Rohde & Schwarz RTB2K-COM4 Digital Oscilloscope

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The RTB2K-COM4 from Rohde & Schwarz is a RTB2000 series 300 MHz, 4 channel digital oscilloscope. This oscilloscope has 10.1" high resolution 1280 x 800 pixel capacitive touchscreen TFT display with gesture support. Power of ten (10bit ADC, 10Msample memory and 10.1" touchscreen) combined with smart operating concepts make the RTB2000 digital oscilloscope the perfect tool for university laboratories, for troubleshooting embedded designs during development and for production and service departments. The 10bit A/D converter yields up to a four fold improvement compared to conventional 8bit A/D converters to get sharper waveforms with more signal details.




  • 10M sample standard and 20Msample interleaved, 50000waveforms/s update rate
  • Offers an outstanding sensitivity down to 1mV/div, full measurement bandwidth & low noise
  • Math functions such as +, -, *, /, FFT (128Kpoints), autoset functions
  • Maintain fast sampling rates of 1.25Gsample/s at all times
  • Easily customizable waveform display with R&S SmartGrid technology
  • Dimension of 390mm x 220mm x 152mm (15.4" x 8.66" x 5.98") (W x H x D), 2.5Kg weight
  • Optimized parallel button operation, 16 digital channels
  • Edge, width, video, pattern, line, serial bus standard trigger types
  • USB host with MTP, USB device, LAN and powerful web server for remote display and operation
  • I2C, SPI, UART/RS232/RS422/RS485, CAN/LIN interface


Important Dates

Enrollment Begins: June 6 2017

Enrollment Ends: July 14 2017

RoadTesters Selected: July 21 2017 (estimated)

Product Shipped: TBD

RoadTesting Begins: TBD

Reminder/Update Email: TBD*

Submit Reviews By: TBD**


*The element14 RoadTest Staff will send this reminder/update email.

**If a RoadTester is unable to meet the deadline, please notify the RoadTest Program Lead, , as soon as possible before the deadline.


The supplier selected the following applicants as official RoadTesters:


U.S. Tax LiabilityDue to the cost of this product, U.S. taxpayers will be required to complete a W-9 form. Hence, you may incur a tax liability. Refer to your tax accountant for more information on your individual situation.
Terms & Conditions

Rohde & Schwarz RTB2K-COM4 Digital Oscilloscope– RoadTest

Terms and Conditions

These are the terms and conditions which govern the Rohde & Schwarz RTB2K-COM4 Digital Oscilloscope RoadTest contest. This Contest requires participants to submit an application indicating their previous experience with this type of equipment/component, information on what they would do to test the equipment/component, and the applicant’s desire to post a thorough review of their experience with images, photos, or other supplemental materials. Participants will be required to meet the Conditions for Participation.  The winners of this RoadTest will receive the item(s) listed below. RoadTest Reviews are due no later than 60 days after the receipt of the item(s). No other prizes are offered.

The Principal terms of the Competition:

The following words and phrases are used in these terms and conditions and have the meanings given to them below.

Rohde & Schwarz RTB2K-COM4 Digital Oscilloscope

(RoadTest or Contest)

Key dates:

Applications Close: midnight (GMT) on July 14 2017

Announcement of Winner (estimated): July 21 2017


Prize:Rohde & Schwarz RTB2K-COM4 Digital Oscilloscope

Additional Prizes: none

Competition Site:

Site or element14 Community:

Judges: members of the element14 community team chosen at the Organiser’s discretion.

Judging Criteria, All of the following which will have equal weighting:

· Demonstrated competence with the technologies including links or descriptions of past projects

· Qualifications as indicated by current job role and/or schooling/vocational training;

· A thorough description of how the prize would be tested;

· Likelihood that the Applicant will blog about the prize and provide a review on;

· Originality;

· Innovation.

Organiser: Premier Farnell plc (registered in England and Wales under company number 876412) whose registered office is at Farnell House, Forge Lane, Leeds, UK

Conditions for Qualification: in addition to meeting the requirements of these terms, all persons applying to take part in the Contest (each one an Applicant) must:

· Provide a RoadTest application describing what he/she would do if awarded the Prize including similar previous projects, product experience and qualifications

Terms: these terms and conditions which govern the Competition and to which the Organiser reserves the right to make changes from time to time and the latest version of these Terms from time to time will be posted to the Site.

  1. Eligibility
  2. Applications:
  3. Selecting Winners:   
  4. Liability:
  5. General:

1.1 Save as set out in these Terms, the Contest is open to any natural or legal person, firm or company or group of natural persons or unincorporated body.

