Test and Measurement News

November 2016

Decoding the DCC protocol (video)

The digital command control (DCC) serial protocol was developed to enable more complex setups on model train sets. In this month's video, one of our Technical Support Engineers uses a PicoScope 5000 Series oscilloscope to decode the signals sent on a Hornby Digital Train set.

Focus on: PicoScope 4824 oscilloscope

The PicoScope 4824 is a remarkably compact 8-channel USB-powered oscilloscope. Its 12-bit vertical resolution and 1% accuracy make it ideal for all engineering and scientific applications. The scope also has a built-in 14-bit arbitrary waveform generator, eliminating the need for a separate signal generator on your workbench. The PicoScope 6 software, included, can decode 16 industry-standard serial protocols in any combination. With the PicoScope 4824 you could, for example, monitor the analog and digital ports of an I2C ADC and an I2S stereo DAC simultaneously. The PicoScope 4824 also benefits from advanced features such as a spectrum analyzer, mask limit testing, persistence display modes and a free software development kit (SDK) for creating your own applications.

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Tech Tip: Bring to Front/Send to Back

You can change the drawing order of channels in PicoScope 6 for easier viewing. Suppose that channel A is hiding channel B on the PicoScope display. Click the scaling button (which is normally colored red) for channel B and then click the Bring to Front button. This will cause channel B to be drawn in the foreground so that it is no longer hidden by channel A.

Tech Tip: Edge counting

PicoScope 6 (R6.12 and later) has an edge-counting feature. You can count rising edges, falling edges or both.

Click the Measurements + button, set the Type of Measurement to Rising Edge Count and click OK. The edge count will then appear in the Measurements table. You can adjust the threshold, hysteresis and time span in the Add Measurement dialog.

Competition winners

While exhibiting at the Electronics Design Show in Coventry last month, Pico held a prize draw to win a PicoScope 2207B. We're happy to announce that the winners were Jim Brooks of Coventry and Tony Clifford of Bristol. Congratulations, both of you, and enjoy your new scopes!

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