The Tektronix TDS3054 is a four-channel, 500 MHz, 5 GS/s digital phosphor oscilloscope with 9-bit vertical resolution and a TFT color screen, with 3,600 wfms/s continuous waveform capture rate and real-time intensity grading.

Tektronix TDS3054
Digital Storage 500 MHz 4-channel scope
Tektronix TDS3054

Produced from 1998 to (?)


The original and -B versions had a Floppy Disk drive and Centronics printer port. The C version replaced the Floppy with a USB drive, and dropped the the parallel port.

Optional Communication Modules include the TDS3GM (GPIB/RS-232), TDS3VM (VGA/RS-232), TDS3EM (Ethernet/RS-232), TDS3GV (GPIB, RS-232/VGA), and the TDS3SDI 601 Serial/Digital Video Module.

Up to four Applications modules can be added into the small door in the upper right corner: TDS3AAM Advanced Analysis Module, TDS3LIM Limit Testing Module, TDS3TMT Telecommunications Mask Testing Module, and the TDS3VID Extended Video Analysis Module, TDS3TRG Advanced Trigger Module, and TDS3FFT Fast Fourier Transform Module. The latter two functions were permanently enabled at TDS3000B firmware version 3.21, making those two application modules irrelevant.

There are many options for signal acquisition, measurement, and analysis. The Getting Started section of the User Manual is a great place to become familiar with the many functions available.

Key Specifications

Bandwidth 500 MHz (analog bandwidth limit 20 MHz or 150 MHz)
Vertical sensitivity 1 mV to 10 V/div (1 MΩ), 1 mV to 1 V/div (50 Ω)
Timebase 1 ns to 10 s/div
Sample rate 5 GS/s on each channel
Record length 10 K points
Waveform measurements 25 Automatic, waveform add, subtract, divide, and multiply math functions, Fast Fourier Transform (FFT), Advanced Math (Integrate, Differentiate, Define extensive algebraic expressions, math functions, scalars, user adjustable variables)
Battery operation up to 3 hours with optional TDS3BATC rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack