Rohde & Schwarz is today launching its first dedicated oscilloscopes. It has
developed its own ASICs and A to D converters to support the new design which is
described as 20 times faster than existing devices.
The company is using many of the technologies developed for its
communications design and test equipment using frequency domain techniques to
attack the competitive time domain scope market.
Naerly ten years ago the company launched the VSA video measurement system
which it said combined the functions of a video analyzer, vectorscope,
oscilloscope, monitor and controller (PC) in a 19-inch desktop.
The VSA's 3-channel oscilloscope could simultaneously display of the same
signal with different time scales in up to three separate windows.
In 2005 it brought Hameg Instruments, an established vendor with more than 20
years of experience in the field of budget oscilloscopes and measuring
equipment. In early 2008, Hameg expanded its product portfolio, introducing
digital oscilloscopes in the frequency range up to 350 MHz.
The latest initiative is an entirely different prospect to the VSA and the
company is claiming that "there wasn't an instrument on the market that could
meet our engineers requirements. So we built one ourselves."
It has developed two families to attack the 500 to 2GHz segment. — Rohde
& Schwarz is launching two new product families that will position the
company as an oscilloscope vendor in the global marketplace.
"We are looking at a global market volume of around one billion dollars,"
said Michael Vohrer, President and CEO of Rohde & Schwarz. "This is why
Rohde & Schwarz is focusing strategically not just on its existing customer
base in areas such as wireless communications or aerospace and defense, but also
on new customers, particularly those in the wide-base electronics market."
"In response to our customers’ wishes, we are rounding out our portfolio and
moving into an interesting, yet highly competitive market – exactly the kind of
challenge we like to take on at Rohde & Schwarz," added Vohrer.
Market figures issued by specialist sector researcher Prime Data in 2007
showed that Tektronix had 55 percent of the market with Agilent having a 23
percent share and Le Croy 13 percent while Yokogawa had 4 percent.. "It is our
initial intention to take third spot," said Roland Steffen, head of the test and
The two new product families consist of a total of six instruments. The R&S
RTO family, comprising oscilloscopes with bandwidths of 1 GHz and 2 GHz, is
aimed at the high-performance segment while the RTM family are 500 MHz and
intended for universal applications wherever electrical signals need to be