Rohde & Schwarz: RTP oscilloscope doubles maximum bandwidth to 16 GHz

With new 13 GHz and 16 GHz models, the R&S RTP high-performance oscilloscope family, the most compact multi-purpose lab instrument available, is now scalable from the 4 GHz minimum up to the full 16 GHz bandwidth. Additional new highlights are powerful debugging functions such as the high-speed serial pattern trigger using hardware-based clock-data-recovery (CDR) up to 16 Gbps, or the DDR4 signal integrity and compliance test. The R&S RTP oscilloscope now also provides time domain reflection (TDR) and transmission (TDT) analysis to characterize and debug signal paths.

The R&S RTP triggers on realtime deembedded signals and supports all trigger types including pulse width, setup and hold, or runt, up to the full instrument bandwidth. Ideal for debugging high-speed differential signals and available for both data acquisition and trigger functions, the new math module introduced directly after the realtime deembedding block supports addition or subtraction for any two signals, plus signal inversion and common mode operations.

R&S RTP users can now analyze high-speed serial signals at data rates up to 16 Gbps with the serial pattern trigger options R&S RTP-K140/K141, which include hardware-based clock data recovery for extracting the embedded clock signal as trigger reference. The trigger supports bit patterns up to 160 bits in length, plus decoding schemes such as 8B/10B, or 128B/132B. Eye diagrams for signal integrity debug, based on the embedded clock, for at-a-glance analysis with the fastest mask test or histogram function provide results within seconds.

The R&S RTP supports debug and compliance test on DRAM memory interfaces using DDR4, DDR4L, and LPDDR4 with the new option R&S RTP-K93. It combines multiple functions such as READ/WRITE decoding, up to four DDR eye displays and automated compliance testing in line with the appropriate JEDEC standards.

The new I/Q mode option R&S RTP-K11 converts modulated signals to I/Q data for analysis, saving acquisition memory, and extending the maximum acquisition time. The R&S VSE vector signal explorer is the right tool for in-depth analysis of wideband radar signals, or demodulating wireless communication signals including 5G NR. The I/Q data can also be used with any suitable external tool for proprietary signal analysis.

The R&S RTP now also provides all the functions required as a time domain reflection (TDR) and transmission (TDT) analysis system to characterize and debug signal paths, such as PCB traces, cables and connectors.

The R&S RTP is a compact high-performance oscilloscope, with a footprint up to 40 percent smaller than competitor products. It is also the quietest, due to the sophisticated cooling concept and silent fans.

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