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  • User Manual

    TDS 420A, TDS 430A, TDS 460A & TDS 510A Digitizing Oscilloscopes

    070-9701-03

    www.tektronix.com

  • Copyright � Tektronix, Inc. All rights reserved.

    Tektronix products are covered by U.S. and foreign patents, issued and pending. Information in this publication supercedes that in all previously published material. Specifications and price change privileges reserved.

    Tektronix, Inc., P.O. Box 500, Beaverton, OR 97077

    TEKTRONIX and TEK are registered trademarks of Tektronix, Inc.

  • WARRANTY

    Tektronix warrants that the products that it manufactures and sells will be free from defects in materials and workmanship for a period of three (3) years from the date of shipment. If a product proves defective during this warranty period, Tektronix, at its option, either will repair the defective product without charge for parts and labor, or will provide a replacement in exchange for the defective product.

    In order to obtain service under this warranty, Customer must notify Tektronix of the defect before the expiration of the warranty period and make suitable arrangements for the performance of service. Customer shall be responsible for packaging and shipping the defective product to the service center designated by Tektronix, with shipping charges prepaid. Tektronix shall pay for the return of the product to Customer if the shipment is to a location within the country in which the Tektronix service center is located. Customer shall be responsible for paying all shipping charges, duties, taxes, and any other charges for products returned to any other locations.

    This warranty shall not apply to any defect, failure or damage caused by improper use or improper or inadequate maintenance and care. Tektronix shall not be obligated to furnish service under this warranty a) to repair damage resulting from attempts by personnel other than Tektronix representatives to install, repair or service the product; b) to repair damage resulting from improper use or connection to incompatible equipment; c) to repair any damage or malfunction caused by the use of non-Tektronix supplies; or d) to service a product that has been modified or integrated with other products when the effect of such modification or integration increases the time or difficulty of servicing the product.

    THIS WARRANTY IS GIVEN BY TEKTRONIX IN LIEU OF ANY OTHER WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. TEKTRONIX AND ITS VENDORS DISCLAIM ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. TEKTRONIX’ RESPONSIBILITY TO REPAIR OR REPLACE DEFECTIVE PRODUCTS IS THE SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY PROVIDED TO THE CUSTOMER FOR BREACH OF THIS WARRANTY. TEKTRONIX AND ITS VENDORS WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES IRRESPECTIVE OF WHETHER TEKTRONIX OR THE VENDOR HAS ADVANCE NOTICE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

  • TDS 420A, TDS 430A, TDS 460A & TDS 510A User Manual i

    Table of Contents

    General Safety Summary vii. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Preface ix. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Getting Started Product Description 1–1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Start Up 1–3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Operating Basics Overview 2–1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    At a Glance 2–3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tutorial 2–11. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Reference Overview 3–1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Accessing Help 3–3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Acquisition Modes 3–5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Delayed Triggering 3–11. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Determining Status 3–15. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Display Modes 3–17. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Edge Triggering 3–21. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fast Fourier Transforms (Optional) 3–27. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    File System 3–43. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hardcopy 3–47. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Horizontal Control 3–55. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Limit Testing 3–63. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Logic Triggering (TDS 510A Only) 3–67. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Measuring Waveforms 3–73. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Probe Cal (TDS 510A Only) 3–83. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Probe Compensation 3–89. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pulse Triggering (TDS 510A Only) 3–91. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Remote Communication 3–97. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Roll Mode (TDS 400A Only) 3–99. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Saving and Recalling Setups 3–103. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Saving and Recalling Waveforms 3–105. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Selecting Channels 3–111. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Setting Up Automatically: Autoset and Reset 3–113. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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    Signal Path Compensation 3–115. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Taking Cursor Measurements 3–117. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vertical Control 3–123. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Video Triggering (TDS 400A) 3–127. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Waveform Differentiation (Optional) 3–131. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Waveform Integration (Optional) 3–135. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Waveform Math 3–139. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Zoom 3–143. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Appendices Appendix A: Options and Accessories A–1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Appendix B: Packaging for Shipment B–1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Appendix C: Remote Display C–1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Appendix D: Programmer Disk D–1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Glossary Index

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    TDS 420A, TDS 430A, TDS 460A & TDS 510A User Manual iii

    List of Figures

    Figure 1–1: Rear Panel Controls Used in Start Up 1–4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Figure 1–2: ON/STBY Button 1–5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Figure 2–1: Connecting a Probe for the Examples 2–11. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Figure 2–2: SETUP Button Location 2–12. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Figure 2–3: The Displayed Setup Menu 2–12. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Figure 2–4: SET LEVEL TO 50% Button 2–13. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Figure 2–5: The Display After Factory Initialization 2–14. . . . . . . . . . . . . Figure 2–6: The VERTICAL and HORIZONTAL Controls 2–15. . . . . . .

    Figure 2–7: TRIGGER Controls 2–16. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Figure 2–8: AUTOSET Button Location 2–16. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Figure 2–9: The Display After Pressing Autoset 2–17. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Figure 2–10: Display Signals Requiring Probe Compensation 2–17. . . . . . Figure 2–11: The Channel Buttons and Lights 2–18. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Figure 2–12: The Vertical Main Menu and Coupling Side Menu 2–20. . . . Figure 2–13: The Menus After Changing Channels 2–21. . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Figure 2–14: Measure Main Menu and Select Measurement Side Menu 2–22. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Figure 2–15: Four Simultaneous Measurement Readouts 2–23. . . . . . . . .

    Figure 2–16: General Purpose Knob Indicators 2–24. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Figure 2–17: Snapshot of Channel 1 2–25. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Figure 2–18: Save/Recall Setup Menu 2–27