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The PicoScope 3406B is a high–performance 4 channel USB oscilloscope with enough bandwidth and buffer memory for a wide range of analog and digital design, troubleshooting, testing and measurement tasks. With its built–in signal generator and arbitrary waveform generator, it gives you a complete test bench in one compact unit. Here are the main specifications and features:
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We have a wide range of oscilloscopes and data loggers suitable for high–resolution measurement, from 12 bits all the way up to 24. All of these devices are USB–powered for convenience and portability, and work with either PicoScope or PicoLog software.
Benchmarking Raspberry Pi GPIO speed using the PicoScope 2203
Code and Life blog has another entry on Raspberry Pi hacking, this time on the GPIO pins. The writer ran out of sampling speed when looking at a 14 MHz square wave, but you can take advantage of our recent price reduction to get even better results. The PicoScope 2204 with 100 MS/s sampling is now only £159.
Read “Benchmarking Raspberry Pi GPIO Speed” on Code and Life blog
Software composite video decoder
Don’t have a composite video monitor for your Raspberry Pi? No problem — just decode the video in software. That’s what Code and Life blog did using a PicoScope 2204 as a frame grabber. The 2204 doesn’t have enough memory to store an entire frame of video, but that doesn’t matter when you can use the fast streaming mode to capture half a million samples at 150 ns intervals. This project is currently limited to a monochrome display, but perhaps someone with a deep–memory scope can decode the colour information too!
Read “Realtime Composite Video Decoding with PicoScope” on Code and Life blog.
Decoding multiple serial data lines
Q. Can I use the serial decoding feature in PicoScope on more than one signal at once?
A. Yes. The only limits are the number of inputs on your oscilloscope and the processing power of your computer. You can even decode the 16 digital channels of our mixed–signal oscilloscopes (MSOs) as serial data. Simply open the Tools > Serial Decoding dialog and select the serial protocol to be used for each input. You can tell PicoScope to display the selected inputs graphically or as tabulated data, or in both formats at once.
Installing the SDK
Q. I have installed and am using PicoScope 6 software. I would now like to try the SDK, and want to install the sample files from the CD. How do I install them?
A. If you browse the CD you should find a zipped SDK file with the example software in. Just extract this to a suitable location on your PC. You can also obtain the SDK from our website. If you have previously installed PicoScope 6, then you already have the necessary kernel driver and no further installation is needed for the SDK.
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