Test and Measurement News

March 2019

New 1000 V CAT III mains voltage and current kit

The new kit contains a PicoScope 4444 oscilloscope kit and all the accessories you need to measure both voltage and current in up to three supply phases. With this kit you can safely measure up to 1000 V CAT III and up to 2000 A in domestic and industrial environments.

As well as displaying waveforms, the software provided automatically calculates measurements such as RMS and peak voltage and current, frequency, duty cycle and many others.

Details >

Focus on: PicoScope 3000 Series oscilloscopes

PicoScope 3000 Series USB-powered PC oscilloscopes are small, light, and portable, offering a range of high-performance specifications, while easily fitting into a laptop bag.

These oscilloscopes offer 2 or 4 analog channels and a built-in function / arbitrary waveform generator. MSO models additionally provide 16 digital channels.

Read more >

PicoVNA has improved 64-bit support

The PicoVNA 106 vector network analyzer's application interface has been improved to support communication with 64-bit applications such as 64-bit versions of MathWorks MATLAB.

The updated revision 2.11.16 software also contains improvements to the data compare utility, which is used with the recently introduced check standard.

PicoVNA 106 >

PicoLog 6.1.9 released

PicoLog 6.1.9 is out of beta testing and ready for use. Here are the new features in this release:

  • Vertical scrolling in table view with mouse
  • Support for PicoScope 4444 differential oscilloscope and Pico D9 accessories
  • Fixed-length capture (circular buffer and stop after time) options
  • Increased maximum graph zoom factor by 4x
  • New database for increased performance and stability

Release notes

PicoScope 5444D MSO road test review

Since we mentioned Element 14's road test reviews of the PicoScope 5444D oscilloscope, another user (avnrdf) has published his results. In a detailed article with plenty of photos and screen shots, Avner gave our scope a score of 56/60. Features that came out particularly well were the powerful triggering modes, and the deep memory allowing fast sampling at long timebases.

The review >

Video: Bridge Rectifier and PicoScope

This new educational video comes from the Pizzey Technology YouTube channel. It shows how to view the output of a bridge rectifier, and measure the ripple voltage and frequency.

Special event: ElectroTestExpo 2019

Pico are exhibiting at the ElectroTestExpo on 26th March 2019 at Keele Hall, Staffordshire, UK.

Join us for a one-day exhibition with seminars focused on manufacturing test. Lunch and refreshments provided.

Details and registration >

Tech Tip: pH control of pump

Q. Can I use a DrDAQ's pH input to control a pump?

A. Yes, using PicoLog 6's alarm feature. Click the Alarm button and select Threshold. In the Add Alarm dialog, enter the upper and lower pH thresholds, click Digital output and choose one of the four digital outputs. Connect a solid state relay or a transistor circuit to this digital output and use it to drive the pump.

More detail >


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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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