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Oscilloscopes handle 500MHz to 2GHz bandwidth

Posted: 30 Jun 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:oscilloscope? ASIC? ADC? electrical signal?

R&S oscilloscope

Rohde & Schwarz is rolling out the first dedicated oscilloscopes that are claimed to be 20x faster than existing devices, supported by the company's ASICs and ADCs.

The two new product families consist of a total of six instruments. The R&S RTO family, comprising oscilloscopes with bandwidths of 1GHz and 2GHz, is aimed at the high-performance segment while the RTM family are 500MHz and intended for universal applications wherever electrical signals need to be measured.

The company is using many of the technologies developed for its communications design and test equipment using frequency domain techniques to attack the competitive time domain scope market.

Nearly 10 years ago the company launched the VSA video measurement system which it said combined the functions of a video analyzer, vectorscope, oscilloscope, monitor and controller (PC) in a 19-inch desktop.

The VSA's three-channel oscilloscope could simultaneously display of the same signal with different time scales in up to three separate windows.

In 2005 it brought Hameg Instruments, an established vendor with more than 20 years of experience in the field of budget oscilloscopes and measuring equipment. In early 2008, Hameg expanded its product portfolio, introducing digital oscilloscopes in the frequency range up to 350MHz.

The latest initiative is an entirely different prospect to the VSA and the company is claiming that "there wasn't an instrument on the market that could meet our engineers requirements. So we built one ourselves."

Rohde & Schwarz is launching two new product families that will position the company as an oscilloscope vendor in the global marketplace.

"We are looking at a global market volume of around one billion dollars," said Michael Vohrer, president and CEO of Rohde & Schwarz. "This is why Rohde & Schwarz is focusing strategically not just on its existing customer base in areas such as wireless communications or aerospace and defense, but also on new customers, particularly those in the wide-base electronics market."

"In response to our customers' wishes, we are rounding out our portfolio and moving into an interesting, yet highly competitive marketexactly the kind of challenge we like to take on at Rohde & Schwarz," added Vohrer.

Market figures issued by specialist sector researcher Prime Data in 2007 showed that Tektronix had 55 percent of the market with Agilent having a 23 percent share and LeCroy 13 percent while Yokogawa had 4 percent. "It is our initial intention to take third spot," said Roland Steffen, head of the test and measurement division.

- Colin Holland

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