Tektronix 5-Series 8-Channel 6.25GS/s 2GHz MSO Teardown & Spectrum View Experiments

In this episode Shahriar continues his review of the Tektronix 5-Series 8-Channel MSO Oscilloscope following the original overview of the instrument. A full teardown of the instrument as well as a set of experiments showcasing the new Spectrum View capability are shown. This review is organized as follows:

00:09 – Introduction and outline
01:31 – Teardown and analysis of the acquisition board
13:38 – Experiment setup and description
16:59 – Measurement results and Spectrum View capabilities
33:12 – Concluding remarks


  1. Frank Beks says:

    Thank you very muh for your clear presentation of this scope. Already seen the short Tek videoa, but your presentation beats it by a mile.
    Seen this scope first mentioned in professional magazines and went looking for more info on the web. One site I found was yours and played the videos (2 videos about this scope) more than once!
    Last week I ordered one.
    Regretfully the budget did not stretch to the 2GHz, 8 channels scope. Therefore, we went for 4 channels 1GHz (Half the price!) and 2 logic probes. Hopefully we will be able to add some of the software packages later (They are incredibly expensive, considering that the technology stretches over many different Tek scopes!).

  2. Brian says:

    Looking at the repair manual for the MSO5, the front plastic assembly is designed to accommodate 9 inputs. The MDO series of scopes is getting long in the tooth and due for replacement. My guess is they will be based on the same platform as the MSO5/6 and the mystery circuitry you’re looking at is the acquisition system for the spectrum analyzer.

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