The PicoScope 2200A Series oscilloscopes offer a small, light, modern alternative to bulky benchtop devices. You can now fit a 200 MHz, 1 GS/s instrument easily in your laptop bag! The scopes are perfect for engineers on the move, and ideal for a wide range of applications including design, test, education, service, monitoring, fault finding and repair.
Now the PicoScope 2200A Series is even better value for money. We have reduced the prices of all models, including the mixed-signal (MSO) model, and added a new budget option of a PicoScope 2204A without probes for under £100! All models are supplied with our PicoScope 6 software, which includes high-end features such as math channels and mask limit testing as standard. Serial decoding of RS-232/UART, I²C, I²S, SPI, LIN, CAN and FlexRay is also built in. New functionality is regularly delivered through free upgrades.
Here is how the PicoScope 2200A Series looks at the new low prices:
|Model||Bandwidth||Max. Sampling||Buffer Memory*||Price|
|10 MHz||100 MS/s||8 kS||
£99 $163 €120
£119 $196 €144
|25 MHz||200 MS/s||
£199 $493 €362
£299 $493 €362
£349 $576 €422
|PicoScope 2206||50 MHz||500 MS/s||32 kS||
£299 $493 €362
|PicoScope 2207||100 MHz||1 GS/s||40 kS||
£399 $658 €483
|PicoScope 2208||200 MHz||1 GS/s||48 kS||
£499 $823 €604
*Note: unlike many competing scopes in this price range, the PicoScope 2200A oscilloscopes are not limited to their built-in buffer memory size. At lower sampling rates they automatically use the PC's memory to capture between 2 M samples and 100 Msamples depending on the model.
"Evaluating Oscilloscopes" is a series of four articles by blogger Colin O'Flynn. Colin uses a PicoScope as an example of a USB oscilloscope and compares this against other types. If you're thinking of buying a new oscilloscope, these articles will help you understand the choices to be made, such as:
In Part 1: PC-based versus benchtop, probe types, digital inputs
In Part 2: bandwidth, sampling rate and resolution
In Part 3: software, FFT features, serial decoding, memory buffer types
In Part 4: triggering, signal generators and arbitrary waveform generators
Flowcode from Matrix Multimedia is a graphical programming language for microcontrollers. Flowcode 6 supports the PICmicro, dsPIC, PIC24, AVR/Arduino and ARM series of microcontrollers.
One of the new features of Flowcode 6 is the ability to control external test equipment using DLLs. This allows Flowcode to interface to any PicoScope oscilloscope or data logger through the DLLs that we provide free of charge. Matrix Multimedia explain on their blog how they used a PicoScope 2208* USB Oscilloscope to create an internal test rig for their own SPI amplifier board. The oscilloscope captures the output of the amplifier and custom code then decides whether the signal is within specification. This removes the need for subjective judgement of the signal quality.
* The PicoScope 2208 is now available in a revised version, the PicoScope 2208A, with the same performance specifications but much smaller dimensions.
PicoScope's Serial Decoding setup dialog (Tools > Serial Decoding) presents you with a list of standard baud rates for the serial protocol that you have selected. You might not know that you can type any number you like in the Baud Rate box, so you are not limited to the standard rates. For example, when the RS-232/UART protocol is selected, standard baud rates from 50 baud to 115.2 kbaud are listed, but if your system runs at 23 kbaud you can type "23 kbaud" in the box.
A new application note on using PicoScope 6 and PicoScope oscilloscopesto find glitches is now available on our forum. We took an example of a 1-in-a-million intermittent glitch and explored various ways of detecting it, with estimates of the time taken to find it. PicoScope is more efficient at this task than many traditional scopes, because it combines deep memory with hardware acceleration to achieve fast screen updates while maintaining high sampling rates.
Read the application note to learn:
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