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Software update for PicoVNA 3

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We've just released PicoVNA 3.1.7, the latest version of the UI application supporting the PicoVNA 108 vector network analyzer. This version adds a phase meter utility (enabling you to use ports 1 and 2 of the instrument as receivers to measure amplitude and relative phase) and the ability to save your measurement routine in R+jX format, as well as a number of other improvements and bug fixes.

If you already use PicoVNA 3, please note that you may need to update the firmware. Instructions for this are included on the software download page.

Read more/download >>

Introducing PicoLog Cloud™ 6.2.0 Beta

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The latest beta version of PicoLog 6 works with all Pico USB data loggers and PicoScope real-time oscilloscopes, and now features the option of secure and reliable cloud data storage, allowing you to view your live and saved data on any device with an internet browser, anywhere in the world. But even if you lose your network connection, you'll still have continuous data collection.

On top of this, PicoLog 6.2.0 Beta has all the features you're used to from the latest stable release, PicoLog 6.1.18.

More information on this release >>

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New PicoScope 6000E models out now!

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A smarter scope for faster debug

The PicoScope 6000E Series is expanding again with the arrival of four new 4-channel mixed-signal oscilloscopes. Choose from bandwidths of 750 MHz or 1 GHz, 8-bit fixed or 8/10/12-bit flexible resolution and a huge 2 GS or 4 GS capture memory.

All models are ready for 16-bit mixed-signal operation: just add one or two optional 8-bit MSO pods to your order. All analog input channels feature the new Intelligent Probe Interface for our new A3000 Series of active probes!

Prices start from:
$9615 • €8165 • £6745

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PicoScope 6000E Wins Test Product of the Year

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Pico Technology’s PicoScope 6000E Series PC-based oscilloscope with optional FlexRes capability has won the prestigious Test Product of the Year trophy at the annual Elektra Awards hosted by Electronics Weekly.

The award was presented on March 25 at a virtual ceremony in the presence of an audience of leading industry professionals. The event has been a highlight of the industry calendar for 18 years, where leading figures from the electronics field gather to recognize the achievements of market leaders who are creating game-changing technologies that are helping to shape the future of the industry.

2-channel 5 GHz and 16 GHz SXRTOs are here!

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The PicoScope 9400 Series is a range of sampler-extended real-time oscilloscopes (SXRTOs), ideally suited to repetitive or clock-derived signals.

Like the existing 4-channel models, the PicoScope 9402-05 and 9402-16 feature 12-bit resolution. They also benefit from a real-time sampling rate of 500 MS/s per channel, extendable to 2.5 TS/s with random equivalent-time sampling.

From US$10,795 / €9095 / £7895

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Crystal-clear waveform analysis

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12-bit resolution • 2, 4 or 8 analog channels • 256 MS capture memory • 20 MHz bandwidth • Built-in signal generator

With a choice of 2, 4 or 8 analog channels, the PicoScope 4000A Series makes it easy to view audio, ultrasonic, vibration and power waveforms, analyze timing of complex systems, and perform a wide range of precision measurement tasks.

All models have a built-in low distortion, 80 MS/s, 14-bit function and arbitrary waveform generator, which can be used to emulate missing sensor signals during product development.

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Series of webinars, beginning January 2021

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Pico is delighted to announce a series of webinars focusing on specific applications using our products, starting next month. These will be presented by staff from Pico's own sales and engineering teams, together with guests from a number of complementary partner companies, and will cover a wide range of tools and applications.

  • January: From CAN to BroadR-Reach – debugging automotive networks with PicoScope
  • February: Using Pico Technology products for academic applications
  • March: The devil is in the detail – looking beyond oscilloscope banner specifications

A schedule for further webinars will be made available shortly.

More information, or watch previous webinars >>

Pico tools in education

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Pico Technology's products are ideal for use in education and training.

Whether you're looking for low-cost entry-level oscilloscopes for your students, affordable vector network analyzers, network metrology training kits or PC-based data loggers with intuitive software, we can meet your needs.

Information in several languages >>

NEW active differential probes

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The AD2201 and AD2801 probes are high-bandwidth active differential probes, with BNC connectors. They allow safe voltage measurement on single-ended input oscilloscopes

These probes replace the TA045 and TA046 probes, and have improved powering options: they now include in-line battery modules and are compatible with standard USB chargers.

AD2801 800 MHz probe

This 800 MHz probe is ideal for measuring high-speed differential signals.

