New PicoScope 4000 Series High-Resolution Oscilloscopes

PicoScope 4000 Series (Hi-res)

19 December 2008
Category: Oscilloscopes

The PicoScope 4000 Series with deep memory is a major new addition to Pico Technology’s range of oscilloscopes.

The new oscilloscopes, available with either 2 or 4 channels, are suitable for general, scientific and field-service use. Their 12-bit resolution (adjustable up to 16 bits in enhanced resolution mode) and 1% accuracy also make them an excellent choice for noise, vibration and mechanical analysis. A well-matched combination of 20 MHz analogue bandwidth and 80 MS/s real-time sampling rate allows them to sample highfrequency analogue and digital waveforms, and input ranges from ±50 mV to ±100 V full-scale ensure that the scopes can handle small signals from sensors as well as higher voltages from power supply circuits and motor drives. Another benefit is the deep 32 Msample memory, which allows the scopes to capture over 400 milliseconds of data at the maximum sampling rate. “Unlike some scopes that slow down when using deep memory,” explains Managing Director Alan Tong, “the PicoScope 4000 Series always operates with a fast display update rate. There is never a compromise between memory depth and performance.” Despite these impressive specifications, the new scopes are powered by nothing more than a standard USB 2.0 port, so no batteries, mains adapter or interface card are required.

The PicoScope 4000 Series oscilloscopes include the PicoScope 6 software for Windows PCs, which gives you the benefits of your PC’s processing power, storage, graphics and networking capabilities. The user interface is easy for novices to learn, but professional users will find many advanced features and options including spectrum analysis, persistence display, automatic measurements, advanced triggers and channel maths. Users can download software updates, feature extensions and improvements free of charge with no time limit. They can also contact Pico’s technical specialists for support by web, email, phone or Skype at no extra charge.

PicoScope 6 can save waveform data in a range of text and binary formats including CSV, PNG, BMP and MATLAB, ready for export to other applications. An API and examples are included for LabVIEW, C, C++, Delphi and Visual Basic for integration into users’ own software.

The PicoScope 4000 Series Oscilloscopes are available from local distributors, or direct from Pico Technology, priced from £499 + VAT and delivery.