TDS5052B Tektronix Digital Oscilloscope


The TDS5052B is a 500 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: 500 MHz
  • 2 channels
  • Record Length: 8M
  • 5 GS/s Sample Rate
  • Calculated Rise Time 5 mV/div (typical): 800 ps
  • 100,000 wfms/s Maximum Waveform Capture Rate
  • MyScope™ Custom Control Windows Enhance Productivity
  • Right Mouse Click Menus for Exceptional Efficiency
  • OpenChoice® Platform with Windows 2000 Delivers Built-in Networking and Analysis
  • Small Footprint/Light Weight
  • 10.4 in. Bright Display
  • Suite of Advanced Triggers
  • Communication Mask Testing
  • Pass/Fail Limit Testing
  • Remote Viewing and Control
  • E-mail on Event
  • CD-RW Drive
  • Interoperability with Tektronix Logic Analyzers
  • GPIB Controller


  • Digital Design and Debug
  • Mask Testing for Telecomm/Datacomm/Video Standards
  • Investigation of Transient Phenomena
  • Power Measurements
  • Video Design and Debug
  • DVD, Jitter and Timing, Spectral Analysis
  • Automotive Electronics
  • Manufacturing Test
  • Electro-mechanical
  • Bio-medical
  • Industrial Control

The World’s Easiest to Use Midrange Oscilloscope

MyScope™ Custom Control Windows
The TDS5000B Series offers the industry’s first easily customizable oscilloscope user interface. MyScope control windows is a revolutionary new feature that allows you to build your own control windows with only the controls, features, and capabilities that you care about and are important in your job. For the first time, you can pull all the functionality you need from all the various parts of the oscilloscope into one control window, effectively creating your own personalized “toolbox” of oscilloscope features. No longer do you need to search through menus for features or re-learn how to drive the oscilloscope after a break from the lab. MyScope control windows enable you to spend your valuable time focused on the task at hand rather than navigating menus on your oscilloscope. And creating these custom control windows isn’t a long drawn-out or complex process. They are easily created in a matter of minutes using a simple, visual, drag and drop process. Once created, these custom control windows are easily accessed through a dedicated MyScope button and menu selection on the oscilloscope button/menu bar, just like any other control window. You can make an unlimited number of custom control windows, enabling each person who uses the oscilloscope, in a shared environment, to have their own unique control window.

Since the control windows are stored as files on the hard drive, they can easily be transferred to other TDS5000B Series oscilloscopes, or they can even be e-mailed to a co-worker around the world when the need arises. MyScope control windows will benefit all oscilloscope users, from eliminating the ramp-up time that many face when returning to the lab after not using an oscilloscope for a while, to the power user who can now operate far more efficiently. Everything you need is found in one control window rather than having to constantly navigate through menu after menu to repeat similar tasks.

The TDS5000B Series also introduces a comprehensive suite of right-mouse-click menus that make simple things as they should be – simple. Right-click menus are context sensitive, meaning the choices presented in the menu depend on where you right-clicked the mouse. This makes right-click menus extremely intuitive. Want to change the cursor type? Right-click on a cursor or the cursor readouts. Want to change the reference levels of an automatic measurement? Right-click on the measurement. Want to change trigger parameters? Right-click on the trigger readouts. Want to change a waveform’s color? Right-click on the waveform handle. Virtually all objects on the oscilloscope display have right-click menus associated with them that include all the appropriate actions or features relative to those objects. There are also right-click menus for regions of the display in addition to just objects. For example, right-clicking in the main graticule brings up a menu with choices such as Clear Data, Default Setup, Autoset, Screen Captures, Save All Waveforms, and Add Screen Text, providing single-click access to many of your most commonly performed tasks.

The customization and efficiency provided by MyScope control windows and right-click menus make the TDS5000B Series the world’s easiest to use midrange oscilloscope, enabling you to achieve levels of productivity you wouldn’t have thought possible with your current oscilloscope.

The Performance and Feature Set You Expect

The TDS5000B Series digital phosphor oscilloscopes (DPO) deliver up to 1 GHz bandwidth, 5 GS/s real-time sample rate, 16 M record length, and a suite of advanced triggers, enabling you to capture and characterize even your most demanding signals. DPOs provide unmatched insight into signal behavior by displaying, storing and analyzing complex signals in real-time using three dimensions of signal information: amplitude, time and distribution of amplitude over time. The TDS5000B Series DPO, enabled by Tektronix proprietary DPX® acquisition technology, delivers greater than 100,000 waveforms per second capture rates. Some oscilloscope vendors claim high waveform capture rates for short bursts of time, but only DPOs, enabled by DPX technology, can deliver these fast waveform capture rates on a sustained basis – saving minutes, hours or even days by quickly revealing the nature of faults so sophisticated trigger modes can be applied to isolate them.

