Oscilloscope focuses on future-proof technology

Innovative signal integrity, measurement speed and range of functions are claimed for the Rohde & Schwarz RTP oscilloscope. It has a fast acquisition rate of one million waveforms per second, real time compensation of transmission losses (de-embedding) between the signal source and oscilloscope, and silent operation even at full load, says the company.

Development of the scope focused on measurement accuracy, speed, a wide range of functions and future-proof technology, says Rohde & Schwarz. The R&S RTP combines various instruments to make it the oscilloscope of choice for debugging, e.g. embedded components with fast digital or wideband RF interfaces.

The R&S RTP is now available from Rohde & Schwarz as a four, six or eight GHz model. The family combines signal integrity with a high acquisition rate. In standard acquisition mode, it can measure a million waveforms per second, making it more than a thousand times faster than other oscilloscopes in its class, claims Rhode &Schwarz. This helps users to find sporadic errors much faster.

It is believed to be the only instrument on the market that compensates transmission losses from the signal source to the oscilloscope (de-embedding) in real time. The oscilloscope is still extremely fast even with signal correction activated. The digital trigger architecture enables it to precisely trigger on compensated signals.

Development time is reduced with hardware acceleration for a range of analysis functions. Mask tests, histograms and frequency domain analyses can be performed at high speed for fast results with high statistical reliability, says the company.

The RTP combines multiple instruments, with 16 logic channels, four voltage channels and four current measurement channels available in addition to the analogue oscilloscope channels. The RTP supports protocol analysis of serial bus interfaces and offers powerful spectrum and signal analysis functions. Users can test many different types of signals from complex circuits time-correlated with each other with just one instrument, and find related errors faster.

The oscilloscope addresses aerospace and defence, automotive, industry and telecommunications, debugging electronic circuitries with different signals during development, including high-speed buses (USB, PCI Express, MIPI), multi-channel RF interfaces (radio or radar), DDR memory interfaces, complex power management units, and even simple control and programming buses (I2C, SPI). The RTP can test all applications where high-resolution signals need to be measured with a wide dynamic range and high sensitivity in the time and frequency domains, adds the company.

Despite its range of functions, the RTP is compact, with a footprint up to 40 per cent lower than conventional models, with a cooling concept and silent fans for quiet operation.


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