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New high-temperature Type K thermocouples



Four additions to the PicoScope 9300 family


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. [2017-12]

New Type T thermocouples


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. [2017-10]

New PicoVNA 106 vector network analyzer - only US$ 5995


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.

Read more about the PicoVNA 106 >  [2017-06]

New sprung hook probes and CAT III test prods and leads


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. [2017-04]

New 25 GHz PicoScope sampling oscilloscopes!


The PicoScope 9300 Series 20 GHz sampling oscilloscopes have been joined by two new 25 GHz models. The new scopes offer these impressive specifications:

  • 2 or 4 channels
  • Down to 14 ps calculated rise time
  • 1 MS/s sample rate to 32 kS store
  • 64 fs, 15 THz effective sampling rate
  • Up to 15 GHz prescaled trigger
  • 2.5 GHz direct trigger
  • Pattern sync trigger of length 7 to 223–1
  • 1.8 ps typical RMS jitter
  • 16-bit ADC resolution


Single- and 3-phase flexible AC current probes


Also new this month, we bring you the TA325 and TA326 flex current probes, which use Rogowski coil technology to measure AC currents up to 3000 A.

  • 30/300/3000 A AC RMS
  • 10 Hz to 20 kHz bandwidth
  • Flexible sensor coils for hard-to-reach conductors
  • Non-magnetic: no saturation

The TA325 is a 3-phase current probe with three sensor coils and three scope connection leads, all color-coded to match Channels A, B and C in the PicoScope software. Typical battery life is 1000 hours.

The TA326 is the single-phase equivalent, with a typical battery life of 2000 hours. [2017-03]

See the difference: high-resolution differential oscilloscope


We are delighted to launch our latest product, the PicoScope 4444 differential oscilloscope.

  • 4 differential inputs
  • 20 MHz bandwith
  • 12 to 14 bit resolution
  • 1000 V CAT III probes
  • Low-voltage probes
  • Current probes

Safely measure voltages up to 1000 V CAT III with the PicoConnect 442 passive differential voltage probe. Use the PicoConnect 441 1:1 passive differential probe to measure millivolt-level signals in the presence of noise. The PicoScope 4444 rejects large DC offsets that would overload a conventional scope. Additional current probes and adaptors bring even more applications.

Pico is at Embedded World in Nuremberg and Electronica China in Shanghai from 14 to 16 March - come and see the difference for yourself! [2017-03]

Coming soon: PicoScope 4444. See the difference!

  • 4 differential inputs
  • 20 MHz bandwith
  • 14 bit resolution
  • 1000 V CAT III probes
  • Low-voltage probes
  • Current clamps

A differential oscilloscope is essential for those tricky measurements where the signal is not referenced to ground. This occurs in situations such as switch mode power supplies, mains installations, biomedical sensors and differential buses.

Come and see the difference for yourself at Embedded World Nuremberg and Electronica Shanghai from 14 to 16 March. [2017-02]

PicoSample release 3.25.0


PicoSample is the software for PicoScope 9300 Series sampling oscilloscopes. This free update brings you:

  • USB 3.0 masks
  • Calculator for touchscreen parameter controls
  • Faster random sampling acquisition

The PicoScope 9300 Series USB sampling oscilloscopes offer 20 GHz bandwidth and 64 fs timing resolution for repetitive signals. All this at a fraction of the cost of traditional benchtop instruments! [2017-02]

PicoScope release 6.12.7


PicoScope 6 works with all our real-time USB oscilloscopes, and it's free to download. Changes include:

  • New CAN FD serial decoder
  • New pop-up notifications
  • Clearer channel overrange warnings
  • New built-in settings for TA325 and TA326 flex current probes
  • Improved handling of PicoScope .psdata files saved with a different device


PicoScope 6.12.5 released!

The latest release of PicoScope 6 has a clearer display and more convenient controls aimed at users of touchscreen devices. The improvements also make PicoScope even more of a pleasure to use on conventional laptops and desktops. There are also some new automated measurements.

  • Larger control buttons
  • New adjustment buttons for easier control of numerical settings
  • New control setting grids for faster setup
  • Color-coded serial decoding packets
  • New edge count measurements

Watch the video to learn about the PicoScope 6.12.5 update in only five minutes! [2017-01]

New 9 GHz PicoConnect 900 Series RF, microwave and digital probes


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 [2016-10]

Free update to PicoSample 3 software


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. [2016-07]

New PicoScope 2000A and 2000B oscilloscopes now shipping


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]

Pico news

Gain-phase analysis with PicoSDK


If you're familiar with the third-party frequency response analyzer app for PicoScopes, you may be interested to know that Roland Vanroy has posted two new application notes to help you with gain-phase analysis.

The first is a general introduction to the technique using a buck converter prototype, while the second explains how to make the signal insertion transformer required for this test. [2018-02]

Videos of the month: Getting started with PicoLog 6

If you decided to wait for PicoLog 6 to go stable before trying it out, these videos from our Technical Specialist, Ziko, will give you some pointers.

In this first video, Ziko outlines a few of the key software features and goes on to talk you through the installation process.

In Part 2, Ziko shows how easy it is to set up the data logging software and start capturing data. This example shows the software in action with the TC-08 thermocouple data logger, but the steps are just the same for all Pico USB data logging devices.


PicoLog 6 stable release goes live!


We've just launched our new-look PicoLog 6 data logging software: the stable version is available for download on Windows, Linux and macOS! If you haven't already tried it, now's the time - PicoLog 6 provides a visual, user-friendly interface that has been designed to be intuitive from the outset. You can set up your logger and start recording in moments, regardless of your level of experience.

