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Pico tools in education

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Pico Technology's products are ideal for use in education and training.

Whether you're looking for low-cost entry-level oscilloscopes for your students, affordable vector network analyzers, network metrology training kits or PC-based data loggers with intuitive software, we can meet your needs.

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NEW active differential probes

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The AD2201 and AD2801 probes are high-bandwidth active differential probes, with BNC connectors. They allow safe voltage measurement on single-ended input oscilloscopes

These probes replace the TA045 and TA046 probes, and have improved powering options: they now include in-line battery modules and are compatible with standard USB chargers.

AD2801 800 MHz probe

This 800 MHz probe is ideal for measuring high-speed differential signals.

The AD2801 has a measurement range of ±15 V and a common-mode voltage range of ±30 V.

AD2201 200 MHz probe

This is a 200 MHz probe, suitable for measuring high-speed differential signals.

The AD2201 has a differential measurement range of ±20 V and a common-mode range of up to ±60 V.

More about the AD2801 >> More about the AD2201 >>

New PicoVNA 108 vector network analyzer

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The new PicoVNA 108, in a low-cost, small-footprint and portable format, is the second model in the PicoVNA range. It can see out further to 8.5 GHz, and it can see down deeper to −124 dB.

The new model provides new "save on trigger" synchronization for multiple measurements. We have also added offset frequency capability to the Quad RX architecture, and synchronization and control of the PicoSource AS108 8 GHz agile synthesizer from within the PicoVNA 3 software. This instrument pairing allows RF mixer and RF/IF system characterizations using the PicoVNA 108. Other popular third-party signal generators are also supported.

Learn more about the TA369 MSO pod

Video thumbnail: TA369 MSO pod connected to a PCB

With 500 MHz bandwidth, the TA369 MSO pod is the accessory you need to exploit the mixed-signal capability of the PicoScope 6000E Series oscilloscopes.

Each pod features eight flying leads terminating in MSO probes, and each of these makes its own ground connection. If you need to arrange four or eight in a row, you can simplify the process using the ground clips supplied, suitable for 2.54 mm-pitch headers, or you can use the individual ground leads that are also included in the kit.

Find out more (video) >>

The PicoScope 6000E Series is growing!

Photo of new PicoScope 6000E 4-channel oscilloscope on a desk, near a PCB and a computer monitor.Now with a choice of four or eight channels!

  • 5 GHz sampling
  • Up to 4 GS capture memory
  • MSO options
  • 8-bit fixed or 8/10/12-bit FlexRes®

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PicoVNA for education

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The PicoVNA 106 Vector Network Analyzer now connects to the Cadence AWR Microwave Office and Optenni Lab CAD design environments, in a move that will benefit microwave and antenna design as well as educational use.

Support for Microwave Office comes in the form of a freely downloadable AWR Design Environment wizard, while Optenni Lab (version 4.3 SP5 and later) directly interfaces to the PicoVNA 2 DLL.

Designed within Microwave Office and supplied with the MWO project file, our Network Metrology Training kit enables students to experience the entire Design – Simulate – Implement – Validate cycle, and compare and use real-world measurements in their CAD environments.

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A smarter scope for faster debug

Photo of new PicoScope 6000E oscilloscopeIntroducing the new PicoScope 6000E Series!

  • More – 8 analog + 16 digital (MSO) channels
  • Deeper – Up to 4 GS memory
  • Higher – 500 MHz bandwidth in an 8-channel PicoScope
  • Smarter – 8/10/12-bit FlexRes® architecture
  • Better – Multichannel probe positioning system
  • Most – 21 serial protocol decoders as standard

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Probe positioning system

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The Probe Positioning System holds your PCB and up to eight probes securely in place while you work, making soldering, inspection and test simpler. 

The system is compatible with the P2056 500 MHz 10:1 passive probes (available in single and dual packs), and goes well with the PicoScope 6000E Series scopes. However, there's a selection of kits to choose from, with varying numbers of probes and probe holders included.

