Tektronix FCA3000, 3100 Professional Frequency Meter Series 300 MHz, 3 GHz and 20 GHz

Frequency Counters - Timers - Analyzers Tektronix FCA3000 and FCA3100 Series: Model FCA3000 (up to 300 MHz, 100 ps), Model FCA3100 (up to 300 MHz, 50 ps), Model FCA3003 (up to 3 GHz, 100 ps), Model FCA3103 (up to 3 GHz) , 50 ps), Model FCA3020 (up to 20 GHz, 100 ps), Model FCA3120 (up to 20 GHz, 50 ps)

Product code: 1000730

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Frequency meters Tektronix FCA3000 and FCA3100 Series is the industry's best solution for measuring and analyzing frequency and time. The FCA3000 series includes 3 models (300 MHz, 3 GHz and 20 GHz) and the FCA3100 series also includes 3 models (300 MHz, 3 GHz and 20 GHz). Both series are almost identical, but the FCA3100 series is better in terms of time resolution (50 ps), voltage resolution (1 ms) and additional sum measurement.

Thanks to its excellent performance, you will be able to measure very accurately even small changes in frequency and time. And powerful analysis of the results (statistics, histograms and trends) will allow you to explore the behavior of the signals in detail. You can download a full description of all the characteristics below on this page in the section Documentation.

Main characteristics:
300 MHz (2 channels), 100 ps resolution (model FCA3000).
300 MHz (2 channels), 3 GHz (1 channel), 100 ps resolution (model FCA3003).
300 MHz (2 channels), 20 GHz (1 channel), 100 ps resolution (model FCA3020).
300 MHz (2 channels), 50 ps resolution (model FCA3100).
300 MHz (2 channels), 3 GHz (1 channel), 50 ps resolution (model FCA3103).
300 MHz (2 channels), 20 GHz (1 channel), 50 ps resolution (model FCA3120).
With manual start, the maximum frequency for the first two channels is up to 400 MHz.
Frequency resolution: 14 digits (12 bits per second).
Time resolution: 100 ps for the FCA3000 series and 50 ps for the FCA3100 series.
Voltage resolution: 3 mV for FCA3000 series and 1 mV for FCA3100 series.
13 automated measurements: Frequency, Period, Ratio, Time Interval, Time Interval Error, Pulse Width, Rise/Fall Time, Phase Angle, Duty Cycle, Vmax, Vmin, Vpeak. The FCA3100 series also measures sum.
Analysis Modes: TrendPlot, statistics, Allan deviation, histogram.
PC communication software: NI LabVIEW SignalExpress Tektronix Edition (LE version).
12.0 cm screen (320 x 97 resolution). Interfaces: USB, IEEE-488.2 (GPIB).
Weight: 2.7 kg. Dimensions: 210 x 90 x 395 mm. Working temperature: from 0°С to +50°С.
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Powerful Tektronix FCA3000/FCA3100 functionality for accurate measurements

Frequency counters - timers - analyzers FCA3100 and FCA3000 contain many innovative features: industry-leading frequency and time resolution, large internal memory, high internal memory write speed (250k results per second), and more. A large graphic display allows you to see several additional parameters simultaneously with the current measurement result, which is very clear and convenient.

The photo below shows the FCA3100 model (2 channels of 300 MHz each). Please note that in the 3 GHz and 20 GHz models, there is an additional third input with a high-frequency connector N (f) in the lower right part of the front panel of the device.

Tektronix FCA3000/FCA3100 Large Graphical Screen
Large graphic screen of Tektronix FCA3000/FCA3100 frequency counters.


Analyze results quickly and accurately with 13 automated measurements and built-in analysis capabilities: statistical processing, trend plot, Allan deviation and histogram. Screenshots of the device screen in various modes are shown below.

Tektronix FCA3000/FCA3100 Measurement and Analysis Examples
Examples of measurements and analysis of results using Tektronix FCA3000/FCA3100 frequency counters.

Tektronix FCA3000 and FCA3100 frequency counters as part of automated systems

If it is necessary to connect the FCA3000 and FCA3100 frequency counters to a computer, this can be easily done using standard USB and IEEE-488.2 (GPIB) interfaces, which are included in each instrument. The photo below shows the rear panel of the Tektronix FCA3000 and FCA3100, which shows the location of the interface connectors. Computer communication software (NI LabVIEW SignalExpress Tektronix Edition, LE version) is included with each counter.

Pay attention to the group of BNC connectors in the left-bottom part of the rear panel. These are control and clock inputs/outputs: external reference frequency input (1 MHz, 5 MHz or 10 MHz), clock output (10 MHz) and external trigger input. The FCA3100 series additionally has a programmable pulse output. When ordering the RP option, 2 or 3 measurement inputs additionally appear on the rear panel of the frequency counters, depending on the model.

Rear Panel of Tektronix FCA3000/FCA3100 Frequency Counters
Rear panel of Tektronix FCA3000/FCA3100 frequency meters.

This PDF documentation contains the most comprehensive description of the Tektronix FCA3000 and FCA3100 Series Frequency Counters - Timers - Analyzers features, specifications, and modes of operation.

Description and characteristics of Tektronix FCA3000/FCA3100 (in Russian and English) (10 pages; 1 MB)

Tektronix FCA3000/FCA3100 Frequency Counter User Manual (Russian) (129 pages; 3 MB)

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