Test and Measurement News

August 2022

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Pico Technology Test & Measurement Newsletter
August 2022

This month, we're excited to announce the launch of our brand new IEPE Signal Conditioner. Additionally, our PicoByte series continues.

Check out our video on multi-trace support in our PicoVNA 3 software, our exciting giveaway news, and our product focus on data loggers.

We have a number of exhibition dates for you to add to the diary (including one on the water!). Finally, we resume our 'Meet the Team' series.

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Product launch: IEPE Signal Conditioner

The TA487 IEPE Signal Conditioner is an interface that allows industry-standard IEPE (integrated electronic piezoelectric) sensors to be used with any oscilloscope or data acquisition device with BNC inputs. The device is powered from any USB port, using the cable supplied, and provides a 4mA constant current source to power a connected IEPE sensor.

To learn more, check out the TA487 IEPE Signal Conditioner on our website.

Our new video series, PicoByte, is a monthly top-tip video series on all things Pico testing and measurement. Covering a variety of topics from PicoScope 7 Early Access Tips and Tricks to byte-sized tutorials on hardware debugging.

In the third installment of PicoBYTE. We go through the history, applications, and a couple of examples of the I2C protocol, and using a PicoScope to debug your I2C projects and tools. The episode also features some issues you may run into when debugging or building an I2C interface and how you can spot these errors in your PicoScope device.

PicoVNA 3 Software from Pico Technology, now with multi-trace and PicoVNA 106 support

The latest PicoVNA 3 software release introduces a dual parameter plot axes, with up to four live traces and four memory trace plotting in each of the four VNA display channels.

Dual-axes plotting allows users to combine, by transmission example, gain and phase plots, or two sensitivities and offsets within a single display channel. Or, for reflection, perhaps Log Magnitude and SWR in another.

While four live traces allow all four s-parameters to be combined on a single plot, a further example might be gain and group delay for two s-parameters. From there, given that we also now have four memory traces; all four live traces can be displayed and compared with a prior measurement within that single plot. These features bring an entirely new level of measurement display flexibility to the user. On-plot drag or type controls also allow the user to quickly establish a results visualisation that best suits the application at hand.

Check out the full video to see Mark Ashcroft demonstrate the multi-trace capablilities of our PicoVNA 106 and 108.

PicoScope 2204A giveaway!


We're very excited to announce that, over the next three months, we are giving away three PicoScope 2204A oscilloscopes! The giveaway will last for the duration of 3 months (August 16th to November 15th) with a prize draw for a single winner each month. To be in with a chance of winning you must meet the following entry requirements:

- Leave a comment on this video;
- Like this video;
- Subscribe to the Pico Technology YouTube channel.

How will it work?
- The giveaways will close for entries at the end of each month.
- A winner will be randomly drawn using wheelofnames.com on September 16th, October 14th, and November 15th, and will win one of the three PicoScope 2204As.
- Each month’s winner will be announced on the Pico Technology YouTube community feed, Facebook, and Instagram along with the reply of the winning comment.
- The winners will then need to contact the marketing team at Pico Technology in order to claim their prize.
- Each prize will be sent via UPS to the winner.

For full terms and conditions, please visit our website, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel.


Product focus: Data loggers

Pico data acquisition products provide a straightforward answer to your data logging needs. Our data loggers require no power supply and simply plug into a USB port on your PC. Here's just a selection of our data logging products available:

TC-08 thermocouple data logger

Suitable for a wide range of temperature measurement and recording applications.
- 8 channel thermocouple data logger
- Measures from –270 to +1820 °C
(–454 to +3308 °F)
- High resolution and accuracy
- Expandable to 20 units / 160 channels
- Supports all popular thermocouple types
- Fast sampling rate — up to 10 measurements per second (including CJC)
- USB connected and powered

ADC-20 and ADC-24

High-resolution and high-accuracy voltage input data loggers.

- 24-bit resolution
- Up to 8 true differential inputs
- Up to 16 single-ended inputs
- 7 input ranges (±39 mV to ±2500 mV) 
- Fast conversion time
- Digital outputs for control
- Galvanic isolation from the PC to eliminate noise pickup
- PicoLog data acquisition software included
- Software drivers and SDK included

PicoLog CM3 Current data logger

Measure the current consumption of a machine, three-phase supply to a building, or across an entire site with multiple data loggers.

- Suitable for single or three-phase alternating currents
- Non-invasive measurement 
- High resolution and accuracy
- No power supply required
- USB and Ethernet interfaces
- Run multiple units on a single PC
Check out our range of Data Loggers on our website.


Want to see us in person? Here are our upcoming live events:

The Engineering Design Show 2022 // 12th-13th October, Coventry Building Society Arena, United Kingdom
Electronica 2022 // 15th-18th November, Messe München, Germany
ARMMS 2022 // 7th-8th November, Wyboston Lakes Resort, United Kingdom

For more information on how to attend and meet us in person, check out the exhibition websites. In addition, be sure to check out our Pico Exhibitions page on our website, to be kept up to date on our upcoming appearances.

Hope to see you there!


Hightech an Bord:
T&M technology at sea!

We are delighted to inform you that our German distributor Meilhaus has once again come up with a very special event. This time, on September 15th, you are invited to a round trip on the ship MS Utting on the Bavarian Ammersee.
There will be 5 exciting lectures from power electronics to measurements in the high-frequency range. We will explain to you how to get the maximum out of your oscilloscope. Register as soon as possible, places are limited. You can find more information on the Meilhaus website.


Meet the Team: Keith Robinson

Keith has recently joined the Pico team to help grow our distribution business. Having spent the last 15 years working in senior roles with Global IT distributors, he will be using this knowledge to help grow our already successful relationships.

Keith started his career as a design engineer working in the military and automotive industries developing embed software systems. He has spent the last 20 years in senior management roles for large IT companies and major distributors, building global brands with companies such as Avnet, Bluestar and ADLINK. In his spare time, you will find Keith beside a lake with his German shepherd, Bandit, trying to teach him how to fish.
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