Test and Measurement News

June 2017

New PicoVNA

The PicoVNA 106 is a professional-grade vector network analyzer for RF, microwave and gigabit data applications. With a frequency range of 300 kHz to 6 GHz, over 118 dB dynamic range, only 0.005 dB RMS trace noise at 140 kHz bandwidth, and "Quad RX" four-receiver architecture, it delivers unprecedented portability and value for money. It's fast, too, with the ability to gather a 500-point 2-port .s2p Touchstone file in less than one tenth of a second!

If you're visiting the International Microwave Symposium (IMS2017) in Honolulu this week, you can see the PicoVNA 106 in action. Our RF business development manager, Mark Ashcroft, will be on hand to answer your questions - visit us at booth 1656.

If you can't make it to Hawaii, full technical information is available on our website. Place your order today and be one of the first to receive a PicoVNA 106 later this year.

Focus on: PicoConnect 900 Series RF, microwave and gigabit probes

The PicoConnect 900 Series of high-performance passive test probes allows cost-effective fingertip browsing of high-frequency signals. The gigabit digital models can be used on data streams up to 18 Gb/s, including USB 2 & 3, HDMI 1 & 2, Ethernet, PCIe, SATA and LVDS standards, while the RF, microwave and pulse models are suited to signals up to 5 GHz (10 Gb/s).

With less than 0.4 pF tip capacitance and ground-referred loading of 220 Ω to 910 Ω, the PicoConnect 900 Series probes are less invasive than the majority of existing probing solutions. To achieve measurement accuracies down to a few percent they are ratio-compensated for their typical application: the probing of transmission lines and ports between 40 Ω and 100 Ω (80 Ω to 200 Ω differential).

Prices start from US$ 699 for RF and microwave probes, and from US$ 1005 for gigabit probes.

RF, microwave and pulse probes >

Gigabit test probes >

Video of the month: Pico Technology at the 2016 IEEE International Microwave Symposium

The PicoVNA 106 isn't the first product we've previewed at IMS - here's a reminder of last year's show, when RF business development manager Mark Ashcroft gave attendees an exclusive look at the PicoConnect 900 Series at work.

Application note: Measuring the supply current of IoT devices

We've added a new application note to our website, showing how to use the PicoScope 4444 differential scope to calculate the supply current of an IoT device - in this case an Amazon Echo smart speaker.

You'll need to measure the voltage across a sense resistor, so differential measurements are essential in order to avoid shorting either side of the resistor to ground, and the low voltages involved make this an ideal application for the PicoConnect 441 probe.

Find out more >


Please visit Pico Exhibitions for the latest list of exhibitions and trade shows that Pico and its representatives will be attending.

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Please visit https://jobs.picotech.com/ to see our current vacancies. We look forward to hearing from you!

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