Winners of the LEAP Awards (Leadership in Engineering Achievement Program) in the category of test & measurement include Rohde & Schwarz with its R&S RTP high-performance oscilloscope.
The LEAP Awards honor innovative product technology in 12 categories. As determined by 14 industry judges hailing from institutions such as Steris Corp., the University of Missouri, and 3Degrees LLC, the votes are in.
The R&S RTP high-performance oscilloscope combines high-class signal integrity with a fast acquisition rate. New 13-GHz and 16-GHz models offer features that include time domain reflection (TDR) and transmission (TDT) analysis to characterize and debug signal paths. Billed as the most compact, multi-purpose lab instrument on the market today, the R&S RTP is said to offer a footprint up to 40% smaller than competing products.
The bandwidth of the industry-leading digital trigger is extends to 16 GHz to provide high precision for detecting small and intermittent signals. The R&S RTP triggers on real-time deembedded signals and supports all trigger types including pulse width, setup and hold, or runt, up to the full instrument bandwidth.
R&S RTP users can now analyze high-speed serial signals at data rates up to 16 Gbps with serial pattern trigger options which include hardware-based clock data recovery for extracting the embedded clock signal as trigger reference. The trigger supports bit patterns up to 160 bits in length, plus decoding schemes such as 8B/10B, or 128B/132B. Eye diagrams for signal integrity debug, based on the embedded clock.
The R&S RTP supports debug and compliance tests on DRAM memory interfaces using DDR4, DDR4L, and LPDDR4. It combines multiple functions such as read/write decoding, up to four DDR eye displays and automated compliance testing in line with the appropriate Jedec standards.
An I/Q mode option converts modulated signals to I/Q data for analysis, saving acquisition memory, and extending the maximum acquisition time. The I/Q data can also be used with any suitable external tool for proprietary signal analysis.
The R&S RTP also provides all the functions required as a TDR and TDT analysis to characterize and debug signal paths such as PCB traces, cables and connectors. A new option combines highly symmetrical differential pulse signals with analog input channels to provide TDT/TDR analysis for both single-ended and differential signals.
The oscilloscope addresses electronics developers in many industries and market sectors, particularly in the fields of automotive, aerospace and defense, industrial and telecommunications. It is suited for debugging embedded electronic designs including high-speed buses (such as USB, PCI Express, MIPI or DDR memory interfaces), multichannel RF interfaces (radio or radar), complex power management units, and simple control and programming buses such as I2C, and SPI. It is said to be the only instrument on the market that compensates for transmission loss from the signal source to the oscilloscope in real time.