R&S offers entry-level mixed-signal oscilloscope

September 12, 2014. The R&S HMO1002 Series mixed-signal oscilloscopes, developed by Rohde & Schwarz's subsidiary HAMEG Instruments, can be expanded at any time from 50 MHz to 70 MHz or even 100 MHz by means of a simple upgrade option (which is now available for all HAMEG instruments).

The R&S HMO1002 includes mixed-signal functionality while offering a three-figure price point. The fanless design of the R&S HMO1002 is another feature that ensures quiet operation and makes the instrument less susceptible to faults. The oscilloscope's antiglare display takes up approximately 40% of the front-panel area and is easy to read. A logic probe can be connected to the front panel.

An integrated pattern generator enables professional embedded developers to program protocol messages at up to 50 Mb/s. This feature makes it possible, for example, to emulate circuit components that are still under development. The 4-bit counter output (adjustable up to 25 MHz) allows developers to use the pattern generator as a clock source. The instrument's high signal update rate of up to 10,000 waveforms/second makes it possible to measure signal deviations with precision. Its mask based pass/fail tests are other features appealing to developers.

The three-digit digital voltmeter integrated into the R&S HMO1002 makes it possible to perform voltage measurements simultaneously on both analog channels, with two user-definable parameters each. The digital component tester helps service technicians check the functionality of capacitors, coils, and semiconductor elements quickly and easily.

Teaching staff in the education sector will find the education mode in the R&S HMO1002 attractive. All of the fully automatic analysis tools that measure up to 28 parameters of a signal (QuickView, auto set, auto measurement) are switched off in this mode. Those who want to circumvent this function will not get far. The auto-analysis functions can be briefly switched on. However, the result memory clears each time screenshots are made in an effort to record them, leaving correctly implemented manual measurements as the only method of gaining access to screenshots. Correctly measured screenshots are also labeled, making them clearly recognizable as such to teaching staff.

The R&S HMO1002 mixed-signal oscilloscopes expand the Value Instruments product range, a shared portfolio of universal T&M equipment from Rohde & Schwarz and its subsidiary HAMEG.


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