Test and Measurement News

October 2016

New 9 GHz PicoConnect 900 Series RF, microwave and digital probes

This new series of passive oscilloscope probes dramatically lowers the cost of performing low-invasive measurements on gigahertz-frequency circuits. The PicoConnect probes have an extremely low input capacitance of typically 0.3 pF, which minimizes disturbance to the device under test and ensures a well-defined pulse response. This makes them more accurate than expensive active probes at very high frequencies.

Prices from only $699 / €579 / £449

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Video of the month: PicoConnect 900 Series

You may remember a few months ago we posted a video from the International Microwave Symposium, where Mark Ashcroft, our RF Business Development Manager, mentioned a secret new product under development. That product was revealed to the world at European Microwave Week as the PicoConnect 900 Series of low-invasive RF, microwave and gigabit probes. In this video, taken at the launch, Mark tells us a bit more about the range.

Watch the video

Competition time

For three days of EuMW, we ran a prize draw to win a PicoScope 2207B, one of the new PicoScope 2000 Series oscilloscopes we launched earlier in the year. We're very happy to tell you that our three winners were as follows:

  • Day 1: Ralph Green from Portsmouth
  • Day 2: Abdelhakim Boughriet from Reading
  • Day 3: Alex Jacobs from Maidstone

Congratulations to all of you. We hope you’re enjoying using your new scope!

PicoScope 2000 Series

Customer review: PicoScope 2204A scope

It's always great to get good feedback from our customers, and even better when they show us how they use our scopes. In this case, Janne Pohjale tells us about his PicoScope 2204A and how he's combined it with an 8" tablet to make a truly "ultra mobile scope".

Read Janne's review

EM Best of Industry Awards

EM Media, the group behind Electronics Maker magazine, hosted the second annual EM Best of Industry Awards ceremony on 21 September. We're very pleased to report that Pico came first in the Best Portable Test Solutions category.

About the awards

Questions & Answers: Faster readings with PicoLog

Q. I'm using PicoLog with a PicoScope 2000 Series scope. I was taking readings every 10 ms and decided to change to every 1 ms, but the timings are the same. Is this because the PicoScope can't go any faster?

A. It can go faster, but you need to change the sampling mode. You are probably using the default Real Time Continuous mode, which limits you to low sampling rates. Click Settings > Recording and change the Recording method to Streaming (single converter only). This will give access to faster sampling rates.

About PicoLog data loggers

Questions & Answers: PicoScope 6 save-on-trigger

Q. In PicoScope 6, how can I record a sweep, then save that as a stand-alone file before beginning the next? That would allow me to let the unit run indefinitely and analyze the files in the directory without having to interrupt the program.

A. The Alarms feature is what you need. First set up a trigger, then go to Tools > Alarms. Set the Event type to Capture, then click Add and set the Action to Save Current Buffer. You then need to tell PicoScope where to save the files. Then, back in the Alarms dialog, make sure that you check the box next to the new Save Current Buffer action to enable it. PicoScope will now save every captured waveform in a new file.

About PicoScope 6


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Software releases

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