Rohde & Schwarz introduces compact MXO 5C series

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Rohde & Schwarz has announced the extension of its portfolio with the introduction of a 2U high oscilloscope/digitiser that’s been tailored for rack mount and other applications where a low-profile form factor is critical.

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The new MXO 5C series is the company’s first oscilloscope without an integrated display. It delivers the same performance as the previously introduced MXO 5 series, but with a fourth of the vertical height.

The MXO 5C oscilloscope comes with four or eight channels and the series specifically addresses rack mount and automated test system applications where users are often confronted with space limitations.

The instrument’s 2U vertical height – just 3.5” or 8.9 cm – allows engineers to deploy it in test systems where a traditional oscilloscope with a large display would not fit. The compact form factor is also of help in applications with high channel density where users need a large number of channels in a small volume. Users operate the instrument via the integrated web interface, or they interact with it exclusively programmatically and use the instrument as a high-speed digitiser.

Like other MXO oscilloscopes, the MXO 5C series builds on next-generation MXO-EP processing ASIC technology developed by Rohde & Schwarz. It can offer what is said to be the fastest acquisition capture rate in the world of up to 4.5 million acquisitions per second. This makes it the first compact oscilloscope that allows engineers to capture up to 99% real-time signal activity enabling them to see more signal details and infrequent events better.

According to Philip Diegmann, Vice President Oscilloscopes at Rohde & Schwarz, “While oscilloscopes with large displays work well for bench usage, we’ve had a number of customers ask for a version that is tailored for rack mount applications. At the same time, we have customers who need a large channel count, for example in physics. With the MXO 5C we created an instrument that offers the best possible performance for both scenarios.”

The new form factor makes it possible to place many channels in close proximity. The eight-channel model of the MXO 5C provides a channel density of 1500 cm3 per channel and consumes just 23W per channel.

While primarily designed for rack mount usage, the instrument also doubles as a stand-alone bench oscilloscope.

Users can attach an external display via the built-in DisplayPort and HDMI connectors, or they can access the instrument’s GUI via a web interface by typing in the oscilloscope’s IP address into their browser. As the first oscilloscope to offer E-ink display technology, the MXO 5C shows the IP address and other critical information on a small non-volatile display on the front of instrument, which stays visible even when power is switched off.

Like the MXO 5, the MXO 5C series comes in both four and eight channel models, in bandwidth ranges with100 MHz, 200 MHz, 350 MHz, 500 MHz, 1 GHz, and 2 GHz models.

Various upgrade options are available to users with demanding application needs, such as 16 digital channels with a mixed-signal oscilloscope (MSO) option, an integrated dual-channel 100 MHz arbitrary generator, protocol decode and triggering options for industry-standard buses and a frequency response analyser to enhance the capabilities of the instrument.

The MXO 5C series oscilloscopes are now available from Rohde & Schwarz and selected distribution channel partners.