1.2 All Applicants must be aged at least 18 at the time of their application.

1.3 Applicants must not enter the RoadTest if doing so or taking part may:

1.3.1 cause the Organiser and/or themselves to be in breach of any agreement (including but not limited to any contract of employment) to which they are a party or in breach of any law, regulation or rule having the force of law to which the Organiser or the Applicant may be subject or any policy of the Organiser or the Sponsor;

1.3.2 Require the Organiser to obtain any licence, authorisation or permission to deal with the Applicant; or

1.3.3 Be in breach of any policy or practice of their employer. Some employers prohibit or restrict their employees from taking part in competitions such as these or receiving prizes under them and the Organiser respects those policies and practices.

The Organiser reserves the right to disqualify any Application made in breach of these Terms and to reject any Application which it reasonably believes may be or become in breach. The Organiser reserves the right to require evidence in such form as the Organiser may reasonably require of any Applicant’s compliance with any of these Terms and to disqualify any Applicant or Participant who cannot provide such evidence reasonably promptly. 

1.4 Multiple applications are not permitted.

1.5 Applications may not be submitted by an agent whether acting on behalf of an undisclosed principal or otherwise.

1.6 The Contest is NOT open to:

1.6.1 Any person or entity who is a resident or national of any country which is subject to sanctions, embargoes or national trade restrictions of the United States of America, the European Union or the United Kingdom;

1.6.2 Any employee, director, member, shareholder (as appropriate) or any of their direct families (parents, siblings, spouse, partner, children) (“Direct Families”) of the Organiser and Sponsors; or

2.1 Each Applicant must fully complete and submit a RoadTest Application by the Application Close.

2.2 By submitting a Registration Form, each Applicant:

2.2.1 Authorises the Organiser to use his or her personal data (as defined in the Data Protection Act 1998) for the purposes of running and promoting the RoadTest;

2.2.2 Authorises the Organizer to copy, reproduce and publish their application should they be accepted as a Participant;

2.2.3 Will be deemed to have read, accepted and agree to be bound by these Terms. Applicants are advised to print and keep safe these Terms;

2.2.4 Authorises the Organiser to copy, reproduce and use the Application and/or Review for the purposes of the RoadTest and as otherwise contemplated by these Terms. The Organiser will not be responsible for any inaccuracy, error or omission contained in any reproduction or use of the Project Blogs.

2.2.5 Licenses the Organiser to use the intellectual property in the Project (IP) for the purposes of this Contest. As between the Applicant and the Organiser the IP remains owned by the Applicant.

2.2.6 Grants the Organiser the right to use his or her likeness, photographs, logos, trademarks, audio or video recordings without restriction for the purposes of Contest or the promotion of it or the Site;

2.2.7 Agrees to participate positively in all publicity surrounding the Contest;

2.2.8 Agrees to be responsible for all expenses and costs incurred by him or her in preparing for, entering and participating in the Contest (save for any expenses expressly agreed by the Organiser to be borne by it in these Terms);

2.2.9 Confirms that he or she owns all IP used in his or her application or Project or Blogs and indemnifies the Organiser from any claim by a third party that use of any material provided by an Applicant to the Organiser infringes the intellectual property rights of any third party;

2.2.10 Agrees not to act in any way or fail to act in any way or be associated with any cause or group which would have a negative impact on the reputation of the Organiser and/or the RoadTest.

2.3 All applications submitted to this RoadTest must meet the following criteria:

2.3.1 Applicants must be the author, creator and owner of the proposed review idea. Applicants must not submit someone else’s idea;

2.3.2 The proposed application must be reasonably achievable by the within the time constraints of the Contest; 

2.3.3 Applications must not include or propose any of the following, the inclusion of which shall render any proposed application ineligible:

(a) Applications which relate to socially taboo topics, such as illicit drug use or sexual gratification;

(b) Applications that are or could reasonably be considered to be illegal, immoral, discriminatory or offensive as determined by the Organiser;

(c) Applications in relation to them which if accepted would infringe or breach any of the policies or terms of access or use of the Site.

2.4 No Application may contain any of the hazardous substances identified by Article 4 of Directive 2002/95/EC of the European Parliament on the Restrictions on the Use of Substances in Electronic and Electrical Equipment ("the Directive") or the use of such hazardous substances in the in any such Project must not exceed the maximum concentration values set out in the Directive.

3.1 Winners will be selected by the Organiser on the basis of the quality of his or her application and its adherence to these Terms.

