2A60

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Tektronix 2A60
1 MHz amplifier
2A60 front view

Compatible with 560-series scopes

Produced from 1969 to (?)

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The Tektronix 2A60 is a 1 MHz, single-channel amplifier plug-in for 560-series scopes. It was designated "Type 60" before being renamed 2A60 at serial number 820..

The V/div positions of the 2A60 are somewhat unusual among Tektronix plug-ins. Most plug-ins use the 1-2-5 scale factors, e.g., 10 mV/div, 20 mV/div, 50 mV/div, 100 mV/div, etc. The 2A60's V/div positions are multiples of ten: 50 mV/div, 500 mV/div, 5 V/div, 50 V/div. This unusual feature was presumably a cost-cutting measure.

The 2A60 was the one of the least expensive amplifier plug-ins for 560-series scopes. (The Type 59 was even cheaper, at half the price of the 2A60.)

The 2A60 is similar to the 3A75, but the 3A75 has the standard 1-2-5 V/div positions and 4 MHz bandwidth. The linearization trick of diodes bypassing the cathode resistor (discussed above) is also used in the 3A75.

In the 1963 Tektronix catalog, both models were listed. The 3A75 was 1.7× the cost of the 2A60.

Specifications

Bandwidth 1 MHz
Rise time 350 ns
Deflection 50 mV, 500 mV, 5 V or 50 V per division, plus variable adjustment

Internals

The input signal passes through a compensated attenuator and then into the input amplifier, a differential amplifier formed from two 6AU6 pentodes. The differential signal is then applied to a cathode-follower stage which drives the output stage.

The output stage is a differential amplifier formed from both halves of a 6DJ8 dual-triode. To help linearize the output stage when it is making large positive or negative excursions, a pair of germanium diodes is placed in parallel with the resistor that connects the cathodes of output triodes. The effect is that when the signal swings far in either direction, the gain degeneration (negative feedback) is reduced. This helps keep gain stable across the range of signal voltages.

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