27.09.2016|Articles & Video

RIGOL Digital Oscilloscopes and Company Profile

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RIGOL T&M Devices

1999 RIGOL RVO2100 Virtual Digital Storage Oscilloscope
2002 RIGOL DS3000 Series
Digital Storage Oscilloscopes
2004 RIGOL DS5000 Series Digital Storage Oscilloscopes
2006 RIGOL DS1000 Series Digital Storage Oscilloscopes
2006 RIGOL DG2000 Series Function/Arbitrary Waveform Generators
2006 RIGOL DG3000 Series Function/Arbitrary Waveform Generators
2006 RIGOL DM3000 Series Digital Multimeters
2006 RIGOL DS1000C/CD Series Digital Storage Oscilloscopes
2007 RIGOL DS1000A Series Digital Storage Oscilloscopes
2007 RIGOL DG1000 Series Function/Arbitrary Waveform Generators
2007 RIGOL DS1000E Series Digital Storage Oscilloscopes
2007 RIGOL DS1000CA Series Digital Storage Oscilloscopes
2008 RIGOL DS1000B Series Digital Storage Oscilloscopes
2009 RIGOL DS6000 Series Digital Storage Oscilloscopes
2009 RIGOL DP1308A Programmable DC Power Supply
2009 RIGOL DSA1000A Series RF Spectrum Analyzers
2009 RIGOL DS6000 Series Digital Storage Oscilloscopes
2010 RIGOL DM3068 Digital Multimeter
2010 RIGOL DG5000 Series Function/Arbitrary Waveform Generators
2010 RIGOL DP1116A Programmable DC Power Supply
2011 RIGOL DG4000 Series Function/Arbitrary Waveform Generators 
2011 RIGOL DS4000 Series Digital Storage Oscilloscopes
2011 RIGOL DSA800 Series Spectrum Analyzers
2012 RIGOL DS2000 Series Digital Storage Oscilloscopes
2013 RIGOL MSO4000 Series Mixed Signal Oscilloscopes
2014 RIGOL DS2000A Series Digital Storage Oscilloscopes
2014 RIGOL MSO1000Z Series Mixed Signal Oscilloscopes
2014 RIGOL MSO2000A Series Mixed Signal Oscilloscopes
2014 RIGOL DS1000Z Series Digital Storage Oscilloscopes
2015 RIGOL DSG800 Series RF Signal Generators

In the complex process of repairing electronic devices a range of measuring equipment is required to perform it successfully. Most technicians easily deal with a multimeter; however, an oscilloscope is a more complex measuring tool. Here we will discuss some specific feaures of using oscilloscopes and give some explanations as to their applications.

What Is an Oscilloscope and How to Use It?

Oscilloscope is the second most irreplaceable device (first being a multimeter) in electronics. It represents an “upgraded” version of a voltmeter. However, apart from measuring certain voltages, it allows analyzing its form. You may use an oscilloscope to quickly trace the malfunction in the circuit and troubleshoot it.

The main part of a scope is its screen showing signal. The signal image on the scope screen is called an oscillogram. The display area is divided into cells. The data reading is conducted as follows: the number of vertical cells from the upper to the lower pulse end corresponds to the measured signal voltage. The horizontal cells represent the time parameter. When you know the time period of one pulse oscillation, you may easily calculate its frequency. You do not need to count cells and parameter values, as modern oscilloscopes may automatically measure the signal parameters and display the required values on the screen.

Depending on the model an oscilloscope may be equipped with one, two or more signal input channels, allowing you to analyze several signals simultaneously and compare them with each other. In the most simple case the scope has one active (signal) probe and one ground probe.

When the probes are not connected to a signal source, the scope screen will show a so called horizontal “zero line”. It means we have 0 Volts on the input. If you connect the probes to, say, a battery – the line will go several cells up, the number of cells corresponding to the value of the voltage measured. However, if the active probe is connected to a positive, the line goes up, but if you change the probes it will go the same number of cells down.

Oscilloscopes — What Do We Need Them For?

