Did you know that the PicoAssured range gives you access to high-quality refurbished products? You can buy ex-demonstration and recently discontinued oscilloscopes at less than their original prices and still enjoy these first-class benefits:
The PicoAssured range of oscilloscopes includes:
|PicoScope 2200 Series||200 MHz, 2 channels, arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) built in||
£359.40 / US $593 / €503
|PicoScope 3200A Series||60 to 200 MHz, 2 channels, function generator or AWG built in||From £239.40 / US $395 / €335|
|PicoScope 3400A Series||60 to 200 MHz, 4 channels, function generator or AWG built in||From £359.40 / US $593 / €503|
|PicoScope 3000 MSO Series||60 to 200 MHz, 2 analog channels + 16 digital, AWG built in||From £389.40 / US $645 / €545|
The award-winning PicoScope 5000 Series of Flexible Resolution Oscilloscopes are the only oscilloscopes to provide selectable hardware resolution from 8 to 16 bits in a single device while maintaining low noise and distortion. They achieve this using a novel digitizer architecture in which multiple high-resolution ADCs are sequenced in different series and parallel combinations.
Sampling rates and performance in the various configurations are as follows:
|Resolution||Max. sampling rate||THD||SFDR||Noise|
|8 bits||1 GS/s||< −60 dB||> 60 dB||120 μV RMS|
|12 bits||500 MS/s||< −70 dB||> 60 dB||110 μV RMS|
|14 bits||125 MS/s||< −70 dB||> 70 dB||100 μV RMS|
|16 bits||62.5 MS/s||< −70 dB||> 70 dB||70 μV RMS|
This great performance, combined with the advanced features of the PicoScope 6 software, means that the PicoScope 5000 Series is the only general-purpose oscilloscope that you need on your workbench.
Our video this month demonstrates the PicoScope 5000 Series Flexible Resolution Oscilloscope. Published by distributor Distrelec and presented by our very own expert Trevor Smith, the video shows this scope's unique ability to switch hardware resolution on the fly, allowing you to optimize it for either speed or precision. Whichever resolution you set it to, this oscilloscope gives you superior dynamic performance thanks to its clever use of multiple high-resolution ADCs.
Q. I am using PicoScope 6 to generate a sine wave and then integrate it, but the result is just zero. What could be wrong?
A. This can be caused by incorrect scaling of the vertical axis. When you integrate a signal, the amplitude of the result is proportional to the collection time. If the collection time is measured in microseconds, for example, the amplitude of the integral will be of the order of microvolt-seconds. To correct this, you can change the Range settings in the Math Channel Wizard to, for example, –1E–6 to 1E–6.
Q. How can I transfer my ADC-20 data to Microsoft Excel?
A. Once you have completed your data logging, click File > Save as in the PicoLog Recorder software and change the Save as type: to 'Comma separated value files (*.csv)'. You can then import the CSV files into Microsoft Excel.
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