Test and Measurement News

July 2014

Software Development Kits (SDKs) updated

You can integrate PicoScope oscilloscopes and PicoLog data loggers into your own test system using our Software Development Kits (SDKs). These are free to download and use, and include example code. You can program at low level in C and C-compatible languages, or use our wrapper functions for higher-level environments such as LabVIEW and MATLAB.

R10.5.0.32 of the SDKs contains the following improvements:

List of drivers and examples – Download center

Video of the month: RS-232 decoding

Our selected video from our YouTube channel this month shows how to capture, decode and display an RS-232 serial data signal with PicoScope. This uses the built-in serial decoding feature that's included with all PicoScopes at no extra cost. Find out how to set up PicoScope for correct decoding, and then change the display format from numeric to ASCII.

PicoScope serial decoding has many other advanced features such as linked graph and table views, custom mapping of data to strings, filtering and searching, auto-setup, export to spreadsheet, and time and voltage statistics. Find out more.

New training manual

The new PicoScope 6 Training Manual is a self-contained course on the basic and advanced features of the PicoScope 6 oscilloscope software. There are 20 detailed sections including:

Quick guide • Measurements • Channel options • Math channels • Reference waveforms • Spectrum modes • Triggering • Arbitrary waveform generator • Preferences

Further educational resources on PicoScope hardware and software

Special offer: PicoScope 2208

This is your last chance to buy the PicoScope 2208, a high-specification two-channel USB oscilloscope that offers amazing value for money. Use it for general-purpose debugging, troubleshooting and field servicing.

Although classified as an 'entry-level' model, the PicoScope 2208 is supplied with the full set of PicoScope functions including FFT spectrum analysiscolor persistence displaymath channels, serial decoding,automatic measurements with statistics, mask limit testing and advanced digital triggering. Dynamic performance specifications are also excellent for a scope in this price range: SFDR is better than 52 dB at 100 kHz and noise less than 180 µV RMS.

Here are just a few of the specifications and features:

  • Bandwidth: 200 MHz
  • Sampling rate: 1 GS/s max.
  • Timebases: 500 ps/div to 5000 s/div
  • Sensitivity: 10 mV/div to 4 V/div (10 divisions)
  • DC offset adjustment: full input range
  • Buffer memory: 100 MS up to 10 MS/s sampling rate; 40 kS above 10 MS/s
  • External 200 MHz trigger input
  • Built-in 1 MHz signal generator and arbitrary waveform generator
  • Two 250 MHz probes included

Order now at the special offer price while stocks last.

Order Model Description Price
PP802 PicoScope 2208 200 MHz 2-channel USB oscilloscope kit £599 / US$988 / €725
£349 / US$576 / €422

Tech Tips

PicoScope Alarms: Save All Buffers without overwriting

Q. I want to set an alarm so that, when the buffer is full, PicoScope saves all waveforms in .csv format and restarts, but without overwriting the recent data. I want it to create a new folder and save all buffers there with a different name. Any idea if that's possible?

A. Yes, it's possible. You can set up the Save All Buffers alarm action so that it will insert the time into the filename. When choosing the filename, type something like test%time%.csv. This will create a folder and save all the buffers as .csv files, without overwriting the previous set of data. To make PicoScope restart, add a Restart Capture action to the alarm.

Spectrum masks

You may have used the Mask Limit Testing feature in PicoScope. This allows you to draw a shape, called a mask, on the display. PicoScope will classify waveforms as 'pass' if they fit inside the mask or 'fail' if they overlap it. You might not know that Mask Limit Testing can be used in spectrum analyzer mode too, so you can create templates for electromagnetic interference (EMI) testing using an averaged spectrum.


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Software releases

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