Test and Measurement News

August 2018

PicoScope® 6.13.7 beta for macOS and Linux

A PicoScope 6.13.7 beta release is now available for Linux and macOS. Users of these operating systems can now enjoy these new features and improvements:

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PicoLog® 6.1.6 beta for Windows, macOS and Linux

A beta release of our PicoLog data logging software for Windows, macOS and Linux is now available. Here are some of the features we have added:

Read more > [update: replaced by 6.1.6 stable (read more)]

Getting started with PicoLog 6 - Part 4

PicoLog 6 provides simple threshold alarms, disconnection alarms, and alarms defined by custom Boolean equations. In this video our technical expert, Ziko, demonstrates all three types of alarm.

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PicoVNA software released

PicoVNA 2, the software for the PicoVNA 106 vector network analyzer, has some new features and improvements:

  • P1dB utility sweep range extended to +3 dBm
  • New facility to save and recall status as .sta files
  • Export Time Domain trace data from Save Measurements
  • Time-domain plot marker readouts now include distance and resistance values

There is a longer list of improvements and bug fixes in the release notes, displayed when you download PicoVNA 2.

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Focus on: PicoScope 4444

The PicoScope 4444 is a high-resolution differential oscilloscope with its own range of low-voltage, high-voltage and current probes. With a PicoScope 4444 you can build your own test system for applications as diverse as three-phase mains supplies, switch mode power supplies, battery packs and electrochemical and biochemical measurements.

Optional accessories include 50 V and 1000 V CAT III voltage probes, current probes from 40 A to 3000 A, and a range of adaptors and connectors for single-ended and differential measurements.

Find out more >

Write a review!

We've made it easier to review your Pico product. Now, as well as writing a review on the product pages of our website, you can also submit reviews on Amazon and Facebook.

If you've recently purchased a Pico product, please help spread the word by adding your own review. You'll also be doing a good deed for the community, as we'll donate £5 of our own money to charity for every review we receive by the end of 2018.

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PicoVoyage: win an Amazon voucher

Want to win a £50 Amazon voucher? Share a holiday snap of you and your PicoScope with us on Twitter (#picovoyage), Facebook, Instagram (@lifeatpico) or marketing@picotech.com and let us see where your scope has been this summer. We'll pick the best photo and destination and announce the winner in September.

Closing date 14 September 2018.

Tech Tip: PicoScope 4262 external trigger

Q. What is the input range of the external trigger on the PicoScope 4262 in PicoScope 6?

A. In PicoScope 6 the "Ext" trigger input is always set to its ±5 V range. You can change the threshold within this range by adjusting the trigger voltage in the toolbar.

PicoScope 4262 >

Tech Tip: Accurately measuring voltage drop

Q. I'm developing a battery-powered device and need to measure its supply current. This will require measuring the voltage drop across a 1 ohm resistor. How can I measure this signal with high resolution and a wide dynamic range?

A. Here are three techniques that you can combine to get the most out of your PicoScope:

We've described these methods in detail in our "Current measurement" forum post.


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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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