Test and Measurement News

January 2006

New Products! 6-way Automotive Breakout Leads

In addition to our 2-pin automotive breakout lead, we now have a new range of 6-way automotive breakout leads. These allow you to connect your PicoScope Automotive Oscilloscope to various components in the engine bay without having to strip or pierce any insulation, and with no risk of damage to connectors. Each lead has six blades wired to six blade sockets, allowing you to insert it between a plug and socket pair, and a further six 'banana' (4 mm) sockets that connect to the TA000 test leads included in all our Automotive Diagnostic Kits.

The leads are available with three different blade sizes to fit different sensors and actuators. With all three leads you can test a huge range of automotive components, including:

  • air flow sensors
  • throttle position sensors
  • coil packs
  • camshaft position sensors
  • lambda (oxygen) sensors
  • manifold air pressure sensors
  • coolant temperature sensors

More details on the universal breakout leads

New Accelerator Pedal Position (APP) Sensor Wavefor

This month’s new automotive reference waveform is from an accelerator pedal position (APP) sensor. You can view this waveform, along with dozens of others, on our website and even download it free of charge for use with your PicoScope Automotive software. If you have the latest version of the software (upgrades are free), you can read more detail about all these waveforms by looking under the Automotive menu.

View the automotive waveform library

Tech Tip: Removing a Voltage Offset in PicoScope

When you are working with low input voltages, you may find that your converter has a small offset on its ADC input. PicoScope has an Offset Null function that can remove this offset, if you use the following procedure.

  • Select Settings from the menu bar
  • Select Offset null... from the Settings menu
  • Select the channel that you wish to null
  • Disconnect or short the input on the relevant channel and then click [OK]
  • PicoScope will automatically remove any offset from all traces and meter
  • readings for that channel until the program is closed


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