Test and Measurement News

February 2013

Measure For a Good Cause!

If you have used a Pico oscilloscope or data logger in an interesting application, why not let us know and help an important UK charity at the same time? We are on the lookout for examples of Pico products put to industrial, scientific or educational uses. If you would like to contribute, please contact us at newsletter@picotech.com with brief details of your application. We will then explain what information we require, and if we decide to publish your story, we will donate £250 to Cancer Research UK.

See our library of application notes to get an idea of the articles that we have previously published.

New MATLAB support for PicoScope 2000 Series Oscilloscopes

We have released an experimental MATLAB Instrument Control Driver for the PicoScope 2000 Series oscilloscopes. The models supported are the PicoScope 2104, 2105, 2202, 2203, 2204 and 2205. Help text for the functions and properties is built into the driver. Example scripts are provided for capturing a block of data with and without triggering, and for setting up the built–in signal generator.

Visit the MATLAB File Exchange page for this driver

Pico Technology, The High–Resolution Scope Company

We have been making high–resolution scopes for over 20 years. In fact our first 12–bit oscilloscope, the ADC-12, was released way back in 1991. Nowadays we offer a wide range of state–of–the–art high–resolution USB oscilloscopes including the industry’s only 16–bit oscilloscope, the PicoScope 4262. Our resolution specifications are all based on true hardware resolution, not including resolution enhancement (which is also available in our software if you need it).

PicoScope 4000 Series Oscilloscopes. These 12–bit oscilloscopes can be used for general–purpose design, debugging and troubleshooting as well as high–resolution applications such as noise and vibration analysis. Bandwidths from 20 MHz to 100 MHz are available, in 2–channel and 4–channel models, many with a built–in arbitrary waveform generator.
PicoScope 4262 Oscilloscope. This 16–bit very–high–resolution oscilloscope (VHRO) has over 100 dB SFDR and only 8.5 µV RMS noise, making it suitable for precision audio measurements. A bandwidth of 5 MHz and a built–in low–noise signal generator make this scope perfect for high–fidelity audio testing as well as higher–frequency applications.

Read our free guide to high–resolution oscilloscopes

Tech Tips

PicoScope persistence mode

Q. Can PicoScope 6’s persistence mode emulate the effect of the phosphor on an analog scope? I would like to see frequently visited data points drawn with higher intensity than infrequently visited points.

A. Yes, this is one of the many effects that you can achieve with persistence mode. As well as the two preset modes, digital color and analog intensity, there is a ‘custom’ mode. In this mode you can set the default ‘time decay’ effect to ‘frequency’, which produces the intensity–graded display that you require. There is a sample screen shot of this mode on our forum.

PicoLog and data loggers with digital outputs

Q. Can I control the PicoLog 1216’s digital outputs from the PicoLog software? I can’t find them mentioned in the menus.

A. You can control them, but you need to know that the digital outputs are handled in the Measurements > Edit measurement > Parameter options > Alarm settings dialog. The ADC-20 and ADC-24 high–resolution data loggers have the same feature. PicoLog must be in real–time recording mode to enable the use of alarm outputs.


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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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