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New PicoScope 2000A and 2000B oscilloscopes now shipping

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The latest 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.

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 • Up to 1 MHz function generator and AWG • Serial decoding, math channels, spectrum analyzer, color persistence display, mask limit testing included as standard

Entry-level models from only $129 / €109 / £79 without probes

Deep-memory models from only $379 / €319 / £229 including probes

Read PicoScope 2000 Series detailed description and specifications

Watch Picoscope 2208B unboxing video (YouTube) produced by the Code and Life blog [2016-05]

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]

Pico news

Awards news: Finalist in Elektronik Product of the Year 2016

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We recently reached the final of Elektronik magazine's Product of the Year 2016 awards, with the PicoScope 3000D Series oscilloscopes winning a place in the Measurement Technology category. Pico Technology's Carl Bradbury visited Elektronik in Munich to pick up the award.

The PicoScope 3000D Series scopes can capture up to 100,000 waveforms per second. Models are available with bandwidths up to 200 MHz, 2 or 4 channels, plus 16 digital channels on the mixed signal (MSO) models. Buffer sizes range from 64 to 512 MS. Maximum sampling rate is 1 GS/s and connection to the PC is by USB 3.0. Digital triggering, spectrum analysis and an arbitrary waveform generator are included as standard.

Details of the PicoScope 3000D Series oscilloscopes [2016-05]

Video of the month: PicoScope 2000 mixed signal oscilloscopes (MSOs)

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Continuing the theme of PicoScope 2000 Series oscilloscopes, this month's video presents the four new mixed signal oscilloscopes (MSOs) in the series. Each MSO includes includes a logic analyzer integrated with an oscilloscope, packaged in an ultra-compact enclosure no bigger than the standard two-channel and four-channel oscilloscopes in the series.

Watch PicoScope 2000 Mixed signal oscilloscope (MSO) (YouTube video)

Each MSO model provides:

  • 2 analog channels
  • 16 digital channels
  • 1 single-channel arbitrary waveform generator

The four models are as follows:

PicoScope 2205A MSO – 25 MHz, 500 MS/s, 48 kS buffer
PicoScope 2206B MSO – 50 MHz, 1 GS/s, 32 MS buffer
PicoScope 2207B MSO – 70 MHz, 1 GS/s, 64 MS buffer
PicoScope 2208B MSO – 100 MHz, 1 GS/s, 128 MS buffer

Visit the Pico Technology channel on YouTube for more videos about PicoScope oscilloscopes, PicoScope software and other Pico products. [2016-05]

New PicoScope beta releases

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PicoScope Beta 6.12.2 for Windows

PicoScope Beta 6.12.2, the latest release of the PicoScope 6 oscilloscope software, includes:

  • New color-coded serial decoding – for easier interpretation of the graphical serial decoding view.
  • New edge-counting function – by popular request, PicoScope can now count the edges in a signal. Go to Tools > Measurements > Add Measurement. There are three new measurement types: Edge count, Rising edge count and Falling edge count.
  • Improved support for touchscreens - more controls now have touch-friendly buttons and menus (as in the new timebase selection menu shown opposite) for easier operation

Download PicoScope R6.12.2 Beta (free of charge)

PicoScope Beta 6.11.13.2 for OS X

This new release of the PicoScope software for Apple Mac computers now supports the recently released PicoScope 2000A and 2000B oscilloscopes. Note that PicoScope for OS X contains most but not all of the features (detailed list published in March 2015 newsletter) of PicoScope for Windows. Please download the software to check that it is suitable for your application.

Download PicoScope R6.11.13.2 Beta for OS X (free of charge) [2016-05]

Updated app: frequency response analyzer

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Aaron Hexamer's powerful FRA4PicoScope app now works for the new PicoScope 2000A and 2000B oscilloscopes as well as most other PicoScopes. It uses the oscilloscope's signal generator to drive the circuit under test and produces a Bode plot of amplitude and phase response. The app was developed for testing the stability of switch mode power supplies (SMPS) but could also be used to analyze any amplifier or control system with a feedback loop.

Join the FRA4PicoScope discussion on our forum

Download the code from Bitbucket [2016-05]

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]