Pico Technology has added CAN FD decoding to its PicoScope 6 software. This software, available free of charge for all PicoScope oscilloscopes, delivers advanced features such as serial decoding, channel math, mask limit testing and spectrum analysis, while maintaining a clear, uncluttered display with easy-to-use controls.
“PicoScope 6 can already decode a wide variety of serial protocols such as I2C, SPI and UART, as well as automotive standards such as CAN, LIN and FlexRay,” said Trevor Smith, Business Development Manager, Test & Measurement, at Pico Technology. “Now it can also decode CAN FD, which is the latest and fastest version of CAN Bus used in automotive and industrial automation applications.”
Serial decoding is an essential component of the PicoScope software and allows users to see the decoded data on the same timebase as the analog waveforms. Bit fields within frames are color-coded for easier identification, with errors highlighted in red. Click on a decoded frame, and PicoScope instantly highlights the same data in a table below the waveform. Users can search and sort the decoded data, export it in text format, and display optional measurements such as peak voltage, packet duration and start and stop times.
PicoScope 6 runs on Windows PC, making it easy to share waveforms – just by emailing a .psdata file or a screen shot. The waveform data can be exported in a range of binary and text formats.