We've delayed this month's newsletter to bring you news of an exciting new range of oscilloscopes!
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:
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:
|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|
Applications and example code for oscilloscopes and data loggers
PicoApps showcases third-party applications that add new functions to your oscilloscope or data logger. It also contains example code to help with writing your own applications. If you've written something that you'd like to share with everyone, please tell us about it. A big thank-you to those of you who have already submitted an app.
Items on PicoApps include:
Be one of the first to try our new beta release, PicoScope 6.12.1. This includes a number of experimental features that will soon be appearing in our stable software, including:
We're adding features to PicoScope all the time. Recent additions include new serial protocols; math functions for filtering, frequency and duty cycle; and improved support for touchscreens. Watch this video to see the new features in action.
Q. I would like to know why the FFT of a 1 kHz sine wave of 2 V amplitude gives a peak at 1 kHz of only 1.3 V in PicoScope. The spectrum mode was set to linear amplitude and a Blackman window.
A. The amplitude in FFT is the root mean square (RMS) value of the waveform. The FFT settings, such as the number of bins, where the bins fall in relation to the signal frequency and the window function used, will also affect the results. A flat-top window is best for accurate measurement of amplitude. For a 2 V peak (4 V peak to peak) sine wave the RMS value is 1.414 V. This is close to your measured value of 1.3 V. The remaining error might be due to distortion in the signal, if some of the energy has been diverted from the fundamental into the harmonics.
Q. I wonder if PicoScope 6 can decode RS-485 as it decodes RS-232....
A. Yes, it can. RS-232 and RS-485 both use the same UART communication and can be decoded in PicoScope 6. We recently renamed the decoder to "UART (RS-232, RS-422, RS-485)" to make this clearer. In fact you can decode any UART signal regardless of the electrical standard, including TTL and CMOS.
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