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:
|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
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.
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.
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."
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 r18.104.22.168 or r22.214.171.124 is available for both operating systems. Features include:
As well as a clean new look and easier navigation, our refreshed website has lots of expanded information including a new A–Z of PicoScope. This handy reference guide explains the most important concepts in PC oscilloscopes from Alarms to Zoom, with links to more detailed pages on major topics.
Visit the Pico Technology Library for an overview of available technical information.
Our latest addition to the list of MATLAB Instrument Drivers is for the PicoScope 4000 Series. The list of devices supported in MathWorks MATLAB is now as follows:
According to EDN magazine, "USB oscilloscopes are popular - only that the marketable supply is focused almost exclusively to Windows platforms. Pico Technology now redeems the growing flock of Linux users by offering such a software that runs under their preferred operating system."
As an alternative to using Java Native Interface (JNI) to call PicoScope and PicoLog API functions, you can use Java Native Access (JNA) to do the same without having create an intermediate Dynamic Link Library (DLL). We've posted some example code on our forum to control PicoScope 3000 Series oscilloscopes using the ps3000a driver.
All the resources that you need, such as the PicoScope 3000 Series SDK and Programmer's Guide, the Java Development Kit, and the JNA jar file, are available free of charge.
New beta drivers for PicoScope oscilloscopes and PicoLog data loggers are now available for the ARM-based BeagleBone Black and Raspberry Pi development boards.
As beta products, these drivers are explained and supported on our forum. Full details are in this post: Drivers for BeagleBone Black and Raspberry Pi.
In addition, beta drivers for Mac OS X and Linux, and drivers and SDK for Microsoft Windows, can all be downloaded free of charge.
The long-awaited native version of PicoScope 6 for Mac OS X is now available as a beta build.
We are aiming to make the feature set of the beta version follow that of the Linux release. We look forward to any reports and user experience details on how the software behaves, so please don't keep it to yourself - share it on our forum.
The beta version includes drivers and an SDK (mainly aimed at experts).
Our PicoScope Beta software is now available for Linux and supports all PicoScope oscilloscopes. The Linux software supports all Debian, OpenSUSE and Fedora derived distributions.
MATLAB® users can communicate directly with Pico Technology's hardware using Instrument Control Toolbox™ and a native MATLAB instrument driver that is included at no charge along with the Pico Technology's hardware. This allows users to control instruments directly from MATLAB, including instrument setup, data collection, and any other functionality available to the device. The Instrument Control Toolbox provides a direct and consistent interface to each device while exposing the inherent features of the hardware.
Pico Technology is a member of The MathWorks Connections Program. Support Packages are available for the following PicoScope ranges:
Additional Support Packages will be added as they are created.
We're extremely proud to announce that we have received a Queen's Award for Enterprise, the UK's highest accolade for business success.
It's also the only business award that includes an invitation to meet HM The Queen at Buckingham Palace! We'd like to thank you, our loyal customers, for contributing to the growth of our company over its 23-year history.
However, we are not going to rest on our laurels, so look out for the exciting new products and software features that we plan to introduce this year.