Rohde & Schwarz fills out oscilloscope line with mid-range unit

February 27, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
R&S designed the RTE digital oscilloscopes for everyday T&M tasks such as embedded design development, power electronics analysis and general debugging, with high sampling and acquisition rates and good signal fidelity.

Many aspects of the first two scopes that R&S introduced, the RTO and RTM, appear in the RTE, such as the default mode of control being its high-resolution touch screen. RTE is available with bandwidths from 200 MHz to 1 GHz. Sampling rate is 5 Gsamples/sec/channel throughout the range. An acquisition rate of more than one million waveforms per second helps users find signal faults quickly. The scope's highly accurate digital trigger system with virtually no trigger jitter delivers highly precise results. The single-core A/D converter with more than seven effective bits (ENOB) almost completely eliminates signal distortion. With a sampling rate of 5 Gsample per second and a maximum memory depth of 50 Msample per channel, the RTE can accurately record the long signal sequences required when analysing the data content of serial protocols.

High measurement speed benefits mask tests,that quickly return statistically conclusive results. The responsive, spectrum-analyser-like FFT reliably detects even sporadic signals, making the RTE sutiable for EMI debugging during product development.

The high-resolution 10.4-in. XGA touchscreen allows you to swipe the screen to access saved instrument setups, and to "drag & drop" waveforms to arrange them on the screen. Realtime miniature views of the signals on the edge of the screen allow users to always see what is happening. Dialog boxes are opened as semi-transparent overlays over the active waveforms, which maintain their full size. Signal flow diagrams and forward and back buttons in the dialog boxes simplify navigation.

The QuickMeas function simultaneously performs several measurements on a signal. Fingertip zoom allows users to simply swipe a signal's zoom area to quickly view signal details. Tools are selected from a configurable toolbar.

A range of dedicated application solutions is available for the RTE, including trigger and decoder options for serial protocols, a mixed-signal option with 16 additional digital channels and a power analysis option. A broad probe portfolio rounds out the offering.

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