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New 5 GHz PicoScope 9404-05!

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The PicoScope 9404-05 is the first of its kind: a sampler-extended real-time oscilloscope (SXRTO). It's as easy to use as a real-time scope but gives you a choice of real-time or equivalent-time sampling.

  • 5 GHz bandwidth
  • 1 TS/s effective sampling rate
  • 4 channels
  • 12-bit resolution
  • Under $15,000

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See the new 5 GHz PicoScope at Embedded World!

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The PicoScope 9404 is the first of its kind: a sampler-extended real-time oscilloscope (SXRTO). It's as easy to use as a real-time scope but gives you a choice of real-time or equivalent-time sampling.

  • 5 GHz bandwidth
  • 1 TS/s effective sampling rate
  • 4 channels
  • 12-bit resolution
  • Under $15,000

Register your interest on our home page and be one of the first to receive the data sheet.

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New 2000 A AC flex current probe

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The TA368 is a flexible AC current probe utilizing the Rogowski principle and featuring a built-in integrator.

Equipped with the Pico D9 probe interface, it is designed exclusively for use with the PicoScope 4444 Differential Oscilloscope, which powers the probe and automatically sets the PicoScope software to the correct range and units.

The probe can be used to measure currents up to 2000 A from very low frequencies to 20 kHz. The flexible and lightweight measuring head allows quick and easy installation in hard-to-reach areas and with large conductors. The built-in integrator gives a voltage output directly proportional to the primary current.

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New VNA check standards

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Check standards, which consist of a short length of mismatched line, are used to verify that your vector network analyzer is operating properly. They are designed to validate the accuracy and calibration of a network analysis test set up before, during or after measurements are made.

The standards provide a predictable, smooth and stable mismatch and transmission characteristic spanning the frequency range of the PicoVNA 106. Each one is supplied with unique Touchstone measurement data, traceable via PC3.5 standards to national standards. 

  • Insertable and non-insertable models
  • Supported by PicoVNA 2 software
  • Use with other manufacturers' VNAs too

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New 8 GHz Agile Synthesizer!

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The PicoSource AS108 is the latest addition to Pico's signal generator range. It has professional-grade performance suited to both static and parameter-agile applications, making it a bench or field instrument for developers, scientists, educators, students, and service and installation technicians.

  • Low-cost, compact USB instrument
  • Windows software included
  • CW, AM, FM and PM output modes
  • Sweep, hop and arbitrary sequence modes
  • Trigger input and output
  • Reference frequency input and output
  • Application programming interface included

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The new PicoScope 5000D Series: the complete all-rounders

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  • Up to 200 MHz analog bandwidth
  • 8 to 16-bit FlexRes® hardware resolution
  • 1 GS/s sampling at 8-bit resolution
  • Mixed-signal models available
  • Small, light, fanless design

The PicoScope 5000D Series is the ideal, cost-effective scope for many applications including design, research, test, education, service and repair.

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New oscilloscope probes

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We have replaced our general-purpose passive 1:1/10:1 switchable oscilloscope probes with two new 100 MHz and 200 MHz models. The new TA375 and TA386 benefit from several improvements:

  • Replaceable solid and sprung tips
  • Redesigned spring hook
  • More durable cable

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New high-temperature Type K thermocouples

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Four additions to the PicoScope 9300 family

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The PicoScope 9300 Series of sampling oscilloscopes is ideal for measuring high-speed signals. Pico is proud to introduce three new models to the range, providing an affordable entry to RF measurement.

The PicoScope 9301-15, 9302-15 and 9311-15 have the following key features:

  • 2 channels
  • 15 GHz bandwidth
  • 15 TS/s (64 fs) sequential sampling
  • Eye and mask testing to 16 Gb/s with up to 223–1 pattern lock

Choose from standard, 11.3 Gb/s clock recovery and 60 ps TDR/TDT models. All three use the PicoSample 3 software, just like the rest of the PicoScope 9300 Series.