We are demonstrating PicoLog 6 at Embedded World in Nuremberg - if you're attending, why not drop in and see it in action? We're on Stand 4-533. [2018-02]

Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work For 2018


Pico Technology has been named one of the UK's 100 Best Small Companies to Work For at a prestigious ceremony hosted by the Sunday Times newspaper. This sought-after award measures and acknowledges excellence in workplace engagement – where only organizations with the highest level of overall employee engagement qualified.

The results of this survey are based on what our employees say about the organization, plus how we manage, motivate and reward our workforce. [2018-02]

Using PicoSDK with MATLAB


In this month's featured video, technical support engineer Neil Hamilton shows you how to use PicoScope devices with MathWorks MATLAB.

From installing PicoSDK to running example code in MATLAB, Neil covers all you need to know. [2018-01]

PicoLog 6.0.14 Beta goes live


There's now no need to register to try out our new PicoLog 6 beta software: you can download it directly from our website.

Simply visit our Downloads page and select your data logger from the list. This new beta is compatible with all Pico data loggers and comes in Windows, macOS and Linux versions.

We'd love to hear your feedback – just click the smiley face in the bottom left corner of the PicoLog window. [2017-12]

PicoScope 6.12.9 Beta for macOS


Following the improved PicoScope software for Linux that we released last year, we've released a new version of PicoScope 6 Beta for macOS, with a new-look user interface and support for the PicoScope 4444, flex current probes and CAN FD serial decoding.

Among the improvements is a modernized layout for the collection time and input range selection tools, so they are now much easier and quicker to use. [2017-12]

PicoScope 6.13.2 beta is out now!

The latest PicoScope 6 beta software is now available to download from our website.

The last beta introduced our new DeepMeasure™ feature. This release adds overlays to highlight the cycle number, cycle boundaries and the current focused cycle in the graph. There are also four new measurements. [2017-12]

Video of the month: PicoVNA 106


RF specialist Mark Ashcroft is back again this month, with a video focusing on the hardware features and performance of the PicoVNA 106, our full-function USB vector network analyzer. [2017-12]

DeepMeasure receives EDN Hot 100 Award for 2017


PicoScope's DeepMeasure feature enables automatic measurement of waveform parameters on up to 1 million successive waveform cycles. The results include ten waveform parameters for every waveform cycle captured in the scope’s memory. DeepMeasure is available in a free download for all PicoScope 3000, 4000, 5000, and 6000 Series oscilloscopes.

Now EDN magazine has awarded DeepMeasure a place in its Hot 100 Products list. [2017-12]

Competition winners


Last month, Pico attended the Electronics Design Show in Coventry, where we ran two prize draws to win a PicoScope 2208B MSO. We're happy to announce that the winners were:

  • Matthew Jesse
  • Gintaras Valatka

Congratulations to both of you – we hope you're enjoying your new scopes! [2017-11]

Review: PicoScope 2204A


The PicoScope 2204A is our lowest-priced oscilloscope, with 10 MHz bandwidth and 8 kS capture memory, but as this review on the Element 14 Community pages shows, it well and truly punches above its weight. [2017-11]

More PicoSDK example code

This month we've released two new sets of example code:

New video: PicoVNA software introduction


Introducing a new series of videos on the PicoVNA 106 low-cost, professional-grade vector network analyzer.

Our first video, Pico's Vector Network Analyzer (VNA) software - part 1, shows the main controls, the configurable display layout, and the loading of cal and status files. [2017-11]

PicoLog 6 registration still open


There are still a few places left for PicoLog 6 beta testers. This new version of our datalogging software has been redesigned from scratch, is available for Windows, Linux and macOS, and supports the USB TC-08 thermocouple logger, the USB PT-104 platinum resistance temperature logger and the PicoLog 1000 Series multichannel loggers.

If you'd like to take part in the beta testing phase of PicoLog 6, you're welcome to sign up to our test program. [2017-10]

Latest example code for programmers


We're continually adding to our collection of example code on GitHub. Here are our most recent releases:

  • PicoScope 4000 (ps4000) – updated MATLAB examples
  • PicoScope 5000 (ps5000) – MATLAB examples
  • PicoScope 5000 (ps5000a) – 64-bit examples for LabVIEW
  • PicoScope 6000 (ps6000) – Visual Basic .NET block capture
  • PicoScope 9000 – Visual Basic .NET, C#, LabVIEW and MATLAB examples now on GitHub [2017-10]

Introduction to PicoSDK


Thinking of programming your PicoScope or PicoLog device, but don't know where to start?

This month, technical support engineer Hitesh Mistry explains how PicoSDK works, what drivers and code examples are available and where to find them all. [2017-10]

Logging the eclipse with DrDAQ


21 August 2017 saw a great deal of excitement over the Great American Eclipse - the first total solar eclipse to cross the contiguous United States since 1918.

Pico's technical support specialist Reggie Samples came prepared, logging the intensity of the sun's light over the period of the eclipse with two DrDAQ data loggers. [2017-10]

PicoSample 3.26.0 update


If you use a PicoScope 9300 Series sampling oscilloscope, you can download an update to the PicoSample 3 software. The latest improvements include:

  • Support for PicoScope 9300 25 GHz models
  • Faster histogramming


Download >

New: PicoScope 6.12.9 for Linux


This updated beta release of PicoScope for Linux adds some useful new features:

PicoScope for Linux is free of charge and supports all current PicoScope real-time oscilloscopes. [2017-09]