Test and Measurement News

January 2012

The New PicoScope 2205 Mixed–Signal Oscilloscope!

The new PicoScope 2205 MSO is our first mixed–signal oscilloscope. It’s a compact USB–powered device that enables you to view 2 analog and 16 digital signals on your PC’s screen.

The scope uses the well–established PicoScope software, so if you’re an experienced PicoScope operator there’s no need to learn a new user interface. The analog inputs work like those on any other PicoScope, and the digital inputs have edge and level–sensitive triggering options with programmable thresholds.

Here are the main features of the PicoScope 2205 MSO:

  • 2 x 25 MHz analogue channels
  • 16 x 100 MHz digital channels
  • Built–in function generator and arbitrary waveform generator
  • Triggers on logical combinations of analogue and digital inputs
  • Includes all of PicoScope’s advanced features:
  • Serial decoding
  • Mask limit testing
  • Alarms
  • Persistence display
  • Math channels
  • …and more
  • USB–powered so no need for external PSU
  • Works on any PC with Windows XP, Vista or 7 and a USB 2.0 port

Specifications, data sheet and manuals

Prize draw winner

The winner of the PicoScope 2205 MSO Kit worth £399 is…

Dr Gunther Kuerbitz, from Germany

Our thanks to all those who entered the draw and attended the product launch at the Productronica show in November 2011.

New Training Materials

PicoScope training videos: part 6

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, this month focusing on the Serial Decodingfeatures of PicoScope 6:

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

Application note: high–resolution scopes

How much resolution do you need from your scope? We test three Pico oscilloscopes: the 8–bit PicoScope 2205, the 12–bit PicoScope 4423 and the 16–bit PicoScope 4262. The results show how resolution affects the sensitivity of spectrum measurements.

Read “High–Resolution Oscilloscopes”. No registration required.

Tech Tips

PicoLog Ethernet Auto–Reconnect

If you’re using PicoLog with an Ethernet Data Logger like the PT-104 or CM3, you might want it to recover automatically from network disconnections. PicoLog can auto’reconnect to Ethernet devices if the option is set inFile > Preferences > Auto Reconnect. This option is disabled by default to save CPU resources.

PicoScope Phase Angle Measurement

You can use a Math Channel in PicoScope to measure the phase difference between two inputs. The formula you need is posted on our forum under “PicoScope 4424 Phase Angle Measurements”. Be sure to read the advice about using rulers to confine the measurement to the stable part of the math channel.


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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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