements
  • extensive triggering capabilities
  • Printer/Plotter Output
  • On-screen HELP text describing every front-panel control



The 2440 employs several processors − an MC68B09 main CPU controls the instrument, a custom 16-bit waveform processor performs signal computations, and an MC6805 microcontroller handles the front panel interface. The GPIB Interface is implemented with a TMS9914 controller.

The power supply consists of a buck-type pre-regulator followed by a push-pull inverter and linear post-regulators (except for the +5 V digital supply rail).

CRT is a 154-0850-01.