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New deep-memory oscilloscopes!

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January 2015

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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October 2014

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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February 2014

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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November 2013

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."

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New resource: A to Z of PicoScope

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February 2015

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.

New MATLAB Instrument Drivers for PicoScope 4000 Series

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January 2015

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:

PicoScope for Linux wins a place in the EDN Hot 100 Products list!

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December 2014

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."

Java Native Access for PicoScope

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November 2014

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 drivers for Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone

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November 2014

New beta drivers for PicoScope oscilloscopes and PicoLog data loggers are now available for the ARM-based BeagleBone Black and Raspberry Pi development boards.

The new drivers give programmers access to a wide range of Pico oscilloscopes and data loggers. Separate driver packages and snippets of C code are available for Raspbian and Debian systems, and similar code could be developed in C-compatible programming languages such as C++, Java and JavaScript.

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.

New PicoScope beta for Mac OS X!

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August 2014

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).

PicoScope R6.9.14 new features

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August 2014

  • New low pass, high pass, band pass and band stop filters
  • New maths function for graphing of changing frequency and duty cycle measurements
  • Faster waveform update rates, now typically over 20,000 per second in persistence mode

New PicoScope R6.10.2 beta new features

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August 2014

  • New log frequency axis option in spectrum mode – now you can create Bode magnitude plots!
  • New option to save settings automatically on exit – start PicoScope where you left off last time
  • Improved streaming data capture – PicoScope 2204A and 2205A ultra-compact scopes can now collect up to 100 Msamples in streaming mode
  • New fast persistence display mode – see below 

Linux support

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January 2014

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® support

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August 2013

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:

  • PicoScope 2000 (beta): 2104, 2105, 2204A and 2205A
  • PicoScope 3000: 3200 and 3400 models (MSO models not fully supported)
  • PicoScope 4000
  • PicoScope 5000
  • PicoScope 6000

Additional Support Packages will be added as they are created.

Pico wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise!

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May 2014

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.