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Tektronix S-6
Sampling Head
S-6 head

Compatible with 7000 and 3S series sampling heads

Produced from 1971  to 1990

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The Tektronix S-6 Sampling Head plug-in is a 50 Ω feed-through unit with a rise-time of 30 ps and bandwidth of 11.5 GHz. It was introduced in 1971.

The S-6 provides two unterminated 50 Ω SMA connections in a loop-through configuration as is convenient for TDR applications. It is good practice to leave a termination resistor on the unit when unused to give some protection against electrostatic discharge. The S-6 does not provide a trigger pickoff signal.

Key Specifications

Rise time 30 ps
Bandwidth 11.5 GHz
Operating input voltage range 1 Vp-p
Maximum single sample step 250 mV for less than 5% aberration
Maximum input voltage ±5 VDC
Input impedance 50 Ω (unterminated!)
Noise < 5 mV of noise
  • No internal trigger pick-off signal
  • No internal termination


The S-6 is very similar to the S-4 in that it uses a 6-diode traveling wave trapped-charge sampling gate. This gate is implemented in the 155-0053-00 hybrid. Since the S-6 is a feed-through sampling head, the blow-by compensation is implemented slightly differently using a 10 k resistor in the hybrid directly connected to the input signal. The S-6 replaces the discrete preamplifier of the S-4 with two opamps from a 155-0035-00 quad opamp chip. The two other opamps are used to buffer the gate bias voltages.



1979: $1,345 (~$5,300 in 2022 Dollars)

According to an internal memo, in 1979 annual sales were estimated at 225 units.



Custom ICs used in the S-6

Page Model Part nos Description Designers Used in
155-0035-00 M053B 155-0035-00 155-0116-00 quad op-amp Mike Metcalf 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
155-0053-00 155-0053-00 155-0053-00 sampler George Frye S-6