R&S Introduces New Generation of Cost Effective RF Test Equipment

Rohde & Schwarz has released a portfolio of value class instruments, spotlighting five key technologies. The value instruments portfolio features more than 100 products and 300 accessories that have been developed for those customers with lower budgets. The portfolio includes the RTB2000, RTM3000, and the RTA4000 Oscilloscopes, the FPC1500 Spectrum Analyzer and the HMP4040 Power Supply.

Designed with the high quality and precision that users have come to expect of Rohde & Schwarz, the new value instruments are manufactured at the same European plants as the company’s higher-end products. With 85 years of experience and renowned German engineering, the company’s value instruments provide the performance needed for measurement tasks in everyday laboratory operations at universities and research and development facilities.

Below are five interesting products from the R&S Value Line.

R&S FPC1500 Spectrum Analyzer

Starting under $3,000 USD, the FPC1500 spectrum analyzer is the only entry-level spectrum analyzer on the market with the value and capabilities of a three-in-one instrument – a spectrum analyzer, vector network analyzer and a signal generator. Featuring a frequency range of 5 kHz to 1 GHz, the spectrum analyzer can be upgraded to 2 GHz or 3 GHz frequency. In addition to being able to measure RF signals, it is also an RF signal generator and features a tracking generator and independent continuous wave (CW) signal generator. It also includes a one-port vector network analyzer with Smith chart display, a signal generator, internal voltage standing wave ratio (VSWR) bridge, independent signal source and resolution bandwidth settings down to 1 Hz. It includes a 10.1-inch Wide XGA (WXGA) display (1366 x 768 pixel), is Wi-Fi-enabled and includes a remote control capability. It is compatible with iOS, Android and PCs and features low noise floor and high maximum input power.

R&S HMP4040 Power Supply

As the only power supply on the market featuring four channels, The HMP4040 power supply offers a maximum voltage of 128 V and maximum current of 40 A, up to 10 A output current per channel. 160 W of channel power is available with the HMP4040, and unlike other power supplies available on the market, the product offers the same voltage range on all channels. It comes standard with a dual USB/LAN interface and locates all basic functions on the front panel to allow for direct access. Offering high efficiency and low residual ripple, the product includes a wide variety of protection features to prevent damage to the instrument and the device under test (DUT), such as over temperature, overload and short-circuit protection.


Rohde & Schwarz’s value-class oscilloscopes go far beyond the features of a traditional oscilloscope; the instrument includes a logic analyzer, protocol analyzer, waveform and pattern generator and voltmeter in the same instrument. Featuring the power of 10, Rohde & Schwarz’s value instrument oscilloscopes include a class exclusive 10-bit analog-to- digital converter (A/D converter), 10s of Msamples of memory and a 10.1-inch touchscreen offering the highest resolution in its class: 1280x800 pixel. The technology’s 10-bit A/D converter provides sharper waveforms and more signal details, compared to conventional 8-bit A/D converters, yielding up to four-fold improvement.

R&S RTB2000 Oscilloscope

The R&S RTB2000 oscilloscope features a 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen that allows users to quickly navigate pop-up menus and adjust scaling by zooming in or moving a waveform. A memory depth of 10 Msample is available on every channel if all channels are active, or users can benefit from 20 Msample when channels are interleaved. The RTB2000 offers 10 times more memory than comparable oscilloscopes, allowing users to capture longer signal sequences for more analysis results. Starting at $1,370 USD, the oscilloscope features a frequency range of 70 MHz to 300 MHz. Utilizing state-of-the-art A/D converters and low-noise frontends, the oscilloscope is able to precisely measure even the smallest vertical resolution. Combining the product’s smart operating concepts with the power of 10 makes it the ideal tool for troubleshooting embedded designs during development, or settings such as university laboratories and production and service departments.

R&S RTM3000 Oscilloscope

The RTM3000 offers a frequency range of 100 MHz to 1 GHz and is available starting at $3,560 USD. The oscilloscope features a custom 10-bit A/D converter to deliver four-fold improvement over conventional 8-bit A/D converters, providing users with sharper waveforms and more signal details. As with the RTB2000, the RTM3000 features a 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen in compact form. This is the largest capacitive display with the highest resolution (1290x800 pixel) in its class.

R&S RTA4000 Oscilloscope

Designed with class-leading signal integrity and responsive ultra-deep memory, the RTA4000 oscilloscope brings the power of 10 to a new level. It is specifically designed to address signal integrity, helping users avoid compromising measurement accuracy for an affordable instrument. Compared to other oscilloscopes in its class, the RTA4000 includes standard ultra-deep memory, 100 Msample per channel, or 200 Msample in interleaved mode, and a fast update rate to overcome any challenge. The product’s class-leading low noise allows users to maximize use of the resolution available, ultimately revealing signals that may be hidden in the noise of other oscilloscopes. This high-resolution decimation allows it to provide up to 16-bit vertical resolution, a resolution previously unseen in a value class instrument. Starting at $5,950 USD, the RTA4000 also features a frequency range of 200 MHz to 1 GHz, outstanding sensitivity down to 500 µV/div and class-leading time- based accuracy of ±0.5 ppm to ensure accurate measurements over long time periods. Ideal for applications ranging from EMI debugging to power integrity and power analysis, the oscilloscope adapts to project updates as needed to best grow with user needs.

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