The sphere of oscilloscope application is extremely wide. The possibility to see the performance of the electrical signal may considerably speed up the diagnostics and consequently the repair of almost any device.
Using an oscilloscope you may:

  • determine the voltage and time parameters of the signal, and calculate the frequency;
  • observe the waveform and make conclusions about its nature;
  • trace the signal  distortions in certain circuit sections;
  • determine the phase offset;
  • determine the ratio between the useful signal and the noise, as well as find out the nature of the noise.

You will spend some time finding out the reasons for the circuit breakdown using a multimeter, while it will take minutes to do the same with an oscilloscope. Besides, some malfunctions may be diagnosed only using an oscilloscope. For instance, you can not succeed without a scope when the circuit operation failures occur under the combination of certain conditions. Such a problem often rises during the service operations in a car repair centers: if the engine is malfunctioning on reaching a certain number of rotations and lasts for a short period of time, you can’t troubleshoot the failure without an oscilloscope.

An oscilloscope preforms more than a million measurements per second, so it will detect the most short-run failures.

Interesting Facts About RIGOL

RIGOL Technologies, Inc. manufactures the whole range of electronic test & measurement products including Digital Oscilloscopes, RF Spectrum Analysers, Digital Multimeters, Function/Arbitrary Waveform Generators, Digital Programmable Power Supplies, high-performance liquid chromatographic (HPLC) analysis devices and UV-vis Spectrophotometers, PC-based devices compatible with LXI standard, etc. The model line includes both high end and low end devices. These products help researchers, engineers, scientists, and educators to cope with their measurement challenges with good and precise results and at the same time at affordable price.

The main office and the research & development center of the company are located in Beijing, the capital of the People's Republic of China (800,000 square feet campus). Besides, in May 2014 they launched a new state-of-the-art manufacturing and engineering campus in Suzhou (440,000 square feet manufacturing facility). RIGOL Technologies also has branches in Shanghai and Taipei (China), Tokyo (Japan), Portland (USA), and Munich (Germany). RIGOL has 10 sales offices in China and more than 150 of its distributors or representatives offer products and services in over 80 countries and regions worldwide. RIGOL currently employs more than 500 people in R&D, sales, and management staff.

The manufacturer is certified according to ISO9001:2000 Quality Management System and ISO14001:2004 Environmental Management System. It is China's certified National Hi-Tech/Innovation Company, Provincial Enterprises Technology Center, and the only official LXI (LAN eXtensions for Instrumentation) Standard Class C laboratory in Asia. All company products are certified and marked with CE (European Union quality and safety standard) and TUV (IEC, VDE, European safety standards).

RIGOL Trademark has been registered in China, the United States, Japan, and Madrid System member countries, etc. – totally over 90 countries and regions worldwide. RIGOL has gained international patents and computer operating system software copyrights for its developments. The company has applied for more than 500 patents, most of them were granted.

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Milestones of RIGOL Success Story

1998 — RIGOL Technologies, Inc. was founded in Beijing.

2000 — RIGOL was included in the list of high tech companies of China.

2004 — Worldwide-known Agilent Technologies concluded a contract with RIGOL for the production and delivery of Agilent DSO3000 series oscilloscopes to market.

2006 — RIGOL received ISO9001:2000 Certification.

2006 — RIGOL became the world’s second largest manufacturer of low-end digital oscilloscopes.

2006 — RIGOL won prestigious "Annual Innovation Award" from EDN China for the development of DS1000 series digital oscilloscopes along with Local Innovation Company Award.

2007 — RIGOL was invited to form the committee writing China National Standard GB/T 15289-07 of 'General Specification and Test Method for Digital Storage Oscilloscopes'.

2007 — RIGOL received the ISO14001:2004 Environmental Protection & Management System Certification.

2007 — The company opens R&D center in Shanghai.

2007 — RIGOL received the EDN China Innovation Award again.

2007 — RIGOL received the CMIF and Beijing Municipal Science & Technology Commission Advanced Achievement Award.

2008 — Continuous R&D made RIGOL capable of producing equipment complying with LAN eXtensions for Instrumentation (LXI) Standard.

