Handheld 500 MHz scope bundles functionality of eight test instruments

February 09, 2017 // By Graham Prophet
Rohde & Schwarz' handheld R&S Scope Rider now offers a total of eight instrument functions. Added features include a spectrum analyzer, a frequency meter and a harmonic analyzer for evaluating the quality of power supplies.

The fully insulated, handheld instrument meets measurement category CAT IV requirements, and can be used to perform measurements at the source of low-voltage installations up to 600V. With dedicated modes for XY operation, roll mode and mask testing, the battery-operated, handheld ScopeRider oscilloscope provides the capabilities and the flexibility needed for debugging all kinds of electronic systems. The added features comprise;

Spectrum analyzer ; the high update rate of the RTH-K18 spectrum analyzer option allows very responsive and intuitive operation. Users see a signal simply by entering a centre frequency and the measurement bandwidth. The min hold, max hold, clear/write tracing and mean value operating modes support subsequent analysis. The logarithmic axis display and the selectable dBm and dBV amplitude units are clear and self-explanatory. Cursors and markers can be used as usual for detailed analyses.

Precision frequency meter ; the scope includes a high-precision, 2-channel frequency counter. The RTH-K33 software option determines the clock frequency of a signal and displays it on a nine-digit display with five-digit measurement accuracy. Users can connect a high-precision reference clock to one channel to increase the accuracy to seven digits.

Harmonic analysis for assessing power supply quality; the RTH-K34 software option can measure harmonics to the 64th order and determine the total harmonic distortion (THDr and THDf). The option can also measure limit values in line with EN 50160.


Users access all of the new R&S Scope Rider functions via the capacitive touchscreen. They can also operate the instrument via the rotary knob and the large keys, making it ideal for use with gloves or in harsh environments.


The R&S Scope Rider comes as a 2- or 4-channel instrument for bandwidths up to 500 MHz. The list price for the base unit starts at $3,305 (US$)


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