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Tektronix 7T11
Sampling Sweep Unit
Tektronix 7T11A sampling sweep unit

Compatible with 7000-series scopes

Produced from 1969 to 1990

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The Tektronix 7T11 is a sampling time base plug-in for the 7000-series scopes that was introduced in 1969. It is specially designed to work in conjunction with one or two 7S11 samplers and their 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.

It was designed by George Frye, Al Zimmerman, and Gene Cowan.

Key Specifications

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
Time accuracy 3%
Trigger bandwidth 500 MHz internal, 1 GHz from external trigger sources, 12.4 GHz in HF Sync mode
Trigger sensitivity
  • ×1 internal: 125 mV to 1 Vp-p, 5 kHz to 500 MHz
  • ×10 internal: 12.5 mV to 1 Vp-p, 5 kHz to 50 MHz
  • ×1 external 50 Ω: 12.5 mV to 2 Vp-p, DC to 1 GHz
  • ×10 external 50 Ω: 1.25 mV to 2 Vp-p, 1 kHz to 50 MHz
  • ×1 external 1 MΩ: 12.5 mV to 2 Vp-p, DC to 100 MHz
  • ×10 external 1 MΩ: 1.25 mV to 2 Vp-p, 1 kHz to 50 MHz
  • HF Sync mode: 10 mV to 500 mVp-p @ 1 GHz, 200 mV to 500 mVp-p @ 12.4 GHz
Input impedance (Trig Input) selectable, 1 MΩ / 50 Ω
Max. input
  • 1 MΩ: 100 V DC or P-P to 1 kHz, derate at −6 dB/octave above 1 kHz down to 5 Vp-p
  • 50 Ω: 2 V (DC + peak AC)
  • Sequential mode: < 10 ps at fastest sweep, < 0.4 Div otherwise
  • Random mode: < 30 ps at fastest sweep, 1 Div otherwise
  • HF Sync mode: < 20 ps with 12.4 GHz, 200 mVp-p signal


Documents Referencing 7T11

Document Class Title Authors Year Links
Tekscope 1969 V1 N5 Oct 1969.pdf Article Introducing the New Generation 1969
Tekscope 1969 V1 N6 Dec 1969.pdf Article A New Logic for Oscilloscope Displays 1969
Tekscope 1970 V2 N1 Feb 1970.pdf Article Measuring Jitter with a Sampling Oscilloscope Al Zimmerman 1970
Tekscope 1970 V2 N1 Feb 1970.pdf Article Basic Sampling 1970
Tekscope 1971 V3 N2.pdf Article Measuring the Linearity of Fast Ramps John McCormick 1971
7000 series brochure March 1973.pdf Brochure 7000 series brochure, March 1973 1973
Tekscope 1973 V5 N2 Mar 1973.pdf Article Servicing the Trigger Circuit in the 7T11 Sampling Sweep Unit Ken Lindsay 1973
Tekscope 1973 V5 N3 May 1973.pdf Article Servicing the Sweep Circuit in the 7T11 Sampling Sweep Unit Ken Lindsay 1973

Patents that may apply to 7T11

Page Title Inventors Filing date Grant date Links
Patent US 3562464A Cam actuated switch having movable and fixed contacts on circuit board Howard Vollum Willem H Verhoef Tony Sprando 1968-10-07 1971-02-09
Patent US 3612915A Triggerable apparatus George Frye 1969-05-26 1971-10-12
Patent US 3611003A Oscilloscope signal sampling system George Frye 1969-05-26 1971-10-05
Patent US 3584174A Push-button switch apparatus having cam actuated switch contacts and selective illumination means Tony Sprando Peter S Winkelmann 1969-06-09 1971-06-08
Patent US 3747002A Time and sequence determining circuit George Frye 1971-04-29 1973-07-17


Due to its sampling principle (so called equivalent time sampling or undersampling), the 7T11 can only be used on repetitive signals. 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 through Pin Tip jacks located on the front panel.

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.


The 7T11 makes use of 5 tunnel diodes in its triggering circuits: 2x 152-0140-01 (CR29 & CR142), 2x 152-0177-00 (CR134 & CR152) and 1x 152-0329-00 for the RF sync (CR28).




Some Parts Used in the 7T11

Part Part Number(s) Class Description Used in
155-0035-00 155-0035-00 155-0116-00 Monolithic integrated circuit quad op-amp 3110 3S7 3T7 492 492A 492AP 492P 494 494P 496 496P 4010 4011 4012 4013 7L5 7L12 7L13 7L14 7L18 7S11 7T11 7S12 S-6 1461 4602 P7001 613 653
SMTD892 152-0329-00 Discrete component 19 mA, 1.5 pF tunnel diode 284 7T11 7T11A
SMTD994 152-0177-01 Discrete component 10 mA, 2 pF tunnel diode 067-0587-01 067-0580-00 3T5 3T6 485 5S14N 7D14 7T11 7T11A S-53
SMTD995 152-0140-01 Discrete component 10 mA, 8 pF tunnel diode 1S1 1S2 1502 21A 22A 3T5 3T6 475 475A 475M 544 R544 546 RM546 547 RM547 556 R556 581A 585A RM585 7B52 7B53N 7B70 7B71 7D10 7D11 7T11 7T11A R7912 S-51 S-52 TU-5 067-0572-00 067-0572-01 067-0681-00
STD962 152-0169-00 Discrete component 1 mA, 10 pF tunnel diode L140 Pentrix L20 Pentrix L30 067-0518-00 067-0594-00 1L60 1S2 1503 3B5 3T7 4054 4054A 4902 5S14N 7S14 7T11