Test and Measurement News

May 2009

New PicoLog 1000 Series

The new PicoLog 1000 Series is a range of competitively priced, multi-channel, USB-powered data loggers designed to suit a wide range of general-purpose voltage, sensor and transducer logging applications. With up to 12-bit resolution and up to 1 MS/s sampling rate, these data loggers offer amazing value for money. The units feature up to 4 software-configurable digital output lines, a PWM control output, and a current-limited sensor excitation output. All this is in a compact, portable unit that simply plugs into the USB port of a standard Windows-based PC.

The PicoLog 1000 Series voltage data loggers contain everything needed for immediate use. The free, comprehensive PicoLog data logging software includes an SDK for customised programming. An external terminal board is available separately to allow easy connection of wires to the logger.


  • 16 unipolar 0 V to 2.5 V analog inputs (12 inputs on PicoLog 1012)
  • 12-bit resolution (10-bit on PicoLog 1012)
  • 4 configurable digital outputs (2 on PicoLog 1012)
  • 1 PWM control output (PicoLog 1216 only)
  • Up to 1 MS/s sample rate
  • USB-connected and powered
  • Current-limited sensor excitation output
  • Windows XP and Vista (32 and 64-bit) compatible
  • Includes API and examples for C/C++/C#, VB, LabVIEW VIs
  • Includes terminal board and ready-to-go data logging software

Specifications above apply to the PicoLog 1216 except where otherwise stated.

The PicoLog 1000 Series is on sale now, priced at only £95 for the 12-channel PicoLog 1012 and £149 for the 16-channel PicoLog 1216.

Read more about the PicoLog 1000 Series and order online

Express Delivery now only £10 on all UK web orders

From Spring 2009, we have reduced the cost of Express Delivery to all UK destinations from £15 to £10 when you order from our website.

Questions and Answers

Here is a selection of the questions that have cropped up recently on our support forum.

Q. It says on your website that the PicoScope 4000 Series supports continuous streaming mode. I have a PicoScope 4424 running PicoScope on Windows XP. Is there a way to activate streaming mode that doesn’t involve programming the scope via the API?
A. Streaming mode is used for the longer timebases in PicoScope 6. To set the timebase at which it switches from block to streaming mode, go to Tools -> Preferences -> Sampling -> Slow sampling transition. The longest timebase is approximately 30 minutes. Therefore, this is the longest unbroken stream of data that you can collect with PicoScope 6. Using the API, you can stream data indefinitely.

Q. Which of your scopes support Advanced Triggering?
A. Here is the complete list of scopes that support Advanced Triggering:
PicoScope 2205, 3224, 3424, 3223, 3423, 3425, 4224, 4424, 4223, 4423, 5203, 5204.
Q. The “Minimum Requirements” specifications for most of your products mention Windows XP SP2. Are these products compatible with SP3?
A. Yes. All Pico products with “Windows XP SP2” listed as a minimum requirement also work with SP3.


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