Test and Measurement News

February 2012

New Linux Drivers for PicoScope 6000 Series

A Linux driver for the PicoScope 6000 Series oscilloscopes is now available for download. It is a 32–bit driver and works on Ubuntu 11.04. It is the latest addition to our collection that includes Linux drivers for selected ADC data loggers, the TC-08 and most of the PicoScope 2000, 3000 and 5000 Series oscilloscopes.

Download the 6000 Series driver and check our list of Linux drivers and download them here

Recruitment Open Day

Final reminder!

We invite you to join us at our Recruitment Open Day:

8am to 8pm on 8th February 2012, St Neots, Cambridgeshire, UK

We are looking for C++ or C# software engineers to join our expanding team. With us you get the security of a 20–year–old company that is growing by 20% a year, a number of varied projects to work on, and even half a day per week to develop your own projects! So, if you've got C++ or C# skills, come and join us on the day. If you can't make it, you can send your CV in confidence to jobs@picotech.com.

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PicoScope Training Videos: Part 7

We have a new training video for you this month. It’s well worth watching because it introduces the new features in PicoScope 6.6.


  • You can now install stable and beta releases of PicoScope side by side.
  • The Recent Files list now shows thumbnail pictures of your waveforms.
  • Bring Channel to Front and Send Channel to Back buttons have been added.
  • Maths functions now include frequency, integral/differential, peak, mean, maximum and minimum.
  • Most menu commands can now be assigned to customisable keyboard shortcuts.

Watch “Latest Features in PicoScope 6.6”

There are many more videos than we can list here, so please explore our youtube channel and find the one that will answer your questions. You can also help us improve our content by leaving your comments below the videos.

Tech Tips

Temperature logging with the PicoLog 1012

Q. I have purchased a PicoLog 1012 to log data from my solar panels. It logs the time that the circulating pump switches on and off fine, but I need the temperature and particularly the temperature differential of the flow to and from the panels. What temperature sensors and converters do I need?

A. There is no need for a converter to measure temperature on the PicoLog 1012. You can easily measure multiple temperatures using one resistor and one thermistor for each channel required, and a terminal board (PP545) is available to make connections easier. For more details, see this topic on our support forum.

Page Up and Page Down buttons in PicoScope

Here’s a feature that not all PicoScope users know about. If you load a waveform from a directory containing several waveforms, then the Page Up and Page Down keys on the keyboard can be used to step through all the waveforms in the directory. These are just two of the keyboard shortcuts available in PicoScope. In R6.6 or later the shortcuts are customisable: go to Tools > Preferences > Keyboard.


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We're hiring!

Thanks to our continuing success and growth Pico are always seeking talented people to join our company.

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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