Test and Measurement News

April 2009

New Technical Note on Fast USB Data Acquisition

We’ve just published a new Technical Note entitled Using PicoScope PC Oscilloscopes for Fast USB Data Acquisition. The Note contains two sections, one intended for PicoScope 6 users and the other aimed at developers using the PicoScope API. It explains:

The data rates and record lengths supported by various PicoScope devices
How PicoScope 6 uses fast USB streaming
How you can use fast USB streaming in your own software to create large records

Read Using PicoScope PC Oscilloscopes for Fast USB Data Acquisition

Questions and Answers

Here is a selection of the questions that have cropped up recently on our support forum.

Q. Can I measure voltages >20 V, for example AC mains voltages?
A. You can use x10 probes to attenuate the input by a factor of 10. However, you should NOT use these with mains (house current). For mains, you should use CAT III differential probes.

Q. Is it possible to connect 0–8 mA vibration sensors to a USB PC Data Logger and if so how?
A. Yes, you can, if you use an appropriate shunt resistor. The easiest way to connect the shunt resistor is to use the terminal board designed for the logger. Order the PP053 ADC-11 terminal board, the PP054 ADC-16 terminal board or the PP310 ADC-20/ADC-24 terminal board.

Q. Can you use more than one PT-104 module at a time on one computer like you can with the TC-08?
A. Yes. Multiple PT-104s can be used simultaneously in PicoLog, and PT-104s can be mixed with TC-08s. Up to 20 units of any kind can be connected.

Q. What is the price of the PicoScope 9201 including eye-diagram measurements for NRZ, RZ and USB?
A. The price of the PicoScope 9201 12–GHz sampling scope includes all of the features described on our website and in the brochure. For only £5,995 (about $9892 or €7494), you get a fully functioning sampling scope with eye–diagram measurements, standard mask tests, full statistical analysis and automatic measurements. Unlike some competing products, there are no expensive add-ons.


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