TM500 system

The Tektronix TM500 is a modular test equipment system offering a variety of plug-in modules that fit a dedicated series of mainframes with one to six module slots. The plugins are not compatible with other Tektronix lines such as oscilloscopes.

The TM5000 series, introduced in 1982, added a GPIB interface on the mainframe to control intelligent plugins. TM500 series modules work in TM5000 series mainframes but not necessarily vice versa (see ref. below).

In addition to the modules that appeared in Tek catalogs over the years, there were probably a hundred or more that Tektronix designed and used in-house on their production lines for test and calibration of their products. These in-house units usually have an 067-xxxx-xx number.

There were also several other companies that made plugins that fit into the TM500/TM5000 mainframes. The most common non-Tek plugins seem to come from Pulse Instruments, Spectracom, General Optronics, Lasertron, Metrotek, Xetron, Ball Efratom, Digital Audio Corporation and Ballantine.

Mainframes and plug-ins

Pinouts

See also

Links

Documents Referencing TM500 system

Document Class Title Authors Year Links
Tekscope 1972 V4 N3 May 1972.pdf Article TM500 series - A New Dimension in Plug-in Instrumentation Bob Ragsdale 1972

Documents Referencing TM5000 system

Document Class Title Authors Year Links
Tekniques vol.6 no.1.pdf Article 4050 Controls New Generation of Programmable Instruments for Measurement Automation 1982