3.2 The total number of Winners selected will be at least the minimum number set out above but the actual number is at the sole discretion of the Organizer and/or the Sponsor, if applicable.

3.3 The Organiser will use all reasonable efforts to announce the Winners via an update to the RoadTest page by the date listed above.

3.4 Winners agree to take part in all publicity which the Organiser or the Sponsor wishes to use to promote the RoadTest, the Products featured or other Contests with which the Organiser may be connected from time to time.

3.5 Details of the Winners may also be published in the media.

3.6 Winners are responsible for all applicable taxes, duties or other charges payable in relation to any prize.


4.1 The Organiser hereby excludes all and any Liability arising out of the Contest or the acceptance, use, quality, condition, suitability or performance of any Prize, even where that Liability may arise from the Organiser’s negligence.

4.2 Nothing in these Terms will affect any Liability of the Organiser for death or personal injury arising from its negligence, for breach of Part II of the Consumer Protection Act 1987 (in the event that any entrant is entitled to claim rights under the Consumer Protection Act 1987) or for any matter in relation to which it would be illegal for the Organiser to exclude or to attempt to exclude its Liability.

4.3 Subject to 4.2, neither the Organiser, any parent company nor any subsidiary of the Organiser or such parent company or any of their directors, officers and employees (together referred to in these terms and the ‘Associates’) makes any guarantee, warranty or representation of any kind, express or implied, with respect to this Competition or the Prizes potentially available under it. Neither the Organiser nor any of its Associates shall be responsible for any Liability that may arise out of or in connection with person’s participation in this Competition, the claiming, redemption or value of any prizes under it, the use or enjoyment of such prizes or any events or circumstances arising out of or in connection with any of them. Any implied warranties of condition, merchantability or suitability or fitness for purpose of any of them are hereby expressly excluded. Wherever used in these Terms, ‘Liability’ shall mean any and all costs, expenses, claims, damages, actions, proceedings, demands, losses and other liabilities (including legal fees and costs on a full indemnity basis) arising directly or indirectly out of or in connection with the matter concerned. 

5.1 The RoadTest is organised and sponsored by the Organiser. The Organiser reserves the right to delegate all or any of its powers, rights and obligations arising in relation to the RoadTest to any Associate and certain such rights and powers are assumed by the Organiser on behalf of itself and each Associate. Reference to “Organiser” shall be deemed to include reference to each Associate.

5.2 The RoadTest may be terminated at any time if there are, in the sole opinion of the Organiser, an insufficient number of entries, or if the Applications are not of an appropriate standard for a competition of this nature. The Organiser has the right to cancel or suspend the RoadTest at any time due to circumstances outside its reasonable control.

5.3 The Organiser shall have the sole discretion to disqualify (without correspondence or right of appeal) any Applicant it considers to be adversely affecting the process or the operation of the RoadTest or to be in breach of these Terms or to be acting in a disruptive manner or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other Applicant or Participant.

5.4 The Organiser has the right to amend or add to these Terms from time to time. Revised Terms and Conditions will be posted on the Contest Site and it is a condition of entry to the RoadTest that Applicants agree to comply with these Terms and, if appropriate, such Terms as amended from time to time.

5.5 Headings are for convenience only and do not affect the interpretation or construction of these Terms and Conditions.

5.6 These Terms and the operation of the Contest shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English Law and any claim or matter arising under these Terms shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

Comment List
  • Hi Everyone,


    Just a quick update - FW version 2.201 will release the week of November 5th for the RTB2000.  This is an awesome update, with some very cool capabilities (including advanced math as standard, updates to the AWG, updates to FFT and of course bug fixes).  As it gets closer I'll update with the full release notes.


    -Rich @ R&S

  • Hi Everyone,


    Our new firmware release is up on the web here:



    It includes a large number of enhancements and bug fixes:


    New Features of V02.000:

    -Automatic roll mode with programmable time base

    -Hold off supported for all trigger types

    -Cursor settable to next peak in FFT

    -Cursor measure value ?Y/?V with cursor type V-Marker

    -Slew rate measurement added

    -Multiple language support for web interface -MOSI/MISO functionality for SPI bus with option RTB-K1 -Rx/Tx functionality for UART bus with option RTB-K2

    -Fast segmentation with option RTB-K15

    -Support of temporary bandwidth options


    Modifications of Firmware V02.000:

    -20MHz BWL in channel short menu added, ground removed.

    -Display of current record length when record length set to automatic, see menu 'Acquire'.

