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RSM-RTOjRohde & Schwarz expands Oscilloscope Family with new 600 MHz Model

13 October 2011 — Rohde & Schwarz presents a new 600 MHz model in its high-performance oscilloscope family. The R&S RTO models with 1 GHz and 2 GHz bandwidths appeal to users with high measurement accuracy, operating convenience and speed. These features are also in great demand for applications at bandwidths below 1 GHz.

Jörg Fries, Director of the Oscilloscopes Subdivision at Rohde & Schwarz, explains: "The new 600 MHz version of the R&S RTO is a unique solution that enables users to perform complex in-depth analyses even in the lower bandwidth range."

For its R&S RTO high-performance product line, Rohde & Schwarz created a special ASIC with realtime processing of the digitized measurement results. Thanks to its parallel processing capability, this ASIC attains an unrivaled processing speed that makes it possible to analyze one million waveforms per second. Conventional oscilloscopes capture signals during only 0.5 % of the acquisition cycle but Rohde & Schwarz has increased the active acquisition time by a factor of 20, to 10 % of an acquisition cycle. Even with this high acquisition rate, all of the setting options and analysis functions remain available for measurements without reducing speed.

Rohde & Schwarz also used a new approach when designing the trigger system. Due to the all-digital trigger architecture, a technology first, the trigger and the captured data share a common signal path and a common time base. The result is exceptionally low trigger jitter and exact assignment of the trigger to the signal.

The low-noise frontend and the single-core A/D converter in the R&S RTO scope also help to ensure high accuracy. The A/D converter operates at 10 Gsample per second and achieves an exceptionally high dynamic range of more than seven effective bits. The result is minimal signal distortion and low inherent noise.

A new standard in user friendliness is offered by the R&S RTO's remarkably simple touchscreen operation that has rapidly become popular in the market. The clever screen design includes semitransparent dialog boxes, preview icons with live waveforms and a configurable toolbar. It lets users accomplish even complex measurement tasks quickly and efficiently. The 10.4 inch touchscreen strikes the right balance between usability and compactness.

The R&S RTO in two- and four-channel models with 600 MHz bandwidth, plus a matching range of active and passive probes, are available from Rohde & Schwarz from October 2011.

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