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Introducing PicoAssured

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PicoAssured is the new range of high-quality refurbished products from Pico Technology. You can now buy ex-demonstration and recently discontinued oscilloscopes at less than their original prices and still enjoy these first-class benefits:

  • Five-year warranty
  • Free software updates
  • Basic and advanced software features included as standard
  • Free technical support

The PicoAssured range of oscilloscopes includes:

PicoScope 2200 Series
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50 to 200 MHz
2 channels
Arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) built in
From £244.30 /
US $403 /
€296
PicoScope 3200A Series
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60 to 200 MHz
2 channels
Function generator or AWG built in
From £339.15 /
US $560 /
€410
PicoScope 3400A Series
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60 to 200 MHz
4 channels
Function generator or AWG built in
From £509.15 /
US $840 /
€616
PicoScope 3000 MSO Series
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60 to 200 MHz
2 analog channels + 16 digital
AWG built in
From £551.65 /
US $910 /
€667

New deep-memory oscilloscopes!

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We've just released the next generation of PicoScope 3000 Series oscilloscopes: the PicoScope 3000D Series. All scopes in this range feature deep memory, allowing high sampling rates to be maintained even at slower sweep speeds for capturing long waveforms in fine detail. Here's a summary of the specifications of the new PicoScope 3000D Series:

  • 2 or 4 analog channels
  • Up to 200 MHz bandwidth
  • Up to 512 MS buffer size
  • Built-in arbitrary waveform generator (AWG)
  • USB 3.0 interface
  • Powered by USB¹
  • Optional 16-channel logic input for mixed-signal oscilloscope (MSO) operation
  • Advanced PicoScope software with digital triggering, serial decoding, mask limit testing, math channels and many other features, all included as standard
Model Channels² Bandwidth Buffer memory      
PicoScope 3203D 2A 50 MHz 64 MS      
PicoScope 3203D MSO 2A+16D 50 MHz 64 MS      
PicoScope 3204D 2A 70 MHz 128 MS      
PicoScope 3204D MSO 2A+16D 70 MHz 128 MS      
PicoScope 3205D 2A 100 MHz 256 MS      
PicoScope 3205D MSO 2A+16D 100 MHz 256 MS      
PicoScope 3206D 2A 200 MHz 512 MS      
PicoScope 3206D MSO 2A+16D 200 MHz 512 MS      
PicoScope 3403D 4A 50 MHz 64 MS      
PicoScope 3403D MSO 4A+16D 50 MHz 64 MS      
PicoScope 3404D 4A 70 MHz 128 MS      
PicoScope 3404D MSO 4A+16D 70 MHz 128 MS      
PicoScope 3405D 4A 100 MHz 256 MS      
PicoScope 3405D MSO 4A+16D 100 MHz 256 MS      
PicoScope 3406D 4A 200 MHz 512 MS      
PicoScope 3406D MSO 4A+16D 200 MHz 512 MS      

1. AC adapter supplied for 4-channel operation with low-power USB ports
2. A = analog, D = digital

New range of mixed-signal PicoScopes

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The new PicoScope 3000D Series Mixed-Signal Oscilloscopes (MSOs) are ideal for engineers working on a diverse range of embedded systems. These compact USB-connected devices form a complete portable test system, with two or four analog channels and sixteen digital channels as well as a built-in arbitrary waveform generator.

“We have completely redesigned the PicoScope 3000 Series MSOs,” explained Managing Director Alan Tong. “The key specifications—sampling rate, buffer size and display update rate—have all been improved, while we’ve retained the benefit of USB-powering that makes PicoScopes so much more convenient and portable than their traditional benchtop equivalents.”

The PicoScope 3000D Series MSOs are available with analog bandwidths from 60 MHz to 200 MHz. Maximum digital input frequency is 100 MHz, equivalent to a data rate of 200 Mb/s (5 ns pulse width) on each channel. All models come with a USB 3.0 interface and are fully compatible with USB 2.0, giving high performance and fast update rates with both port types.

A PicoScope with eight high-resolution channels

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The new 8-channel PC oscilloscope from Pico Technology offers the perfect solution for advanced multi-channel applications. Housed in a compact and rugged enclosure, the PicoScope 4824 features 12-bit resolution, SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface, and an integrated 14-bit arbitrary waveform generator (AWG).