PQ215: Probe positioning kit, no probes
The ideal add-on to a PicoScope 6000E Series oscilloscope
PQ217: Probe positioning kit with 4 probes
Suitable for any oscilloscope with BNC connectors
PQ218: Pack of 4 probe holders
Four additional probe holders
PQ219: 8-channel probe positioning kit for PicoScope 6000E Series
Upgrade your PicoScope 6000E from four to eight probes, and add eight probe holders

PP660 Screw Terminal Adaptor

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The new, more robust, design for the PP660 Screw Terminal Adaptor makes it easier than ever to connect to the PT-104 Platinum Resistance Data Logger.

This adaptor allows you to connect PT100 probes not fitted with a mini-DIN connector, with no need for soldering.

The PT-104 data logger is not just suitable for temperature measurement, but for any application using 4-pin mini-DIN connectors, including audio.

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Clock and data recovery: PicoScope 9400 Series

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Clock and data recovery is now available as an optional trigger feature on our new PicoScope 9404-16 SXRTO (sampler extended real time oscilloscope) as well as the existing PicoScope 9404-05.

When fitted, the CDR option can be selected as the trigger source from any input channel. Two SMA(f) outputs on the rear panel also allow other instruments or downstream system elements to benefit from recovered clock and recovered data signals.

Read more here.

New Network Metrology Training board

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Building on the popular PicoVNA 106 Vector Network Analyzer, the new PQ189 Network Metrology Training PCA is a printed circuit assembly that carries example lumped element, active and passive and transmission line DUTs and end-of-line SOLT calibration standards.

Providing students with real-world measurement challenges and experience, the Network Metrology Training PCA comes with a protective carry case and is available on its own or as part of a larger kit that includes adaptors, test leads and further calibration standards. Demonstrator kits containing calibration accessories are also available.

In partnership with AWR (a National Instruments company), we have also released a new AWR Interface Wizard, a plug-in interface for their market-leading Microwave Office software and the PicoVNA 106. The wizard allows you to transfer measurement data between your PicoVNA 106 and AWR Microwave Office, with a single click, for comparison with or use within simulation.

New 16 GHz oscilloscope

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The new PicoScope 9404-16 SXRTO extends the capabilities of the PicoScope 9400 Series up to 16 GHz bandwidth, 22 ps rise time and 11 Gb/s serial data rate. It also adds a 16 GHz external prescaled trigger input and clock-data recovery. All of this fits into a USB-connected enclosure that's perfect for your workbench.

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COVID-19 and Pico

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Due to the coronavirus outbreak, Pico Technology adopted new working practices. Many of our employees are working remotely from their homes ensuring the Pico Technology business is very much up and running!

Please check with our Sales team before placing any large orders to ensure stock is available. Please note that, because of reduced freight capacity, shipments to all destinations may take longer than usual.

The Technical Support team is operating as normal, and product development is continuing uninterrupted.

Our staff have video conferencing and other tools to support you remotely with:

  • Product demonstrations
  • Training
  • Sales and any other enquiries - tell us what you need!

Although our industry and the worldwide economy is challenged by the COVID-19 outbreak, we believe we have taken the right steps to safeguard our employees and implement a robust plan to serve our customers around the world. Working closely with you, our customers, we will emerge stronger from the outbreak.

The MathWorks Connections Program

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Pico has recently renewed its membership of the MathWorks Connections Program. We've been active members for several years, helping numerous PicoScope, PicoLog and PicoVNA users develop applications using MATLAB and PicoSDK.

The MATLAB section of our online forum has plenty of programming examples, and an active community of users. Why not take a look?

PicoLog 6.2 Cloud: We need beta testers!

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Be part of the biggest upgrade to Pico data loggers since the release of PicoLog 6 nearly three years ago. PicoLog 6.2 Cloud massively broadens how and where our data loggers and oscilloscopes can be used – your live captures, in the cloud, for free.*

Setting up a cloud capture is just as easy as a local capture, with no confusing configurations required: the only difference is logging in to your PicoLog Cloud account. Viewing your live PicoLog captures is just as easy from anywhere in the world on Windows, macOS, Linux PC or Raspberry Pi, using the same PicoLog 6.2 Cloud app in remote view mode.

