Test and Measurement News

March 2010

New! PicoScope 9211A TDR/TDT Sampling Scope

The PicoScope 9211A TDR/TDT Sampling Oscilloscope is a new instrument specially designed for time-domain reflectometry (TDR) and time-domain transmissometry (TDT). It provides a low- cost method of testing cables, connectors, circuit boards and IC packages for unwanted reflections and losses.

The PicoScope 9211A works by launching pulses into the device under test using one of its two independently programmable, 100 ps rise-time step generators. It then uses its 12 GHz sampling inputs to build up a picture from a sequence of reflected or transmitted pulses. The results can be displayed as volts, ohms or reflection coefficient against time or distance.

Unlike traditional, bulky bench-top instruments that contain a PC and a display, the PicoScope 9211A takes very little space on your workbench. If you're working at a customer's premises, the only extra equipment you need to carry is a laptop and a mains adapter. The analyser connects to any Windows XP or Vista computer with a USB 2.0 port, and an Ethernet port is provided for remote operation over a network. There are no extra software modules to buy, as all the software you need is included in the initial cost.

The PicoScope 9211A is on sale now, priced at only £7,495. The price includes all necessary calibrated cables, filters, power splitters and adaptors.

Read more about the PicoScope 9211A TDR/TDT oscilloscope

Serial Decoding: Which Format Would You Like to See Next?

Since release 6.3.4, PicoScope 6 has had a serial decoding facility built in. We decided to start with the CAN Bus format, as that had been requested by our automotive customers. Now we are planning to add more formats, but we would like your opinion on which one to provide next. Here are some of the possibilities:

  • I²C
  • SPI
  • 1-Wire
  • RS-232
  • USB
  • Ethernet
  • Profibus
  • LIN
  • FlexRay

We have set up an online survey so that you can vote for a serial format. The most popular format(s) will go into a future software release, which as usual will be free of charge.

Tech Tip: Drag and Drop into PicoScope

Did you know that you can open any PicoScope 6 waveform file by dragging and dropping it onto the PicoScope window? This works with PicoScope 5 (.psd) and PicoScope 6 (.psdata) files. If the file contains more than one waveform, you can navigate to one of them and then do “File > Save Current Waveform> to save a smaller file containing just the currently visible waveform. You can also use this method to open a PicoScope 5 file and re- save it in the new PicoScope 6 format, which allows you to preview the waveform in Windows Explorer.

Make sure that you have the latest version of PicoScope by visiting our download page.


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