The AD2801 has a measurement range of ±15 V and a common-mode voltage range of ±30 V.

AD2201 200 MHz probe

This is a 200 MHz probe, suitable for measuring high-speed differential signals.

The AD2201 has a differential measurement range of ±20 V and a common-mode range of up to ±60 V.

More about the AD2801 >> More about the AD2201 >>

New PicoVNA 108 vector network analyzer

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The new PicoVNA 108, in a low-cost, small-footprint and portable format, is the second model in the PicoVNA range. It can see out further to 8.5 GHz, and it can see down deeper to −124 dB.

The new model provides new "save on trigger" synchronization for multiple measurements. We have also added offset frequency capability to the Quad RX architecture, and synchronization and control of the PicoSource AS108 8 GHz agile synthesizer from within the PicoVNA 3 software. This instrument pairing allows RF mixer and RF/IF system characterizations using the PicoVNA 108. Other popular third-party signal generators are also supported.

Learn more about the TA369 MSO pod

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With 500 MHz bandwidth, the TA369 MSO pod is the accessory you need to exploit the mixed-signal capability of the PicoScope 6000E Series oscilloscopes.

Each pod features eight flying leads terminating in MSO probes, and each of these makes its own ground connection. If you need to arrange four or eight in a row, you can simplify the process using the ground clips supplied, suitable for 2.54 mm-pitch headers, or you can use the individual ground leads that are also included in the kit.

Find out more (video) >>

The PicoScope 6000E Series is growing!

Photo of new PicoScope 6000E 4-channel oscilloscope on a desk, near a PCB and a computer monitor.Now with a choice of four or eight channels!

  • 5 GHz sampling
  • Up to 4 GS capture memory
  • MSO options
  • 8-bit fixed or 8/10/12-bit FlexRes®

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COVID-19 and Pico

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Due to the coronavirus outbreak, Pico Technology adopted new working practices. Many of our employees are working remotely from their homes ensuring the Pico Technology business is very much up and running!

Please check with our Sales team before placing any large orders to ensure stock is available. Please note that, because of reduced freight capacity, shipments to all destinations may take longer than usual.

The Technical Support team is operating as normal, and product development is continuing uninterrupted.

Our staff have video conferencing and other tools to support you remotely with:

  • Product demonstrations
  • Training
  • Sales and any other enquiries - tell us what you need!

Although our industry and the worldwide economy is challenged by the COVID-19 outbreak, we believe we have taken the right steps to safeguard our employees and implement a robust plan to serve our customers around the world. Working closely with you, our customers, we will emerge stronger from the outbreak.

Pico Brexit Continuity Planning

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The United Kingdom and European Union reached a trade agreement which was passed into UK law and came into effect when the transition period ended at 23.00 on December 31st 2020. The agreement reached includes tariff-free, quota-free trade in goods between the UK and EU which means there are no tariffs payable on goods shipped from the UK to the EU. This trade agreement provides some welcome clarity to Pico on trading with our EU customers but areas of uncertainty and potential delay still remain. We have taken steps to ensure continuity of supply which include:

  • Finished products – Where possible, substantial increases in UK buffer stock for the UK and international markets have been created;
  • Raw materials - Our purchasing team are overseeing the continuity of raw materials and if appropriate we will use alternative pre-approved sources to maintain our supplies;
  • Customs - We are working with our logistics partners to identify areas where delays may be encountered and are trying to mitigate them as much as possible.

What do you as a customer need to plan for or do:

Worldwide - Customs delays - Although we are trying to mitigate delays as much as possible, the new customs clearance procedures, loss of EU preferential status and effects of the pandemic will mean shipment times faced will be longer than usually experienced so please be aware of this;

EU - Under our normal INCOTERMS 2020, you will be the importer of record for our deliveries so you should ensure you have an EU EORI (Economic Operators Registration and Identification) number to progress your goods through customs. These deliveries may incur additional duties and Import VAT, and if you are VAT registered in your country you should be able to reclaim this VAT back.  

Pico Technology is one of the UK’s 100 Best Mid-Sized Companies to Work For in 2021!

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Pico Technology are proud to announce that we placed 58th on the list of the UK's 100 Best Mid-Sized Companies to Work For – the fourth year running that we have featured on this prestigious list! We also placed 32nd in the East of England’s 75 Best Companies to Work For and 2nd in Manufacturing's 5 Best Companies to Work For.

