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Tektronix TDS3012C Digital Storage Oscilloscope

: Tektronix TDS3012C Digital Storage Oscilloscope

TDS3000C Digital Phosphor Oscilloscope

Performance you nedd at a price you can afford.

With up to 500 MHz and 5 GS/s sample rate, the TDS3000C Oscilloscope Series provides you with the performance to visualize fast changing signals in a compact, battery-capable design. With dedicated front-panel controls and 25 automatic measurements, the TDS3000C Series is easy to use so you spend less time re-learning how to use your oscilloscope and more time on the task at hand.




Digital real-time sampling

Accurately capture signals with at least 5x oversampling

Digital phosphor display

Quickly capture and visualize glitches

Advanced triggering

Capture digital signal anomalies with runt, glitch, rise/fall-time, and setup/hold violations triggers

Dedicated front-panel controls

Spend less time learning and more time on the task at hand with front-panel controls.

Front-panel USB host port

Quickly store and transfer your waveforms.

PC connectivity

Simply transfer, analyze and document results with NI LabVIEW SignalExpress TE and Tektronix OpenCoice Desktop software

Just 5.0 inches (149 mm) deep

Free up available bench space.

Battery pack (optional)

Work where you need to with up to three hours of portable battery operation.

Application modules (optional)         

Transform your oscilloscope into specialized instrument                              

Tektronix TDS3012C Digital Storage Oscilloscope


100 MHz

Calculated Rise Time (typical)

3.5 ns

Input Channels


External Trigger Input

Sample Rate on each channel

1.25 GS/s

Record length

10 kpoints

Vertical Resolution

9 bits

Vertical Sensitivity, 1 MΏ

1 mV/div to 10 V/div

Vertical Sensitivity, 50 Ώ

1 mV/div to 1 V/div

Input Coupling


Input Impedance

1 MΏ in parallel with 13 pF or 50 Ώ

DC Gain Accuracy


Maximum Input Voltage, 1 MΏ

150VRMS with peaks at ≤400V

Maximum Input Voltage, 50 Ώ

5 VRMS with peaks at ≤30V

Position Range

±5 div

Bandwidth Limit

20 MHz

Time Base Range

±5 div

Bandwidth Limit

20 MHz

Time Base Range

4 ns to 10 s

Time Base Accuracy

±20 ppm over any 1 ms time interval

Input/Output Interfaces

Ethernet Port

RJ-45 connector, supports 10Base-T LAN

USB Port

Front-panel USB 2.0 host port

Supports USB flash drive


Full talk/listen modes, setting and measurements

(Optional with TDS3GV Communications Module)

RS-232-C Port

DB-9 male connector, full talk/listen modes,  control of all modes, settings and measurements

Baud rates up to 38,400

(Optional with TDS3GV Communications Module)

VGA Video Port

DB-15 female connector, monitor output for direct display on large nVGA-equipped monitors (Optional with TDS3GV Communications Module)

External Trigger Input                                   

BNC connector, input impedance>1 MΏ in parallel with 17 pF; max input voltage is 150 VRMS                                                                                                   

Trigger System



Main Trigger Modes

Auto (Supports Roll Mode for 40 ms/div and slower), Normal, Single Sequence                                                                          

B Trigger

Trigger after time or events

Trigger After Time Range                                              

13.2 ns to 50 s  


Trigger Types




Conventional level-driven trigger. Positive or negative slope on any channel. Coupling selections: AC, DC, Noise Reject, HF Reject, LF Reject


Trigger on all lines or individual lines, odd/even or all fields on NTSC, PAL, SECAM

Extended Video

Trigger on specific lines in broadcast and non-broadcast (custom) standards and on analog HDTV formats (1080i, 1080p, 720p, 480p). Requires TDS3VID or TDS3SDI application module.

Pulse Width (or Glitch)

Trigger on a pulse width <, >, =, ≠ to a selectable time limit ranging from 39.6 ns to 50 s


Trigger on a pulse that crosses one threshold but fails to cross a second threshold before crossing the first again

Slew Rate

Trigger on on pulse edge rates that are either faster or slower than a set rate. Egdes can be rising, falling, or either


Specifies AND, OR, NAND, NOR when true or false for a specific time


Any logic state. Trigger able  on rising or falling edge of clock. Logic triggers can be used on combinations of 2 inputs (not 4)


Provides isolated pulse triggering required to perform DS1/DS3 telecommunications mask testing per ANSI T1.102 standard. Requires TDS3TMT application


Sequentially uses active channel as a trigger source

Waveform Measurements


Amplitude, Time

Automatic Measurements

Display any four measurements from any combination of waveforms. Or Display all measurements with measurement snapshot feature. Measurements include Period, Frequency, +Width, -Width, Rise time, Fall time, +Duty cycle, -Duty cycle, +Overshoot, High, Low, Max, Min, Peak-to-peak, Amplitude, Mean, Cycle mean, RMS, Cycle RMS, Burst width, Delay, Phase, Area*1, Cycle Area*1

Measurement Statistics

Mean, Min, Max, Standard deviation. Requires TDS3AAM application module


User-definable thresholds for automatic measurements; settable in percent or voltage


Isolate a specific occurrence with an acquisition to take measurements, using either the screen or cursors

Waveform Math




Add, subtract, multiply, and divide waveforms


Spectral magnitude. Set FFT vertical scale to Linear RMS or dBV RMS, and FFT window to Rectangular, Hamming, Hanning, or Blackman-Harris

Advanced Math*1                                                                                         

Integrate, Differentiate, Define rextensive algebraic expressions including analog waveforms, math functions, scalars, up to two user-adjustable variables and results of parametric measurements. For example: (Intg (CH1-Mean(Ch1)) x 1.414 x VAR1) Note: Requires TDS3AAM application module.

*Requires TDS3AAM application module.

Waveform Processing




Single-button, automatic setup of all channels for vertical, horizontal and trigger systems, with undo autoset


Channel-to-channel deskew ±10 ns may be manually entered for better timing measurements and more accurate math waveforms.                             

Display Characteristics



Display Type

6.5 in. (165.1 mm) liquid-crystal TFT colour display

Display Resolution

640 horizontal x 480 vertical pixels (VGA)



Waveform styles

Dots, vectors, variable persistence, infinite persistence


Full, grid, crosshair, and frame. NTSC, PAL, SECAM, and vector scope (100% and 75% colour bars) with optional TDS3ViD or TDS3Di application modules


YT, XY, and Gated XYZ (XY with Z-axis blanking available on 4-channel instruments only)                                                                                                                            

Power Source



AC line power

Source voltage

100 VRMS to 240 VRMS ±10%                                                                                                                        

Source frequency

45 Hz to 440 Hz from 100 V to 120 V

45 Hz to 66 Hz from 120 V to 240 V

Power consumption

75 W Maximum

Battery power

Requires TDSBATC, rechangeable lithium ion battery pack

Operating time, typical

3 hours

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Product details

Category: Oscilloscopes

Manufacturer: Tektronix

Product code - SKU: Tektronix TDS3012C Digital Storage Oscilloscope

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