The Tektronix DM502A is a 3½ digit TRMS digital multimeter plug-in for the TM500 system.
It superseded the DM502 predecessor in 1980.
Compared to the DM502, the DM502A adds autoranging, a True RMS converter, and offset circuits to read dB directly in all ranges. The temperature input is for a PT-100 temperature probe (P6601).
An "Option 2" instrument deletes the temperature measurement function, P6601 temperature probe, and all internal circuits associated with this function.
The rear interface of DM502A is limited compared to the DM502 in that it has no current input and no digital output, the latter having been obsoleted by TM5000 GPIB based instruments.
The 2 kΩ measurement range (+HI in DM502A) can be used for diode testing, since a current source of 1 mA is active and the reading corresponds to the (forward) voltage drop of the diode in Volts. The voltage can rise to a maximum of 10 Volts. A second voltmeter is needed to measure the voltage if 2 V are exceeded.
The DM502A has an Int/Ext switch that allows a voltage input via the rear interface to be selected.
|Voltage ranges||200 mV to 200 V in decade steps; 1 kV (DC) / 500 V (AC) top range|
|Input impedance||10 MΩ|
|Current ranges||200 μA to 2 A in decade steps|
|Resistance ranges||200 Ω to 20 MΩ in decade steps|
- Tektronix DM502A The final Restoration by Zenwizard Studios @ YouTube
- Tektronix DM502A Lab Check In and Calibration by Zenwizard Studios @ YouTube
Documents Referencing DM502A
|Tekscope 1979 V11 N2.pdf||Article||New Products||1979||A6701 • DM502A • DM505 • 8001 • 8002A • Telequipment D1016|
|Tekscope 1979 V11 N3.pdf||Article||A New DMM Family for the TM 500 Series||Bill Mark||1979||DM501A • DM502A • DM505 • P6601|
The DM502A circuit is built around a Siliconix LD110/111A DMM chipset. The entire circuit is supplied from one of the mainframe's 25 VAC windings through a main-frequency isolation transformer with a 25 V primary winding and 7815/7915/7805 regulators. The 25 VAC input is the only mainframe connection, so the DM502A could easily be used outside a TM500 mainframe as well.
DM502A right internal
DM502A rear interface
Some Parts Used in the DM502A
|Part||Part Number(s)||Class||Description||Used in|
|AD536||156-1259-00||Monolithic integrated circuit||RMS/DC converter||DM501A • DM502A|
|Siliconix LD110/111A||156-0476-00 • 156-0476-00 • 156-1268-00||Monolithic integrated circuit||3½ digit A/D converter||DM502 • DM502A • DM505|