CAN Bus decoding in PicoScope
The latest beta version of PicoScope is now available for download. This version includes a totally new CAN Bus decoding function, which can read CAN bus packets at a variety of data rates.
The CAN (Controller Area Network) Bus is widely used in automotive, industrial and medical control systems for reliable signalling between control units in electrically noisy environments. It is a serial protocol, usually with differential signalling although a single-wire version also exists. The PicoScope CAN Bus decoding feature is aimed at vehicle designers, aftermarket equipment designers and advanced troubleshooters, who need to look at more than just fault codes.
Here are some of the highlights:
As an added bonus, this release also includes another new feature:
Zoom overview - when you are zoomed in, a small overview window shows the current display area marked on a picture of the whole waveform. You can drag and resize this area instead of using the zoom tools.
Download PicoScope 6.3.4 beta, free of charge, No registration required.
Please let us know what you think of the new software. You can contact us on the forum.
PicoLog is our data logging software for Windows. It works with all our data loggers, and can save data to a file or display it in spreadsheet and graphical formats.
R5.20.8 is the latest maintenance release of PicoLog. Bugs fixed include: “Corruption of .plw files”, “repeat immediate mode” and “PicoLog pause button causes program to crash and close”.
Come and see Pico products in action, try them out for yourself, and question our experts. On one day in November we shall be holding an Open Day at our headquarters in St Neots, Cambridgeshire (map). Here is a selection of the products that will be on show:
Pico Open Day: 24th November 2009
10 am - 12 noon Morning session
12 noon - 1 pm Free buffet lunch
1 pm - 3 pm Afternoon session
Please email email@example.com to let us know if you would like to attend the morning or the afternoon session, and we will reserve a place for you.
Have you written your own software for use with Pico products?
At Pico we take pride in the number of companies and individuals who write their own software to interface with our products. To show our support for those of you have written your own applications, we will shortly be launching the Pico App Store. Whether your application is freeware, shareware or commercial, our App Store will give you the opportunity to showcase your software to the world. Unlike other application stores, the Pico App Store will be completely free to use.
If you would like us to consider adding your application to the Pico App Store, simply complete the form on our website.
Back in December and January, we released PicoScope with math channels and reference waveforms. You have probably experimented with these features, but you may not have realised that you can use them together. For example, you can save a reference waveform and then use math to subtract it from a live channel. Here’s how you do it.
Here is a selection of the questions that have cropped up recently on our support forum and elsewhere:
Q. What is the maximum slew rate of the PicoScope 9211’s inputs?
A. The maximum bandwidth is 12 GHz and the maximum slew rate is 28 V/ns. This is calculated from the 10%-90% rise time of 29 ps and the maximum peak-to-peak input of 1 V: 80% x 1 V / 29 ps.
Q. I recently bought a PicoScope 2203. While playing with it for the first time, I noticed some switching sound coming from inside. Is there a relay internally that produces this noise?
A. Yes, this noise is caused by the relays that select the input range. The amount of switching depends on the software in use and the input range that is selected. This is part of the normal operation of the scope.
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Please visit https://jobs.picotech.com/ to see our current vacancies. We look forward to hearing from you!
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