P7700 Series TriMode Probes

P7700 Series TriMode™ Probe Family, Datasheet

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The P7700 Series TriMode probes provide the highest probe fidelity available for real-time oscilloscopes. In addition, with connectivity innovations such as solder down tips with the probe’s input buffer mounted only a few millimeters from the end of the tip, the P7700 series probes provide unmatched usability for connecting to today’s most challenging electronic designs.

Key features
  • High bandwidth for signal fidelity
    • 20 GHz P7720
    • 16 GHz P7716
    • 13 GHz P7713
    • 8 GHz P7708
  • Minimal device impact
    • Thin and flexible solder tips
    • Lightweight and flexible probe cable
    • Active buffer tip design for low probe loading
  • Easy to connect TekFlex™ Connector technology
    • Pinch-to-Open accessory connector
    • Versatile Connectivity - solder down tips and optional browser for handheld or fixtured probing
    • Full Bandwidth to 20 GHz
    • Probe cable and solder down tips operate over an extended temperature range
  • Probe and tip specific S-parameters
    • Full AC calibration of the probe and tip's signal path based upon unique s-parameter models
    • Unique DSP filters created for each probe and tip
  • TekConnect® interface for oscilloscope/probe control and usability
    • Direct control via probe buttons or from the oscilloscope's menus
    • Automated control of probe settings via the oscilloscope
    • Automatic recogntion of the probe and tip when attached to the oscilloscope
  • DDR/LPDDR memory verification
  • High speed serial bus debugging
  • MIPI D-PHY/C-PHY conformance tests

P7700 Series TriMode Probes

With TriMode probing one probe setup makes differential, single ended, and common mode measurements accurately. This unique capability allows you to work more effectively and efficiently, switching between differential, single ended and common mode measurements without moving the probe's connection points.


TekFlex™ connector technology

The P7700 Series TriMode probes use the new TekFlex connector technology that combines a high speed signal path with power and communication support for an active buffer tip in a single, easy to connect accessory connector. The TekFlex connector has a pinch-to-open design that when open requires minimal force to attach an accessory tip. When the TekFlex connector is closed, it provides a secure connection to the accessory to avoid accidental disconnections.

With the TekFlex connector, the P7700 series probes offer a set of active probe tips with the probe's buffer amplifier only millimeters from the input connections. The short signal path enabled with the active tips provides high fidelity and a high impedance input. It also minimizes signal loss, capacitance, and additive noise.


P77STFLXA solder down, flex circuit accessory with an active buffer amplifier on its tip provides up to 20 GHz bandwidth.

P77STCABL solder down accessory with a long reach, flexible cable combined with an active buffer amplifier on the tip. Up to 20 GHz bandwidth.

P77BRWSR handheld browser accessory enables hand or fixtured probing with adjustable tip spacing. Up to 16 GHz bandwidth.

Browser accessory for handheld probing

When you need to make a quick measurement or debug a problem, the P7700 series browser accessory provides a simple to use option. With precision engineered tips that are easy to see and position accurately, the P77BRWSR accessory is ideal for probing fine pitch components and differential traces with spacing as narrow as 0.2 mm (.008 in). The browser's tips have a full range of compliance and are adjustable in spacing using a convenient thumb wheel. A headlight on the tip enhances visibility of the probe point and can be switched on and off as needed. The browser tips are constructed of high strength BeCu and super-ceramic resistors1. With 16 GHz bandwidth performance, the P77BRWSR accessory provides signal fidelity and convenience.


Headlight on P77BRWSR browser enhances visibility of the probe point

1Patent pending pin technology

Automatic probe and tip identification and AC calibration


The P7700 Series probes automatically identify the accessory connected to the probe. When the probe and tip are attached to an oscilloscope, they are recognized and a unique DSP filter providing a calibrated response is enabled. All calibration and filter calculation is based upon a unique set of s-parameters stored in the probe and tip.

These unique filters also de-embed probe parasitics from the measurement. Creating probe and tip specific filters is critical as bandwidths increase. At high bandwidth, small variations in the signal path can lead to significant variation in frequency response which cannot be corrected using a nominal DSP filter.

The P77BRWSR accessory extends the calibration further. As the spacing of the browser's tips is adjusted, the change in opening is automatically recognized by the probe and oscilloscope. Using the value of the tip spacing, a width specific DSP filter is used to calibrate the probe's response.

The automatic recognition of the probe and tips and the automatic filter selection eliminates the risk of manually selecting the wrong filter and improves your efficiency.

Signal fidelity

You can be confident in the signal fidelity of your measurements. The innovative new probe design uses SiGe technology to provide the bandwidth and fidelity needed today and in the future.

The P7700 Series probe architecture provides:

  • An active buffer amplifier on the tips with the probe input only 3.2 mm from the input
  • Excellent step response and low insertion loss up to 20 GHz
  • Low-DUT loading with 100 kΩ (DC) and 0.4 pF (AC) performance
  • High CMRR
  • Low noise



Performance you can count on

Depend upon Tektronix to provide you with performance you can count on. In addition to industry leading service and support, these probes are backed by a one year warranty.


Specifications are guaranteed unless noted otherwise.

All specifications apply to all models unless noted otherwise.