We've also just launched a new 25 GHz sampling oscilloscope, the PicoScope 9302-25. This 2-channel model adds 11.3 Gb/s clock recovery to our range of 25 GHz oscilloscopes.

New Type T thermocouples

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In addition to our Type K thermocouples, we now sell a comprehensive range of Type T thermocouples. These have a narrower temperature range (–75 to +260 °C) but guaranteed Class 1 accuracy (±0.5 °C below +125 °C, ±0.4% above), so are a superior replacement in many applications.

The 13 new thermocouples are available in a variety of lead lengths, probe styles and insulation types, and are compatible with our USB TC-08 temperature data logger as well as all other Type T thermocouple measuring instruments. Prices start from only US$10 / €9 / £7.

New PicoVNA 106 vector network analyzer - only US$ 5995

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The PicoVNA 106 is a professional-grade vector network analyzer for RF, microwave and gigabit data applications. With a frequency range of 300 kHz to 6 GHz, over 118 dB dynamic range, only 0.005 dB RMS trace noise at 140 kHz bandwidth, and "Quad RX" four-receiver architecture, it delivers unprecedented portability and value for money. It's fast, too, with the ability to gather a 500-point 2-port .s2p Touchstone file in less than one tenth of a second!

If you're visiting the International Microwave Symposium (IMS2017) in Honolulu this week, you can see the PicoVNA 106 in action. Our RF business development manager, Mark Ashcroft, will be on hand to answer your questions - visit us at booth 1656.

If you can't make it to Hawaii, full technical information is available on our website. Place your order today and be one of the first to receive a PicoVNA 106 later this year.

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New sprung hook probes and CAT III test prods and leads

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You can use our new test prods and leads with the new PicoScope 4444 differential oscilloscope and in many other applications.

TA308 and TA309 black and red 1000 V CAT III shrouded 4 mm to 4 mm 0.5 m test leads. Use with any test equipment requiring shrouded 4 mm connectors.

TA327 and TA328 black and red unshrouded sprung hooks. For making temporary connections to exposed conductors where touch protection is not required.

TA310 and TA311 black and red 1000 V CAT III test prods. Designed to make safe contact with conductors in fixed mains wiring installations.

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Beta testers needed!

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100BASE-T1/BroadR-Reach is destined to become the physical layer standard for high-performance automotive applications. It uses PAM3 signaling on a differential twisted pair, which can be impossible to monitor without affecting the signal. Pico is about to introduce the industry’s first non-intrusive full duplex automotive Ethernet decoder, suitable for any PicoScope with 200 MHz or more bandwidth.

Are you working on one of these automotive networks and, ideally, using a scope with sufficient bandwidth? We want you for our beta test program! If selected, you’ll get the latest PicoScope 6 Beta software, and we’ll lend you a suitable PicoScope if you don’t already have it. We’ll ask you to appraise the system and to give suggestions for its future development.

To sign up, email pm3duplexdecoder-beta@picotech.com with your name, company, address and phone number. Please also tell us whether you already have a PicoScope (if so, which model) and briefly describe the technology you’re working with and your test needs.

PicoScope 6.14.1 Beta with Manchester decoding

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PicoScope's serial decoder can now handle Manchester encoding. This protocol has a long history but is still in widespread use in network communication standards such as 10BaseT Ethernet and MIL-STD-1553, as well as in RFID and consumer IR devices. There's also a separate decoder for the related DALI protocol, which handles lighting controls.

This is our first new beta in a while, so this update also fixes a few bugs, including one affecting some PicoScope 4000 Series models and an issue causing the software to run slowly when changing coupling mode on small screens or windows.

You can read more about the new serial protocols here.

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Application: partial discharge testing

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DIAEL is a Spanish company providing electrical insulation diagnosis, specializing in measuring and monitoring partial discharge from high voltage cables, with a range of products for electrical insulation in cable systems, power transformers, motors, switchgear and so on. This is in support of the 15NRM02 UHV European project developed within EURAMET.Their new MS Pico measuring system uses the PicoScope 5442D oscilloscope alongside BlueBOX sensors and filtering software to allow offline and online measurement and fault location in medium, high and ultra high-voltage systems.

