Test and Measurement News

July 2016

Pico is 25 years old!

This month we celebrate our 25th anniversary! Back in 1991 we released the the ADC-10, the world's first PC Oscilloscope. We followed that with the first oscilloscope with digital triggering and the first high-resolution oscilloscope.

Today we employ over 100 people around the world in our Test & Measurement, Automotive and RF and Microwave divisions. Our founder and Managing Director Alan Tong ensures that Pico looks after its customers and employees with equal care. As Alan stated earlier this year:

"On 1st July we will celebrate with our employees; but we will also have in mind other people—suppliers, partners, distributors and former employees—who have enabled us to deliver 25 years of continuous growth."

Anniversary video on YouTube

Free update to PicoSample 3 software

PicoSample 3.22.0, the latest update to the software for PicoScope 9300 Series sampling oscilloscopes, is now available for download. It includes some major improvements including:

  • Upgrade of the user interface for touchscreen operation
  • New random sampling mode
  • TDR support through COM object (allowing other programs to control the oscilloscope in TDR mode)
  • Access to waveform database through COM object

If you don't have a PicoScope 9300 Series oscilloscope, you can still download PicoSample 3 and try it out in demo mode. Read more

Videos from International Microwave Symposium

Pico recently attended the IEEE International Microwave Symposium 2016 in San Francisco, where we presented a range of products for RF and microwave test and measurement. On show were the PicoScope 9000 Series sampling oscilloscopes and the new PicoSource PG900 fast-edge pulse generators.

In our first video, Mark Ashcroft, RF Business Development Manager for Pico Technology, gives an insight into Pico Technology's products at the 2016 International Microwave Symposium. Watch now

PicoScope 2000 Series video

In the next video, Pico Technology's Richard Boyd describes the new low-cost PicoScope 2000 Series oscilloscopes, shows how easy it is to use the built-in arbitrary waveform generator, and explains why you might need a scope with deep buffer memory. Watch now

Tech Tip: XY mode

Q. I'm building a curve tracer and would like to use my PicoScope 3206D MSO for the display as it's easy to save the results. Is there any way to use the PicoScope in XY mode? This is a common feature with analog scopes.

A. Yes, PicoScope has an XY mode similar to that in traditional scopes. Just right-click on the display and choose X-Axis from the menu. The x-axis is normally time but you can change it to another input channel, giving you XY mode. PicoScope even allows you to use a math channel as an axis, and to have multiple channels on the y-axis.


Please visit Pico Exhibitions for the latest list of exhibitions and trade shows that Pico and its representatives will be attending.

We're hiring!

Thanks to our continuing success and growth Pico are always seeking talented people to join our company.

Please visit https://jobs.picotech.com/ to see our current vacancies. We look forward to hearing from you!

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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