Test and Measurement News

January 2021

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Pico Technology Test & Measurement Newsletter
Happy New Year!

Welcome to our first newsletter of 2021. This month:

Check out our latest product: the PicoScope 4000A Series 12-bit oscilloscopes
Sign up for the first in our new series of webinars
Looking for more spectrum bins? Find them in this month's Tech Tip.
Final review in the element14 PicoScope 6424E RoadTest
Pico's statement on Brexit

Pico is hiring - why not apply?

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Crystal-clear waveform analysis: New PicoScope 4000A Series
12-bit resolution • 2, 4 or 8 analog channels
256 MS capture memory • 20 MHz bandwidth • Built-in signal generator


With a choice of 2, 4 or 8 analog channels, the PicoScope 4000A Series makes it easy to view audio, ultrasonic, vibration and power waveforms, analyze timing of complex systems, and perform a wide range of precision measurement tasks.

All models have a built-in low distortion, 80 MS/s, 14-bit function and arbitrary waveform generator, which can be used to emulate missing sensor signals during product development.
 
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LIVE WEBINAR | PicoScope: Electronic test & measurement tools for the future. Image also shows Pico T&M staff in a row, smiling and holding various Pico products.
The first in our new series of webinars is coming up in just two weeks!

Starting at 09:00 CST / 15:00 GMT / 16:00 CET on Tuesday January 26, From CAN to BroadR-Reach – debugging automotive networks with PicoScope will be hosted by Trevor Smith, Business Development Manager for T&M, together with the developer of Pico's novel BroadR-Reach serial decoder solution, Patrycja Szelag.
Webinar start time: 09:00 CST / 15:00 GMT / 16:00 CET on January 26, 2021
Register here
 
Brexit update: Pico's plans for post-Brexit continuity
Photo of a signpost, where one direction is the UK flag and the opposite direction is the EU flag.
The United Kingdom and European Union reached a trade agreement last month, which has now come into effect, and means there are no tariffs payable on goods shipped from the UK to the EU.

There are still some areas of uncertainty and potential delay, although we have taken a number of steps to secure continuity of supply.
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Tech tip: Extra bins for FFT spectrum analysis on PicoScope 2000A
PicoScope 6 displaying a 391 kHz waveform in spectrum mode, with the Properties sheet open.
The dedicated spectrum analyzer mode in PicoScope 6 works by collecting data in discrete blocks up to half the size of the scope's hardware buffer. This gives optimal bandwidth and scan rate, but the size of the waveform buffer on PicoScope 2000A models can limit the number of spectrum bins. For example, using the entry-level PicoScope 2204A with its 8 kS memory, you would be limited to 4k bins.
Fortunately, for lower-bandwidth signals at least, there is a workaround. Go to Tools > Preferences > Sampling and set Slow Sampling Transition to a shorter timebase such as 100 ms/div. This forces PicoScope, at that timebase and longer, to collect data in the PC's memory instead of the scope's buffer and therefore sidesteps the hardware buffer size limit.
PicoScope 6 displaying a waveform in scope mode, with scope and spectrum views open. The Properties sheet is also open.
Now run PicoScope in scope mode, not spectrum mode. With the 100 ms/div timebase you can collect 1 million samples at 1 MS/s in this way. Finally, add a spectrum view, which performs an FFT on the scope data while leaving the device in scope mode. You now have a spectrum with half a million frequency bins, usable for signal bandwidths up to 500 kHz.
PicoScope spectrum analysis
 
element14 RoadTest: PicoScope 6424E Oscilloscope + Accessories
PicoScope 6400E oscilloscope connected to four analog probes and one MSO pod, measuring signals from a PCB
Last summer we worked with element14 to supply three users with PicoScope 6424E oscilloscope kits, a pair of MSO pods and a probe positioning system, for RoadTest.

The third and final review is now online, by cmelement14:
"I really like PicoScope 6424E's high quality, high performance, great capability and portability. It's a really good cost effective solution given the factors that multiple devices in one package, free software and SDK for integration and extensibility."

cmelement14
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Flexibility • Family • Respect • Trust • Inspiring

These are words Pico Technology staff use to describe their workplace. We're a growing company, and are actively hiring.

Hardware (St Neots)
Hardware Engineer • FPGA Engineer • Digital Design Engineer

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Software (Manchester)
C# Software Engineer • Agile Product Owner

For more information on these or any other vacancies, or to make a speculative application, visit jobs.picotech.com. We're looking forward to hearing from you!
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