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Rohde & Schwarz Introduces Entry-Level Oscilloscope

March 14, 2017

Rohde & Schwarz has broadened its growing oscilloscope portfolio with the R&S RTB2000, which is claimed to be the first low cost oscilloscope to offer touchscreen operation as well as 10-bit vertical resolution.

“Rohde & Schwarz engineers love challenges where they can apply leading edge technology to customer needs” said Joerg Fries, Vice President Oscilloscopes at Rohde & Schwarz. “We gave our team an additional challenge: to provide that R&S quality at an extremely competitive price. The result will surprise users, especially when they see how much capability they can get from a reputable supplier while sticking to their limited budgets.”

With its 10.1" capacitive touchscreen the R&S RTB2000 oscilloscope is claimed to have twice the display size and more than seven times the number of pixels of comparable oscilloscopes in this segment. Capacitive touch is becoming more important for oscilloscope users as it allows them to operate the instrument more quickly and efficiently. With the R&S RTB2000 users with lower budgets will have access to not only touchscreen, but capacitive touchscreen operation with a large display.

Significantly too, the R&S RTB2000 includes a proprietary 10-bit Analog to Digital Converter (ADC) with 1024 vertical positions. The increased resolution enables users to make more precise measurements and can be particularly useful for detecting small signals in the presence of large-amplitude signals.

After bandwidth and sample rate, memory depth is the most important attribute that determines an oscilloscope's ability to handle a large range of troubleshooting tasks. The R&S RTB2000 oscilloscope features a 10 Msample acquisition memory on each oscilloscope channel, and 20 Msample per channel in interleaved mode. Users benefit from longer time captures for testing and troubleshooting, providing additional insight into electronic devices. Furthermore, this large standard memory can optionally be further extended to 160 Msample of segmented memory.

The R&S RTB2000 series oscilloscopes come in two and four channel models and offer bandwidths of 70 MHz, 100 MHz, 200 MHz and 300 MHz. A number of upgrade options to extend the instrument's capabilities are available, including for instance 16 integrated digital channels with a mixed signal oscilloscope (MSO) option, protocol decode and triggering options for a variety of industry standard buses as well as an arbitrary function generator and a 4-bit pattern generator.

Rohde & Schwarz is giving the first public demonstration of the R&S RTB2000 at the embedded world 2017 international trade fair in Nuremberg, Germany, from March 14 to 16, 2017.