Test and Measurement News

November 2022

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Pico Technology Test & Measurement Newsletter
November 2022

We're excited to share that Pico has ranked #25 on the Top 100 UK Companies list! Additionally, we have live exhibition dates to share. 

Our own Mike Purday interviews Dr. Ray Ridley about the role of the PicoScope 5000 Series in OEM applications.

Check out Team Pico on the That Engineering Chat podcast, live from EDS 2022! Or, read about our experience at ARMMS 2022.

We also have a focus on the PicoVNA to share, as well as a showcase video for our PicoScope 2204A. Finally, the final winner of our PicoScope 2204A giveaway is revealed!

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Pico ranks 25 on Top 100 UK Companies list!

We at Pico are delighted with the recent news that we've ranked #25 on the Best Companies Best Mid-Sized UK Companies to work for

According to the Best Companies survey (and we humbly agree!), "Pico encourages team interaction", and "believes it is important to create a supportive community". Boasting our flexible working hours, regular company get-togethers, 'blue-sky' Wednesdays, and much, much more, it's an honor to be called a 'World Class Company to Work For'!
You can find out more about Pico, and our ranking on the Best Companies League Tables, on their website.

Exhibiting across the globe

Did you know that the Pico team make appearances at exhibitions all over the world? We have a number of upcoming live events which we're excited to attend, and maybe see a friendly face or two! If you want to see our wide range of products in action, take a look at the list below:

Electronica 2022 // 15th-18th November, Messe München, Münich, Germany
Electronica South China 2022 // 16th-18th November, Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center, Shenzhen, China
IOTSHOW 2022 // 23rd-25th November, KTPO Trade Center, Whitefield, Bengaluru, India
Microwave Exhibition 2022 // 30th November - 2nd December, Pacifico Yokohama Exhibition Hall, Yokohama, Japan
DesignCon 2023 // 31st January - 2nd February, Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA, United States
ECEDHA 2023 // 19th-20th March, Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort, Santa Ana Pueblo, NM, United States

For more information on how to attend and meet us in person, check out the exhibition websites. In addition, be sure to check out our Pico Exhibitions page on our website, to be kept up to date on our upcoming appearances.

Pico products in OEM applications

Pico products are ideal for use in OEM applications. Small form factor, flexible software interface options including SDK and excellent performance at all given price points make Pico a compelling option for incorporation into a wide range of third party products and solutions.
In this video, Pico’s Mike Purday interviews Dr Ray Ridley of Ridley Engineering about why they selected the PicoScope 5000 Series for incorporation into their ‘Ridley Box’ power supply design tool.

That Engineering Chat and Pico at EDS

During our time at EDS this year, we were delighted to appear on the That Engineering Chat podcast! Our very own James and Lauren talk to Nicole about how the Pico have been attending EDS for the last 9 years, and discuss upcoming projects Pico Technology are involved in!

Have a listen to this episode of That Engineering Chat on Spotify.

Pico at ARMMS 2022

The twice-annual ARMMS conferences are the primary activity of the "Automated RF & Microwave Measurement Society". Founded in 1982, ARMMS is a not-for-profit charitable society that was originally established to educate and coach UK industry towards computer automation, and quality lift in their RF and microwave test and calibration processes.

These conferences allow for the sharing of a very wide spectrum of RF and microwave knowledge across a large, international membership. It is vital for Pico to stay connected with the shared knowledge and indeed the network of industry leaders the conferences attract. Clearly our USB (computer) connected RF and microwave instruments are as optimal a fit to the original aims of ARMMS, that anyone can hope for! Our Monday morning early bird, Stuart Murlis, always manages to grab Pico a primary table-top in the small commercial exhibition at each conference. That’s relatively easy in November, when the Conference, indeed this Conference is held over the road at Wyboston. The April Oxfordshire venue is a bit more of a challenge; but in a race from the car park, Pico instruments are much smaller and lighter than much of the competition, so we are still in with a good chance!

Commercial exhibition however is an opportunity, rather than the primary aim of our attending ARMMS. We never leave a conference empty-handed; we leave with a nugget of new knowledge, a product idea perhaps, a measurement problem to solve, a solution that we were in need of, or a useful contact for the future.  Not to mention a sales opportunity or two, or even perhaps a new recruit for Pico!


PicoVNA® Vector Network Analyzers

PicoVNAs are UK-designed, professional USB-controlled, laboratory grade vector network instruments of unprecedented performance, portability and value for money.

Despite their simple outline, small footprint and low cost, the instruments boast a four-receiver architecture to minimize the uncorrectable errors, delays and unreliability of internal
transfer switches.

Key specifications are as follows:

- 300 kHz to 6 or 8.5 GHz operation
- High speed of up to 5500 dual-port S-parameters per second
- Over 10000 S11 + S21 per second
- Quad RX four-receiver architecture for optimal accuracy
- Up to 124 dB dynamic range at 10 Hz bandwidth
- Half-rack, small-footprint, lightweight package 
- 0.005 dB RMS trace noise at maximum bandwidth of 140 kHz
- E-Cal and TRL calibration

For more information on our PicoVNA Vector Network Analyzers, or to book a demonstration, please visit our website.

PicoScope 2204A showcase

We’ve put together a brief showcase of the PicoScope 2204A kit demonstrating how quickly and simply you can set up and get testing. 

The PicoScope 2204A is a great scope option for those who need the tools for electronic testing, measurement and design at a reasonable price with the product reliability, customer assistance and tech support provided by Pico Technology. Available from our website.

Our final PicoScope 2204A winner
is announced!

Our final giveaway winner has been revealed! Congratulations to Martin Wolker!

Congrats to all of our winners, and a huge thank you to everyone who entered our prize draw! Stay tuned for more brand new content on our Pico Technology YouTube page, or check out the PicoScope 2204A on our website.

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