Test and Measurement News

January 2015

New, expanded range of deep-memory scopes!

This month's newsletter is later than usual because we've been busy releasing the next generation of PicoScope 3000 Series oscilloscopes: the PicoScope 3000D Series. All scopes in this range feature deep memory, allowing high sampling rates to be maintained even at slower sweep speeds for capturing long waveforms in fine detail. Here's a summary of the specifications of the new PicoScope 3000D Series:

  • 2 or 4 analog channels
  • Up to 200 MHz bandwidth
  • Up to 512 MS buffer size
  • Built-in arbitrary waveform generator (AWG)
  • USB 3.0 interface
  • Powered by USB¹
  • Optional 16-channel logic input for mixed-signal oscilloscope (MSO) operation

Advanced PicoScope software with digital triggering, serial decoding, mask limit testing, math channels and many other features, all included as standard

Model

Channels²

Bandwidth

Buffer memory

GBP*

USD*

EUR*

PicoScope 3203D

2A

50 MHz

64 MS

349

576

423

PicoScope 3203D MSO

2A+16D

50 MHz

64 MS

499

824

604

PicoScope 3204D

2A

70 MHz

128 MS

449

741

544

PicoScope 3204D MSO

2A+16D

70 MHz

128 MS

599

989

725

PicoScope 3205D

2A

100 MHz

256 MS

599

989

725

PicoScope 3205D MSO

2A+16D

100 MHz

256 MS

749

1236

907

PicoScope 3206D

2A

200 MHz

512 MS

849

1401

1028

PicoScope 3206D MSO

2A+16D

200 MHz

512 MS

999

1649

1209

PicoScope 3403D

4A

50 MHz

64 MS

549

906

665

PicoScope 3403D MSO

4A+16D

50 MHz

64 MS

699

1154

846

PicoScope 3404D

4A

70 MHz

128 MS

699

1154

846

PicoScope 3404D MSO

4A+16D

70 MHz

128 MS

849

1401

1028

PicoScope 3405D

4A

100 MHz

256 MS

949

1566

1149

PicoScope 3405D MSO

4A+16D

100 MHz

256 MS

1095

1807

1325

PicoScope 3406D

4A

200 MHz

512 MS

1295

2137

1567

PicoScope 3406D MSO

4A+16D

200 MHz

512 MS

1445

2385

1749

1. AC adapter supplied for 4-channel operation with low-power USB ports
2. A = analog, D = digital

Data sheets, specifications tables and an explanation of features

More MATLAB® Instrument Drivers for PicoScopes

Our latest addition to the list of MATLAB Instrument Drivers is for the PicoScope 4000 Series. The list of devices supported in MathWorks MATLAB is now as follows:

Details of all PicoScope Instrument Drivers can be found on Pico's MathWorks Instrument Driver page.

Video of the month: Using PicoScope AWG for Testing Serial Data Limits

Our selected video this month is again from Colin O'Flynn. Using PicoScope AWG for Testing Serial Data Limits uses a PicoScope 6000 Series scope to import data from a scope channel and export it back out of the arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) for use as a test signal. The PicoScope's built-in AWG allows you to vary the frequency and voltage levels to stress-test your serial data decoder.

Watch Using PicoScope AWG for Testing Serial Data Limits (YouTube video) by Colin O'Flynn, and browse his other videos for more hints and tips on oscilloscopes.

Product review prize draw winner

As promised, we picked a random product review submitted to our website, and the winner was:

Marc Dekenah, of Buckinghamshire, UK

Mr Dekenah (who provided the quotation at the top of this newsletter) will receive a free DrDAQ Data Logger. The DrDAQ is probably the greatest bargain available in the data logging and data acquisition world, bristling with 14 assorted inputs and outputs and including full versions of the PicoLog and PicoScope applications. PicoLog allows long-term data logging with charts, spreadsheets, alarms and data analysis functions; while PicoScope is a powerful oscilloscope package with math channels, mask limit testing, spectrum analysis, automatic measurements and many more features.

We'd like to thank all of you who submitted reviews. If you would like read reviews of our products or submit your own comments, please go online to our Products section, find your product and click "Reviews".

PicoScope 5000 Series prize draw winner

Another lucky customer has been selected at random to win a PicoScope 5444B Flexible Resolution Oscilloscope:

Rostislav Uchitel, of VA, USA

This high-specification oscilloscope provides a range of resolutions from 8 bits to 16 bits, all provided by hardware with no need for software resolution enhancement. The leading-edge hardware enables this scope to deliver fast sampling rates combined with low noise, low distortion and high accuracy.

Take a look at the complete range of PicoScope 5000 Series Flexible Resolution Oscilloscopes - one of these may be the only oscilloscope you need on your workbench

Tech Tip: Handling multiple PicoScopes with the SDK

Q. I plan to have several PicoScope devices all connected to one PC. My hand-rolled application will enable me to access each one individually. What is unclear to me is what happens when I connect 3 x 2204A, 2 x 4424 and 3 x 6404D.

If I call the SDK for the PS2000 scopes three times, for the PS4000 twice and the PS6000 scopes three times, will their psXXXX_open_unit() functions all find the correct and matching scope?

A. For the PicoScope 4000 and 6000 Series devices you can specify the serial number of the device in the ps4000OpenUnitEx and ps6000OpenUnit functions respectively.

For the PicoScope 2000 Series devices using the API functions provided by the ps2000 driver, you will get a handle value for the device that is detected (with the devices being picked in the order that they are found on the USB Bus). You can then call the ps2000_get_unit_info() with each handle to identify the serial number of each device.

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Software releases

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