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Alan Martin
Real User
Power Integrity Lead at Elton Designs
Feb 27 2019

What is most valuable?

In the case of Rohde & Schwarz, I have a power-oriented frequency display option which allows me to do spectral plots of the residual noise that I'm looking at and have… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The Rohde & Schwarz gear that I use is because it's so sensitive. I'm always looking for things way down into the noise floor as part of the electromagnetic compliance… more»

What needs improvement?

There is certainly a learning curve. Finally, watching YouTube videos on using the instrument got me over the hump, as well as a sit down session with one of the… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

In all cases, I have gotten demos of the products prior to purchase. The pricing is expensive, but very fair when you look at the technology that you are getting. These… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

The two LeCroy scopes that I owned were their 12-bit scopes. I had both a 4-channel and an 8-channel gigahertz scope, which ae a lot easier to run. However, they're lower… more»

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

In the case of the Rohde & Schwarz scope, if you set it up side-by-side against the LeCroy 12-bit scopes, it has about a six time lower noise floor, even though it is an… more»
Real User
Design Engineer at Xilinx, Inc.
Feb 03 2019

What is most valuable?

For real-time oscilloscopes, Rohde & Schwarz has a pretty robust solution. * It's compact. * It has low channel noise. * I appreciate their customer support. * It… more»

How has it helped my organization?

I have been able to do quality measurements that I have been unable to achieve with the equipment from some other vendors. Since I spend quite some time in the lab, this… more»

What needs improvement?

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, like Keysight or… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing is very competitive.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

A good friend of mine suggested Rohde & Schwarz. Previously, I was using Keysight LeCroy, so I didn't really know about Rohde & Schwarz. I trust the person who suggested… more»

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We tried Tektronix or Keysight LeCroy. I have nothing against LeCroy, as the company still uses it with some applications, specifically for voluntary measurements, our… more»
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Brandon Jiao
Real User
Staff Transceiver Engineer at Xilinx, Inc.
Mar 02 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are its wide bandwidth and 8 ports. These are very important for us to do the crosstalk evaluation, and they came in at very good price. It is easy to use.

How has it helped my organization?

For the RF application, we care much about the crosstalk on our device and PCBs. Generally, what we can do with the other vendor's product is four-port measurement. It's a bit complicated for us and time consuming to combine all the… more»

What needs improvement?

The GUI could be improved since the hierarchy is a little complicated for the new users. It would be good if the frequently used configurations in the calibration setup such as the signal power, phsical bandwidth etc. could be moved to one… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We did do a demo before purchasing. When we chose this, the price was really reasonable, and it is a high-end product. It had a high price, but we understood that because it had 8 port, the same noise floor (as the competition) with double… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes. We compared a lot based on cost and support. We chose Rohde & Schwartz based on their long history in the RF application. Also, there is high correlation between different products, and our customers are using Rohde & Schwartz's… more»
Real User
Firmware Engineer at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 24 2019

What is most valuable?

* Accuracy * Console/GUI * Zoomable things * Remote access

What needs improvement?

We would like to have autotracking and auto error tracking for regression testing. We would like to know what error happened, when it happened, and during what scenario (such as setup), because right now we have to manually look at when it… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

The previous solution was out-of-date and too old, but we did not switch. We kept the legacy systems in the lab to support legacy customers because not all our customers kept pace. We're the most advanced industry, and we have to support… more»

What other advice do I have?

They are a top tier product. We use it to guarantee our top tier product. That is why we purchased it. The user interface is pretty good. Right now, it is more what we had expected. It's easy and fast to use. There is no learning curve. We… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did a demo with all the vendors that we evaluated. We learned their roadmaps and features. We also exchanged ideas of what they are designing in the future.
Padamanabh Deshmukh
Real User
Hardware Engineer at Cisco Systems, Inc.
Feb 13 2019

What is most valuable?

* The instrument has a wide bandwidth. You can sweep across a wide range of frequencies. * The resolution is good. * The accuracy is pretty good.

How has it helped my organization?

It is a more efficient, easier way to do measurements.

What needs improvement?

It would be good if they would try to automate most things because it has more pressing buttons and repetitive work. If there were automation scripts that they could provide, that would improve things. It would be good if they could go up… more»

What other advice do I have?

The product is good and efficient in terms of the measurements, but it is pretty repetitive to use. The application base that the solution is targeting is a high-speed serial technology. We measure phase noise. The spectrum analyzer that… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did a comparison with the Keysight product, and the resolution of Keysight was more efficient and better compared against Rohde & Schwarz.
Real User
HW Eng. at a tech company with 201-500 employees
Feb 24 2019

What is most valuable?

It was a spectrum analyzer of Rohde & Schwarz so the characterization of RF channels was helpful and it enabled me to see the measurements that I wanted to see. The user interface was very simple to operate and there were a lot of… more»

How has it helped my organization?

I used it almost every day as a lab testing and measurement unit. It was a mandatory instrument for doing my job.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

One of the things I liked less, not only me but also my company, was that Rohde & Schwarz are very expensive. The prices are too high. There are solutions that are almost the same that sell at better prices. It's a problem for Rohde &amp… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I didn't choose Rohde & Schwarz. It was bought in the past, so it was there.

What other advice do I have?

If your company has enough money and you are not a small startup or a medium startup, purchase Rohde & Schwarz. But, of course, a small company or small startups that are just at the start, this is not a good solution for you. There wasn't… more»
George Brown
Real User
Sr Electrical Engineer at TVH Americas
Feb 24 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the accuracy and repeatability.

How has it helped my organization?

Repeatability is the main thing: Being able to go back to the lab and test get the same results. I know what to fix and how much to fix and when to stop.

What needs improvement?

In terms of the user interface, the program is great but the front panel is a little bit tough to get through. In the next release, I would like to see report generation… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing is too high.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

The previous solution dropped by the wayside. It was HP, and then it went to Agilent. Rohde & Schwarz has always been top-end. That's what influenced it.

What other advice do I have?

Save up your money and get one. It's worth it. There was most definitely a learning curve. On any instrument there's a learning curve. It took me a good two weeks. Our… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Tektronix was definitely on the shortlist but I still like Rohde & Schwarz displays and accuracy. We didn't do a trial before purchasing.
Arnav Shah
Real User
Hardware Engineer at a tech company with 51-200 employees
Feb 13 2019

What is most valuable?

The noise sensitivity: It has a low noise floor.

How has it helped my organization?

The noise floor for reference clocks is pretty low, so this instrument is able to measure it where others cannot.

What needs improvement?

The user interface could be improved, e.g., the documentation on the menus. I have to open a separate document to figure out the functionality sometimes. Some primaries… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing is way too expensive.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

This product was advertised by them. They demoed it for us. That is how we evaluated, bought, and purchased it. During the demo, we learned the limitations on what it can… more»

What other advice do I have?

Understand the features that it has. It is very unclear if you first use the product, like what exactly every button is doing. It was not that big of a learning curve. It… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The noise sensitivity was better with Rohde & Schwarz, and the only competitor that we know of is KeySight and their PXA product.
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Oscilloscope innovation that delivers measurement confidence. Excellent signal fidelity, high acquisition rate, an innovative trigger system and a clever user interface - that’s what you get with Rohde & Schwarz, a leading manufacturer of oscilloscopes. Match your needs with the right oscilloscope platform, probing options and software applications. From general purpose test to solutions for specific industry standards, we have you covered.

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