Test and Measurement News

October 2018

New: VNA check standards

Check standards, which consist of a short length of mismatched line, are used to verify that your vector network analyzer is operating properly. They are designed to validate the accuracy and calibration of a network analysis test set up before, during or after measurements are made.

The standards provide a predictable, smooth and stable mismatch and transmission characteristic spanning the frequency range of the PicoVNA 106. Each one is supplied with unique Touchstone measurement data, traceable via PC3.5 standards to national standards. 

  • Insertable and non-insertable models
  • Supported by PicoVNA 2 software
  • Use with other manufacturers' VNAs too

Find out more >

PicoScope chosen for high-voltage discharge analyzer

Did you know that the Spanish high-voltage testing firm Diael has chosen our PicoScope 5000D FlexRes oscilloscopes to help assess the condition of insulation in high-voltage installations?

Diael uses a proprietary statistical technique to separate transient events that are characteristic of partial discharge from normal patterns of random electrical noise. The PicoScope 5000D is ideal for measuring the wide range of signals that need to be captured with Diael's system: from high-speed transients at 1 gigasample per second at 8 bits to slower speeds at full 16-bit resolution.

Full story >

Focus on: PicoVNA 106

The check standards mentioned above are the latest accessories for the PicoVNA 106 vector network analyzer. This instrument can collect up to 5000 2-port S-parameters per second over a frequency range of 300 kHz to 6 GHz.

The PicoVNA 106 delivers all the performance of traditional benchtop instruments from a compact, portable device that connects to your PC through a USB port. This video introduces you to its capabilities.

Read more >

New: PicoLog 6.1.7 Beta

PicoLog 6.1.7 Beta, the latest update to the PicoLog data logging software, brings you these new features:

  • Improved autoscale function; added Y axis autoscale control
  • Allows PicoScope 6 or SDK application to open PicoScope oscilloscopes if they are not being used by PicoLog 6
  • Added support for PicoScope 3000A/B/D oscilloscopes
  • Added support for PicoScope 5000A/B/D oscilloscopes

Please look out for the feedback button in PicoLog: . We would love to read your comments on the latest beta version, especially on the changes to the autoscale controls.

Download >

MATLAB support update

We've just updated the MathWorks MATLAB Instrument Driver for the PicoScope 5000 Series to add support for the PicoScope 5000D Series oscilloscopes on Linux. The driver also supports the earlier 5000A/B Series devices.

Download from MATLAB File Exchange >

Tech Tip: PicoScope interchannel timings

Ever wanted to measure the delay between pulse edges on two different channels with PicoScope 6? DeepMeasure™ can do it automatically on up to a million edges. Here's an example:

  • Trigger on Channel A
  • Add DeepMeasure on Channel B
  • Read Channel B Start Times and End Times, which are measured relative to Channel A!

About DeepMeasure™ >


Please visit Pico Exhibitions for the latest list of exhibitions and trade shows that Pico and its representatives will be attending.

We're hiring!

Thanks to our continuing success and growth Pico are always seeking talented people to join our company.

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.

About this newsletter

To make sure that your Pico newsletter reaches your inbox every month, add newsletters@picotech.com to your email address book or safe list. If you found this newsletter useful, please recommend it to your friends and colleagues. Back issues are available from our newsletter archive.

By subscribing to our newsletter, you agree to receive one email a month plus no more than two special announcements a year. Our use of your email address is governed by our privacy policy.

Contact details

UK Headquarters:
Pico Technology, James House, Colmworth Business Park, St. Neots,
Cambridgeshire, PE19 8YP, United Kingdom
Tel.: 01480 396395 (+44 1480 396395)
Fax: 01480 396296 (+44 1480 396296)

North America Office:
Pico Technology, 320 N Glenwood Blvd, Tyler TX 75702, United States
Tel:+1 800 591 2796 (Toll Free)
Fax:+1 620 272 0981

Asia-Pacific Office:
Pico Technology, Room 2252, 22/F, Centro, 568 Hengfeng Road, Zhabei District,
Shanghai 200070, PR China
Tel: +86 21 2226-5152

Email: sales@picotech.com