Test and Measurement News

July 2004

New Range of USB Oscilloscopes

Pico Technology, the market leaders in PC Oscilloscopes, are pleased to announce the launch of a new range of USB connected dual channel oscilloscopes. In brief the products offer a level of performance that exceeds any PC oscilloscope currently manufactured by ourselves or our competitors.

The key specifications are as follows:

  • 200 MHz bandwidth
  • 1 MB buffer memory
  • 10 GS/s repetitive sampling
  • 200 MS/s single shot sampling
  • 100 MHz spectrum analyzer
  • Built in sine/square/triangle wave signal generator
  • Fast USB 2.0 interface (USB 1.1 compatible)

The PicoScope 3000 Range in Detail

The PicoScope 3000 range comprises three new 8 bit oscilloscopes, the PicoScope 3204, 3205 and 3206 with 50, 100 and 200 MHz bandwidths respectively.

The units are connected to the USB port on any modern laptop or desktop PC. The fast USB 2.0 (480 Mbps) interface ensures a quick screen update rate, even when collecting large amounts of data. When used with PCs with older USB 1.1 ports (12 Mbps) the data transfer rate is slower, but is still faster than a parallel port connection.

All digital oscilloscopes collect data into a waveform buffer, the bigger the buffer the longer the scope can collect data without reducing its sampling rate. The range topping PicoScope 3206 can record up to 1 million readings while sampling at 200 MS/s. This large memory allows complex waveforms to be captured in great detail, even if they last for long periods of time. Once captured PicoScope software allows up to 2000x zoom to examine every last detail of your signal.

In the same way CD players oversample to reduce noise and increase resolution, the PicoScope 3000 Series can combine its high sampling rate and large memory to oversample the signal you wish to measure thus removing random noise. The "current - filtered" display option is just one of seven different display modes available.

The signal generator built into the PicoScope 3205 and PicoScope 3206 can output sine/square and triangle waves up to 1 MHz in frequency. A useful feature is the sweep function which can be combined with the spectrum analyzer peak hold function to quickly test the bandwidth response of filters and amplifiers.

PicoScope 3000 Range — Pricing, Ordering and Availability

Pricing of the three models in the range is as follows:

PicoScope 3204 £399 €599 $730
PicoScope 3205 £599 €899 $1099
PicoScope 3206 £799 €1199 $1460

(please note that $ and € prices are approximate)

The PicoScope 3000 range is available now and both Pico and many of our distributors have stock available for immediate despatch. Due to the expected high demand we recommend that customers check the predicted delivery date at the time of ordering. For small orders, our e-commerce system will notify you if there is likely to be a delay before the order is despatched.

If you wish to see the PicoScope 3000 Series oscilloscopes in action before purchasing there will be an opportunity to use them at our oscilloscope training course next week.


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