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Tektronix Type R
Tranistor rise-time test set
Type R

Compatible with 500-series scopes

Produced from 1958 to 1967

(All manuals in PDF format unless noted otherwise)
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The Tektronix Type R is a plug-in for 500-series scopes. It is designed to measure risetime of a NPN and PNP transistors, but it works well with FETs as well.

Type R can operate in grounded-emitter or grounded-base configurations. In the grounded-emitter configuration, it provides a variable collector voltage through a collector resistor which is used to sense the collector current. It provides a base bias voltage and a base pulse signal, fed to the base of the transistor through a resistor. The base pulse is generated by a mercury switch and its rise time is specified to be less than 5 nanoseconds. Base and collector bias conditions can be set independently.

The collector signal is AC-coupled to an amplifier whose output is fed to the oscilloscope. The Type R has its own on-board low-voltage, high-current regulated power supplies which feature germanium power transistors.

Type R was introduced in 1958, along with the 551, 533, and 543 mainframes, and the Type H plug-in. It is the first plug-in with transistors. It was dropped after 1966.



Some Parts Used in the R

Part Part Number(s) Class Description Used in
12AT7 154-0039-00 Vacuum Tube (Dual Triode) dual high-gain triode 161 180 310 310A 315 316 360 502 502A 511A 512 513 513D 514 514AD 514D 516 524 529 RM529 544 546 547 556 565 570 3A2 75 3A75 1M1 A B C G H K L ML M N K R S Z
12AU6 154-0040-00 Vacuum Tube (Pentode) RF pentode 81 112 1L10 1L20 1L60 3L10 512 556 575 545 547 549 581 585 A B C G K H L ML M N O R S Z