TDS310 Tektronix Digital Oscilloscope


The TDS310 is a 50 MHz, 2 channel digital oscilloscope from Tektronix. Measure voltage or current signals over time in an electronic circuit or component to display amplitude, frequency and rise times, etc. Applications include troubleshooting, production test, and design.

Additional Features:  

  • Bandwidth: 50 MHz
  • Sampling Rate: 200 Ms/s
  • 2 Channels
  • Sensitivity: 2 mV/div to 10 V/div
  • 8-Bit Vertical Resolution
  • 1 K Record Length
  • Roll Mode
  • Vector Accumulate and Dot Accumulate Display Modes
  • 2% Vertical Accuracy
  • 21 Automatic Measurements
  • 10 ns Peak Detect Mode for High-speed Glitch Capture
  • Autosetup
  • GPIB/RS-232 Programmability, Parallel Printer Interface and VGA Output with Opt 14


  • Service
  • Education
  • Design
  • Manufacturing Test

The TDS 300 Series redefines the low-cost digital oscilloscope. By sampling the signal at up to five times the analog bandwidth on both channels simultaneously, you can be assured of true acquisitions, minimizing aliasing or other digital sampling effects. Unlike other DSOs, the TDS 300 Series easily gathers enough samples to display waveforms accurately to their full bandwidth. They are the only scopes in their class that can reliably acquire high-speed transient or single-shot events to their fastest sweep speed.

Many low-cost DSOs offer only dot displays, which can be hard to interpret by those used to analog scopes. The TDS 300 Series has Dot, Dot Accumulate, Vector, and Vector Accumulate display modes-another advantage over the competition.

The Accumulate modes gather multiple waveforms for a user-defined time (500 ms to ∞), after which the screen is cleared. Vector Accumulate mode uses bright vectors to superimpose the current acquisition over the accumulated waveforms. Dot accumulate mode is recommended for viewing video and other complex waveforms. The display is erased at the time set or when the acquisition setting is changed. These modes are useful for doing worst-case analysis or signal monitoring. Long-term monitoring may be done easily by setting the erase time to infinity.

Oversampling Minimizes Aliasing
When aliasing occurs, the scope displays a waveform record with a lower frequency than the actual input signal. Aliasing occurs because the oscilloscope cannot acquire the signal fast enough to construct an accurate waveform record. To acquire a signal, it must be sampled at least twice as fast as the highest frequency component. For example, with a 500 MS/s sampling rate, the TDS 320 gathers two and a half times the number of samples needed to acquire a 100 MHz signal in real-time, assuring users of accuracy up to the fastest sweep speed. This degree of over sampling not only minimizes aliasing, it provides a higher resolution waveform.

Acquisition Power
With edge triggering and basic video triggering as standard features, the TDS 300 Series can capture the waveforms that designers and service technicians most need to see. In addition to 21 automatic waveform measurements, the TDS 300 Series offers four acquisition modes: Sample, Peak Detect, Envelope, and Average. Sample mode provides real-time sampling and has the highest throughput rate. Peak Detect locates glitches as small as 10 ns and reveals aliasing.

Envelope mode, by including the highest and lowest points over many acquisitions, shows variations in the signal over time. Average mode uses several acquisitions to calculate an average value for each waveform point, reducing random noise in repetitive signals.

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