We wish you a happy and prosperous New Year!

1.  The New PicoScope 2205 Mixed–Signal Oscilloscope!


The new PicoScope 2205 MSO is our first mixed–signal oscilloscope. It’s a compact USB–powered device that enables you to view 2 analog and 16 digital signals on your PC’s screen.

The scope uses the well–established PicoScope software, so if you’re an experienced PicoScope operator there’s no need to learn a new user interface. The analog inputs work like those on any other PicoScope, and the digital inputs have edge and level–sensitive triggering options with programmable thresholds.

Here are the main features of the PicoScope 2205 MSO:

PS2205 MSO
  • 2 x 25 MHz analogue channels
  • 16 x 100 MHz digital channels
  • Built–in function generator and arbitrary waveform generator
  • Triggers on logical combinations of analogue and digital inputs
  • Includes all of PicoScope’s advanced features:
    • Serial decoding
    • Mask limit testing
    • Alarms
    • Persistence display
    • Math channels
    • …and more
  • USB–powered so no need for external PSU
  • Works on any PC with Windows XP, Vista or 7 and a USB 2.0 port

Specifications, data sheet and manuals

Prize draw winner

The winner of the PicoScope 2205 MSO Kit worth £399 is…

Dr Gunther Kuerbitz, from Germany

Our thanks to all those who entered the draw and attended the product launch at the Productronica show in November 2011.

2.  Special Events

Elektra 2011 New Engineer of the Year Award goes to Pico!


Please join us in congratulating Pico development engineer Adrian Carter, who has just collected the Elektra 2011 Rising Star New Engineer of the Year award. This was given in recognition of his track record of projects culminating in his work on the PicoScope 3000 Series oscilloscopes, which received a major performance upgrade last year. The project team managed to squeeze faster sampling rates, extra memory and a full arbitrary waveform generator into a USB–powered device no larger than the original 3000 Series.

Recruitment Open Day

We invite you to join us at our Recruitment Open Day:

8am to 8pm on 8th February 2012, St Neots, Cambridgeshire, UK

We are looking for C++ or C# software engineers to join our expanding team. With us you get the security of a 20–year–old company that is growing by 20% a year, a number of varied projects to work on, and even half a day per week to develop your own projects! So, if you've got C++ or C# skills, come and join us on the day. If you can't make it, you can send your CV in confidence to jobs@picotech.com.

3.  Software News


We’ve made the following updates to our software since December:

  • PicoScope 6.6.16 — now supports the PicoScope 2205 MSO; various bug fixes and display performance improvements
  • SDKs — updates to 2000, 3000 and 4000 Series; new LabVIEW code for USB TC-08

Find out what’s new in Pico software

4.  New Training Materials

PicoScope training videos: part 6

On picoscope.tv, our oscilloscope training channel, you will find a wealth of video material designed to help you use your scope more effectively. Here are some of the latest new videos, this month focusing on the Serial Decoding features of PicoScope 6:


There are many more videos than we can list here, so please explore picoscope.tv and find the one that will answer your questions. You can also help us improve our content by leaving your comments below the videos.

Application note: high–resolution scopes

How much resolution do you need from your scope? We test three Pico oscilloscopes: the 8–bit PicoScope 2205, the 12–bit PicoScope 4423 and the 16–bit PicoScope 4262. The results show how resolution affects the sensitivity of spectrum measurements.

Read “High–Resolution Oscilloscopes”. No registration required.

5.  Tech Tips

PicoLog Ethernet Auto–Reconnect

If you’re using PicoLog with an Ethernet Data Logger like the PT-104 or CM3, you might want it to recover automatically from network disconnections. PicoLog can auto’reconnect to Ethernet devices if the option is set in File > Preferences > Auto Reconnect. This option is disabled by default to save CPU resources.

PicoScope Phase Angle Measurement

You can use a Math Channel in PicoScope to measure the phase difference between two inputs. The formula you need is posted on our forum under “PicoScope 4424 Phase Angle Measurements”. Be sure to read the advice about using rulers to confine the measurement to the stable part of the math channel.

6.  Events

For the latest information about upcoming exhibitions, please see our “Test and Measurement Events” page.

7.  Careers at Pico Technology

Come and join our award–winning development team! Due to our continuing growth, we have the following vacancies:

  • Development Engineer — Software (Windows Desktop Applications) [7 positions]
  • Development Engineer — Digital Electronics [2 positions]

Find details of these positions, and an online application form, at pico.jobs. You can also send enquiries by email to jobs@picotech.com.

If you want to be part of a growing company at the leading edge of test equipment design, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.

8.  Software Releases

Our latest software releases are available for free download from our website. To check which release you are using, start the software (PicoScope, PicoLog or EnviroMon) and select Help > About.

Current releases
PicoScope, PicoScope Education 6.6.16 New
PicoScope 9000 2.4.6  
PicoLog 5.22.2  
EnviroMon 5.21.5  
Release candidates
Beta releases

See Software Releases — New Features for a fulllist of changes and additions to the software.

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10.  Contact Details

Pico Technology Limited
James House
Colmworth Business Park

St Neots
PE19 8YP
United Kingdom

N 52° 12' 31 W 0° 17' 16
Phone:  +44 1480 396 395
Fax: +44 1480 396 296
Email:   sales@picotech.com
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