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The ps6000a.dll dynamic link library in the lib subdirectory of your Pico Technology SDK installation directory allows you to program a PicoScope 6000E Series oscilloscope using standard C function calls.

A typical program for capturing data consists of the following steps:

Open the scope unit.

Set up the input channels with the required voltage ranges and coupling type.

Set up triggering.

Start capturing data. (See Sampling modes, where programming is discussed in more detail.)

Wait until the scope unit is ready.

Stop capturing data.

Copy data to a buffer.

Close the scope unit.

Numerous sample programs are available on the picotech channel of GitHub. These demonstrate how to use the functions of the driver software in each of the modes available.