Portable 500 MHz scope has bench-scope performance

January 04, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
Rohde & Schwarz’ Scope Rider instrument is presented as the first handheld oscilloscope with the functionality, and touch and feel, of a comparable lab oscilloscope.

The Scope Rider combines five instruments in a compact format, and its rugged design suits it for mobile installation and maintenance work. The instrument features isolated input and communications interfaces. It meets CAT IV standards and can carry out measurements on low-voltage installation sources up to 600V.

It has an acquisition rate of 50,000 waveforms per second, a 10-bit A/D converter developed by Rohde & Schwarz and a maximum bandwidth of 500 MHz for the analogue input channels. The unit integrates five functions, around a high-performance oscilloscope featuring a precise digital trigger system, 33 automatic measurement functions, mask test and XY diagram mode. It can function as a logic analyser with eight additional digital channels, as a protocol analyser with trigger and decoding capability, as a data logger and a digital multimeter.

The handheld oscilloscope is the first to be equipped with a large-format capacitive touchscreen, allowing it to be operated as intuitively as a tablet PC. It also features large buttons for use with gloves and a practical multifunction wheel for convenient parameter adjustment. All measurement information is displayed in a clear, application-oriented manner.

For harsh environments, the unit’s IP51-certified housing offers protection from environmental hazards such as dust and dripping water. The handheld oscilloscope has passed all mechanical load tests in line with military standards. The fully isolated instrument offers maximum safety and meets the measurement category requirements defined in IEC 61010-1 for CAT IV up to 600V and for CAT III up to 1000V.

In addition to a microSD card, the instrument features USB and Ethernet ports for uncomplicated storage and transfer of measurement data. The Scope Rider also has an integrated WLAN interface. This can be configured as a hotspot to allow the instrument to be remotely controlled via a smartphone, tablet PC or laptop. A simple web browser on the mobile device is all that is required, with no need for additional software or apps.