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Tektronix 7B92A
500 MHz dual timebase
7B92A front

Compatible with 7000-series scopes

Produced from 1976 to 1992



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The Tektronix 7B92A is a 500 MHz dual timebase plug-in for 7000-series scopes. It was introduced 1976, replacing the 7B92. The 7B92A was developed after it was discovered that the 7B92's sweep ramp generator had aberrations in its start-up at the fastest sweep rates.

On the 7B92A, Les 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).

As a dual time base, the 7B92A 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 7B92A 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


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 (P834/P835) for mainframe selection (7800/7900/7100 vs. slower) increases the minimum holdoff time on the slower mainframe selection by adding a 214 pF capacitor, C835, to pin 8 of the sweep control IC (U820) in parallel with the other capacitors that are selected by the sweep rate switch. 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 at those sweep speeds the smallest shunt capacitance is used on pin 8, and the holdoff time is minimal.




Some Parts Used in the 7B92A

Part Part Number(s) Class Description Used in
155-0049-00 155-0049-00 155-0049-01 155-0049-02 Monolithic integrated circuit sweep control with lockout 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
155-0061-00 155-0061-00 155-0061-01 155-0061-02 Monolithic integrated circuit trigger amplifier 7B92 7B92A
155-0150-00 155-0150-00 Hybrid integrated circuit trigger detector 7904A 7104 7B10 7B15 7B92A SCD1000
1N3719 152-0182-00 Discrete component 10 mA, 50 pF germanium tunnel diode 422 661 7B92 7B92A
SMTD998 152-0177-02 Discrete component 10 mA, 2 pF tunnel diode 067-0681-01 485 7B92 7B92A