electronica: Chip-set takes oscilloscope to new level

Posted By : Mick Elliott
electronica: Chip-set takes oscilloscope to new level

A test and measurement highlight at electronica was RIGOL Technologies’ addition to its UltraVision II family of oscilloscopes. The MSO5000 Series digital oscilloscope delivers transformational price/performance capability in a bench oscilloscope, says RIGOL. At the heart of the UltraVision II architecture is the Phoenix chip-set.

Two custom ASICs provide analogue front end and signal processing performance.

These chips are surrounded by a high performance hardware design including Xilinx Zync-7000 SoC, dual-core ARM-9 processors, a Linux +Qt operating system, high-speed DDR system memory and QDRII display memory.

The oscilloscope offers bandwidth from 70MHz to 350MHz, 8GSa/sec sample rate, 500,000 wfms/sec waveform capture rate, and up to 200M Record Length, the MSO5000 Series delivers system performance, signal resolution and memory depth unmatched in its class.

Solving customer's challenges requires analysis capabilities and the MSO5000 Series provides a comprehensive set of advanced analysis tools. Seven-in-One instrument capability provides 7 measurement functions in one box.

The instruments packs in an oscilloscope, logic analyser, protocol analyser, spectrum analyser, waveform generator, digital voltmeter, and counter/totaliser functionality.

In addition, tools like zone triggering, advanced search, 41 precision measurements, multiple high-resolution Colour FFTs, as well as standard histogram and pass/fail analysis are available.  

The MSO5000 is fully upgradable. A customer buying the entry-level model can add analogue and digital channels, analysis options and upgrade instrument bandwidth via software enabled licenses as their hardware requirements change.

This seamless upgradability allows for low cost of entry and investment protection. 

The MSO5000 Series comes with a next generation user interface giving a user five ways to interact with their instrument.

A vivid 9in. display supports a responsive and intuitive touch navigation.

Customers requiring a larger display can take advantage of the native HDMI support to drive external displays and control the instrument with a mouse.

The MSO5000 also supports a touch enabled browser capability so you can control the instrument on your network via a tablet or smartphone.

The MSO5000 Series is available and shipping now. There are 6 Models ranging from 70MHz to 350MHz with 2 or 4 analogue channels.

"As RIGOL celebrates our 20th anniversary it is exciting to bring a product like the MSO5000 to market. RIGOL's commitment to ongoing innovation is represented in our Phoenix chipset, as well as the rapid deployment of that technology to customers who previously have not had access to these capabilities," says Michael Rizzo, General Manager of RIGOL North America. "Much as our DS1000Z revolutionised customer price performance assumptions in 2013 and helped redefine customer expectations in the value scope space; now RIGOL's MSO5000 will drive a similar transformation in the basic embedded market. Customers will have access to unprecedented performance and analysis capabilities at prices starting well below $1000."

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