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Tektronix 7T11
Sampling Sweep Unit
Tektronix 7T11A sampling sweep unit

Compatible with 7000-series scopes

Produced from 1970 to 1990

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The Tektronix 7T11 is a time base plug-in for the 7000-series scopes. It was specially designed to build a sampling oscilloscope configuration together with the 7S11 sampler and one of the sampling head plug-ins.

Because the 7T11 and 7S11 have direct interconnections side by side, they also work in slow mainframes. The 7T11 supports up to two 7S11 for dual channel or X–Y operation.


Sweep rate 50 μs/Div to 10 ps/div, variable speed-up ×2.5 on all ranges (i.e. down to 4 ps/Div)
Trigger bandwidth 500 MHz internal, 1 GHz from external trigger sources, 14 GHz in HF Sync mode
Trigger sensitivity
  • ×1 internal: 125 mV to 1 Vp-p, 5 kHz to 500 MHz
  • ×10 internal: 12.5 mV to 1 Vp-p, 5 kHz to 50 MHz
  • ×1 external 50 Ω: 12.5 mV to 2 Vp-p, DC to 1 GHz
  • ×10 external 50 Ω: 1.25 mV to 2 Vp-p, 1 kHz to 50 MHz
  • ×1 external 1 MΩ: 12.5 mV to 2 Vp-p, DC to 100 MHz
  • ×10 external 1 MΩ: 1.25 mV to 2 Vp-p, 1 kHz to 50 MHz
  • HF Sync mode: 10 mV to 500 mVp-p @ 1 GHz, 200 mV to 500 mVp-p @ 12.4 GHz
Input impedance (Trig Input) selectable, 1 MΩ / 50 Ω
Max. input
  • 1 MΩ: 100 V DC or P-P to 1 kHz, above 1 KHz derate at -6 dB/octave down to 5 Vp-p
  • 50 Ω: 2 V (DC + peak AC)
  • Sequential mode:< 10 ps at fastest sweep, < 0.4 Div otherwise
  • Random mode: < 30 ps at fastest sweep, 1 Div otherwise
  • HF Sync mode: < 20 ps with 12.4 GHz, 200 mVp-p signal


Due its sampling principle (so called undersampling), the 7T11 can only be used on repetitive signals and samples are always taken from signal portions delayed from the trigger event. This delay is adjustable on the front panel to select the portion of interest. At the three lowest sweep ranges, the 7T11 changes from undersampling to real-time sampling.

Due the high bandwidth of the sampling heads, there is no Y-delay-line in the heads, so the 7T11 needs an external pre-trigger if there are random, high-jitter signals or if the original signal triggered onto needs to be observed. In the special case of a periodic signal with low jitter, a random sampling mode can be used so that the signal triggered on can be observed. In this case, an internal PLL locks to the signal and generates an internal pre-trigger.

To display the triggering event without slowing the sweep rate enough to see the next pulse, the input signal can be delayed by using the 7M11 analog delay line plug-in.

X-Y operation is possible up to 14 GHz if one 7S11 resides in the A-horizontal slot of a 4-slot mainframe.

Manual or external sweep is possible to connect a slow pen plotter.

Additionally, there is an internal 200 MHz tunnel diode oscillator, which can be synchronized from external signals up to 14 GHz. This oscillator in turn drives a 10 MHz tunnel diode oscillator that provides the internal trigger signal.

The 7T11 uses a BSM connector for pulse output on the front panel.

Note the 7T11 does not work in a 7854 mixed-mode scope while the updated 7T11A does. A 7T11 can be field upgraded to 7T11A.