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||5 ms/Div to 10 ps/div in a 1−2−5 sequence. Variable speed-up ×2.5 on all ranges (i.e. down to 4 ps/Div)|
|Time position Range||50 ms to 50 ns in 10x steps. 50 ms to to 0.5 ms ranges are real time, 50 μs to 50 ns equivalent time sampling|
|Trigger bandwidth||500 MHz internal, 1 GHz from external trigger sources, 12.4 GHz in HF Sync mode|
|Input impedance (Trig Input)||selectable, 1 MΩ / 50 Ω|
Due to its sampling principle (so called equivalent time sampling or 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 time position ranges, the 7T11 changes from equivalent time sampling to real-time sampling.
To obtain maximum bandwidth, the sampling heads contain no delay lines, 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 an external delay line such as the 7M11.
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 that waveform acquisition with the 7T11 does not work in a 7854 mixed-mode scope because it uses the A1 sweep gate signal for blanking. The updated 7T11A does since it uses A17 for blanking. A 7T11 can be field upgraded to 7T11A.
- Tekscope Vol. 2 No. 1, Feb 1970: Basic Sampling - Introduction of 7T11, 7S11 and 7M11
- Tekscope Vol. 5 No. 2, Mar-Apr 1973: Servicing the 7T11 Trigger Circuit
- Tekscope Vol. 5 No. 3, May-Jun 1973: Servicing the 7T11 Sweep Circuit
7T11 side connector
7S11, 7T11, S-4 displaying a 1 GHz sine (smooth mode, variable-persistence storage display of a 7613 mainframe)