Managing Director Alan Tong explains “The new 8-channel PicoScope has the same small footprint as Pico’s existing 2 and 4-channel models, and can replace the cumbersome full-sized scope on your workbench”. Like all PicoScopes, the 4824 is small, light, and highly portable; despite its high specification it is entirely powered via USB and does not require a bulky separate adaptor.

200 MHz scope that fits in your pocket

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Pico Technology has released a new range of PicoScope 2000 Series oscilloscopes that occupy about the area of a passport and are only 19 mm (¾") thick. Connected to and powered from a USB port, they offer bandwidths up to 200 MHz and feature an arbitrary waveform generator, yet are almost 80% smaller than the previous generation of PicoScopes. This makes them the perfect scopes for engineers on the move to keep in their laptop bag, while offering all the features and performance of a traditional benchtop oscilloscope.

The new PicoScope 2000 range was very much a "skunkworks" project, explained Managing Director Alan Tong.  "We give all of our engineers one afternoon a week to work on a project of their own choosing, and a group decided to see how small they could make an oscilloscope without compromising on performance. They kept the project secret until they had a working prototype complete with a 3D-printed enclosure. When I saw it I was immediately sold on the idea, as it was a product I wanted to own myself. It’s so small and light, I now carry an oscilloscope in my laptop bag all the time."

Pico news

PicoScope for OS X (Mac) and Linux

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March 2015

The OS X and Linux versions of PicoScope contain all the essential features of PicoScope for Windows, and we are working on adding the more advanced features. Here is a summary of the support available for these operating systems today.

PicoScope 6 for OS X and Linux

PicoScope r6.10.1.36 or r6.10.1.37 is available for both operating systems. Features include:

OS X drivers

  • Runs on OS X 10.9 and 10.10
  • All current PicoScope devices including the new PicoScope 3000D Series
  • USB PT-104, USB TC-08 and PicoLog CM3 data loggers

More information on Mac OS X support

Linux drivers

  • For Debian 7.0 (wheezy) i386/amd64, Ubuntu 12.xx/13.xx i386/amd64, other Debian-based with mono ≥ 2.10.8.1
  • armhf drivers for Debian and BeagleBone Black
  • RPM packages
  • All current PicoScope devices including the new PicoScope 3000D Series
  • USB DrDAQ and PicoLog 1000 Series data loggers

More information on Linux support

New resource: A to Z of PicoScope

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February 2015

As well as a clean new look and easier navigation, our refreshed website has lots of expanded information including a new A–Z of PicoScope. This handy reference guide explains the most important concepts in PC oscilloscopes from Alarms to Zoom, with links to more detailed pages on major topics.

Visit the Pico Technology Library for an overview of available technical information.

New MATLAB Instrument Drivers for PicoScope 4000 Series

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January 2015

Our latest addition to the list of MATLAB Instrument Drivers is for the PicoScope 4000 Series. The list of devices supported in MathWorks MATLAB is now as follows:

PicoScope for Linux wins a place in the EDN Hot 100 Products list!

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December 2014

According to EDN magazine, "USB oscilloscopes are popular - only that the marketable supply is focused almost exclusively to Windows platforms. Pico Technology now redeems the growing flock of Linux users by offering such a software that runs under their preferred operating system."

Java Native Access for PicoScope

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November 2014

As an alternative to using Java Native Interface (JNI) to call PicoScope and PicoLog API functions, you can use Java Native Access (JNA) to do the same without having create an intermediate Dynamic Link Library (DLL). We've posted some example code on our forum to control PicoScope 3000 Series oscilloscopes using the ps3000a driver.

All the resources that you need, such as the PicoScope 3000 Series SDK and Programmer's Guide, the Java Development Kit, and the JNA jar file, are available free of charge.

New drivers for Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone

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November 2014

New beta drivers for PicoScope oscilloscopes and PicoLog data loggers are now available for the ARM-based BeagleBone Black and Raspberry Pi development boards.

The new drivers give programmers access to a wide range of Pico oscilloscopes and data loggers. Separate driver packages and snippets of C code are available for Raspbian and Debian systems, and similar code could be developed in C-compatible programming languages such as C++, Java and JavaScript.

As beta products, these drivers are explained and supported on our forum. Full details are in this post: Drivers for BeagleBone Black and Raspberry Pi.

In addition, beta drivers for Mac OS X and Linux, and drivers and SDK for Microsoft Windows, can all be downloaded free of charge.