*PicoLog 6.2 Cloud is a free cloud service with some features restricted or disabled. Premium features will be available on annual subscription at a later date.

Read more >> Watch demo >> Sign up now >>

Programming examples for the PicoScope 6000E Series

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The PicoScope 6000E Series of deep-memory 4- and 8-channel oscilloscopes are proving popular for custom applications alongside PicoSDK, and our GitHub organization page now hosts programming examples for C#, Python and National Instruments LabVIEW.

For any assistance or advice, our team of technical support engineers is ready for your phone call, email, webchat or forum post.

Pico on GitHub >>

Technical Support >>

PicoLog 6.1.16 and HDF5 format

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Compressible data to share with other apps

When you're collecting data over any significant length of time, files exported from PicoLog 6 can easily run into the gigabytes.

HDF5 format is specifically designed to handle big data sets and leave you with manageable file sizes. It's ideal for use with MATLAB and other third-party applications, and is an export option from PicoLog 6.1.16 onwards.

More information on the HDF5 file format >>

White paper: fast Fourier transforms explained

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This new white paper offers a deep dive into the world of spectrum analysis, from the fundamental differences between the frequency domain and the time domain to help selecting a frequency window to use for signal characterization and analysis.

Learn more >>

PicoLog 6.1.16

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PicoLog 6.1.16 is out now.

This stable release includes all the features from last month's beta release. We've improved the user interface, with simpler capture controls, and you can now export to HDF5 format (handy for MATLAB users or anyone else wanting to manage especially large amounts of data).

See the release notes for more information.

What’s your setup?

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Working from home seems to have become the new normal! Our April newsletter showed off the home-working setups of some of Pico's staff. Now, we'd like you to share your at-home PicoScope setups!

For every photo uploaded to our Facebook page, Pico Technology will donate £10* to Médecins Sans Frontières, who are fighting to help save the lives of people affected by COVID-19 around the world.

*Up to a maximum of £1000.

Got a question? Ask Pico!

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Those who know Pico, know that we are a sociable bunch, and we miss meeting our customers at exhibitions! That's why we're bringing the experts to you.

If you would like to see any of our products in action, have any queries about our software or have a question to put to us, just post it on our Facebook page. We'll answer a selection of your questions with a video.

PicoLog 6.1.15

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PicoLog 6.1.15 is now stable, and features automatic updates, so you'll never have to check for new stable releases again! Just open the Settings, click Updates & Privacy and select Check for updates to PicoLog at startup.

This software was released as a public beta last month, and includes support for the new PicoScope 4823 8-channel automotive oscilloscope. It also fixes a bug in the math channel and alarms features.

For more information, please see the release notes.

All-new software in beta: PicoScope 7 Automotive Beta

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You may have spotted that a beta version of PicoScope 7 has been released, for use with the PicoScope 4225 and 4425 Automotive Oscilloscopes. If you'd like to try it out, you can download it here.

There's increased touchscreen support, detachable viewports, support for multiple displays and more, and there are feature-parity versions for Windows, Linux and macOS!

This software will only work with these two automotive oscilloscopes, however, and it will be some time before a version suitable for use with our wide range of Test & Measurement devices becomes available.

PicoScope 6 is hugely popular, with over 100 000 users worldwide, and we're still developing and adding features to it: recently this has included serial decoders for BroadR-Reach, DALI and Manchester. And when we do release PicoScope 7, it will, of course, be available free of charge to all PicoScope customers.

PicoLog 6.1.15 Beta

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PicoLog 6.1.15 Beta is now available!

This release includes support for the new PicoScope 4823 8-channel automotive oscilloscope and fixes a bug in the math channel and alarms features.

Download the latest software >

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