Advanced Waveform Analysis
The TDS5000B Series includes a complete parametric measurement system for signal characterization. Select from 53 automatic measurements using a graphical palette that logically organizes measurements into Amplitude, Time, Combination, Histogram, and Communications categories. Gather further insight into your measurement results with statistical data such as mean, min, max, standard deviation, and population. Waveform cursors make it easy to measure trace-to-trace timing characteristics, while cursors that link between YT and XY display modes make it easy to investigate phase relationships and Safe Operating Area violations. Define and apply math expressions to waveform data for on-screen results in terms that you can use. Access common waveform math functions with the touch of a button. Or, for advanced applications, create algebraic expressions consisting of waveforms sources, math functions, measurement values, scalars, and user adjustable variables with an easy-to-use calculator-style editor.

Applied measurement extensions can be installed to enhance TDS5000B capability. These software applications build on the precision acquisition performance of the TDS5000B Series to address the need for application specific measurements to quickly quantify device and system performance. Optional applications include power measurement and analysis, jitter and timing analysis, disk drive measurements, USB compliance testing, optical storage analysis, ANSI/ITU telecom pulse compliance, and Ethernet compliance testing.

OpenChoice Architecture
The TDS5000B Series includes open access to the MS Windows 2000 operating environment. While the instrument remains a dedicated oscilloscope, the ability to access the MS Windows desktop creates a powerful tool. Built-in applications such as WordPad, Paint and a Web browser allow you to concurrently maintain lab notes while working with the instrument. This saves time and eliminates error-prone steps associated with transporting images for later report development. Other applications such as Microsoft Word or Excel, MATLAB and LabVIEW can be installed on the instrument to accomplish local documentation or signal analysis. Installation of the oscilloscope on the LAN enables Web-based information browsing, e-mail exchange, printing and file sharing. Using the embedded PCI bus, waveform data can be moved directly from acquisition to analysis applications on the Windows desktop at much faster speeds than conventional GPIB transfers.

In addition, the OpenChoice architecture provides a comprehensive software infrastructure for faster, more versatile operations. Data transfer programs, such as the Excel Toolbar, Word Toolbar, and Report Generator are used to simplify analysis and documentation on the Windows desktop or on external PCs. Tektronix' implementation of industry-standard protocols, such as TekVISA™ interface and ActiveX Control, are included for using and enhancing Windows applications for data analysis and documentation. Or, use the Software Developer's Kit (SDK) to help create custom software to automate multi-step processes in waveform collection and analysis with Visual BASIC, C, C++, MATLAB, LabVIEW, LabWindows/CVI and other common Application Development Environments (ADE). Integration of the oscilloscope with external PCs and non-Windows hosts is also supported by the TDS5000B Series software solutions. Plug-and-play and IVI instrument drivers are included to enable easy communication with the oscilloscope using GPIB, Serial, and LAN connections from programs running on the instrument or an external PC. UNIX applications, and other LAN resources, can connect directly over Ethernet using the VXI 11.2 server included on the TDS5000B Series.

The unparalleled ease-of-use, coupled with the TDS5000B’s high performance, OpenChoice platform, and comprehensive feature set all in a compact bench-top package, provides exceptional value.


The TDS5000B Series' high performance features make it ideal for a multitude of applications, such as digital design and debug, power measurements, communications mask testing, and video design.

Digital Design and Debug
The interoperability of the TDS5000B Series oscilloscope with the Tektronix TLA5000 Series logic analyzer made possible by Tektronix Integrated View (iView™) enables digital designers to solve signal integrity challenges and effectively debug and verify their systems more quickly and easily. The iView feature fully integrates the industry-leading performance and measurement accuracy of a Tektronix oscilloscope with the multi-channel and powerful triggering capabilities of a Tektronix logic analyzer. This integration allows designers to view time-correlated digital and analog data in the same display window and isolate the analog characteristics of the digital signals that are causing failures in their systems.

The iView Wizard simplifies this integration of the oscilloscope and logic analyzer by guiding the user through set up and connection. No user calibration is required. And, once set up, the iView feature is completely automated. The result – an integrated tool set for digital design and troubleshooting.

Power Measurements
The TDS5000B Series' powerful and flexible measurements, math, and math-on-math capabilities make it an ideal solution for making power measurements, such as voltage, current, instantaneous power, and energy for power device designers.

Communications Mask Testing
Option SM provides a complete portfolio of masks for verifying compliance to serial communications standards. Masks are provided for electrical standards up to 555 Mb/s and optical standards up to 1.25 Gb/s. Easily tailor mask testing to your specific requirements using features such as one-button mask autoset, autofit, user adjustable mask margin tolerance, hit counting, failure notifications, and built in mask editing.

Video Design
Tektronix exclusive DPX acquisition technology sets the TDS5000B Series apart from other digital oscilloscopes, enabling the capture of up to 100,000 waveforms per seconds for a live, analog-like display. The TDS5000B Series also supports a wide variety of video standards with dedicated triggers including NTSC, PAL, SECAM, and analog HDTV. In addition, IRE and mV graticules can be selected for easier measurements and visual inspection. All of this together makes the TDS5000B Series an ideal tool for video design and development.

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