RIGOL launches new custom chipset and oscilloscope architecture

July 05, 2017 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Innovative technology, years in development, the Phoenix oscilloscope chipset and the Ultravision II oscilloscope architecture from RIGOL Technologies will allow 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, and integrates all functionality required by a digital oscilloscope’s analog modules, including a 1-MΩ channel input attenuator for realizing fast and really "quiet" sound switch stalls. Due to the chip using a unique circuit design. The chip needs only to add a few external components to form an oscilloscope’s analog front-end channels, revealing the "simple is beautiful" system design and to greatly improve DSO consistency and reliability.

The othe two chips in the setis the signal processing chip (named Ankaa), which supports 10 GSa/s data acquisition capability, and the probe amplifier chip (named Gamma Phoenicis), which will support differential probes up to 6-GHz. The ASICs are based entirely on RIGOL IP and were developed entirely in-house.

“Over the past 19 years RIGOL has proven ourselves to be an innovator in the basic and value segments of the Oscilloscope market” says 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 revolutionize 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 to 4 GHz oscilloscope market.