Instruments

TM500 Series

Tektronix

Page Description Introduced Discontinued Designers
015-0267-00 16-channel scanner (?) (?)
015-0408-00 peak-to-peak detector amplifier (?) (?)
035-5031-00 delay line 1977 (?)
035-5052-00 audio function (?) (?)
035-5057-00 optical-to-electrical converter (?) (?)
040-0652-03 custom plug-in kit (?) (?)
040-0652-90 probe power supply (?) (?)
040-0803-00 custom plug-in kit with power supply (?) (?)
067-0146-00 character generator 1985 (?)
067-0184-99 input-C characterizer (?) (?)
067-0690-00 video test generator (?) (?)
067-0699-99 milliohmmeter 1980 (?)
067-0722-00 digital demonstration aid (?) (?)
067-0807-00 DVST display exerciser (?) (?)
067-0838-99 level adjustment, grayscale, resolution and blanking test fixture 1978 (?)
067-0843-00 digital exerciser (?) (?)
067-0845-00 dot generator (?) (?)
067-0872-99 logic demonstration aid (?) (?)
067-0876-99 SECAM test fixture (?) (?)
067-0885-00 microwave comb generator 1979 (?)
067-0916-00 video amplitude calibration fixture (?) (?)
067-0918-99 marker frequency calibration fixture (?) (?)
067-0938-00 passive notch filter (?) (?)
067-1011-00 digital sweep generator (?) (?)
067-1037-00 setup/hold time test fixture (?) (?)
067-1039-00 pattern generator (?) (?)
067-1046-01 high-amplitude line scan signal generator (?) (?)
067-1094-99 pulse generator 1983 (?)
067-1137-99 GPIB-to-accessory controller 1984 (?)
067-1155-99 7A42 calibration fixture 1983 (?)
067-1178-99 probe calibrator / input normalizer (?) (?)
067-1201-99 power module tester / utility power supply (?) (?)
067-1221-00 display test generator (?) (?)
1434 video noise generator 1986 (?)
153 calculator interface 1974 (?)
4611/4631 Test Aid 4631 printer test aid (?) (?)
7A42 Demo Aid digital demo aid 1984 (?)
AA501 audio analyzer 1980 (?) Bruce Hofer Rush Hood Richard Cabot Fred Armentrout
AF501 bandpass filter 1975 1983
AM501 5 MHz operational amplifier 1974 (?)
AM502 differential amplifier 1974 (?)
AM503 current probe amplifier 1976 (?) Dale Dorando
AM503A current probe amplifier 1993 (?) Mike Mende
AM503B current probe amplifier 1995 (?) Mike Mende
AM511 CATV pre-amplifier 1976 1980
BM501 IEC bus monitor (?) (?)
CG551AP programmable calibration generator 1980 (?)
DC501 basic 100 MHz frequency counter 1972 1980 Jim Geddes
DC502 550 MHz frequency counter 1972 1977 Jim Geddes
DC503 100 MHz, 7-digit frequency counter 1972 1981 Roland Crop Jim Geddes
DC503A 125 MHz, 8-digit frequency counter 1981 1993 Roland Crop Jim Geddes
DC504 80 MHz, 5-digit frequency counter 1975 1983
DC504A 100 MHz, 6-digit frequency counter 1984 1993
DC505 225 MHz counter/timer 1974 1976
DC505A 225 MHz counter/timer 1976 1981
DC508 1 GHz counter 1978 1980
DC508A 1.3 GHz counter 1980 1983
DC509 135 MHz programmable frequency counter 1981 (?)
DC510 350 MHz frequency counter 1982 1993
DD501 digital delay 1975 1990
Dielectric Analyzer material tester (?) (?)
DL502 digital latch 1978 1984
DM501 4½ digit multimeter 1972 1980
DM501A 4½ digit True RMS multimeter 1980 1984 Bill Mark
DM502 basic 3½ digit digital multimeter 1975 1980
DM502A 3½ digit TRMS digital multimeter 1980 1988
DM504A 4½ digit autoranging digital multimeter 1989 (?)
DM505 basic 3½ digit digital multimeter 1980 (?)
DM511 4½-digit autoranging digital multimeter 1990 (?)
DP100 digital video probe 1988 (?)
DP501 1.3 GHz ÷ 16 prescaler 1984 1993
DS501 digital storage (?) (?)
EA501 engine analyzer interface (?) (?)
FG501 function generator 1972 1993 Roger Stenbock
FG502 function generator 1974 1993 Steve Stanger
FG503 3 MHz function generator 1974 1993
FG504 40 MHz function generator 1976 1993
FG507 sweep function generator 1980 1989
High Amplitude Pulse Generator pulse generator (?) (?)
LA501 logic analyzer 1976 1978
MR501 X−Y CRT monitor 1974 (?)
OIG501 fiberoptic pulse generator 1991 (?)
OIG502 fiberoptic pulse generator 1990 (?)
OR501 optical-to-electrical converter 1986 1990
OR502 optical-to-electrical converter 1986 1990
OT501 electrical-to-optical converter 1986 1990
OT502 electrical-to-optical converter 1986 1990
OT503 electrical-to-optical converter 1986 1990
OT504 electrical-to-optical converter (?) (?)
PG501 50 MHz pulse generator 1972 1993 Mark Walker Mike Reiney
PG502 250 MHz pulse generator 1974 1993
PG503 high speed pulse generator 1990 (?)
PG504 pulse generator (?) (?)
PG505 1 Hz − 100 kHz high-voltage pulse generator 1974 (?)
PG506 1 MHz calibration generator 1974 1993
PG507 50 MHz dual output pulse generator 1981 (?)
PG508 50 MHz pulse generator 1976 1993 Fred Beckett Dennis Feucht Tom Hill Gary Kersey
PG509 350 ps rise-time pulse generator (?) (?)
PS501 0–20 V, 0.4 A + 5 V, 1 A power supply 1972 1993 Gunther Engert Roger Stenbock
PS502 dual tracking power supply 1972 (?) Gunther Engert Roger Stenbock
PS503 triple power supply 1972 1995 Gunther Engert Roger Stenbock
PS505 3.0–5.5 V, 4 A power supply 1975 1977
RG501 ramp generator 1972 1982 Rashmi Pace
SA501 signature analyzer (?) (?)
SC501 5 MHz oscilloscope 1975 1993
SC502 15 MHz dual-channel oscilloscope 1976 1993
SC503 10 MHz dual-channel storage oscilloscope 1979 1993
SC504 80 MHz dual-channel oscilloscope 1978 1993
SG502 low distortion oscillator 1972 1993 Steve Stanger
SG503 250 MHz leveled sinewave generator 1974 1993
SG504 leveled sinewave generator 1974 1993
SG505 ultra-low distortion oscillator 1980 1993 Bruce Hofer
SW503 sweep generator 1976 1978
TG501 time-mark generator 1974 1995
TG501A time-mark generator 1990 1995
TM501 single-bay mainframe 1972 1991 Gunther Engert Roger Stenbock
TM502A dual-bay mainframe 1988 (?)
TM503 three-bay mainframe 1972 (?) Gunther Engert Roger Stenbock
TM504 four-bay mainframe 1975 (?)
TM506 six-bay mainframe 1975 (?)
TM515 five-bay "traveller" mainframe 1975 (?)
TR501 1.8 GHz tracking generator 1976 1980 Fred Telewski Glenn Bateman Michael McMahon David Morton Phillip Snow
TR502 1.8 GHz tracking generator 1976 1988 Fred Telewski Glenn Bateman Michael McMahon David Morton Phillip Snow Carlos Beeck Jack McCabe Leighton Whitsett
TR503 tracking generator 1981 1995 Fred Telewski Glenn Bateman Michael McMahon David Morton Phillip Snow Carlos Beeck Jack McCabe Leighton Whitsett
TVC501 time-voltage converter 1991 (?) Clark Foley
WR501 16-channel word recognizer 1976 (?) Pete Janowitz Milt Klaudt Dennis Glasby Mike Lancaster

