PicoScope software used on a modern PC gives a fast 'real time' update on the oscilloscope / spectrum analyser. The meter however updates much more slowly and will reduce the update rate of open scope / spectrum windows.
To avoid this reduction in update rate, we recommend that rather than using a separate meter to make measurements, you make use of the automated measurements within the oscilloscope/ spectrum analyser. The measurements (available by selecting Settings | Measurements) include all the functions of the meter (AC volts, DC volts, frequency, dB) and many more as well (rise time, duty cycle, THD, SINAD to name a few). The only time we recommend using the meter is when a very large numerical display is needed.
The reason that the meter is slower than the automated measurements is that the meter has no knowledge of the frequency of the signal being measured. To cope with this it usually has to make multiple readings at different sampling rates. The automated measurements work with the data displayed in the scope or spectrum so do not require additional data to be collected.
One of our favourite automotive web sites is that of Auto-Solve. It is a membership only site that contains 100s of pages of regularly updated technical information for professional mechanics and technicians. It also contains a discussion board so that you can tap into the collective experience of all the members. The site makes extensive use of waveforms captured using the Pico ADC-212/3 oscilloscope.
Subscription to the site normally costs £120, however we have negotiated a £60 GBP half price offer for Pico customers. To take advantage of this offer, mention that you are a Pico customer and quote offer code PTAS. This offer is open until the end of June.
We would like to hear from customers who are using our products for interesting or unusual applications. This is for use in the 'interesting applications' section of our web site. If you would welcome some free publicity for your application or company then please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with brief details of your application. We will then get back in touch to discuss what is involved.
Our PR agency is also keen to talk to customers who are using our products to make high accuracy temperature measurements. Once again, please e-mail email@example.com.
Our library of science experiments for data loggers and oscilloscopes continues to grow. New this month is a physics / electronics experiment investigating the efficiency of a light bulb.
See this and 56 other interesting and educational experiments at: http://www.picotech.com/experiments/index.html
If you are interested in contributing an experiment to our library, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Currently we are most interested in new biology and chemistry experiments. To encourage people to submit experiments, we will donate a DrDAQ data logger or ADC-40 for each experiment we use on our web site.
Each month Pico Technology offers a different product at 15% discount for orders placed through e-commerce. For details of this months special offer, follow the link below:
Last month we asked for help with a customers question concerning dropping an egg off a roof without breaking it. We were totally overwhelmed with responses (no more please!!).
Some of our favourite replies were:
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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!
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