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Pico Technology’s 1 GHz mixed-signal scope with active probes

PICO Technology, represented locally by COMTEST, has announced a further development of its PicoScope 6000E Series mixed-signal oscilloscopes (MSOs) with the launch of four new 4-channel models, each of which can be configured with 16 optional digital channels. With bandwidths of 750 MHz or 1 GHz, 8-bit or 8/10/12-bit Flexible Resolution and up to 4 GS deep capture memory, these products enhance the existing PicoScope 6000E portfolio, adding to the 350 MHz and 500 MHz models that were introduced in 2020.

The award-winning PicoScope 6000E Series compact oscilloscopes deliver a cost-effective test and debugging solution for engineers, developers and scientists working on high-performance digital and mixed-signal designs. 

The optional A3000 Series high-impedance active probes are designed for use with the PicoScope 6000E intelligent probe interface. This interface provides power to the probe and enables the oscilloscope to sense when an A3000 probe is connected, automatically switching the oscilloscope input impedance to 50 Ω and setting the correct attenuation and scaling.

With an input capacitance of just 0.9 pF in parallel with 1 MΩ resistance, these ergonomic active probes deliver the full 750 MHz or 1 GHz scope bandwidth to the probe tip. 

“Extension of the PicoScope 6000E Series is an exciting development as it addresses high-performance debugging and design verification requirements faced by engineers developing advanced electronic systems. The PicoScope 6000E Series, coupled with the popular and proven PicoScope 6 application software, provides advanced debugging tools to accelerate the development of high-end embedded systems, signal processing, power electronics, motor drives, and automotive designs,” said Trevor Smith, Business Development Manager at Pico Technology. “The PicoScope 6000E Series incorporates many unique features as standard, such as a four Giga sample capture buffer, 21 serial protocol decoder/analysers, spectrum analysis capability, a 50 MHz arbitrary waveform generator, and user-defined math and alarm functions for in-depth analysis and long-term unattended testing. With very reasonable starting prices for 1 GHz bandwidth, these products are affordable, fully capable waveform analysis solutions that Pico’s world-class technical support experts support.”

A free-of-charge Software Development Kit, PicoSDK, is available to download, enabling users to write their applications around the PicoScope 6000E hardware. The SDK includes instrument drivers for Windows, macOS and Linux, and C, C#, C++ and Python code examples. Drivers are also provided to interface with popular third-party software packages such as Microsoft Excel, NI LabVIEW and MathWorks MATLAB. Pico is an approved MathWorks Connections Program Partner with extensive in-house MATLAB developer experience.

The full capabilities of the PicoScope 6000E hardware are exposed to the programmer by the SDK, which enables the development of virtually unlimited custom and OEM applications in scientific, research, industrial, automotive and power applications.

The total cost of ownership (TCO) of PicoScope PC-based instruments compares favourably with conventional benchtop instruments through software updates provided free of charge throughout the lifetime of the products. 

Contact COMTEST for more information on 010 595 1821 or sales@comtest.co.za 

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