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The new PicoScope 5000D Series: the complete all-rounders

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  • Up to 200 MHz analog bandwidth
  • 8 to 16-bit FlexRes® hardware resolution
  • 1 GS/s sampling at 8-bit resolution
  • Mixed-signal models available
  • Small, light, fanless design

The PicoScope 5000D Series is the ideal, cost-effective scope for many applications including design, research, test, education, service and repair.

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New oscilloscope probes

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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:

  • Replaceable solid and sprung tips
  • Redesigned spring hook
  • More durable cable

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New high-temperature Type K thermocouples

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Four additions to the PicoScope 9300 family

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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:

  • 2 channels
  • 15 GHz bandwidth
  • 15 TS/s (64 fs) sequential sampling
  • Eye and mask testing to 16 Gb/s with up to 223–1 pattern lock

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.

New Type T thermocouples

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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.

New PicoVNA 106 vector network analyzer - only US$ 5995

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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.

Read more about the PicoVNA 106 >

New sprung hook probes and CAT III test prods and leads

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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.

New 25 GHz PicoScope sampling oscilloscopes!

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The PicoScope 9300 Series 20 GHz sampling oscilloscopes have been joined by two new 25 GHz models. The new scopes offer these impressive specifications:

  • 2 or 4 channels
  • Down to 14 ps calculated rise time
  • 1 MS/s sample rate to 32 kS store
  • 64 fs, 15 THz effective sampling rate
  • Up to 15 GHz prescaled trigger
  • 2.5 GHz direct trigger
  • Pattern sync trigger of length 7 to 223–1
  • 1.8 ps typical RMS jitter
  • 16-bit ADC resolution

Single- and 3-phase flexible AC current probes

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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.

  • 30/300/3000 A AC RMS
  • 10 Hz to 20 kHz bandwidth
  • Flexible sensor coils for hard-to-reach conductors
  • Non-magnetic: no saturation

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.

See the difference: high-resolution differential oscilloscope

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We are delighted to launch our latest product, the PicoScope 4444 differential oscilloscope.

  • 4 differential inputs
  • 20 MHz bandwith
  • 12 to 14 bit resolution
  • 1000 V CAT III probes
  • Low-voltage probes
  • Current probes

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!

Coming soon: PicoScope 4444. See the difference!

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  • 4 differential inputs
  • 20 MHz bandwith
  • 14 bit resolution
  • 1000 V CAT III probes
  • Low-voltage probes
  • Current clamps

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 release 3.25.0

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PicoSample is the software for PicoScope 9300 Series sampling oscilloscopes. This free update brings you:

  • USB 3.0 masks
  • Calculator for touchscreen parameter controls
  • Faster random sampling acquisition

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 release 6.12.7

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PicoScope 6 works with all our real-time USB oscilloscopes, and it's free to download. Changes include:

  • New CAN FD serial decoder
  • New pop-up notifications
  • Clearer channel overrange warnings
  • New built-in settings for TA325 and TA326 flex current probes
  • Improved handling of PicoScope .psdata files saved with a different device

PicoScope 6.12.5 released!

The latest release of PicoScope 6 has a clearer display and more convenient controls aimed at users of touchscreen devices. The improvements also make PicoScope even more of a pleasure to use on conventional laptops and desktops. There are also some new automated measurements.

  • Larger control buttons
  • New adjustment buttons for easier control of numerical settings
  • New control setting grids for faster setup
  • Color-coded serial decoding packets
  • New edge count measurements

Watch the video to learn about the PicoScope 6.12.5 update in only five minutes!

New 9 GHz PicoConnect 900 Series RF, microwave and digital probes

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This new series of passive oscilloscope probes dramatically lowers the cost of performing low-invasive measurements on gigahertz-frequency circuits. The PicoConnect probes have an extremely low input capacitance of typically 0.3 pF, which minimizes disturbance to the device under test and ensures a well-defined pulse response. This makes them more accurate than expensive active probes at very high frequencies.

Prices from only $699 / €579 / £449

Pico news

How low can you go with the PicoScope 5000D FlexRes oscilloscope?

