RIGOL Announces new Custom Chipset and Oscilloscope Architecture

RIGOL Technologies continues its 19 year history of Test and Measurement innovation with the announcement of its new Phoenix Oscilloscope chipset and the Ultravision II oscilloscope architecture.  These technology innovations, years in development, will help transform the RIGOL portfolio allowing RIGOL to address the needs of higher performance applications.  

There are three chips in the Phoenix chipset (each named after stars in the Phoenix Constellation).  The Analog front end chip (named Beta Phoenicis) will allow for front end bandwidth as high as 4 GHz, integrates all functionality required by digital Oscilloscopes analog modules, including 1Mohm channel input attenuator can be realised fast and really "quiet" sound switch stalls; due to the chip using a unique circuit design, 1M Ω mode overdrive recovery time reduce to 0.5% of the existing product . The chip need only add a few external components to form a Oscilloscopes analog front-end channels, revealing the " simple is beautiful " system design and greatly improve DSO consistency and reliability. Other then the analog front end chip, Rigol also have the Signal Processing Chip (named Ankaa) supports 10 GSa/s data acquisition capability  and the Probe Amplifier Chip (named Gamma Phoenicis) will support up to 6 GHz differential probe. The ASICs are based entirely on RIGOL IP and were developed entirely inhouse.

“Over the past 19 years RIGOL has proven ourselves to be an innovator in the Basic and Value segments of the Oscilloscope market” say Rico Wang, President of RIGOL Technologies “but with the introduction of this new chip set, developed through years of painstaking research and development, RIGOL will now be able to bring the RIGOL value proposition to more performance oriented applications.” 

The Phoenix Chipset enables RIGOL to revolutionise its scope performance with the new UltraVision II architecture. These enhancements will lead to products with significantly faster waveform capture rates, new filtering and triggering capabilities, and unprecedented memory depths and search capabilities.  When combined with the HW performance of the Phoenix Chipset, Ultravision II will transform the customer value proposition in the 1-4 GHz oscilloscope market.

At the chipset launch review in Suzhou China RIGOL demonstrated its prototype scope utilising Phoenix and Ultravision II.  With  4 GHz Bandwidth, 20 GSa/sec realtime sample rate and 1 Billion point memory depth it shows that there will soon be a new player in the performance oscilloscope market.

Wolfgang Bartels, General Manager of RIGOL Europe says, “We are very excited for the introduction of products utilising the new Phoenix chipset.  It will allow us to bring our unique RIGOL price performance value proposition to a new class of customers needing advanced instrument performance and application support. RIGOL will formally announce our first products utilising the Phoenix Chipset before the end of 2017 with initial customer shipments planned in Q4 2017.”

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