Test and Measurement News

March 2015

PicoScope for OS X (Mac) and Linux

The OS X and Linux versions of PicoScope contain all the essential features of PicoScope for Windows, and we are working on adding the more advanced features. Here is a summary of the support available for these operating systems today.

PicoScope 6 for OS X and Linux

PicoScope r6.10.1.36 or r6.10.1.37 is available for both operating systems. Features include:

OS X drivers

  • Runs on OS X 10.9 and 10.10
  • All current PicoScope devices including the new PicoScope 3000D Series
  • USB PT-104, USB TC-08 and PicoLog CM3 data loggers

More information on Mac OS X support

Linux drivers

  • For Debian 7.0 (wheezy) i386/amd64, Ubuntu 12.xx/13.xx i386/amd64, other Debian-based with mono ≥
  • armhf drivers for Debian and BeagleBone Black
  • RPM packages
  • All current PicoScope devices including the new PicoScope 3000D Series
  • USB DrDAQ and PicoLog 1000 Series data loggers

More information on Linux support

Coming soon: ElectroTestExpo

ElectroTestExpo (25 March, Leicester, UK) is a focused business-to-business event aimed at electronics engineers who have an interest in ‘board bring-up’, hardware validation or production testing. It is FREE to attend.

If you need to know how test and measurement technology can benefit your business, please come along and listen to a presentation by our very own expert, Trevor Smith.

The timetable for the day is as follows:

9:00 am – Registration & Coffee
9:30 am – So you want to test using RF? - Nigel Adams
10:00 am – Test, maximum coverage with minimal costs - Dean Poplett
11:00 am – Hardware validation with low-cost JTAG Tools - James Stanbridge
11:30 pm – Reliable Fibre Optic Connections in ATE Applications - Gary Clayton
12:00 pm – Waveform Analysis – The Devil is in the Detail - Trevor Smith of Pico Technology
1:30 pm – High speed 3D solder joint inspection using the A3DI - Dave Hall
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm - Test Automation – two case studies - John Blandy

Register here for ElectroTestExpo

Video of the month: PicoScope 6 overview

This month's video, again from electronics blogger Colin O'Flynn, is an overview of the PicoScope 6 software using the Demo instrument. This is the virtual oscilloscope built into PicoScope to enable you to evaluate the software before you buy a scope.

If you're new to PicoScope, watch PicoScope 6 Software - Quick Overview using Demo Instrument and find out how easy it is to use.

You can also download a free copy of PicoScope 6 and evaluate it in 'demo' mode.

Recent new products: PicoScope 3000D Series

For those of you who missed January's newsletter, we think it's time to revisit the new PicoScope 3000D Series. This is our core range of general-purpose oscilloscopes, all with deep memory and a fast USB 3.0 interface. Now you can choose between analog-input and mixed-signal models, 2 channels and 4 channels, and a range of bandwidths.

The main specifications are as follows:

  • 2 or 4 analog channels
  • 50 MHz to 200 MHz bandwidths
  • 64 MS to 512 MS buffer sizes
  • Built-in arbitrary waveform generator (AWG)
  • USB 3.0 interface
  • Powered by USB¹
  • Optional 16-channel logic input for mixed-signal oscilloscope (MSO) operation
  • Advanced PicoScope software with digital triggering, serial decoding, mask limit testing, math channels and many other features, all included as standard

There isn't room to list all the models here, so visit the 3000D Series web pages for data sheets, specification tables and ordering information.

Prices start from £349 / US$576 / €423 for the 2-channel 50 MHz PicoScope 3203D.

Note 1: AC adaptor supplied with 4-channel models for use with low-current USB ports.

Tech Tip: Interfacing sensors to DrDAQ

Q. How do I interface a Hall effect sensor to the DrDAQ data logger?

A. DrDAQ has three 'external sensor' inputs that also supply +5 V power, so are perfect for interfacing to devices such as Hall effect sensors. 'Glovisol', a contributor to our forum, has posted a circuit of an interface that gives a binary signal from a typical Hall sensor. All you need is a transistor, some resistors, some strip board and a DrDAQ sensor cable (our part number EL032).

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Tech Tip: Displaying multiple channels in PicoLog

Q. I have connected 44 thermocouples to 6 TC-08 temperature loggers. In the PicoLog software I can see only 15 channels at a time in the spreadsheet view or 18 channels on the graph. How can I see all the channels?

A. The software limits how many channels are displayed at one time. However, you can define groups of channels and display any group you wish. In the graph or spreadsheet view, click the Select channels button and create two or more groups containing no more than 15 channels each. You can now select one group at a time to show on the graph or spreadsheet.

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

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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.

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