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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.

Read the story on DesignSpark >

PicoVNA 2.11.0.11 software released

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PicoVNA 2, the software for the PicoVNA 106 vector network analyzer, has some new features and improvements:

  • P1dB utility sweep range extended to +3 dBm
  • New facility to save and recall status as .sta files
  • Export Time Domain trace data from Save Measurements
  • Time-domain plot marker readouts now include distance and resistance values

There is a longer list of improvements and bug fixes in the release notes, displayed when you download PicoVNA 2.

Download >

PicoLog® 6.1.6 beta for Windows, macOS and Linux

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A beta release of our PicoLog data logging software for Windows, macOS and Linux is now available. Here are some of the features we have added:

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PicoScope® 6.13.7 beta for macOS and Linux

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A PicoScope 6.13.7 beta release is now available for Linux and macOS. Users of these operating systems can now enjoy these new features and improvements:

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Pulse responses of PicoConnect 900 Series probes

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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.

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PicoLog® 6.1.5 released

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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.

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PicoScope 6.13.6 released

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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.

Find out more >

PicoLog® 6.1.4 released

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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:

  • Spreadsheet view - shows live, min, max and average values
  • Faster display of very large data sets

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.

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PicoLog 6.1.3 released

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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:

  • Choice of eight languages
  • Supports Ethernet connection to PT-104 and CM3 loggers
  • Available in Windows, macOS and Linux
  • Uses Windows Extended Validation (EV) signed kernel drivers for easier installation

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.

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Gain-phase analysis of a DC-DC converter

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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.

Pico Distributor Conference

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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!

PicoVNA for C# programmers

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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.

PicoScope 4444 is one of Elektronik’s Products of the Year

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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.

Pico at Embedded World 2018

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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.

Embedded World competition winners

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Congratulations to Vojtech Vigner, Achime Winter and Andrea Zanni, who each won a DrDAQ multipurpose data logger in the daily prize draws. Happy logging, all of you!

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Majija Kekelj was lucky enough to win our end-of-show prize draw for a top-of-the-range PicoScope 2208B MSO, with 2 analog and 16 digital inputs. Enjoy!

Gain-phase analysis with PicoSDK

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If you're familiar with the third-party frequency response analyzer app for PicoScopes, you may be interested to know that Roland Vanroy has posted two new application notes to help you with gain-phase analysis.

The first is a general introduction to the technique using a buck converter prototype, while the second explains how to make the signal insertion transformer required for this test.

Videos of the month: Getting started with PicoLog 6

If you decided to wait for PicoLog 6 to go stable before trying it out, these videos from our Technical Specialist, Ziko, will give you some pointers.

In this first video, Ziko outlines a few of the key software features and goes on to talk you through the installation process.

In Part 2, Ziko shows how easy it is to set up the data logging software and start capturing data. This example shows the software in action with the TC-08 thermocouple data logger, but the steps are just the same for all Pico USB data logging devices.

PicoLog 6 stable release goes live!

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We've just launched our new-look PicoLog 6 data logging software: the stable version is available for download on Windows, Linux and macOS! If you haven't already tried it, now's the time - PicoLog 6 provides a visual, user-friendly interface that has been designed to be intuitive from the outset. You can set up your logger and start recording in moments, regardless of your level of experience.

We are demonstrating PicoLog 6 at Embedded World in Nuremberg - if you're attending, why not drop in and see it in action? We're on Stand 4-533.

Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work For 2018

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Pico Technology has been named one of the UK's 100 Best Small Companies to Work For at a prestigious ceremony hosted by the Sunday Times newspaper. This sought-after award measures and acknowledges excellence in workplace engagement – where only organizations with the highest level of overall employee engagement qualified.

The results of this survey are based on what our employees say about the organization, plus how we manage, motivate and reward our workforce.

Using PicoSDK with MATLAB

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In this month's featured video, technical support engineer Neil Hamilton shows you how to use PicoScope devices with MathWorks MATLAB.

From installing PicoSDK to running example code in MATLAB, Neil covers all you need to know.