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Tektronix TDS5104
Digital Storage 1 GHz 4-channel scope
Tektronix TDS5104

Produced from 2002 to (?)

(All manuals in PDF format unless noted otherwise)
Manuals – Specifications – Links – Pictures

The Tektronix TDS5104 is a four-channel, 1 GHz, 5 GS/s digital phosphor oscilloscope with a 10.4" active-matrix LCD color display.

This series of scopes combines 100,000 wfms/s continuous waveform capture rate and real-time intensity grading. An optional touch screen was available for all models but was standard on the TDS5054B and TDS5104B. The operating system is Windows ME or Windows 2000.

There are many options for signal acquisition, measurement, and analysis. The Overview section of the user manual is a great place to become familiar with the many functions available in the use of this sophisticated instrument.

Key Specifications

Bandwidth 1 GHz; bandwidth limit switchable between 20 MHz and 150 MHz
Sample Rate (Max) 5 GS/s on 1 channel, 2.5 GS/s on 2 channels, 1.25 GS/s on 3-4 channels
Channels 4 channels
Vertical Sensitivity 1 mV to 10 V/div (1 MΩ), 1 mV to 1 V/div (50 Ω)
Time Base Range 200 ps to 40 s/div, 200 ps to 1000 s/div (B series)
Max Record Length per channel
  • Std: 400 k (1 ch), 200 k (2 ch) , 100 k (4 ch);
  • Opt 1M: 2 M (1 ch), 1 M (2 ch), 500 k (4 ch);
  • Opt 2M: 8 M (1 ch), 4 M (2 ch), 2 M (4 ch)
Max Record Length per channel (B series)
  • Std (TDS5054B/TDS5104B): 16 M (1 ch), 8 M (2 ch), 4 M (4 ch);
  • Opt 3M (TDS5054B/TDS5104B): NA
Waveform Measurements Arithmetic: add, subtract, multiply, and divide waveforms; Fast Fourier Transform (FFT): Magnitude; Vertical Units: Magnitude, Linear, dB, dBm; Window Functions: Rectangular, Hamming, Hanning, Kaiser-Bessel, Blackman-Harris, Gaussian, Flattop2, Tek Exponential; OPTIONAL Math: Algebraic Expressions: Extensive algebraic expressions including waveforms, scalars, and results of parametric measurements; Calculus: Integrate, differentiate; Frequency Domain Functions: Spectral magnitude and phase, real and imaginary spectra; Additional Vertical Units: Phase, degrees, radians
Probes No probes included. Probe options: P6158 3.0 GHz ×20 low C (50 Ω) with a Tekprobe BNC connector; P6245 1.5 GHz FET with a Tekprobe BNC connector; P6248 1.7 GHz Differential with a Tekprobe BNC connector; P5050 500 MHz ×10 probes, BNC connector with a readout pin
Power 100 − 240 VAC, 47 − 63 Hz, CAT II, <220 W

Besides the channel inputs, the AUX IN (auxiliary trigger), and Floppy drive, the left side panel has two USB connectors, two PS-2 ports (keyboard, mouse), two VGA Connector, one Parallel printer interface, GPIB, Ethernet (RJ-45), RS-232 interface, line out, line in, and microphone in, and a CD-ROM drive (Opt 16 replaces it with a CD-RW drive). The rear panel has an EXT REF (time base reference) input, AUX OUT (auxiliary trigger pulse output), and SIGNAL OUT (buffered CH 3 signal output).

Applications modes available are FastAcq Acquisition (optimizes the instrument for analysis of dynamic signals and capture of infrequent events), Sample, Peak Detect (captures narrow glitches <1 ns at all real-time sample rates), Averaging (from 2 to 10,000 waveforms included in average), Envelope (from 2 to 10,000 waveforms included in min-max envelope), Hi-Res (real-time boxcar averaging reduces random noise and increases resolution), Waveform Database (accumulates a waveform database that provides a three-dimensional array of amplitude, time, and counts), and FastFrame Acquisition (acquisition memory divided into segments, maximum trigger rate >100,000 waveforms per second).