Test and Measurement News

September 2013

New high-performance 500 MHz USB 3.0 oscilloscopes!

The new PicoScope 6000 Series USB 3.0 oscilloscopes combine ultra-deep memory of up to 2 Gsamples with SuperSpeed data transfer rates and hardware-accelerated data processing. The result is a scope that can capture long waveforms at high sampling rates of up to 5 GS/s and still maintain fast screen updates. With the new 6000 Series 4-channel scopes you can debug complex high-speed designs with the convenience of a compact, portable USB device.

  • 4 channels
  • Switchable 1 MΩ/50 Ω inputs
  • Built-in function generator or arbitrary waveform generator
  • Built-in spectrum analyzer
  • Advanced digital triggering
  • Serial decoding of I2C, I2S, SPI, UART/RS-232, CAN, LIN, FlexRay
  • Math channels with over 20 functions
  • 26 automatic measurements with statistics
Model Bandwidth Buffer size Signal generator £ $* €*
PicoScope 6402C 250 MHz 256 MS Function gen. 1995 3292 2414
PicoScope 6402D 250 MHz 512 MS AWG 2495 4117 3019
PicoScope 6403C 350 MHz 512 MS Function gen. 2995 4942 3624
PicoScope 6403D 350 MHz 1 GS AWG 3495 5767 4229
PicoScope 6404C 500 MHz 1 GS Function gen. 3995 6592 4834
PicoScope 6404D 500 MHz 2 GS AWG 4495 7417 5439

Find out more about the new PicoScope 6000 Series USB 3.0 oscilloscopes

Video of the month

EEVblog #521 - Picoscope 5000 USB Oscilloscope Teardown


Renowned Electronics Engineering Video Blogger David L. Jones can't resist dismantling electronic gadgets, even when separated from his Swiss Army Knife, so it was only a matter of time before he turned his attention to the PicoScope 5000 Series Flexible Resolution Oscilloscopes.


  • Gasp! as you see how well-built these scopes are
  • Swoon! as David explores the specifications
  • Thrill! as you discover how we achieved variable hardware resolution and low noise in such a small space

Watch EEVblog #521 - Picoscope 5000 USB Oscilloscope Teardown

Data logging products of the month: ADC-20 and ADC-24

The ADC-20 and ADC-24 High-Resolution Data Loggers are our most accurate voltage-measuring products. With multiple 20-bit or 24-bit input channels, these devices can be used for the most demanding measurement tasks. They are supplied with the powerful PicoLog data acquisition and charting software.

Accurate to 0.1%
Up to 8 differential or 16 single-ended inputs
Digital control output (ADC-24)
Galvanic isolation from the PC
Input ranges up to ±2.5 V
Supports IP networking

Tech tips

Waveform averaging in PicoScope

Q. How do I display the average of a series of waveforms?

A. You will find this function in the Math Channels Wizard. Create a new math channel, enter average(A) or use the x̅ button in the equation editor, then OK all the other dialogs. The new math channel will be the average of all waveforms in the buffer. If there are not enough waveforms in the buffer, go to Tools > Preferences > General in the main menu and change the Maximum Waveforms setting to the desired number. More information on waveform averaging.

PicoScope color options

Q. Can I change the PicoScope background to black?

A. Yes, you can change the color to anything you like. Go to Tools > Preferences > Colors in the main menu. Under Misc you will find Background. Select this and then choose a standard color from the list or click Custom for any other color. The Colors dialog also lets you change the trace colors and thicknesses for better visibility.


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Software releases

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