Test and Measurement News

December 2011

PicoScope 6404 is Best in Test Finalist

The Test & Measurement World Best in Test 2012 competition is down to the final ballot, with the winners due to be announced in February 2012. The PicoScope 6404 oscilloscope is one of seven excellent test instruments competing for the title. Here are some reasons why we think the PicoScope deserves your vote:

  • 4 channels
  • 500 MHz bandwidth
  • 5 GS/s real–time sampling
  • 1 GS memory
  • Integrated function and arbitrary waveform generator
  • Space–saving USB enclosure
  • 5–year warranty
  • Only £4,995 (approx. US$8242 / €6044)

Best of the Web

“I see a lot of other uses for my oscilloscope in future. I suggest you get one too if you are serious about electronic projects.”

Blogger Chandan Pitta used his new PicoScope 2205 to check the IR receiver data out pin on an Arduino board. Read about his first impressions of the PicoScope 2205 in his blog post “Scopes and electronics”.

PicoScope Training Videos: Part 4

On our YouTube channel, you will find a wealth of video material designed to help you use your scope more effectively. Here are some of the latest new videos explaining the more advanced features of PicoScope 6:

There are many more videos than we can list here, so please explore our YouTube channel and find the one that will answer your questions. You can also help us improve our content by leaving your comments below the videos.

Questions and Answers

Q. PicoScope sample count and sampling rate. I have a PicoScope 2204. I can select the approximate number of samples, but I can’t find the actual number of samples used.

A. As the question suggests, the number of samples selected in the PicoScope toolbar is only a target. PicoScope uses the closest available sample count depending on the software settings and the capabilities of the oscilloscope hardware. The actual sample count and sampling rate are shown in the ‘Properties’ window, which is displayed using the ‘Views > View Properties’ menu command.

Q. USB TC-08 supply current. How much current does the USB TC-08 draw from a USB port?

A. The USB TC-08 draws approximately 70 mA. Specifications for some other devices are listed in our Knowledge Base.


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