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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.

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

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

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.

A PicoScope with eight high-resolution channels

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The new 8-channel PC oscilloscope from Pico Technology offers the perfect solution for advanced multi-channel applications. Housed in a compact and rugged enclosure, the PicoScope 4824 features 12-bit resolution, SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface, and an integrated 14-bit arbitrary waveform generator (AWG).

Managing Director Alan Tong explains “The new 8-channel PicoScope has the same small footprint as Pico’s existing 2 and 4-channel models, and can replace the cumbersome full-sized scope on your workbench”. Like all PicoScopes, the 4824 is small, light, and highly portable; despite its high specification it is entirely powered via USB and does not require a bulky separate adaptor.

200 MHz scope that fits in your pocket

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Pico Technology has released a new range of PicoScope 2000 Series oscilloscopes that occupy about the area of a passport and are only 19 mm (¾") thick. Connected to and powered from a USB port, they offer bandwidths up to 200 MHz and feature an arbitrary waveform generator, yet are almost 80% smaller than the previous generation of PicoScopes. This makes them the perfect scopes for engineers on the move to keep in their laptop bag, while offering all the features and performance of a traditional benchtop oscilloscope.

The new PicoScope 2000 range was very much a "skunkworks" project, explained Managing Director Alan Tong.  "We give all of our engineers one afternoon a week to work on a project of their own choosing, and a group decided to see how small they could make an oscilloscope without compromising on performance. They kept the project secret until they had a working prototype complete with a 3D-printed enclosure. When I saw it I was immediately sold on the idea, as it was a product I wanted to own myself. It’s so small and light, I now carry an oscilloscope in my laptop bag all the time."

Pico news

New PicoScope 6.11.5 Beta with improved touchscreen support

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August 2015

PicoScope Beta 6.11.5 has improved touchscreen support for graph manipulation: you can now use pinch to zoom and drag to pan. You can also use the mouse wheel to zoom the scope view horizontally. We have fixed a number of bugs detailed in the release notes, which you can read when you download the software.

PicoLog update

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July 2015

We're looking after our data logger users this month with an update to the PicoLog software. There are no major changes, just fixes for some outstanding bugs:

  • Correction to IP address dialog for network-connected loggers
  • Data before trigger point is now exported to Excel files
  • Fixed error on opening data file with no PicoLog 1000 device connected

PicoScope 6 latest: R6.11.4 beta

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July 2015

Last month we announced a new beta release of PicoScope with sixteen new and updated serial protocols. We also hinted that you might find more improvements. The main change is to math channels: this feature has been rewritten so that it now handles up to 5 million samples per waveform (up from 2 million) and is up to 3 times faster than before on a typical PC.

Give math channels a try using either your own PicoScope oscilloscope or the virtual 'demo' oscilloscope built into the software. You'll find a comprehensive range of math functions including arithmetic, trigonometry, exponentials, filters, and the min, max, peak and average multi-waveform operations.

Important note: If you have a version of PicoScope earlier than R6.10.16, you must update to R6.10.16 before installing one of the R6.11 beta releases. To update automatically, use the Help > Check for Updates menu command in PicoScope.

PicoScope 6: improved serial decoding

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June 2015

We've just released PicoScope R6.11.4, a beta version of the oscilloscope software for PicoScopes, with improved serial decoding. There are now 16 serial protocols, a cleaner user interface, six times faster decoding and better error detection, and it's all free of charge to PicoScope oscilloscope owners!

The list of decoded protocols is now as follows (new ones are in bold):

1-Wire ARINC 429 CAN DCC
DMX 512 Ethernet 100BASE-TX Ethernet 10BASE-T FlexRay
I²C I²S LIN PS/2
RS-232/UART SENT (Fast & Slow) SPI USB

You might find a few other improvements hidden away: for details, see the release notes when you download or watch out for future newsletters.

Important note: If you have a version of PicoScope earlier than R6.10.16, you must update to R6.10.16 before installing this new beta. To update automatically, use the Help > Check for Updates menu command in PicoScope.

New PicoScope drivers for MATLAB

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May 2015

We've updated our MATLAB Instrument Driver package for the PicoScope 3000 Series to support the new PicoScope 3000D and 3000D MSO oscilloscopes. The MATLAB Generic Instrument Driver allows you to acquire data from the PicoScope 3000 Series High-Performance Oscilloscopes and control the signal generator. The data could be processed in MATLAB using functions from Toolboxes such as the Signal Processing Toolbox.

Download from the PicoScope® 3000 Series - MATLAB® Generic Instrument Driver page on MathWorks MATLAB Central. Example code for the PicoScope 3000D Series is in the BETA folder within the download.

PicoScope for OS X (Mac) and Linux

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March 2015

The OS X and Linux versions of PicoScope contain all the essential features of PicoScope for Windows, and we are working on adding the more advanced features. Here is a summary of the support available for these operating systems today.

PicoScope 6 for OS X and Linux

PicoScope r6.10.1.36 or r6.10.1.37 is available for both operating systems. Features include:

OS X drivers

  • Runs on OS X 10.9 and 10.10
  • All current PicoScope devices including the new PicoScope 3000D Series
  • USB PT-104, USB TC-08 and PicoLog CM3 data loggers

More information on Mac OS X support

Linux drivers

  • For Debian 7.0 (wheezy) i386/amd64, Ubuntu 12.xx/13.xx i386/amd64, other Debian-based with mono ≥ 2.10.8.1
  • armhf drivers for Debian and BeagleBone Black
  • RPM packages
  • All current PicoScope devices including the new PicoScope 3000D Series
  • USB DrDAQ and PicoLog 1000 Series data loggers

More information on Linux support