Test and Measurement News

July 2008

EnviroMon is EPD Award Finalist

EnviroMon, the environmental monitoring network, has been selected as a finalist in Electronic Product Design magazine’s E-Legacy Awards 2008. A panel of experts placed EnviroMon on the shortlist of six products competing for the Environmental Design Award, sponsored by Farnell. The winner of the category will be decided by a public vote and announced at the award presentation on the 11th of September.

If you have used EnviroMon, or seen it demonstrated, you will know that it has the potential to enable energy savings in all sorts of locations including factories, offices, public buildings and private homes. Although there are six very good products in the Environmental Design category, EnviroMon is the only one that can be used in such a wide range of applications by anyone from beginners to professionals. If you agree with us, please visit the EPD award website and vote for EnviroMon!

Find out more about the EnviroMon data logging system

Become an EnviroMon Reporter!

If the previous item has piqued your interest in EnviroMon, why not tell us about your own ideas for using the system, either at work or at home? We have four EnviroMon systems to be lent out, free of charge, to the readers who send us the most interesting plans. The systems will be based on our Current Monitoring Kit which is suitable for monitoring single-phase or three-phase mains power and, optionally, temperature. In return, we shall ask you to send us a short report on your experience with EnviroMon for publication on our website.

To apply to become an EnviroMon Reporter, just email us at enviromon@picotech.com with your EnviroMon idea. If your application is successful, we shall contact you for further information.

Design an Experiment and Win a Data Logger!

If you’re using Pico products in education, you probably know about the collection of experiments and educational materials on our website. We are always looking for ways to expand this information, and we would be very interested to hear from you if you have designed an experiment that uses a Pico product. We shall send a free Ultracompact PC Oscilloscope to all contributors whose ideas we publish on our website.

Please contact our Pico education specialist Paul Allen.

New: PicoScope 9201 PC Sampling Scope Presentation

Just in time for this month’s newsletter, we have finished preparing a comprehensive presentation on the PicoScope 9201 12 GHz PC Sampling Oscilloscope in a format that you can download. This will answer many of your questions on the finer points of the scope’s specifications, going into the details of the advanced statistics, display modes, mask tests and other features.

More information on the PicoScope 9201 Sampling Oscilloscope

PicoScope 5000 Series Driver for Linux Updated

Release R1.3.6.5 of the PicoScope 5000 Series Linux driver is now on our website. With this driver you can operate the 1 GS/s PicoScope 5000 Series scopes from any Linux PC with a USB 2.0 interface. In this version there are improvements to rapid block capture and the arbitrary signal generator. As always, it’s free of charge and you don’t need to register.

Download the PicoScope 5000 Series Linux driver

Questions and Answers

Here is a selection of the questions that have cropped up recently on our support forum.

Q. My installation of PicoScope 6 runs very slowly. What could be wrong?

A. In this case, it turned out that the customer’s computer had a USB 1.1 port. PicoScope 6 cannot deliver fast oscilloscope performance using a USB 1.1 port, which is limited to 12 Mbit/s, and may even hang if a large amount of data is transferred. Upgrading to USB 2.0 fixed the customer’s problem. (Many of our slower products, such as our PC Data Loggers, work perfectly well with a USB 1.1 port. See the “System Requirements” section in your product’s User Guide for details.)

Q. When I use the zoom tools in PicoScope 6, the vertical axis sometimes shifts when I don’t want it to. How can I stop this?

A. PicoScope 6 makes it easy to zoom in with the marquee zoom tool (the button that looks like a magnifying glass with a rectangle drawn behind the lens). Sometimes, though, it can be tricky to zoom in on a waveform detail without disturbing the vertical axis. To make it easier, we added a keyboard shortcut – theCtrlkey – to make the marquee zoom tool act on the horizontal axis only. TheCtrlkey also works on the other zoom tools. You can find out more about PicoScope 6’s keyboard shortcuts in the PicoScope 6 User’s Guide (2.8 MB PDF).


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