Test and Measurement News

December 2017

Four additions to the PicoScope 9300 family

The PicoScope 9300 Series of sampling oscilloscopes is ideal for measuring high-speed signals. Pico is proud to introduce three new models to the range, providing an affordable entry to RF measurement.

The PicoScope 9301-15, 9302-15 and 9311-15 have the following key features:

  • 2 channels
  • 15 GHz bandwidth
  • 15 TS/s (64 fs) sequential sampling
  • Eye and mask testing to 16 Gb/s with up to 223–1 pattern lock

Choose from standard, 11.3 Gb/s clock recovery and 60 ps TDR/TDT models. All three use the PicoSample 3 software, just like the rest of the PicoScope 9300 Series.

We've also just launched a new 25 GHz sampling oscilloscope, the PicoScope 9302-25. This 2-channel model adds 11.3 Gb/s clock recovery to our range of 25 GHz oscilloscopes.

Buy now >

Video of the month: PicoVNA 106

RF specialist Mark Ashcroft is back again this month, with a video focusing on the hardware features and performance of the PicoVNA 106, our full-function USB vector network analyzer.

Play >

PicoScope 6.13.2 beta is out now!

The latest PicoScope 6 beta software is now available to download from our website.

The last beta introduced our new DeepMeasure™ feature. This release adds overlays to highlight the cycle number, cycle boundaries and the current focused cycle in the graph. There are also four new measurements.

Download now >

DeepMeasure receives EDN Hot 100 Award for 2017!

Every year, the EDN Network likes to recognize what it sees as the most important products of the year. We're pleased to announce that this year, EDN has awarded DeepMeasure a place in the Tools & Development section of its Hot 100 Products of 2017.

Read EDN's review of DeepMeasure >

PicoScope 6 Tech Tip: zeroing offset with differential inputs

The Zero all ranges button in PicoScope's Channel Options window allows you to eliminate offset errors from your scope inputs. When you click the button, PicoScope instructs you to short-circuit the channel inputs. What does this mean when your oscilloscope is differential like the PicoScope 4444?

The answer is that, with a differential scope, you only need to connect the positive and negative inputs together. There is no need to connect either of them to ground, as the oscilloscope is insensitive to common-mode (ground-referenced) signals.

About the PicoScope 4444 >

PicoVNA 106 Tech Tip: connector torque

What torque values should I use for the RF connectors?

Our recommendation is 1 Nm for stainless steel connectors of type N, SMA or PC3.5 as supplied by us. We offer two torque wrench accessories with this setting. For further details of this and other PicoVNA-related issues, please see our PicoVNA Frequently Asked Questions.

PicoVNA FAQ >

Events

Please visit Pico Exhibitions for the latest list of exhibitions and trade shows that Pico and its representatives will be attending.

We're hiring!

Thanks to our continuing success and growth Pico are always seeking talented people to join our company.

Please visit https://jobs.picotech.com/ to see our current vacancies. We look forward to hearing from you!

Software releases

Our latest software releases are available as free downloads. To check which release you are using, start the software and select Help > About.

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