Test and Measurement News

November 2019

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This month at Pico...

Non-invasive BroadR-Reach decoding is here • Focus on the PicoScope 6000 Series
PicoLog 6.1.14 Beta out now

We've also got a tech tip on PicoScope personalization and the result of last month's EDS prize draw, and event and career info.

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BroadR-Reach is here! PicoScope 6 support now stable
Color persistence view of a BroadR-Reach signal.
BroadR-Reach is an automotive Ethernet protocol that uses full duplex signaling along a single unshielded twisted pair (UTP) of wires.
 
Until now, most automotive Ethernet testing solutions required insertion of a hardware directional coupler to separate the bidirectional data streams. But such couplers can interfere with the normal function of the network and deliver misleading test results.
Video: Automotive Ethernet: Physical layer decoding and analysis with PicoScope
The software directional coupler featured in PicoScope 6.14.10 uses two non-intrusive differential voltage probing points a known distance apart and a velocity of propagation algorithm to separate the transmitted data waveforms in each direction. This enables non-invasive signal analysis and serial decoding.
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Up to 2 GS capture memory • 5 GS/s max. sampling rate
Ideal for BroadR-Reach • 170,000 waveforms per second

With bandwidths from 250 to 500 MHz, ultra-deep memory and fast sampling, all six models are ideal for analyzing and decoding BroadR-Reach. The 2-gigasample buffer on the PicoScope 6404D can hold two 200 ms captures at the maximum sampling rate of 5 GS/s, and the zoom feature in the software makes it easy to see all your data.
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Software update
Exported PNG image of a PicoLog data capture open in Microsoft Photos, with the capture itself behind in PicoLog 6 Beta.
The latest beta version of PicoLog 6 is now available for download.

PicoLog 6.1.14 Beta now allows you to export your data as a PNG image file, in addition to the existing options of PDF and CSV formats or copying the data to the clipboard.

This release also fixes a couple of bugs to improve the general user experience. More detail is available in the release notes.
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Tech tip
Q. I'm fed up with my bright white display. How do I turn the background black in PicoScope 6?
A. Introduce your PicoScope to the dark side (or any color you like) by clicking Tools > Preferences... and selecting the Colors tab. In the Custom Colors panel, open up the Misc options and select Background. You can now choose a color from the presets, or add a custom color. Click Apply to check out your work, and OK when you're done. 
Don't forget to check the colors of other items and make sure they still stand out – your new background color may make them harder to see!

Your color settings are saved automatically. To reset them, go back to the Colors tab and click Reset Colors to Default.
 
Prize draw result, Engineering Design Show, October 2019
TC-08 thermocouple data logger connected to a Raspberry Pi computer.
To celebrate PicoLog 6 supporting the Raspberry Pi, we held a prize draw at the Engineering Design Show in Coventry last month, to give away a TC-08 thermocouple data logger and a Raspberry Pi 4B.

The lucky winner was Ian Stockdale of Bedford College. Congratulations, Ian!
 
Events
 
US flag DesignCon 2020
Santa Clara Convention Center, California, USA
Booth 1052
28–30 January 2020
German flag Embedded World 2020
Nürnberg Messe, Nuremberg, Germany
Hall 4 / 4-533
25–27 February 2020
 
Careers
We've got a number of vacancies for hardware and software engineers in our development teams, so why not check out the vacancies on our website? We're also looking for a dispatch administrator to be based in our head office in Cambridgeshire.

If you'd like to find out more about any of these positions or make a speculative application, visit our careers website today.
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