2008 — RIGOL was certified as the Municipal Technology Center of Beijing.

2009 — RIGOL DS1052E and DS1102E oscilloscopes won the “Product of the Year” award from the “Electronic Products” Magazine in the United States.

2009 — RIGOL became the first official LXI-C class Test House in Asia.

2009 — RIGOL became the world's fifth company offering digital storage oscilloscopes with 1 GHz bandwidth (RIGOL DS6000 series).

2011 — RIGOL was honoured with one of the R&D 100 Awards, also called the "Oscars of Innovation", for the development of the RIGOL DS6104 Digital Oscilloscope.

2014 — RIGOL opened a new manufacturing campus in Suzhou, about 50 miles from Shanghai. It houses all equipment manufacturing operations as well as logistics, dormitories, conference facilities and expansion of RIGOL R&D team.

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RIGOL Oscilloscopes Development

During the recent years digital oscilloscopy has undergone a new stage of modernization. While the low-end segment remains rather stable, the middle-end and top-end class oscilloscopes tend to widen the range with models that had no analogues till now. Meanwhile, some models with most advanced characteristics at the time they were released, now took their place among middle class products.

So, how does RIGOL model range look like?

The basic models of E and D series (DS1052E, DS1102E, DS1052D, DS1102D) generally have the same platform as the older and sometime very popular models with C and CD index (DS1022C,  DS1042C, DS1062C, DS1102C, DS1022CD,  DS1042CD, DS1062CD, DS1102CD). However, in E/D series the manufacturer omitted 25 MHz and 40 MHz bandwidth models – the basic models of the 1000th series have 50 MHz and more operation frequency range.  Oscilloscopes with “D” marking also have a digital signal multiplexor and have 16 digital logic channels each of them displayed in a common time grid.

The use of a logic analyzer in the scope has started a new approach to the capabilities of a modern oscilloscope. That is how a new oscilloscope type appeared – it is called a Mixed Signal Oscilloscope. Apart from analog inputs, this kind of scopes has digital inputs allowing you to display the logic level diagrams in a common time grid from several digital channels at once. Previously, a separate device called a Logic Analyzer could perform this task, but it is not needed any more.

RIGOL DS1000E Series

Model DS1102E DS1052E
Bandwidth 100 MHz 50 MHz
Channels 2 channels + External Trigger
Real-time Sample Rate 1 GS/s
Equivalent Sample Rate 25 GSa/s 10 GSa/s
Rise Time 3.5 ns 7 ns
Time Base Range 2 ns/div – 50 s/div 5 ns/div – 50 s/div
Trigger Modes Edge, Video, Pulse Width, Slope, Alternative
Vertical Sensitivity 2 mV/div – 10 V/div
Vertical Resolution 8 bits
Cursor Measurements Manual, Track and Auto Measure modes
Math Add, Subtract, Multiply, FFT
Interfaces USB Device, USB Host, RS-232, P/F Out (Isolated)
Display 5.6" TFT color LCD (320×234)

RIGOL DS1000D Series

Model DS1102D DS1052D
Bandwidth 100 MHz 50 MHz
Analog Channels 2
Digital Channels 16
Real-time Sample Rate 1 GS/s
Equivalent Sample Rate 25 GSa/s 10 GSa/s
Rise Time 3.5 ns 7 ns
Time Base Range 2 ns/div – 50 s/div 5 ns/div – 50 s/div
Trigger Modes Edge, Video, Pulse Width, Slope, Alternative
Vertical Sensitivity 2 mV/div – 10 V/div
Vertical Resolution 8 bits
Cursor Measurements Manual, Track and Auto Measure modes
Math Add, Subtract, Multiply, FFT
Storage USB Device, USB Host, RS-232, P/F Out (Isolated)
Display 5.6" TFT color LCD (320×234)

The recent years have brought new results of continuous R&D performed by the RIGOL team. One of the successful examples is a modern Digital Oscilloscope Series – RIGOL DS1000Z. These are new affordable devices designed to meet the most of user’s applications. This 4-channel series is characterized by its innovative technology, industry leading specifications, powerful trigger functions and broad analysis capabilities. The DS1000Z series includes 50 MHz, 70 MHz or 100 MHz versions. All models are equipped with a 7-inch display. One more advantage is a RIGOL's UltraVision technology for advanced operation. Together with the optional analysis, decoding, deep memory, and integrated 2-channel waveform generator (DS1000Z-S models only) you get a powerful 4-channel scope at an exceptional price.

