Check standards, which consist of a short length of mismatched line, are used to verify that your vector network analyzer is operating properly. They are designed to validate the accuracy and calibration of a network analysis test set up before, during or after measurements are made.
The standards provide a predictable, smooth and stable mismatch and transmission characteristic spanning the frequency range of the PicoVNA 106. Each one is supplied with unique Touchstone measurement data, traceable via PC3.5 standards to national standards.
The PicoSource AS108 is the latest addition to Pico's signal generator range. It has professional-grade performance suited to both static and parameter-agile applications, making it a bench or field instrument for developers, scientists, educators, students, and service and installation technicians.
The PicoScope 5000D Series is the ideal, cost-effective scope for many applications including design, research, test, education, service and repair.
We have replaced our general-purpose passive 1:1/10:1 switchable oscilloscope probes with two new 100 MHz and 200 MHz models. The new TA375 and TA386 benefit from several improvements:
The PicoScope 9300 Series of sampling oscilloscopes is ideal for measuring high-speed signals. Pico is proud to introduce three new models to the range, providing an affordable entry to RF measurement.
The PicoScope 9301-15, 9302-15 and 9311-15 have the following key features:
Choose from standard, 11.3 Gb/s clock recovery and 60 ps TDR/TDT models. All three use the PicoSample 3 software, just like the rest of the PicoScope 9300 Series.
We've also just launched a new 25 GHz sampling oscilloscope, the PicoScope 9302-25. This 2-channel model adds 11.3 Gb/s clock recovery to our range of 25 GHz oscilloscopes.
In addition to our Type K thermocouples, we now sell a comprehensive range of Type T thermocouples. These have a narrower temperature range (–75 to +260 °C) but guaranteed Class 1 accuracy (±0.5 °C below +125 °C, ±0.4% above), so are a superior replacement in many applications.
The 13 new thermocouples are available in a variety of lead lengths, probe styles and insulation types, and are compatible with our USB TC-08 temperature data logger as well as all other Type T thermocouple measuring instruments. Prices start from only US$10 / €9 / £7.
The PicoVNA 106 is a professional-grade vector network analyzer for RF, microwave and gigabit data applications. With a frequency range of 300 kHz to 6 GHz, over 118 dB dynamic range, only 0.005 dB RMS trace noise at 140 kHz bandwidth, and "Quad RX" four-receiver architecture, it delivers unprecedented portability and value for money. It's fast, too, with the ability to gather a 500-point 2-port .s2p Touchstone file in less than one tenth of a second!
If you're visiting the International Microwave Symposium (IMS2017) in Honolulu this week, you can see the PicoVNA 106 in action. Our RF business development manager, Mark Ashcroft, will be on hand to answer your questions - visit us at booth 1656.
If you can't make it to Hawaii, full technical information is available on our website. Place your order today and be one of the first to receive a PicoVNA 106 later this year.
You can use our new test prods and leads with the new PicoScope 4444 differential oscilloscope and in many other applications.
TA308 and TA309 black and red 1000 V CAT III shrouded 4 mm to 4 mm 0.5 m test leads. Use with any test equipment requiring shrouded 4 mm connectors.
TA327 and TA328 black and red unshrouded sprung hooks. For making temporary connections to exposed conductors where touch protection is not required.
TA310 and TA311 black and red 1000 V CAT III test prods. Designed to make safe contact with conductors in fixed mains wiring installations.
The PicoScope 9300 Series 20 GHz sampling oscilloscopes have been joined by two new 25 GHz models. The new scopes offer these impressive specifications:
Also new this month, we bring you the TA325 and TA326 flex current probes, which use Rogowski coil technology to measure AC currents up to 3000 A.
The TA325 is a 3-phase current probe with three sensor coils and three scope connection leads, all color-coded to match Channels A, B and C in the PicoScope software. Typical battery life is 1000 hours.
The TA326 is the single-phase equivalent, with a typical battery life of 2000 hours.
We are delighted to launch our latest product, the PicoScope 4444 differential oscilloscope.
Safely measure voltages up to 1000 V CAT III with the PicoConnect 442 passive differential voltage probe. Use the PicoConnect 441 1:1 passive differential probe to measure millivolt-level signals in the presence of noise. The PicoScope 4444 rejects large DC offsets that would overload a conventional scope. Additional current probes and adaptors bring even more applications.
Pico is at Embedded World in Nuremberg and Electronica China in Shanghai from 14 to 16 March - come and see the difference for yourself!
A differential oscilloscope is essential for those tricky measurements where the signal is not referenced to ground. This occurs in situations such as switch mode power supplies, mains installations, biomedical sensors and differential buses.
Come and see the difference for yourself at Embedded World Nuremberg and Electronica Shanghai from 14 to 16 March.