This sought-after award measures and acknowledges excellence in workplace engagement – where only organisations with the highest level of overall employee engagement qualified. The results of this survey are based on what employees say about the organisation plus how they manage, motivate and reward their workforce.

Alan Tong, Managing Director, said “This has been a tough year for everyone. Covid-19 has affected the working world as a whole, especially the way we work and interact with our colleagues and customers. At Pico we reacted to the crisis quickly, sending our employees home ahead of the national lockdown. Their safety was our utmost priority. I am so proud of how our team adapted and came together to keep supporting our customers and to keep our business running as smoothly as possible.”

Jane Percy, Chief Operating Officer, continues “It is great to have confirmation that our employees are happy and feel supported through this challenging time. We have focused on communication, by ensuring our employees had everything they needed to enable them to work from home as appropriate and still feel part of the wider team. We pride ourselves on listening to the ever-growing needs of our employees while promoting a good work-life balance.”

Employment opportunities at Pico >>

PicoScope 9404-16 featured in Berkeley Nucleonics Webinar

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Our PicoScope 9404-16 was chosen by Berkeley Nucleonics to help demonstrate the capabilities on Fast Pulse/Low Jitter Timing Solutions. Junior Choe, RF/Microwave Sr. Product Manager, hosts this in-depth presentation on high-performance pulse solutions with focused applications.

The MathWorks Connections Program

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Pico has recently renewed its membership of the MathWorks Connections Program. We've been active members for several years, helping numerous PicoScope, PicoLog and PicoVNA users develop applications using MATLAB and PicoSDK.

The MATLAB section of our online forum has plenty of programming examples, and an active community of users. Why not take a look?

PicoLog 6.2 Cloud: We need beta testers!

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Be part of the biggest upgrade to Pico data loggers since the release of PicoLog 6 nearly three years ago. PicoLog 6.2 Cloud massively broadens how and where our data loggers and oscilloscopes can be used – your live captures, in the cloud, for free.*

Setting up a cloud capture is just as easy as a local capture, with no confusing configurations required: the only difference is logging in to your PicoLog Cloud account. Viewing your live PicoLog captures is just as easy from anywhere in the world on Windows, macOS, Linux PC or Raspberry Pi, using the same PicoLog 6.2 Cloud app in remote view mode.

*PicoLog 6.2 Cloud is a free cloud service with some features restricted or disabled. Premium features will be available on annual subscription at a later date.

Read more >> Watch demo >> Sign up now >>

Programming examples for the PicoScope 6000E Series

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The PicoScope 6000E Series of deep-memory 4- and 8-channel oscilloscopes are proving popular for custom applications alongside PicoSDK, and our GitHub organization page now hosts programming examples for C#, Python and National Instruments LabVIEW.

For any assistance or advice, our team of technical support engineers is ready for your phone call, email, webchat or forum post.

Pico on GitHub >>

Technical Support >>

PicoLog 6.1.16 and HDF5 format

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Compressible data to share with other apps

When you're collecting data over any significant length of time, files exported from PicoLog 6 can easily run into the gigabytes.

HDF5 format is specifically designed to handle big data sets and leave you with manageable file sizes. It's ideal for use with MATLAB and other third-party applications, and is an export option from PicoLog 6.1.16 onwards.

More information on the HDF5 file format >>

White paper: fast Fourier transforms explained

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This new white paper offers a deep dive into the world of spectrum analysis, from the fundamental differences between the frequency domain and the time domain to help selecting a frequency window to use for signal characterization and analysis.

Learn more >>

PicoLog 6.1.16

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PicoLog 6.1.16 is out now.

This stable release includes all the features from last month's beta release. We've improved the user interface, with simpler capture controls, and you can now export to HDF5 format (handy for MATLAB users or anyone else wanting to manage especially large amounts of data).

See the release notes for more information.

What’s your setup?

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Working from home seems to have become the new normal! Our April newsletter showed off the home-working setups of some of Pico's staff. Now, we'd like you to share your at-home PicoScope setups!

For every photo uploaded to our Facebook page, Pico Technology will donate £10* to Médecins Sans Frontières, who are fighting to help save the lives of people affected by COVID-19 around the world.

*Up to a maximum of £1000.

Got a question? Ask Pico!

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Those who know Pico, know that we are a sociable bunch, and we miss meeting our customers at exhibitions! That's why we're bringing the experts to you.

If you would like to see any of our products in action, have any queries about our software or have a question to put to us, just post it on our Facebook page. We'll answer a selection of your questions with a video.

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