Test and Measurement News

February 2022

Pico Technology Test & Measurement Newsletter
February 2022

Pico is hiring! If you are interested in joining the Pico family, check out this entry to see the current vacancies.

Did you know that our newest PicoVNA kits support TRL/TRM calibration? Why not check it out here. We also want to draw your attention to our most popular data logger, the TC-08.

We have a video showing how easy it is to get started with PicoLog Cloud and one covering how to use PicoScope to measure filter response.

2022 sees the return of more exhibitions and we are delighted to share information about our upcoming live exhibition appearances.

We are additionally continuing our 'Meet the team' section, this time with Derek Hu, our APAC Regional Technical Specialist.

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Pico is hiring!

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Fancy a new vocation, or becoming a member of the Pico family? We're delighted to share with you a number of vacancies at our St. Neots office; apply now today!

Technical Content Creator
Product Manager for Real-Time Oscilloscopes
Marketing Executive
Technical Publications Manager

For full details on these vacancies as well as roles working in our technical teams, please visit our careers pages.

TRL calibration for SMT devices using the PicoVNA 108

Did you know that our new PicoVNA E-Cal 8.5 GHz Automated calibration kits also support TRL/TRM calibration?

These calibration mechanisms (through, reflect, line and match, respectively) typically gain favour when needing to measure substrate mounted DUTs, for example, surface-mounted networks or components. The line, match and reflections (shorts or opens) can all be readily fabricated on substrate and at precise on-substrate measurement reference planes, for example surface mount device pins. The PicoVNA 108 will support one or two TRL bands, Open or Short reflection standards and can account for line impedance offset if required. The TRL technique can also achieve very high-precision calibration as a machined air transmission line can be fabricated more precisely than a good match can be measured, certainly at higher frequencies.

If you're interested in a more thorough and detailed assessment of TRL calibration, be sure to take a look at the newest application note in amongst our PicoVNA documentation: TRL calibration for SMT devices using the PicoVNA 108. In this white paper, Nils Nazoa describes how to use this calibration technique to characterise SMT components; in particular, how a suitable test PCB can be designed and used to measure components over the operating bandwidth of the VNA.

The full application note is accessible now on our website.

TC-08 thermocouple data logger

The TC-08 8 channel thermocouple data logger has been in service for 27 years; it made its first appearance in 1995, with the industry standard RS232 serial bus as its connection to the PC. 10 years later, USB became the industry standard for connecting external devices to PCs and so in 2004, the USB TC-08 became what it is today. 18 years on, the TC-08, updated to the USB industry standard, is more popular than ever!

From installing the software for the first time, connecting instrument to a PC - and even connecting the sensors - the TC-08 is straightforward from the start.

Key features of the TC-08 are as follows:

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
PicoLog 6 for Windows, macOS and Linux data logging software included
PicoSDK drivers for Windows, macOS and Linux included

See the TC-08 in action below, demonstrating how to set up and capture temperature data, in our 'Getting started with PicoLog Cloud' demo video.

If you want to get your hands on our TC-08 thermocouple data logger, be sure to check it out on our website.

Getting started with PicoLog Cloud

Take a look at how easy PicoLog Cloud is to setup and use. In this video, our own Kieran Winstanley demonstrates how to set up and capture temperature data using a TC-08 thermocouple data logger.

Building on the proven design of PicoLog 6, PicoLog Cloud is a FREE upgrade that introduces many great new features and applications for your Pico data logger. PicoLog Cloud 6.2.3. is available to download from our website now.

Using the PicoScope to measure filter response

In this YouTube video, Michel Hanbury of Algonquin College talks us through the process of using a PicoScope to measure filter response. In this demonstration, Michel uses the scope to make measurements of the low-pass filter circuit. Be sure to check out the full video, which features a fantastic look at our PicoScope 7 T&M Early Access software!

Return to exhibitions

We are delighted to share details with you regarding our upcoming live exhibition appearances. The dates for the diary are as follows:

ARMMS RF & Microwave Society Conference | 25-26th April 2022 | Double Tree by Hilton Oxford Belfry
Embedded World 2022 | 21-23rd June 2022 | Nuremberg, Germany
Automotive Testing Expo 2022 | 21-23rd June 2022 | Stuttgart, Germany


Meet the team!

Our APAC Regional Technical Specialist is responsible for answering questions from Pico customers in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as developing marketing content and planning events.

What is it like to be a Regional Technical Specialist at Pico Technology?

For this month's Meet The Team, we've taken a slightly more nuanced, 'day in the life' approach, taking a closer look at a typical working day from the perspective of our APAC Regional Technical Specialist, Derek Hu.

To check out the full article, be sure to visit our website!

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