RIGOL DS1000Z Series

Model DS1054Z DS1074Z DS1074Z-S DS1104Z DS1104Z-S
Bandwidth 50 MHz 70 MHz 100 MHz
Built-in Waveform Generator No No 2 channels, 25 MHz No 2 channels, 25 MHz
Analog Channels 4
Real-time Sample Rate 1 GSa/s (Single-channel), 500 MSa/s (Dual-channel), 250 MSa/s (Full-channel)
Max. Memory Depth 12 Mpts (standard), 24 Mpts (option)
Waveform Acquisition Rate Up to 30,000 wfms/s
Vertical Sensitivity Range 1 mV/div – 10 V/div
Vertical Resolution 8 bit
Math Add, Subtract, Multiply, Divide, FFT, editable
Interfaces  LAN, USB host and device, AUX, USB-GPIB (opt.)
Display 7" color LCD (800×480)

Along with the previous series RIGOL released one more similar scope model line - the MSO1000Z Series. These mixed signal oscilloscopes come in 70 or 100 MHz versions only. Apart from 4 analog channels they are empowered with 16 digital channels for Mixed Signal analysis. The manufacturer has implemented a better operation algorithm in these devices than in RIGOL DS1000D series. One more advantage of these models is that they have a built-in digital signal decoder.

RIGOL MSO1000Z Series

Model MSO1074Z MSO1074Z-S MSO1104Z MSO1104Z-S
Bandwidth 70 MHz 100 MHz
Built-in Waveform Generator No 2 channels, 25 MHz No 2 channels, 25 MHz
Analog Channels 4
Digital Channels 16
Sample Rate Analog channels: 1 GSa/s (single-channel), 500 MSa/s (dual-channel), 250 MSa/s (three/four-channel)
Digital channels: 1 GSa/s (8-channel), 500 MSa/s (16-channel)
Max. Memory Depth 12 Mpts (standard), 24 Mpts (option)
Waveform Acquisition Rate Up to 30,000 wfms/s
Vertical Sensitivity Range 1 mV/div – 10 V/div
Vertical Resolution 8 bit
Math Add, Subtract, Multiply, Divide, FFT, editable
Interfaces LAN, USB host and device, AUX, USB-GPIB (opt.)
Display 7" color LCD (800×480)

RIGOL DS2000A Series

Recently RIGOL Technologies, Inc. have released another interesting series of oscilloscopes – DS2000A. These digital oscilloscopes offer bandwidths up to 300 MHz and a high sample rate, long record length, wide vertical range, low noise floor for better signal fidelity and much more. Models of the series are available with a built-in 25 MHz 2-channel generator. It saves both equipment costs and desktop space by eliminating the need for an additional signal generator.

Model DS2072A DS2072A-S DS2102A DS2102A-S DS2202A DS2202A-S DS2302A DS2302A-S
Bandwidth 70 MHz 100 MHz 200 MHz 300 MHz
Built-in Waveform Generator No 2 channel, 25 MHz No 2 channel, 25 MHz No 2 channel, 25 MHz No 2 channel, 25 MHz
Analog Channels 2
Sample Rate 2 GSa/s (single-channel), 1 GSa/s (dual-channel)
Max. Memory Depth 14 Mpts (standard), 56 Mpts (option)
Waveform Acquisition Rate Up to 50,000 wfms/s
Vertical Sensitivity Range 500 μV/div – 10 V/div
Vertical Resolution 8 bit
Math Add, Subtract, Multiply, FFT, editable
Interfaces USB host (supports USB-GPIB), USB device, LAN, Aux (TrigOut/PassFail)
Display 8" WVGA color LCD (800×480)

The top end models are represented with a DS4000 series of oscilloscopes. This series is represented with dual- and four-channel models with a bandwidth from 100 MHz to 500 MHz. The rest of technical specifications are also of high level: up to 4 GSa/s sample rate, up to 140 million points memory depth, up to 110,000 waveforms per second waveform capture rate. Only the RIGOL DS6000 series oscilloscopes have better characteristics than these models.

