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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, or register your details to find out more. [2017-02]

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! Free download [2017-02]

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

Release notes [2017-02]

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! [2017-01]

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 [2016-10]

Free update to PicoSample 3 software

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PicoSample 3.22.0, the latest update to the software for PicoScope 9300 Series sampling oscilloscopes, is now available for download. It includes some major improvements including:

  • Upgrade of the user interface for touchscreen operation
  • New random sampling mode
  • TDR support through COM object (allowing other programs to control the oscilloscope in TDR mode)
  • Access to waveform database through COM object

If you don't have a PicoScope 9300 Series oscilloscope, you can still download PicoSample 3 and try it out in demo mode. Read more [2016-07]

Pico news

PicoScope 2000B Series is ACE Awards finalist

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The PicoScope 2000B Series was selected by a panel of experts for a place in the Test and Measurement Systems and Boards category.

PicoScope 2000 Series oscilloscopes deliver the functionality of six instruments – oscilloscope, logic analyzer (on MSO models), spectrum analyzer, function generator, arbitrary waveform generator, and serial bus analyzer – in a pocket-sized enclosure. Prices are around half those of traditional benchtop oscilloscopes with comparable performance. [2016-12]

Decoding the DCC protocol

The Digital Command Control (DCC) serial protocol was developed to enable more complex setups on model train sets. In this month's video, one of our Technical Support Engineers uses a PicoScope 5000 Series oscilloscope to decode the signals sent on a Hornby Digital Train set. [2016-11]

EM Best of Industry Awards

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EM Media, the group behind Electronics Maker magazine, hosted the second annual EM Best of Industry Awards ceremony in Bangalore on 21 September. We're very pleased to report that Pico came first in the Best Portable Test Solutions category. [2016-10]

Competition time

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For three days of EuMW, we ran a prize draw to win a PicoScope 2207B, one of the new PicoScope 2000 Series oscilloscopes we launched earlier in the year. We're very happy to tell you that our three winners were as follows:

Day 1: Ralph Green from Portsmouth
Day 2: Abdelhakim Boughriet from Reading
Day 3: Alex Jacobs from Maidstone

Congratulations to all of you. We hope you’re enjoying using your new scope!

Video of the month: PicoConnect 900 Series

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You may remember a few months ago we posted a video from the International Microwave Symposium, where Mark Ashcroft, our RF Business Development Manager, mentioned a secret new product under development. That product was revealed to the world at European Microwave Week as the PicoConnect 900 Series of low-invasive RF, microwave and gigabit probes. In this video, taken at the launch, Mark tells us a bit more about the range.

Software update: PicoLog 5.25.3

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We recommend that all our Data Logger users download the latest update to benefit from recent bug fixes and improvements.

  • Supports all PicoLog data loggers
  • Graph and spreadsheet views
  • Suitable for Windows 7, 8 and 10
  • Software is free of charge

Download PicoLog 5.25.3 [2016-09]