The PicoScope 5000D allows the capture of high-speed transients with sampling rates of 1 GS/s with 8-bit resolution, and can be changed to measure slower signals with a resolution of up to 16 bits and more than 70 dB SFDR, which makes it ideal for the wide range of signals that must be captured with the MS Pico test system.

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New PicoLog 6 for Raspbian OS

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With the new 6.1.11 Beta release, PicoLog now supports Raspbian OS. This means that you can now use Pico data loggers with your Raspberry Pi.

Optimized for Raspberry Pi 3B and 3B+ on Raspbian Stretch, the PicoLog 6 data logging software package provides a visual, easy-to-use interface allowing you to quickly set up simple or complex acquisitions and record, view and analyze data.

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It's the same PicoLog software that runs on Windows, macOS and Linux with a couple of minor performance tweaks to suit the lower-powered ARM processors. 

We've also improved math channels in this beta release to make them faster and more convenient.

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Setup to collection in under 60 seconds

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The latest beta release of PicoLog 6 is quicker and easier to use than ever before. In three simple steps, you can now connect your device, configure the software and start collecting data in less than a minute!

Don't believe us? Watch the video in the link below to see it done with a TC-08 thermocouple data logger.

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PicoLog 6.1.10 Beta

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The latest beta version of PicoLog 6 is out now, with the following new features:

  • Saved .picolog files open in a new window
  • PicoLog now remembers your PDF output settings
  • Base SI exponent can be changed in table view
  • Updated kernel drivers

This version also fixes some bugs that were present in the previous release. Try it now!

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Video: Three uses for a PicoScope 9400 5 GHz oscilloscope

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This month, Pico's Mark Ashcroft shows off the versatility of the PicoScope 9400 sampler-extended real-time oscilloscope (SXRTO), looking at three tasks you can carry out with it:

  • Impulse characterization
  • Data eyes, masks, margins and measurements
  • Amplitude and pulse modulation envelopes

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New FRA Impedance Viewer app

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You may already be familiar with Aaron Hexamer's FRA4PicoScope tool, which allows users to generate a Bode plot of signal gain and phase. Now Wim Huyghe has created an LCR impedance viewer to use alongside it.

Wim's app makes it easy to compare several Bode plots in the same view. Read more, and download the app, in his post on the EEVblog forums. Please note that Pico Technology does not accept any responsibility for the content of third party websites.

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Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies - again!

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Pico has just picked up another award from The Sunday Times after being voted one of the UK's best places to work.

Check our Careers section below to see how you could become part of the Pico success story!

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PicoLog 6.1.9 Beta released

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The latest beta release of PicoLog provides these new features:

  • Vertical scrolling in table view with mouse
  • Support for PicoScope 4444 differential oscilloscope and Pico D9 accessories
  • Fixed-length capture (circular buffer and stop after time) options
  • Increased maximum graph zoom factor by 4x
  • New database for increased performance and stability

Release notes

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Farnell E14 reviews the PicoScope 5444D MSO

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The PicoScope 5444D MSO is part of the PicoScope 5000D Series of FlexRes oscilloscopes that provide 8 to 16 bits of vertical resolution, with up to 200 MHz bandwidth and 1 GS/s sampling speed. You select the most appropriate hardware resolution for the requirements of each measurement.

A panel of six of E14's readers tested the PicoScope 5444D and posted detailed results, with hundreds of screenshots and photos. Out of a maximum possible score of 30 stars, they rated the PicoScope at 28. Read the reviews and find out what's so good about PicoScopes.

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VNA check standards

At European Microwave Week 2018 we introduced two new VNA check standards. These are companion items to a vector network analyzer, used to validate the accuracy of a network analysis test setup and its calibration before, during or after a sequence of measurements.



Two models are available: an insertable male-female and a non-insertable female-female.

About the PicoVNA >

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