3rd party

Page Manufacturer Description Introduced Discontinued
Argo Systems AS210 Argo Systems Rubidium Time and Frequency Calibration System (?) (?)
Automation Engineering AE-106 Automation Engineering ultrasonic window generator (?) (?)
Ball Efratom PTB-100 Ball Efratom Rubidium frequency reference (?) (?)
Bennett 31109 Bennett test module (?) (?)
CCS A-7 CC Systems panoramic surveillance receiver (?) (?)
Digital Audio AMP4T Digital Audio Corporation amplifier (?) (?)
Digital Audio DAC1024T Digital Audio Corporation digital adaptive filter (?) (?)
Digital Audio DAC320T Digital Audio Corporation laboratory signal processor (?) (?)
Digital Audio DAC4096T Digital Audio Corporation digital adaptive filter (?) (?)
Digital Audio RCW320T Digital Audio Corporation laboratory signal processor (?) (?)
FI1901 (Unknown mfg) audio filter (?) (?)
Fiberscan Times Fiber Communications, Inc. fiber-optic time domain reflectometer (?) (?)
Fracture Systems Research PD 501 Fracture Systems Research dual potential drop amplifier (?) (?)
Fracture Systems Research PD 502 Fracture Systems Research current amplifier (?) (?)
General Optronics 13000 General Optronics electrical-to-optical converter (?) (?)
General Optronics RF Converter General Optronics RF converter (?) (?)
Grass Valley Group TDA 501 Grass Valley Group TV distortion analyzer (?) (?)
Hitachi AT100 Hitachi ultrasonic transmitter/receiver (?) (?)
Honeywell 4870 Honeywell raster generator (?) (?)
Hughes Modulator Hughes modulator (?) (?)
Hughes Power Regulator Hughes power regulator (?) (?)
Hughes Signal Generator Hughes signal generator (?) (?)
Lasertron QLC Lasertron master control (?) (?)
Lasertron QLP Lasertron laser pulse generator (?) (?)
Lasertron QLX Lasertron laser transmitter (?) (?)
Lasertron QLX-1000 Series Lasertron lightwave transmitter (?) (?)
Lasertron QRX-7000 Lasertron lightwave receiver (?) (?)
Metec 5267 Metec voltage-tunable filter 1976 (?)
Metrotek M3D 801 Metrotek isoscan generator (?) (?)
Metrotek M3D 802 Metrotek rotator (?) (?)
Metrotek MC805 Metrotek thickness gate (?) (?)
Metrotek MD702 Metrotek ultrasonic detector (?) (?)
Metrotek MG701 Metrotek gate (?) (?)
Metrotek MP203 Metrotek ultrasonic pulser (?) (?)
Metrotek MP215 Metrotek ultrasonic pulser (?) (?)
Metrotek MP217 Metrotek ultrasonic pulser (?) (?)
Metrotek MR101 Metrotek ultrasonic receiver (?) (?)
Metrotek MR106 Metrotek ultrasonic receiver (?) (?)
Mobil 8219 Mobil resistivity meter (?) (?)
Model 1041 (Unknown mfg) triple amplifier (?) (?)
Model 1053 (Unknown mfg) sample/hold (?) (?)
MOSAID SRT1 MOSAID RAM tester (?) (?)
Naval Coastal Systems Laboratory FT-01 Naval Coastal Systems Laboratory frequency translator (?) (?)
Photomultiplier Control (Unknown mfg) photomultiplier control (?) (?)
Pirelli Ampliphos OP980F Pirelli erbium-doped fiber amplifier (?) (?)
Pulse Instruments PI-100A Pulse Instruments 4-channel clock generator (?) (?)
Pulse Instruments PI-110 Pulse Instruments 2-channel clock period multiplier (?) (?)
Pulse Instruments PI-210 Pulse Instruments 4-channel word generator (?) (?)
Pulse Instruments PI-451 Pulse Instruments MOS/CCD driver (?) (?)
Pulse Instruments PI-454 Pulse Instruments MOS/CCD driver (?) (?)
Pulse Instruments PI-458 Pulse Instruments programmable pulse driver (?) (?)
Pulse Instruments PI-702 Pulse Instruments dual bipolar bias supply (?) (?)
Pulse Instruments PI-720 Pulse Instruments programmable bipolar DC source (?) (?)
SG560 (Unknown mfg) variable phase generator (?) (?)
Sonics and Materials Horn Analyzer Sonics & Materials horn analyzer (?) (?)
Sonometrics 400 Sonometrics ophthalmological ultrasound device (?) (?)
Spectracom 8150 Spectracom precision phase comparator (?) 2000
Spectracom 8163 Spectracom WWV receiver (?) 1999
Spectracom 8212 Spectracom chart recorder (?) (?)
TM500 Charge Amplifier (Unknown mfg) charge amplifier (?) (?)
TM500 Liquid Crystal Driver (Unknown mfg) liquid crystal driver (?) (?)
Xenotec Ultrascan 500 Xenotec medical ultrasound imaging instrument (?) (?)
Xenotec XP/R-2 Xenotec ultrasonic receiver 1974 (?)
Xetron TM-1 Xetron comb notch filter (?) (?)
Zetec MIZ-12 Zetec Eddy current testing system (?) (?)
Zetec Model 3 Zetec vector analyzer (?) (?)

