Rohde & Schwarz Oscilloscopes Competitors and Alternatives

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DesignEnc5eb
Design Engineer at Xilinx, Inc.
MSP
Feb 3, 2019
This product makes my life easier, results better, and speeds up my work

What is our primary use case?

We use it to measure power supply noise. We are using a couple of types of oscilloscopes from the RTO®2000 product line. We use the spectrum analyzer and signal source analyzer.

Pros and Cons

  • "I have been able to do quality measurements that I have been unable to achieve with the equipment from some other vendors."
  • "There was a learning curve. Their use interface and the way that their products work are not intuitive to somebody who switches from other vendors."

What other advice do I have?

I would advise someone to seriously consider using Rhode & Schwarz's equipment, especially if they have similar needs to mine. Most of the time, I'm not measuring signals, I'm measuring noise. I'm measuring noise on the power supply. This is important because they are multiple components squeezing through a single chip, so the power supply is always stressed. They can interact and talk to each other, so you want to make sure that doesn't happen. I use the full bandwidth of this solution.
Hwe5e6
User at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Real User
Feb 20, 2019
Serial data analyzers and jitter measurements are free, but unit should be smaller, portable

What is our primary use case?

We use it for monitoring and measuring signals in telecom systems. We are measuring anything from low-speed to high-speed and we are usually using the whole bandwidth of the product.

Pros and Cons

  • "Most of the features offered are free, like serial data analyzers or jitter measurements."
  • "The size of the unit is too big, too heavy. It has to be made more portable and smaller."

What other advice do I have?

When you're used to a product, go with the same product or vendor, unless the price of another is really cheap. There's a definite learning curve. I'm used to Tek or Agilent. I would rate this product at seven out of ten because there's a learning curve that's involved in using the product.
Alan Martin
Power Integrity Lead at Elton Designs
Real User
Feb 27, 2019
The ability to have both the time domain and frequency domain, where the frequency domain is a very broad spectral plot, is extremely valuable

What is our primary use case?

I'm very much in the power integrity field. I spend a lot of time working for a major semi-conductor manufacturer doing silicon validation. Our end product has to pass all the various FCC compliance tests, which is sort of the field of expertise that I have. For a customer to build a product with a switching mode power supply in it and be able to provide some degree of certification or comfort, they have to pass the compliance test which permits them to sell into the marketplace. That has always been an emphasis of mine, when I'm doing application engineering for a semiconductor company… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "The ability to have both the time domain and frequency domain, where the frequency domain is a very broad spectral plot, is extremely valuable."
  • "The Rohde & Schwarz user interface is very oriented towards drop and drag functions on the screen. Some of those are just not obvious how to use. You have to have somebody get you over the hump."

What other advice do I have?

It is a remarkable scope. It is hard to get used to compared to other oscilloscopes because of the cryptic user interface. However, once you get over that, it's got a lot of power. We are not using this product to support connected devices, e.g., IoT development, nor are we planning to going forward. Trial the models. Use them and see what the limits are that you can get away with using the highest-end gear, and also if you will need to step back to a lower-end product, like RIGOL. In the case of the Rohde & Schwarz, with the number of equivalent screen updates that it does per second,you can…
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