Pico Technology Releases New Oscilloscope Series For Faster Debugging

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  • Comes with integrated waveform and function generator
  • PicoScope 6 software suitable for detailed waveform display

Pico Technology Ltd, a developer and manufacturer of high-performance PC oscilloscopes and data loggers, announces the launch of PicoScope 6000E Series FlexRes oscilloscopes, that include 8 channels with 500 MHz bandwidth, 16 digital channels, and resolution of 8, 10 or 12 bits.

The PicoScope 6000E Series includes –50 dB harmonic distortion at 1 MHz on all models and over 60 dB SFDR (PicoScope 6824E) for better performance. Baseline noise sensitivity is < 150 μV RMS.

PicoScope 6000E further incorporates an integrated 200 MS/s arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) and 50 MHz function generator with built-in sine, square, triangle, DC voltage, ramp up, ramp down, Gaussian and half-sine functions.

Software for optimal display

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The oscilloscope series make use of the PicoScope 6 application software for displaying clean, crisp waveforms on screens of any size and resolution. The data presented are in time, frequency and digital domains. Mask limit testing and user-defined alarms are included, as well as, capture memory segmentation from 1 to 10,000.

To address the proliferation of serial communication technologies, PicoScope 6 includes decoders for 21 serial protocols as well as parallel bus decoding of the digital channels. The most recent additions to the list of supported protocols are BroadR-Reach (100BASE-T1) Automotive Ethernet, Manchester and DALI. More protocols are in development and will be deployed as free-of-charge updates in the future.

Wide resolution range

The top-of-the-range PicoScope 6824E has dual 5 GS/s analogue to digital converters and 4 gigasamples of memory capturing features. It offers a rich set of built-in tools for embedded systems debugging, including DeepMeasure for acquiring measurement results of each one is up to a million cycles.

The advantage of deep capture memory is its ability to take hold of long-duration events while maintaining a high sample rate, thus allowing the oscilloscope to make the best use of its bandwidth. The PicoScope 6824E, with standard 4 GS memory, can capture a 200-millisecond signal i.e. 200 picoseconds resolution at a sampling rate of 5 GS/s (a ratio of 1:1,000,000,000). Deep captures can be explored with the included waveform buffer navigator and zoomed in by up to a million times using the zoom/pan controls.

Ease of use

8 + 16 channels address challenges faced by engineers while debugging complex IoT and embedded systems that have mixed analogue and digital elements, such as serial and parallel communications with high-speed low-voltage signalling.

FlexRes architecture optimises the hardware by using either the sampling rates of 5 GS/s at 8-bit resolution, or up to 12-bit resolution with 1.25 GS/s sampling. For applications such as capturing and decoding fast digital signals, or detecting the distortion in sensitive analogue signals, this adaptable resolution eases measurements to be made with the same oscilloscope.

Sturdy probe holder

Pico is also introducing the Pico probe holder system for addressing the recurring issue of making reliable multiple probe connections to a device under test (DUT). The probe system has flexible “gooseneck” holders and is designed to work perfectly with Pico 2.5 mm passive probes with spring tips for all PicoScope 6000 Series scopes. The holders are mounted on a steel base plate, equipped with magnetic PCB posts with insulation washers to hold the DUT.

Trevor Smith, Business Development Manager for Test & Measurement products at Pico Technology commented “The PicoScope 6000E will disrupt the mid-range oscilloscope market. It offers new capabilities that engineers need to debug and validate their next generation of electronic designs. It offers better price/performance than traditional benchtop oscilloscopes, with many features included as standard that are only available as expensive upgrade options on competing products. Coupled with the new probe holder system and proven PicoScope 6 software, this product is a winner.”

Availability

With support for up to 22 languages, PicoScope 6000E Series oscilloscopes are available now and can be used anywhere in the world.


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