TM5000 Series

Tektronix

Page Description Introduced Discontinued Designers
067-0995-99 TM5000 test load (?) (?)
067-1095-99 TM5000 GPIB-controlled attenuator 1983 (?)
AA5001 audio analyzer 1984 1995 Bruce Hofer
AFG5101 programmable arbitrary/function generator 1988 1991
AFG5102 programmable arbitrary/function generator 1993 1994
AM5030 current probe amplifier 1994 (?)
AT5010 50 Ω programmable attenuator (?) (?)
AWG5102 20 MS/s arbitrary waveform generator 1992 (?)
AWG5105 programmable arbitrary waveform generator 1993 1995
CG5001 programmable calibration generator 1983 (?)
CG5010 programmable calibration generator 1990 (?)
CG5011 programmable calibration generator 1990 (?)
DC5004 frequency counter 1989 (?)
DC5009 135 MHz programmable frequency counter 1982 1993
DC5010 350 MHz programmable frequency counter 1982 1993
DM5010 programmable 4½-digit multimeter 1982 (?)
DM5110 4½-digit autoranging digital multimeter 1990 (?)
DM5120 programmable 6½-digit multimeter 1989 1991
FG5010 20 MHz function generator 1982 1991 Bob Beville
FL5010 programmable low-pass filter (?) (?)
MI5010 multifunction interface 1982 (?)
OA5002 fiberoptic attenuator 1991 (?)
OA5012 fiberoptic attenuator 1991 (?)
OA5022 fiberoptic attenuator 1991 (?)
OA5032 fiberoptic attenuator 1994 (?)
OCP5002 fiberoptic converter / power meter 1990 (?)
ORS2488 Sonet/SDH reference receiver 1994 (?)
PFG5105 12 MHz pulse/function generator (?) (?)
PG5110 dual channel 50 MHz pulse generator 1991 (?)
PS5004 programmable precision power supply 1984 1995
PS5010 programmable triple power supply 1982 1995 Bruce Hofer
SCALCF1 oscilloscope calibration fixture (?) (?)
SG5010 audio signal generator 1984 1993 Bruce Hofer Bob Metzler Richard Cabot Bob Wright
SG5030 leveled sinewave generator 1991 (?)
SG5050 leveled sinewave generator (?) (?)
SI5010 GPIB-controllable 50 Ω BNC switch matrix 1982 (?)
SI5020 DC to 18 GHz microwave switcher (?) (?)