Test and Measurement News

October 2012

Win a PicoScope 3406B!

Enter now for the chance to win a PicoScope 3406B in our new prize draw!

The PicoScope 3406B is a high–performance 4 channel USB oscilloscope with enough bandwidth and buffer memory for a wide range of analog and digital design, troubleshooting, testing and measurement tasks. With its built–in signal generator and arbitrary waveform generator, it gives you a complete test bench in one compact unit. Here are the main specifications and features:

  • 200 MHz bandwidth
  • 128 MS deep memory
  • 1 GS/s real–time sampling
  • Advanced digital triggering
  • 200 MHz spectrum analyzer
  • Function generator and arbitrary waveform generator
  • FlexiPower: powered by USB or AC adapter supplied
  • Full PicoScope software with math channels, automated measurements, advanced digital triggering, mask limit testing and serial decoding
  • Free software development kit for creating your own custom applications
  • Free software updates

Enter the PicoScope 3406B Prize Draw (the competition code is CM128)

PicoScope 3406B in the News

…for a unit with such a large buffer and 200 MHz bandwidth it is competitively priced.

…the PicoScope 3406B can certainly be recommended.

The PicoScope 3406B 4–channel oscilloscope is reviewed in the November 2012 Everyday Practical Electronics magazine. Pick up a copy from your newsagent or subscribe online.

Read “Review: PicoScope 3406B PC Oscilloscope” now (no subscription required).

You can also enter the magazine’s long–running “Ingenuity Unlimited” competition. Submit your own circuit idea and you could win a Pico product.

Budget Scope of the Month: PicoScope 2208

The top oscilloscope in our entry–level PicoScope 2000 Series gives you a lot of features for a low price. In one compact enclosure you get not just a fast, powerful oscilloscope with advanced triggering, but also a spectrum analyzer and function generator/arbitrary waveform generator.

  • 2 channels plus external trigger input
  • 200 MHz bandwidth
  • 1 GS/s sampling rate
  • Superior signal integrity

The PicoScope 2000 Series scopes are ideal for debugging, test, and field servicing. Pack one in your laptop bag and carry a complete test bench around with you!

Customer feedback corner

…I would also like to say that Pico make a very fine product. It is one of those items that gets better more you use it… Not only does your product meet and exceed expectations, your whole company ethics is customer orientated and it is such a pleasure to do business with you.

—David Huddart

Latest Training Videos: Audio Analysis with PicoScope

Our PicoTech channel on youtube is the home of a large collection of training videos on a variety of oscilloscope–related subjects. There are now over 60 videos on new features in the PicoScope software, persistence display mode, spectrum analysis, serial decoding, advanced triggering, the PicoScope 9000 Series sampling scopes, and many more subjects.

We have recently added a set of videos on the use of the PicoScope 4262 Very–High–Resolution Oscilloscope for audio signal analysis. For lower–precision applications, the procedures used in these videos can be used with any PicoScope oscilloscope.

Also see the related article: High–Resolution Fault–Finding and Testing with the PicoScope 4262

Tech Tips

PicoScope math channels and sample count

Q. When I’m using math channels in PicoScope, the number of samples seems to be limited to 2 million. Is there any way around this?

A. For performance reasons, the capture size is limited to 2 M samples when math channels are in use. However, you can capture as many samples as you like with math channels switched off, then enable your desired math channels and the calculation will be done on the stored data.

Trigger timestamps

Q. How can I know the triggered time of a channel in PicoScope?

A. Right–click on the PicoScope display and select “View Properties”. This will show the Properties list, which includes the date and time, to the nearest second, of the capture showing on the screen.


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