Test, Measurement & Inspection Product of the Year
Product Name: R&S RTO6
Company: Rohde & Schwarz
New R&S RTO6 oscilloscopes from Rohde & Schwarz deliver instant insights thanks to enhanced usability and performance
About 10 years ago, Rohde & Schwarz surprised the professional world with its first digital oscilloscope, the R&S®RTO. Its latest oscilloscope in the series has been completely redesigned and updated, providing users with an all-new and enhanced R&S®RTO6.
Launched in July 2021, the R&S RTO6 has been engineered to deliver reliable results, it provides a sophisticated laboratory companion to solve measurement problems quickly and keep users on schedule. The R&S RTO6 oscilloscope series leverages the engineer’s expertise and builds measurement confidence by achieving deep insights, whenever needed.
Ideal for a wide range of applications, the R&S RTO6 oscilloscope series supplies superior signals for test teams to gain deeper insights. Its large 15.6″ touchscreen and a new graphical user interface (GUI), combined with a high waveform update rate, excellent signal fidelity, digital trigger and deep responsive memory serve as a fully integrated test solution for frequency, protocol, and logic analysis. Its rich measurement toolset is combined with a streamlined user interface to help quickly solve simple to complex circuit issues.
The R&S RTO6 has been enhanced with a wide range of upgrades. The new “best of midrange” instrument comes with an updated user interface, a larger display, excellent specifications and a comprehensive range of software options, providing faster and more detailed insights into all types of electronic circuits than ever.
Made by users, for users, many customer requests were considered when designing the R&S RTO6 to achieve maximum user ergonomics. Users benefit from a large-area measurement display and at the same time can quickly access all functions through a compact main menu and multiple toolbars.
It is often helpful for engineers to be able to correlate the time and frequency behaviour of a device under test (DUT). Boasting four channels and two domains, the R&S RTO6 displays the DUT’s time and frequency response for multiple channels simultaneously.
Improved usability for fast and simple measurement results
A key focus for the Rohde & Schwarz engineers in the development of the new oscilloscope was improving the operational efficiency and usability for everyday measurements. From the start, the most obvious enhancements are a large 15.6″ touch display and a new user interface. Its design successfully balances the conflicting requirements of a maximized, unobstructed viewing area for measurements and constant access to control elements and desired functions without users having to work their way through deep menu trees. Users can arrange results on the screen as desired, using the tried and tested R&S®SmartGrid function. Screenshots with the most recent oscilloscope displays can be stored as save sets. These are easily identified and recalled later.
Excellent specifications for in-depth signal information
The R&S RTO6 key figures include offering six different bandwidth models from 600 MHz to 6 GHz, a sampling rate of 20 Gsample/s, and an unrivalled acquisition rate of up to one million waveforms per second, enabling reliable detection even of sporadic signal anomalies. Low-noise components and a highly linear A/D converter result in excellent signal integrity and up to 9.4 ENOB (Effective Number of Bits). It was the first test instrument of its type to offer a high-definition mode. This uses a digital filter to increase the vertical resolution to a maximum of sixteen bits, ensuring highly precise measurements with low noise. The Rohde & Schwarz patented digital trigger offers adjustable hysteresis and can fully utilize this high resolution to isolate the smallest signal details.
Abundant measurement functions for 1001 applications
The R&S RTO6 is a universal instrument with a wealth of functions, which can be further expanded with software options to support many special applications.
For example, the new zone trigger offers an effective tool. Users can easily define trigger zones in both time and frequency domains, simply by drawing them with a finger on the touchscreen. In the same UI, users can set up mask tests with simple touch gestures for signal error detection with defined tolerance limits.
Software-based applications with the new R&S RTO6 introduce automated compliance testing of high-speed interfaces including jitter and noise analysis, decoding of serial protocols, measurement functions for power electronics, and high-performance spectrum analysis (FFT), which supports users, especially with EMI debugging. All measurement functions come preinstalled and can be simply and quickly enabled via keycode at any time. An extensive probe portfolio, which can also be used with other Rohde & Schwarz oscilloscopes, is available for contacting the DUTs.
As with the earlier oscilloscopes in the R&S RTO series, the R&S RTO6 has been perfected for maximum user convenience. Another key factor for all-day stress-free lab use is quiet operation, and the barely audible R&S RTO6 fulfils all expectations in this regard.
The new R&S RTO oscilloscopes have proved a hit with oscilloscope users: already fulfilling the promise of its launch and delivering cost-effective benefits to Rohde & Schwarz customers.