Beaverton, OR. Rigol Technologies Inc. announced an expansion to its portfolio of mixed-signal oscilloscopes. The new DS1000Z Plus Series allows customers to purchase a traditional 4-channel analog scope and then upgrade with 16-channel logic analysis capability at a later time.
The DS1000Z Plus provides an entry-level instrument suited to the needs of educators, hobbyists, and entry-level embedded designers. With bandwidths of 70 MHz to 100 MHz, four analog channels, 1-GS/s sampling, 12-Mpt memory, and an optional integrated 2-channel source, the DS1000Z Plus provides a capable instrument at a price starting at $639. As analysis needs grow there are five available upgrades that can be purchased and applied to the instrument at any time:
- MSO upgrade adds 16-channel logic-analysis capability.
- Advanced triggering adds advanced triggering capabilities for complex debug.
- Record mode supports record and replay up to 60,000 frames.
- Serial decode and trigger supports many popular buses.
- Extended memory offers memory depth to 24 MPts.
The ability to add these features at any point allows customers an affordable entry point scope with the ability to extend capabilities as needed.
“The DS1104Z-S Plus oscilloscope is the ideal instrument for our electronics lab,” stated Dr. Tom Briggs from Shippensburg University. “Its small footprint and embedded function generator are ideal for labs where square footage is a premium. After completing a self-paced, hands-on lab introducing them to the scope, students are able to independently use the wide array of features, from analyzing basic AC and DC signals, through decoding communications buses with the MSO Upgrade Package. The students prefer the new Rigol scopes over our previous scopes, especially the easy-to-use trigger options and the all-in-one measurements screen.”
Mike Rizzo, general manager for Rigol USA, explained, “Our customers need flexibility and an affordable entry point into new technology. Unfortunately, the incremental cost of adding logic-analysis capabilities at purchase has left some customers purchasing products today that don’t meet the needs of tomorrow. The DS1000Z Plus eliminates that concern, and customers can be confident their scope will grow with their application needs. As an added benefit for some of our customers in teaching labs, the logic analysis probe can be shared between multiple instruments, further minimizing the investment required in environments where logic analysis needs are only infrequently required.”
The Rigol mixed-signal oscilloscope portfolio spans 70 MHz to 500 MHz, meeting the needs of most educational labs and embedded designers. The four DS1000Z Plus models are available and shipping today. Existing DS1000Z Models are not upgradeable and there remains no MSO version for our popular 50MHZ DS1054Z. Customers desiring this flexibility of the MSO upgradability will need to purchase a 70-MHz unit.