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CT100 Series High -Resolution Metallic TDR Cable Testers

CT100 Series High -Resolution Metallic TDR Cable Testers

Next-gen Time-Domain Reflectometers replace the Tektronix® 1502C

The new CT100 and CT100HF are the industry’s highest-resolution portable metallic TDRs, designed for testing all coaxial and twisted-pair cables and interconnects used in modern microwave/RF and digital systems. These are the only portable instruments that exceed all TDR specifications of the Tektronix® 1502C Metallic TDR Cable Tester, while providing next-generation improvements in TDR analysis, data storage, connectivity, and ergonomics.

CT100 Series TDRs feature 8-10x sharper spatial resolution and100-1000x better Distance-to-Fault (DTF) resolution than competing TDR instruments, and have multi-GHz bandwidth similar to competing FDR (Frequency-Domain Reflectometer) instruments with similar or better cable fault sensitivity andorders-of-magnitude better DTF precision.

These instruments’ unique combination of fast system rise-time,high-resolution time-base, and precision 16-bit impedance measurements allow you to identify and correct subtle changes in cable and connector performance before system failure. Some of the CT100 Series’ innovative features are described below. Also, please read CT100 Series Features for more information.


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Applications CT100 Series High -Resolution

  • Test all common coaxial and twisted-pair cable types, and many other types of cable and wire.
  • Detect and precisely locate opens, shorts, kinks, taps, shield damage, thermal damage, sunlight/UV damage, water ingress, loosened or corroded interconnects, poor-quality cables and connectors, and anything else that affects system performance.
  • CATV, Power, Telephony
  • Naval / Marine
  • Aerospace / Aviation
  • Wireless Infrastructure
  • PCB Characterization
  • TDR Sensor Applications (Soil Moisture, Geophysics)
  • Remote monitoring applications


TDR Specifications CT100 Series High-Resolution

  • Step-rise, as low as 60 ps risetime (20-80%, CT100HF)
  • Test frequencies extend to > 8.3 GHz (CT100HF)
  • 500 Hz framerate to capture transient faults.
  • 75 µm (0.003 in) horizontal cursor resolution (VoP 0.66)
  • 16-bit sampling for precision impedance measurements


Key features — see CT100 Series Features

  • NEW! — Layer-Peeling dynamic deconvolution transform helps correct for impedance errors caused by multiple reflections.
  • NEW! — ZTrace nonlinear transform displays impedance waveform in Ohms.
  • NEW! — Intermittent Fault Detection displays probability density or min/max envelope with impedance-at-cursor.
  • NEW! — Enhanced Calibration provides the industry’s best impedance accuracy.
  • Now in beta status! — FFT Math Package for estimating frequency-specific return loss/VSWR, insertion loss, cable loss, S11/S22 S-parameters.
  • Live LAN/WAN/Internet streaming and remote controlof any CT100 Series TDR. Leverage real-time engineering oversight from thousands of miles away.
  • AutoFit button fits any cable to the screen automatically.
  • Two independent cursors simplify differential impedance, return loss, and distance-to-fault measurements.
  • Save thousands of TDR traces that you can later zoom in/out on, and compare or subtract from live or previously saved traces.
  • Configuration library makes repeat measurements as easy as a press of a button.
  • Download your TDR data to a PC and review it later with the included CT Viewer software.


Designed to be easy to use, as well as accurate

  • Bright 4.3″ color TFT-LCD display is easy to read in any environment.
  • Intuitive multifunction key panels simplify TDR use.
  • Lightweight and portable, operates for a full shift without recharging; use is unlimited with external battery packs.
  • Integrated 10/100 Ethernet connectivity.
  • USB peripherals include mouse, keyboard, flash drive, barcode reader.


General TDR Options

  • CT100, self-grounding BNC test port
    • Electrically-rugged, multipurpose metallic TDR designed for high-resolution testing of a wide range of coaxial and twisted-pair cable types and lengths — in the field, on the manufacturing floor, or in the lab. Exceeds all Tektronix® 1502C TDR specifications.
  • CT100S, stainless-steel SMA test port
    • CT100 TDR configured with SMA test port assembly. Represents a balance of performance and electrical overstress protection for field applications where SMA test port is desired.
  • CT100HF, stainless-steel SMA test port
    • Higher-bandwidth version of the CT100S featuring the fastest TDR system risetime, ideal for testing high-frequency cables and interconnects with resolution and precision previously restricted to unwieldly bench-top TDR instruments.


Standard Accessories (included with instrument)

  • CT Viewer TDR Waveform Analysis Software Package
  • CT100/CT100HF Operator’s Manual
  • CT Viewer User Guide
  • Rugged Soft-Sided Carrying Case
    • Plenty of room for calibration accessories, manuals, and optional small form-factor keyboard.
  • Calibration Pack
    • Precision coaxial test cable and BNC/SMA adapters necessary for verifying TDR instrument calibration and performance.
  • NIST-Traceable Calibration Certificate
  • Standard 12-Month Limited Warranty


Optional Accessories

  • Small Form-Factor Keyboard
    • This popular, recommended accessory simplifies data entry and fits in the instrument’s carrying case.
  • Hard Carrying Case
    • Give your instrument the utmost environmental protection with this customized Pelican™ case. Replaces the standard soft-sided carrying case.
  • BNC RF Adapter Kit
    • Precision BNC RF adapters offer direct high-bandwidth coupling for testing most coaxial cables and interconnects: BNC-BNC, N-N, SMA-SMA, BNC-N, SMA-BNC, SMA-N, and SMA-TNC. Comes in a rugged plastic case. Ideal for use with the CT100.
  • SMA RF Adapter Kit
    • Precision SMA RF adapters offer direct high-bandwidth coupling for testing most coaxial cables and interconnects: SMA-SMA, SMA-BNC, SMA-N, and SMA-TNC. Comes in a rugged plastic case. Ideal for use with the CT100HF.
  • Impedance Matching Adapter Kit
    • Not necessary for routine testing of non-50 Ω coaxial cable, but useful for specialized applications requiring precision impedance matching to the cable / device-under-test (DUT).
    • Adapter 50 Ω to 75 Ω CT100-AC-I5075
    • Adapter 50 Ω to 93 Ω CT100-AC-I5093
    • Adapter 50 Ω to 125 Ω CT100-AC-I50125
  • External Battery Pack (2700 mAh)
    • Coming soon. Indefinitely extend the battery life of your instrument with hot-swappable NiMH battery packs. Rugged clamshell construction securely fastens to the top of the instrument.
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