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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]

New PicoSource Pulse Generators!

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The new PicoSource PG900 Series differential pulse generators can stimulate a transmission path, device or network with a broad-spectrum signal in a single instant. These signals are invaluable for making high-speed broadband measurements in many fields such as time-domain reflectometry, semiconductor testing, gigabit interconnect and port testing, and in radar systems.

Despite the dominance of high-speed differential data in today's digital, computing, interconnect and telecommunications systems, it was hard to find cost-effective, fast-transition differential pulse generators... until now!

Highlights of the new PicoSource PG900 Series differential pulse generators:

  • 60 ps edge step recovery diode outputs, amplitude adjustable up to 6 V (PG911)
  • 40 ps edge tunnel diode outputs, fixed > 200 mV amplitude (PG912)
  • Dual-technology model (PG914) with both types of output
  • Differential outputs with programmable deskew in 1 ps steps
  • Signal characteristics specified in detail
  • USB-connected
  • Graphical control software (for Microsoft Windows) included

Pico news

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]

Pico is 25 years old!

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This month we celebrate our 25th anniversary! Back in 1991 we released the the ADC-10, the world's first PC Oscilloscope. We followed that with the first oscilloscope with digital triggering and the first high-resolution oscilloscope.

Today we employ over 100 people around the world in our Test & Measurement, Automotive and RF and Microwave divisions. Our founder and Managing Director Alan Tong ensures that Pico looks after its customers and employees with equal care. As Alan stated earlier this year:

"On 1st July we will celebrate with our employees; but we will also have in mind other people—suppliers, partners, distributors and former employees—who have enabled us to deliver 25 years of continuous growth."

Anniversary video on YouTube

Timeline of Pico products [2016-07]

Videos from International Microwave Symposium

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Pico recently attended the IEEE International Microwave Symposium 2016 in San Francisco, where we presented a range of products for RF and microwave test and measurement. On show were the PicoScope 9000 Series sampling oscilloscopes and the new PicoSource PG900 fast-edge pulse generators.

In our first video, Mark Ashcroft, RF Business Development Manager for Pico Technology, gives an insight into Pico Technology's products at the 2016 International Microwave Symposium. Watch now

Video: Richard Boyd presents the PicoScope 2000 SeriesIn the next video, Pico Technology's Richard Boyd describes the new low-cost PicoScope 2000 Series oscilloscopes, shows how easy it is to use the built-in arbitrary waveform generator, and explains why you might need a scope with deep buffer memory. Watch now [2016-07]

PicoScopes and USB Type-C

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You may have noticed USB Type-C connectors appearing on some new devices. PicoScope oscilloscopes and PicoLog data loggers are compatible with these connectors: just use the blue USB cable provided with your device in conjunction with our TA285 USB Type-C to Type-A adaptor.

You don't need to know about the complexities of USB Type-C cables and power supply currents when connecting a PicoScope or PicoLog device to your computer, but for users of other peripherals we have written a brief guide. For more information on USB Type-C and its compatibility with peripherals, see Will my Pico oscilloscope or data logger work with a USB Type-C port? [2016-06]