Test and Measurement News

January 2011

New Product: USB DrDAQ!

The new USB DrDAQ makes data logging easy and fun, and is ideal for educational and hobby use! A major update to our well-established parallel-port DrDAQ data logger, the new USB DrDAQ is compatible with all modern PCs and laptops and has simple plug-and-play setup. This is not the only improvement. Despite its small size — only 77 mm, or about 3 inches, on its longer side — the new USB DrDAQ has 14 input and 2 output channels. Its capabilities are now as follows:

  • UPGRADED 100 kHz oscilloscope input
  • UPGRADED 100 kHz spectrum analyzer when used with PicoScope software
  • NEW 20 kHz signal generator and arbitrary waveform generator output
  • Built-in sound waveform, sound level, temperature and light sensors
  • Resistance measurement input
  • NEW: four digital I/Os, two with pulse-width-modulated outputs and pulse-counting inputs
  • NEW 16-million-colour LED
  • pH sensor input
  • NEW redox measurement input (shared with pH sensor connector)
  • MORE external sensor inputs (was 2, now 3)

You can use the USB DrDAQ as a data logger with the PicoLog software, or as an oscilloscope with the PicoScope software, both of which are included free of charge. We also provide a free SDK (software development kit) so that you can integrate the DrDAQ into your own software. Example code is included.

Buy the USB DrDAQ now, either on its own or in a money-saving kit that includes 2 temperature sensors, 1 pH sensor, a humidity sensor and an oscilloscope probe. Order from your local distributor or direct from our website:

PP706 USB DrDAQ Data Logger 99 GBP / 163.35 USD / 119.79 EUR
PP707 USB DrDAQ Kit 2011 219 GBP / 361.35 USD / 264.99 EUR

Visit the new USB DrDAQ website

New PicoScope Beta Release

A new PicoScope beta release (R6.5.54) is available for free download from Pico Labs. It has a number of usability improvements and additional features such as:

  • Tracking rulers
  • Option to hide RPM display
  • Ability to export math channels to CSV
  • Ability to export reference waveforms to Matlab 4 format
  • Option to show your company logo on printouts
  • Improved compatibility with old-format data files

As this is a beta release, please let us know (support@picotech.com) if you find any bugs or wish to suggest improvements.

Download a free copy of PicoScope beta


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Software releases

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