- Buyers Guide
Pico Technology has expanded the PicoScope 3000 Series of high-performance oscilloscopes to include six new 4-channel models. The new oscilloscopes offer a maximum sampling rate of 1 GS/s (up to 10 GS/s effective for repetitive signals), a range of input bandwidths from 60 to 200 MHz, and buffer memory depths from 4 to 128 M samples.
The new FlexiPower™ system allows the scopes to run on either USB or AC power. With an option of either a built-in function generator or a built-in arbitrary waveform generator, and a new, slim case design, these scopes are suitable for engineers and technicians needing a complete, portable test bench in a single unit.
The PicoScope oscilloscope software includes serial decoding, mask limit testing, segmented memory and advanced triggers. Run on a Windows PC, PicoScope shows waveforms on a large, clear display and allows easy zooming and panning under keyboard or mouse control. Other built-in features include persistence displays with fast waveform update rates, math channels, automatic measurements with statistics, programmable alarms, and decoding of I²C, UART/RS232, SPI, CAN bus, LIN and FlexRay signals.
All triggering is digital and the advanced modes include pulse width, interval, window, window pulse width, level dropout, window dropout, runt pulse, variable hysteresis, and logic. A free Software Development Kit (SDK) includes example programs in C, C++, Excel and LabVIEW, and can be used with any language that supports C calling conventions. The PicoScope software and SDK are compatible with Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.