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New PicoScope 2-channel, 4-channel and mixed-signal models!

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The brand new PicoScope 2000 Series low-cost, ultra-compact oscilloscopes give you better performance and more features than ever before – all in an extremely portable package. Now you can carry an oscilloscope, function generator, arbitrary waveform generator (AWG), spectrum analyzer, logic analyzer and serial protocol decoder with you wherever you go. PicoScope USB oscilloscopes run on practically any PC or laptop with Windows 7, 8 or 10.

These oscilloscopes may be small, but just look at the features that are included in the price:

  • Up to 100 MHz bandwidth
  • Up to 1 GS/s sampling on analog channels
  • Mixed signal (MSO) models with 16 digital channels
  • Up to 128 MS deep buffer memory
  • Decode up to 15 serial protocols
  • Up to 1 MHz function generator and AWG
  • Free software updates
  • Beta software for Linux and OS X
  • Free Software Development Kit (SDK)

There are 15 models to choose from in the new PicoScope 2000 Series with varying channel counts, bandwidths and buffer memory depths. Here is just a selection of the models available in the PicoScope 2000 Series:

Model Bandwidth Channels AWG? Price
PicoScope 2204A without probes 10 MHz 2 Yes $129 / €109 / £79
PicoScope 2206B 50 MHz 2 Yes $379 / €319 / £229
PicoScope 2408B 100 MHz 4 Yes $1235 / €1045 / £749
PicoScope 2205A MSO 25 MHz 2+16D Yes $489 / €419 / £299
PicoScope 2208B MSO 100 MHz 2+16D Yes $1075 / €909 / £649

Read about all 15 models in the new PicoScope 2000 Series, watch the video presentation and download a data sheet [2016-04]

New PicoSource Pulse Generators!

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The new PicoSource PG900 Series differential pulse generators can stimulate a transmission path, device or network with a broad-spectrum signal in a single instant. These signals are invaluable for making high-speed broadband measurements in many fields such as time-domain reflectometry, semiconductor testing, gigabit interconnect and port testing, and in radar systems.

Despite the dominance of high-speed differential data in today's digital, computing, interconnect and telecommunications systems, it was hard to find cost-effective, fast-transition differential pulse generators... until now!

Highlights of the new PicoSource PG900 Series differential pulse generators:

  • 60 ps edge step recovery diode outputs, amplitude adjustable up to 6 V (PG911)
  • 40 ps edge tunnel diode outputs, fixed > 200 mV amplitude (PG912)
  • Dual-technology model (PG914) with both types of output
  • Differential outputs with programmable deskew in 1 ps steps
  • Signal characteristics specified in detail
  • USB-connected
  • Graphical control software (for Microsoft Windows) included

PicoScope 9000 Series sampling oscilloscopes latest

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The PicoScope 9000 Series sampling oscilloscopes are specialized USB-connected measuring instruments for viewing high-speed, repetitive signals such as serial data streams and test patterns. They are available with bandwidths of 12 GHz and 20 GHz, and with optional TDR (time-domain reflectometry), TDT (time-domain transmissometry) and optical-input capabilities.

Updated Programmer's Guide

For those developing custom applications for the PicoScope 9300 Series sampling oscilloscopes, an updated PicoScope 9300 Series Programmer's Guide is now available. This includes new instructions on programming the oscilloscopes in TDR (time-domain reflectometry) and TDT (time-domain transmissometry) applications as well as measurement of optical parameters. These sampling oscilloscopes can be controlled from a PC through either the USB or Ethernet port to provide all the functions available in the PicoSample 3 software, including:

  • Time-domain display and characterization of repetitive signals up to 20 GHz bandwidth
  • Multiple math functions of input channels
  • Eye pattern analysis
  • Automated amplitude and timing measurements to IEEE 1057–2007
  • Measurement of optical parameters (with the PicoScope 9321 optical-input model)
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Differential TDR probing challenge solved

Pico Technology now recommends the GigaProbes DVT30-1MM Dual Probe TDR Interconnect Analysis Kit for use with the PicoScope 9000 Series. The DVT30 is a 30 GHz balanced odd-mode 100 Ω differential time-domain reflectometry (TDR) probe, featuring conductive diamond-tipped contacts that can make a reliable connection to differential striplines and device pads on PCBs. It is thus ideal for making accurate measurements of signal levels and impedances on high-speed differential data lines. The DVT30-1MM can also be used on 50 Ω single-ended circuits using the adaptors included in the kit. [2009-08]

Introducing PicoAssured

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** NEWSFLASH - Some prices now even lower! - See latest price list **

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

[2015-04]

New deep-memory oscilloscopes!

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

[2015-01]

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. [2014-09]

Pico news

Video of the month: PicoScope software release 6.11.7

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We're adding features to PicoScope all the time. Recent additions include new serial protocols; math functions for filtering, frequency and duty cycle; and improved support for touchscreens. Watch this video to see the new features in action.

Visit the Pico Technology channel on YouTube for more videos about PicoScope oscilloscopes, PicoScope software and other Pico products. [2016-04]

New PicoScope beta release

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Be one of the first to try our new beta release, PicoScope 6.12.1. This includes a number of experimental features that will soon be appearing in our stable software, including:

  • Edge counting and pulse counting measurements (by popular request!)
  • Color-coded serial decoding packets
  • Easier touchscreen operation

PicoScope R6.12.1 Beta is available from the Downloads page [2016-04]

New resource for programmers: PicoApps

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Applications and example code for oscilloscopes and data loggers

PicoApps showcases third-party applications that add new functions to your oscilloscope or data logger. It also contains example code to help with writing your own applications. If you've written something that you'd like to share with everyone, please tell us about it. A big thank-you to those of you who have already submitted an app.

Items on PicoApps include:

  • Frequency Response Analyzer with Bode Plots
  • Java interface to the PicoScope 2000 Series API
  • National Instruments LabVIEW – power factor example
  • MathWorks MATLAB – using Signal Processing Toolbox features to analyze PicoScope data

Browse the PicoApps library. No registration required. [2016-04]

Videos of the month: PicoScope at Embedded World

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At last month's Embedded World show, the Pico Technology stand was popular with journalists as well as the general public. Fortunately Trevor Smith, our Business Development Manager, was on hand to answer questions. You can see two interviews with Trevor on YouTube:

Updated PicoScope driver for MATLAB

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Our support for MathWorks MATLAB includes a driver for the PicoScope 2000 Series "A API" devices using the ps2000a driver. This supports the PicoScope 2206A, 2207A and 2208A oscilloscopes and the PicoScope 2205 MSO. An updated version of the driver, packaged with example code, is now available on the MATLAB Central File Exchange. [2016-03-22]

Amendment: This driver was previously included in the ps2000a SDK available from picotech.com. The package recently uploaded to MATLAB Central File Exchange includes updated examples and corresponding published HTML files. [2016-03-24]

Overview of PicoScope oscilloscopes at Embedded World 2016

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Watch Wolfgang Lex, Senior Area Manager at Conrad Electronic, interview Pico Technology's Business Development Manager Trevor Smith at the Embedded World 2016 show. Trevor explains how PicoScope oscilloscopes work and why PicoScope's serial protocol decoding feature is so useful for technicians and engineers. [2016-02-29]