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Tektronix 7B92
500 MHz dual timebase
7B92A front

Compatible with 7000-series scopes

Produced from 1971 to 1992

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The Tektronix 7B92 is a 500 MHz dual timebase plug-in for 7000-series scopes. It was introduced along with the 7904 mainframe in 1972. In 1976, it was updated as the 7B92A after some abbreviations in the start-up of the fastest sweep rates were discovered due to the original ramp generator design.

According to July 1971 Tekscope, it was designed by Les Larson and Bill DeVey. On the 7B92A, Larson served as the project engineer and worked on the trigger circuits while Bruce Hofer designed the sweep generator, delay pickoff, and output amplifier.

An "HF Sync" triggering mode is provided in which the trigger level control varies the frequency of a built-in oscillator to lock on to the input for input signals from 100 to 500 MHz, providing higher sensitivity than the direct trigger (which is specified up to 500 MHz as well).

Internal jumpers are provided to configure the 7B92 for operation in 7800/7900 vs. slower mainframes, and to select whether the variable control affects the delaying or the delayed time base.

As a dual time base, the 7B92 uses the top field in the display readout for the sweep speed of the main and the bottom field for the delayed time base. The delay time can only be read from the 10-turn analog dial.

The 7B92 has no magnifier function but its regular sweep dial setting reaches down to 500 ps/Div. It has no provision for X-Y operation.

Key Specifications

Sweep speed 0.5 ns/Div to 0.2 s/Div, 1−2−5 sequence (variable up to 0.5 s/Div)
Delay time 0 to 9.9 Div
Triggering 0.5 Div or 100 mV up to 20 MHz, 1 Div or 500 mV up to 600 MHz
Jitter < 50 ps at 600 MHz
Ext Trig input 1 MΩ // 20 pF or 50 Ω


The 7B92 uses a discrete trigger circuit containing 152-0177-02 tunnel diodes. Up to serial number B069999, the 7B92A used a trigger circuit with 155-0061-00 amplifiers and 152-0177-02 tunnel diodes. After that, the 7B92A used a 155-0061-00 trigger amplifier followed by a 155-0150-00 trigger detector.

According to Bruce Hofer, early 7B92 models exhibited sweep anomalies especially near the start of the sweep, and after trying to fix these he convinced management that a redesign was needed. This resulted in Patent US 4009399A, the 7B92A update, and the 067-0657-00 calibration fixture.

The 7B92A uses one other custom IC, the 155-0049-xx sweep control circuit. The internal jumper for mainframe selection (7800/7900/7100 vs. slower) actually increases the minimum holdoff time on the slower mainframe selection by adding a 214 pF capacitor (C307 for 7B92, C835 for 7B92A) to pin 8 of the sweep control IC 155-0049-xx in parallel to the existing capacitors. This increases the minimum pulse width of the holdoff signal on pin B4 so that the sweep logic of slower mainframes can handle it properly. The effect of this jumper is only noticeable for sweep speeds of 20 μs/Div and faster, since there the smallest shunt capacitance is used on pin 8, and the holdoff time is minimal.



Custom ICs used in the 7B92A

Page Model Part nos Description Designers Used in
155-0049-00 M079G 155-0049-00 155-0049-01 155-0049-02 sweep control with lockout Bill DeVey 335 464 465 466 475 475A 475M 485 5B31 5B40 5B52 5B42 5B44 7B53A 7B80 7B85 7B87 7B92A 7B90P 7B10 7B15 SC502 7B42N AN/USM-281C 067-0657-00
155-0061-00 M083 155-0061-00 155-0061-01 155-0061-02 trigger amplifier Hans Springer 7B92 7B92A
155-0150-00 H473 155-0150-00 trigger detector Art Metz 7904A 7104 7B10 7B15 7B92A SCD1000