Bandwidth (typical)20 GHz 116 GHz16 GHz13 GHz8 GHz
Rise time (10-90%)27 ps 232 ps32 ps40 ps55 ps
Rise time (20-80%)18 ps24 ps24 ps28 ps35 ps

1Differential and single ended modes only. Bandwidth is 19 GHz in the common mode setting.

2Rise times in common mode setting: 29 ps (10 - 90%), 19 ps (20 - 80%).

Electrical characteristics
Solder-in tips
Input range
Solder-in tips
2.5 Vpp5.0 Vpp
6.0 Vpp12.0 Vpp
Operating voltage window
Solder-in tips
±5.25 V
±10 V
Offset voltage range
Solder-in tips
-4 V to +4 V
-10 V to +10 V
DC gain accuracy
DC input resistance (differential)
Solder-in tips
100 kΩ
150 kΩ
Solder-in tips
< 32 nV/rt-Hz
< 80 nV/rt-Hz
Low frequency input capacitance (differential, typical)
Solder-in tips
0.4 pF

0.23 pF @ 50 mil spacing

0.22 pF @ 200 mil spacing

34 dB
50 MHz
34 dB
1 GHz
24 dB
10 GHz
14 dB
20 GHz
10 dB
Non-destructive input range (typical)
-15 V to +15 V
Nominal characteristics
Oscilloscope interface
Tekconnect ®
Accessory connector
Cable length
1.3 m (4.3 feet)
Probe cable and head
3.5 oz
Probe (comp box, cable, head)
9.6 oz
Temperature range
Compensation box and browser
Operating: 0 °C to +45 °C (32 °F to 113 °F)

Non-Operating: -20 °C to +60 °C (-4 °F to 140 °F)

Cable and solder-in tips
Operating: -40 °C to 85 °C (-40 °F to 185 °F)

Non-Operating: -40 °C to 85 °C (-40 °F to 185 °F)

Compatible oscilloscopes

The P7700 series probes are compatible with the following oscilloscopes running Microsoft Windows 7 and Tekscope firmware version 7.5.1 or higher:

DPO70000C series

DSA70000C series

MSO70000C series

DPO70000D series

DSA70000D series

DPO70000DX series

MSO70000DX series

Ordering Information

P7700 Series TriMode Probes
20 GHz TriMode probe with TekFlex™ connector technology
16 GHz TriMode probe with TekFlex™ connector technology
13 GHz TriMode probe with TekFlex™ connector technology
8 GHz TriMode probe with TekFlex™ connector technology
Standard accessories

All probes include the following items: Accessory kit, DC calibration fixture, Manual, Three solder-in tips, Magnetic cable holder for strain relief, Certificate of traceable calibration, Calibration data report, One-year warranty

Service options
Opt. C3
Calibration Service 3 Years
Opt. C5
Calibration Service 5 Years
Opt. D3
Calibration Data Report 3 Years (with Opt. C3)
Opt. D5
Calibration Data Report 5 Years (with Opt. C5)
Opt. G3
Complete Care 3 Years (includes loaner, scheduled calibration, and more)
Opt. G5
Complete Care 5 Years (includes loaner, scheduled calibration, and more)
Opt. R3
Repair Service 3 Years (including warranty)
Opt. R3DW

Repair Service Coverage 3 Years (includes product warranty period). 3-year period starts at time of instrument purchase

Opt. R5
Repair Service 5 Years (including warranty)
Opt. R5DW

Repair Service Coverage 5 Years (includes product warranty period). 5-year period starts at time of instrument purchase

Probe bandwidth upgrades

As the frequencies of your test signals increase, the performance of your probes can increase too. The bandwidth of the P7700 series probes is fully upgradeable. For example, if you purchase an 8 GHz probe today, you can upgrade it to a higher bandwidth, up to 20 GHz, in the future at a fraction of the cost of purchasing a new probe.


Bandwidth upgradeModel numberDescription/specification
8 GHZ to 13 GHzP77BW8T13P7708 (8 GHz) to P7713 (13 GHz) probe upgrade
8 GHZ to 16 GHzP77BW8T16P7708 (8 GHz) to P7716 (16 GHz) probe upgrade
13 GHz to 16 GHzP77BW13T16P7713 (13 GHz) to P7716 (16 GHz) probe upgrade
8 GHz to 20 GHzP77BW8T20P7708 (8 GHz) to P7720 (20 GHz) probe upgrade
13 GHz to 20 GHzP77BW13T20P7713 (13 GHz) to P7720 (20 GHz) probe upgrade
16 GHz to 20 GHzP77BW16T20P7716 (16 GHz) to P7720 (20 GHz) probe upgrade



Note: The upgrade of the probe bandwidth is performed in a Tektronix service center.

Recommended accessories
Active, solder-in tip with TekFlex™ connector technology, 20 GHz (5 tips/kit) 1
Active, coaxial cable based, solder-in tip with TekFlex™ connector technology, 20 GHz
Browser accessory with TekFlex™ connector technology, 16 GHz
Deskew fixture 2

1Each probe ships with three of these solder-in tips as standard accessories.

2Deskew fixture instructions can be downloaded fromwww.tek.com/node/7106; search for P77DESKEW.

Replacement parts
Replacement tip for browser accessory
Browser pen wand
Browser handsfree tripod
Magnetic cable holder
Large metal cable band
Small metal cable band
Browser adapters
Browser ground lead
Color bands
38 AWG wire spool
Double-sided adhesive tape
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