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MXO 4 oscilloscope boosts real time update rate

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By Nick Flaherty


Rohde & Schwarz has developed a new range of 12bit oscilloscopes with a focus on real time update rates.

The R&S MXO 4 oscilloscopes have an update rate of 4.5 million acquisitions per second, and come in four-channel models with bandwidths of 200 MHz, 350 MHz, 500 MHz, 1 GHz, and 1.5 GHz. 

The faster update times allows development teams to quickly see and isolate infrequent events, get a better understanding of physical layer signals and test faster. A standard acquisition memory of 400 Mpts on all four channels gives the instrument up to 100 times the standard memory of comparable instruments.

This is enabled by a 200 Gbps processing ASIC, which is one of several new technology blocks Rohde & Schwarz engineers developed and implemented for the first time in the R&S MXO 4 series.

“The new hardware and software technology blocks and architecture allowed our development team to achieve a once-in-a-decade engineering breakthrough,” said Dr. Andreas Werner, Vice President Oscilloscopes at Rohde & Schwarz.

The R&S MXO 4 series incorporates a 12-bit ADC that operates across all the instrument sample rates with an 18-bit vertical resolution architecture for greater resolution precision. It also has the lowest noise and largest offset range (+/- 5V with a 500uV/div scaling) for improved visibility of DC and other signals.

More acquisition memory enables oscilloscopes to capture more time and retain rated bandwidth information for shorter time base settings. With a simultaneous standard acquisition memory of 400 Mpts on all four channels, the R&S MXO 4 series has up to 100 times the standard memory of its primary competition. The additional memory also provides extra measurement capability when needed.

A digital trigger comes standard with all R&S MXO 4 series oscilloscopes. The trigger sensitivity of 1/10 000 division can isolate difficult-to-find small physical layer anomalies in the presence of large signals.

Many development engineers need to debug products and test in both the time and frequency domains. In addition to time domain measurements, the MXO 4 supports 45 000 FFTs (Fast Fourier Transforms) per second, while comparable oscilloscopes deliver fewer than 10 FFTs per second. This base feature lets engineers view more RF signals than with any other oscilloscope in its class.

The R&S MXO 4 series incorporates a 13.3” full-HD capacitive touchscreen and an intuitive user interface with rack and VESA mounting options.

Upgrade options include 16 integrated digital channels with a mixed signal oscilloscope (MSO), an integrated dual channel 100 MHz arbitrary generator, protocol decode and triggering options for a variety of industry standard buses and other options that expand the oscilloscope’s capabilities.

The new R&S MXO 4 series oscilloscopes are now available from Rohde & Schwarz and selected distribution channel partners. Pricing starts at E7600.

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