Series of high-performance PC oscilloscopes offer sampling rates up to 10GS/s, record lengths up to 1MB, multi-cycle colour display modes, automated measurements, and connection via USB2.0
Pico Technology has announced a new series of high-performance PC
The 3000 series debuts with three instruments: the
PicoScope 3204, 3205 and 3206.
All three are said to be
cost-effective replacements for traditional bench top
The top of the range oscilloscope boasts a sampling
rate of 10GS/s, an analogue bandwidth of 200MHz, and a record
length of 1MB.
Alan Tong, Pico Technology's technical
director, comments: "The combined high sampling rate and
large memory buffer of the PicoScope 3206 enables the capture and
display of fast-occurring and complex signals.
oscilloscopes in the same price bracket as the PicoScope 3206
have sub-32K memories.
"With 1MB of memory, the 3206 can
capture at least 30 times as much data, allowing the user the
ability to zoom in on areas of interest".
PicoScopes in the 3000 series connect to a PC via USB2.0, drawing
their power from the PC, so need no separate power supply.
addition to being high-performance oscilloscopes, the PicoScope
3204, 3205 and 3206 all feature a spectrum analyser mode and
(when used with PicoLog software) can also be used for high-speed
The 3205 and 3206 also include built-in signal
generators, capable of sweeping up to 1MHz.
The signal, output on
the oscilloscopes' external trigger BNCs, can be a sine,
square, or triangular wave.
The PicoScope 3000 series features
more than 30 automated measurements such as frequency, pulse
width, rise time, THD, and SNR; and five enhanced display modes
including digital colour (ideal for spotting intermittent
glitches in digital signals) and analog intensity (useful for
displaying video waveforms and analog modulation signals).
three instruments in the PicoScope 3000 series have the following
PicoScope 3204 - 2.5GS/s sampling rate (repetitive
signals), 50MS/s single shot sampling, 50MHz analogue bandwidth,
and record length of 256K.
Spectrum range 0 to 25MHz.
3205 - 5GS/s sampling rate (repetitive signals), 100MS/s single
shot sampling, 100MHz analogue bandwidth, and record length of
Spectrum range 0 to 50MHz.
PicoScope 3206 - 10GS/s sampling
rate (repetitive signals), 200MS/s single shot sampling, 200MHz
analogue bandwidth, and record length of 1MB.
Spectrum range 0 to
They have the following advantages over traditional bench
top instruments, according to Pico Technology:.
is limited only by the PC's storage capability.
It is easy
to share waveforms and instrument settings with other users (and
waveforms can even be exported as Jpegs for posting on a web site
or using in reports.
The plug-in nature of the instruments means
they can easily be interchanged.
Small form factor (less bench
space required) and portability.
through software upgrades.
Tong concludes: "Once again Pico
has pushed the 'sample rate/memory depth' envelope to
deliver three high-performance PC oscilloscopes.
"Essentially, we've repeated our well-proven formula of
making full use of today's PCs' processing
capabilities, large screens and familiar user interfaces, and
focused our efforts on developing signal acquisition techniques,
enhanced display modes and automated measurements".
three new PicoScopes are available immediately and are supplied
with PicoScope and PicoLog software - demo and full versions of
which can also be downloaded free of charge.
The 3204 retails for
£399, the 3205 for £599 and the 3206 for £799 (all +VAT).