7B92

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The Tektronix 7B92 is a 500 MHz dual timebase plug-in for 7000-series scopes. It was introduced along with the 7904 mainframe in 1972.

An "HF Sync" triggering mode is provided in which the trigger level control varies the frequency of a built-in oscillator to lock on to the input for input signals from 100 to 500 MHz, providing higher sensitivity than the direct trigger (which is specified up to 500 MHz as well).

Internal jumpers are provided to configure the 7B92 for operation in 7800/7900 vs. slower mainframes, and to select whether the variable control affects the delaying or the delayed time base.

As a dual time base, the 7B92 uses the top field in the display readout for the sweep speed of the main and the bottom field for the delayed time base. The delay time can only be read from the 10-turn analog dial.

The 7B92 has no magnifier function but its regular sweep dial setting reaches down to 500 ps/Div. It also has no provision for X-Y operation.

Specifications

Sweep speed 0.5 ns/Div to 0.2 s/Div, 1—2—5 sequence (variable up to 0.5 s/Div)
Delay time 0 to 9.9 Div
Triggering 0.5 Div or 100 mV up to 20 MHz, 1 Div or 500 mV up to 600 MHz
Jitter < 50 ps at 600 MHz
Ext Trig input 1 MΩ // 20 pF or 50 Ω

Internals

The 7B92 uses a discrete trigger circuit containing tunnel diodes.

Up to serial number B069999, the 7B92A used a trigger circuit with 155-0061-00 amplifiers and tunnel diodes. After that, the 7B92A used a 155-0061-00 trigger amplifier followed by a 155-0150-00 trigger detector. The 7B92A uses one other custom IC, the 155-0049-xx sweep control circuit.

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