    -After firmware update a message is displayed which version is installed.

    -Option RTB-K15: Separation of segment table and history player. Player can be used without segment table.

    -Function generator: adjusted limits for minimum and maximum frequencies with FSK modulation.

    -Various improvements in GUI and languages.


    Improvements of Firmware V02.000:

    -Solved: XY mode with average on; wrong display of waveform in xy-diagram.

    -Solved: Persistence with waveform color temperature: The dark blue color always shows infinite persistence, independent of the configuration.

    -Solved: The SCPI commands for pulse function of waveform generator are implemented in a wrong path and are therefore not consistent with the documentation where the correct path in indicated.

    -Solved: Wrong amplitude and offset in high resolution mode with small segment size: 

         -10kSa from 50s to 500s 

         -20kSa from 100s to 500s 

         -50kSa with 500s 

         -100kSa with 500s

    -Solved: Wrong behavior with channel probe unit 'A' and user defined attenuation ratio.

    -Solved: Trigger jitter up to 6.4ns with acquisition memory size 1MSa.

    -Solved: Wrong channel data after disable and enable of a channel in stop mode.

    -Solved: After changing acquire mode in QuickMeas the acquire mode was not applied to all channels when QuickMeas is left.

    -Solved: Universal rotary knob did change a wrong value after changing cursor type between 'Horizontal' and 'Vertical' and vice versa.

    -Solved: With Russian language the numeric input keypad did not print 'Min' and 'Max' values.

    -Solved: With infinite persistence, a menu open or close did clear the persistence in stop mode.

    -Solved: Wrong frequencies in spectrum on channel 2 and 4 with timebase greater than 200?s.

    -Solved: After using probe adjust wizard the pattern generator menu was not available.

    -Solved: Pattern pin state stuck at last state when pattern generator turned off. Now the pin state stays low.

    -Solved: Wrong UART framing in option RTB-K2. V02.000 Solved: Cursor positions not restored with preset or loaded setup.

    -Solved: Wrong offset in Math trace with operator multiplication and source attenuation greater than 1V.

    -Webserver: Livescreen and Remote Front Panel creates a message if more than one user online.


    Please let me know if you have any questions/comments.



  • Great. I'm looking forward to reading it.

  • Hi. The unit arrived a bit later than expected due to customs issues hence the slow start. The write has been complete for almost two weeks and will be up post a little more sauce.

    Stay Tuned.

  • I enjoyed reading the first two road tests, but about 3 months after these appeared I'm wondering what happened to the third one?


    I know sometimes road testers don't complete what they agreed to. However, considering what an impressive and expensive piece of test equipment this is and the fact that 161 other people would have jumped at the chance to test it, a road test shouldn't be too much to ask. Maybe if can't complete the road test then he could forward the scope on to someone who can?

  • Hello Everyone,

    I have completed the Rohde & Schwarz RTB2004 oscilloscope road-test evaluation.   I am very impressed of the quality and measurement capabilities of this oscilloscope, and I am happy and grateful that I had the opportunity to road test this product.  Here is the link to part 3 of my blog series:


    Part 3 - RoadTest Rohde & Schwarz RTB2004 Digital Oscilloscope


    and here is the link to the road test review report:


    Rohde & Schwarz RTB2K-COM4 Digital Oscilloscope - Review


    Best Wishes,


  • Hello Everyone,

    I have posted my second part blog of the Rohde&Schwarz RTB2004 oscilloscope road test evaluation; here is the link:


    Part 2 - RoadTest Rohde & Schwarz RTB2004 Digital Oscilloscope


    Best Wishes to everyone,


  • Douglas Wong wrote:

    ...os - it will not accept videos larger than 1 Gb  ...

    I post them on youtube then add them to element14 blog via the same "Video" button that' you use to upload them. There's a tab for WEB videos.


    3 reasons: there's no 1GB limit in size, i can downgrade the quality when bandwidth is low and the youtube player buffers better during playback.

    I can't play an element14 native player video here at home without it blocking several times. And when you pause that native player, it will not buffer.


    Also, 1Gb for your movie is significant for the 640 * 360 viewport you are using image. You have to waffle a lot to get 1GB filled in that size.

    I get  that size for a  full camera  (e.g.: no stills or screen captures) 1920 * 1080 video with 48kHz stereo audio, after approx 6 minutes, using an mp4 with the following settings:


    The output file I use is MPEG-4/H.264 format.

  • Doug, this road test has converted you in an excellent industrial video production house home (made) studio. Great job image