PicoSample is the software for PicoScope 9300 Series sampling oscilloscopes. This free update brings you:
The PicoScope 9300 Series USB sampling oscilloscopes offer 20 GHz bandwidth and 64 fs timing resolution for repetitive signals. All this at a fraction of the cost of traditional benchtop instruments!
PicoScope 6 works with all our real-time USB oscilloscopes, and it's free to download. Changes include:
Did you know that the Spanish high-voltage testing firm Diael has chosen our PicoScope 5000D FlexRes oscilloscopes to help assess the condition of insulation in high-voltage installations?
Diael uses a proprietary statistical technique to separate transient events that are characteristic of partial discharge from normal patterns of random electrical noise. The PicoScope 5000D is ideal for measuring the wide range of signals that need to be captured with Diael's system: from high-speed transients at 1 gigasample per second at 8 bits to slower speeds at full 16-bit resolution.
PicoLog 6.1.7 Beta, the latest update to the PicoLog data logging software, brings you these new features:
Please look out for the feedback button in PicoLog: . We would love to read your comments on the latest beta version, especially on the changes to the autoscale controls.
We've just updated the MathWorks MATLAB Instrument Driver for the PicoScope 5000 Series to add support for the PicoScope 5000D Series oscilloscopes on Linux. The driver also supports the earlier 5000A/B Series devices.
Did you know that the PicoScope 6 oscilloscope software is available for macOS and Linux? The latest beta releases include the most important features (feature list) from the Windows version and support all PicoScope USB oscilloscopes.
Data logger users: make sure that you have the latest stable release of PicoLog 6. Release 6.1.6 has these new features:
As well as the above, PicoLog supports all Pico data loggers, is available for Windows, macOS and Linux, and is the most reliable and up-to-date way to capture data over long periods.
Here are the latest additions to our programming examples on GitHub:
and on MathWorks File Exchange:
Find out what happened when a visitor at a trade show challenged us to measure a very small signal with our PicoScope 5000D FlexRes oscilloscope.
PicoVNA 2, the software for the PicoVNA 106 vector network analyzer, has some new features and improvements:
There is a longer list of improvements and bug fixes in the release notes, displayed when you download PicoVNA 2.
Read more > [update: beta replaced by 6.1.6 stable (read more)]
Our RF specialist Mark Ashcroft demonstrates the clean pulse responses of the PicoConnect 900 Series RF and microwave passive test probes. These probes can perform non-invasive measurements with results comparable to or even surpassing those from more expensive active probes.
The PicoLog 6.1.5 data logging software for Windows, macOS and Linux is now available as a free download. Follow the link below for a list of features and improvements.
PicoScope 6.13.6, the new stable version of our oscilloscope software, includes all the features and improvements that we've been beta-testing and supports all current PicoScope real-time oscilloscopes.
The PicoLog 6.1.4 data logging software for Windows, macOS and Linux is now a stable release supporting all current PicoLog devices. Here are some of the newest features:
PicoLog 6.1.4 is free of charge. If you don't yet have a Pico data logger, you can still download PicoLog and run it in demo mode to try out its capabilities.
The PicoLog 6.1.3 data logging software is now a stable release supporting all current PicoLog devices. Here are some of the newest features:
PicoLog 6.1.3 is free of charge. If you don't yet have a Pico data logger, you can still download PicoLog and run it in demo mode to try out its capabilities.
A couple of months ago, we brought you a pair of application notes by Roland van Roy on carrying out gain-phase analysis with the Frequency Response Analyzer. This month, we're pleased to be able to share this video, where Roland demonstrates how to check the stability of a buck converter's feedback loop using a PicoScope 5444B Flexible Resolution Oscilloscope.
This month 67 Pico distributors from 21 countries attended a conference near our St Neots headquarters. We hold these events every two years to give our distributors an opportunity for hands-on training and face-to-face demonstrations of our products. There's probably a Pico distributor near you, so please get in touch!
We've released a C# example program for the PicoVNA 106 vector network analyzer. It demonstrates how to load calibration files, collect S21 data and plot log magnitude.
It's available for free download from our GitHub organization page under picosdk-picovna-c-sharp-examples.
This month, Elektronik magazine announced the results of their 20th annual readers' poll, Products of the Year 2018.
The PicoScope 4444 high-resolution differential oscilloscope came second in the Measurement Technology category, putting it alongside products from National Instruments and Rohde & Schwarz.
Embedded World is one of the major highlights of the T&M calendar, and this year's show was a great success for Pico – literally hundreds of you came to see us and try out all sorts of products and features, including serial decoding, FlexRes, MSOs and the PicoVNA 106.
"Their scopes, though, blow me away." — Jack Ganssle writing about Pico in "Notes from Embedded World", The Embedded Muse.