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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

Review: PicoScope 2208B MSO

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Elektor magazine has just published a detailed review of the PicoScope 2208B MSO (mixed-signal oscilloscope). Within hours of setting up his new oscilloscope, the author was able to pinpoint a fault in an audio amplifier.

Find out how easy it is to get started with your first PicoScope and why it's important to compensate your scope probes!

Read the review [2016-09]

Focus on: PicoSource PG900 fast differential pulse generators

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You probably know about our oscilloscope range but did you also know that we offer high-speed pulse generators? The PicoSource PG900 Series can generate test pulses with 40 to 60 picosecond edges for TDR, TDT, microwave and high-speed digital testing. Use them for single-ended testing, or use the dual deskewable outputs for driving differential transmission lines.

Like our oscilloscopes, the PicoSource generators are USB-connected, extremely compact and priced from only $8095. Supplied with Windows control software, they can generate programmable pulse trains and PRBS bit patterns. The models with integrated pulse drivers also have programmable output amplitude up to 6 V. A range of matching attenuators, power dividers and cables is available. PicoSource PG900 Specifications [2016-08]

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]

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]

Pico news

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.

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]

In memory of Richard Boyd 1986 – 2016

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We are deeply upset by the sad loss of Richard, who was a key member of the Pico family and worked in our North American office for 11 years. We will all miss his knowledge, enthusiasm, friendship and lively sense of humor. Our thoughts are with Richard's family and friends at this difficult time.

[2016-09]

Demo corner: PicoScope 6 AWG

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Hamid Naghizad kindly sent us this waveform that shows off the capabilities of the PicoScope arbitrary waveform generator (AWG).

This unusual waveform demonstrates that the PicoScope AWG can generate any conceivable function of voltage against time within the physical limits of the hardware. You can create your own waveforms using PicoScope's built-in graphical editor, or you can import a list of predefined sample points from a text file. Hamid's example was supplied as a CSV file which we simply loaded into the PicoScope AWG editor (click Import from CSV) and sent it to the oscilloscope (click Apply).

Can you do better? Post your AWG waveform on our forum and you could win a prize. Find out more about the PicoScope 6 AWG. [2016-08]