RIGOL DS4000 Series

Model DS4012 DS4014 DS4022 DS4024 DS4032 DS4034 DS4052 DS4054
Bandwidth 100 MHz 200 MHz 350 MHz 500 MHz
Analog Channels 2 4 2 4 2 4 2 4
Real-time Sample Rate 4 GSa/s (1 channel), 2 GSa/s (2 channels)
Max. Memory Depth 140 million points
Waveform Acquisition Rate up to 110,000 wfms/s
Vertical Sensitivity Range 2 mV/div – 5 V/div
Vertical Resolution 8 bit
Math Add, Subtract, Multiply, Divide, FFT, editable, logic operation
Interfaces USB Host & Device, VGA, LXI, Trig Out, 10 MHz In/Out
Display 9" WVGA color LCD (800×480)

One more addition to the 4000th series was the model line of mixed signal digital oscilloscopes with 16-channel logic analyzer.

RIGOL MSO4000 Series

Model MSO4012 MSO4014 MSO4022 MSO4024 MSO4032 MSO4034 MSO4052 MSO4054
Bandwidth 100 MHz 200 MHz 350 MHz 500 MHz
Analog Channels 2 4 2 4 2 4 2 4
Digital Channels 16
Real-time Sample Rate Analog Channels: 4 GSa/s (1 channel), 2 GSa/s (2 channels)
Digital Channels: 1 GSa/s per channel
Max. Memory Depth 140 million points
Waveform Acquisition Rate up to 110,000 wfms/s
Vertical Sensitivity Range 2 mV/div – 5 V/div
Vertical Resolution 8 bit
Math Add, Subtract, Multiply, Divide, FFT, editable, logic operation
Interfaces USB Host & Device, VGA, LXI, Trig Out, 10 MHz In/Out
Display 9" WVGA color LCD (800×480)

Currently RIGOL has reached the limit of sampling rate – 5 GSa/s in RIGOL DS6000 series of oscilloscopes (DS6062, DS6064, DS6102, DS6104). This limit will not be greatly exceeded for some time due to the use of existing technologies. The same situation may be observed concerning the 1 GHz bandwidth. However, any time in the nearest future we may expect a new and more speedy platform to appear.

The abovementioned series is a top one in RIGOL oscilloscopes product range due to its considerably high parameters, notwithstanding that it was released a long time ago.

RIGOL DS6000 Series

Model DS6062 DS6064 DS6102 DS6104
Bandwidth 600 MHz 600 MHz 1 GHz 1 GHz
Channels 2 4 2 4
Real-time Sample Rate 5 GSa/s (single channel mode),
2.5 GSa/s (dual channel mode)
Memory Depth 140 million points
Vertical Resolution 8 bits
Vertical Sensitivity 2 mV/div – 10 V/div
Waveform Acquisition Rate 180,000 waveforms per second
Display 10.1" TFT color LCD (800×480)

Some people still try to perform small repair works without special precise instrumentation, while service centers and repair workshops usually invest money and buy the required set of tools to achieve good results and maintain their reputation. If you are a professional in the electronics repair industry, you should have a reliable instrument that will help save your time and make your assessments more precise. That is the reason you should sooner or later come up to an obvious conclusion — you need to buy yourself an oscilloscope. It’s only up to you to decide which class and price category tool you need. However, it you seek for a fully-functional scope with all up-to-date capabilities and features, as well as with a very good quality-to-price ratio, you should definitely consider buying one of the RIGOL’s series oscilloscopes. These devices gained worldwide popularity and proved reliable.

Good luck with your measurements!

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