Test and Measurement News

March 2012

PicoScope 6.6.18

PicoScope 6.6.18 is the latest release candidate of our oscilloscope software. This release has the following new features:

  • LIN bus decoding. LIN is a low-speed single-wire bus used in automotive electronics. LIN bus decoding is still in beta testing.
  • PicoScope 2205 MSO. Serial decoding now possible on all 16+2 channels of the PicoScope mixed-signal oscilloscope. You can decode multiple signals with the same protocol or a mixture of protocols.

PicoScope 6.6.18 is compatible with all PicoScope USB oscilloscopes.

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Best of the Web: PicoScope 2104 and 2204

“Very satisfied with my PicoScope”

A hobbyist has recently blogged about his experience with the PicoScope 2204 entry–level oscilloscope. He explains why he chose this model, describes how easy it was to set up, and presents a few of the advanced features such as color persistence display mode, math channels and the SDK for custom programming.

Read “PicoScope 2204 USB Oscilloscope Review” on codeandlife.com and follow–up discussion on avrfreaks.com.

“Perfect for DIYers”

Another hobbyist writing on the Kesh’s Junk Yard blog has published his first impressions of the PicoScope 2104handheld oscilloscope. Find out what you get in the package, and how easy it is to install and run.

Read “PicoScope 2104: diyer’s perfect solution”

PicoScope Training Videos 8: Audio Analysis

Test and measurement expert Pete Darby has created a new set of videos showing how to use the PicoScope 4262 16-bit oscilloscope for audio analysis. Learn how to get the most out of this high-resolution instrument and the PicoScope software.

Please explore our youtube channel to find more training videos. You can also help us improve our content by leaving your comments below each video.

Tech Tips

Averaging of buffered pulses

Q. I am using a PicoScope to capture a number of pulses, with one pulse in each capture. I know I can use Persistence Display mode to see a combined view of all the pulses, but is there a more accurate way to see an averaged version of the pulses?

A. Yes, this can easily be done with the averaging function built into the Math Channels feature in PicoScope R6.6. Go to Tools > Math Channels and create a new channel that is the average of your input channel: if your signal is on channel A then click the ‘Advanced’ and ‘x-bar’ buttons and then the ‘A’ button. Now capture your pulses in Auto, Single or Rapid trigger mode so that each waveform is stored separately in the buffer. The new Math Channel on the screen will automatically show the average of all the pulses. Combining this technique with Rapid trigger mode, you can average a number of closely spaced pulses at nearly 1 million events per second.

PicoScope 4227 AWG short-circuit proof?

Q. Is the AWG port short-circuit proof, or will a short-circuit at that port do some harm to the hardware?

A. The signal generator and AWG outputs on all PicoScopes are short-circuit proof. The output impedance of the PicoScope 4227 AWG is 600 ohms.


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