Oscilloscopes Upgraded With New Display Modes

Display Modes (Hi-res)

18 November 2002
Category: Oscilloscopes

Free performance-boosting software for Pico Technology's popular PC-based oscilloscopes

  • Five multi-cycle persistence modes
  • Single-cycle operation now includes a Filtered option
  • Enhances the performance of all 10 of Pico's PC-based oscilloscopes
  • Provides a clear, large screen representation of changing signals
  • Free to download from www.picotech.com
  • Aids test and measurement in all fields of engineering

Cambridge, UK - 18th November 2002 - Test and measurement instrumentation specialists Pico Technology has announced the immediate availability of five multi-cycle persistence display modes for all 10 of its PC-based oscilloscopes. The new display modes are available free of charge in the latest version of PicoScope - Pico's popular combined oscilloscope, spectrum analyser and meter software - and can be downloaded from www.picotech.com

The five multi-cycle persistence display modes are: Digital Colour persistence; Analog Intensity; Average; Min, Max & Current; and Min, Max & Average. All display modes provide enhanced representations of how signals change with respect to time/conditions and allow the user to identify trends.

Alan Tong, Pico Technology's Technical Director, says: “The addition of these display modes boosts the performance of PicoScope running on PCs connected to any of our scope and spectrum analyser products. Free to download from our web site, PicoScope now has the display features you'd expect to find only on top-end, bench-top DSOs.”

PicoScope's multi-cycle display modes are:

  • Digital Colour - ideal for spotting intermittent glitches in digital signals. Densely populated areas of the trace are coloured red (hot) and sparsely populated areas of the trace are coloured blue (cold).
  • Analog Intensity - emulates the phosphor display of a conventional analog oscilloscope and is useful for displaying complex analog signals (such as video waveforms and analog modulation signals).
  • Average - shows the average of all cycles - useful for removing random noise from the current trace.
  • Min, Max & Current - a shaded area represents the range (minimum and maximum) of all cycles. The trace within the shaded area is the current signal. This mode is ideal for measuring the time jitter of signals such as clock waveforms.
  • Min, Max & Average - a shaded area represents the range (minimum and maximum) of all cycles. The trace within the shaded area represents the average. As with Average mode, random noise has been removed.

Because PicoScope is a PC-based soft (or 'virtual') instrument, it makes full use of the PC's large colour display - making the viewing of traces far easier than with traditional benchtop oscilloscopes (which tend to have small CRT or LCD displays). Screen shots can easily be captured in PicoScope and saved to disk - for use in reports/manuals or for sending to colleagues.

In addition to the five multi-cycle persistence modes, PicoScope's single cycle operation now includes a Filtered mode that removes high frequency noise.

Tong concludes: “PicoScope's new multi-cycle display modes and its single cycle filtering will greatly aid test and measurement in all fields of engineering.”

Pico Technology Ltd
Mill House
Cambridge Street
St Neots
PE19 1QB
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1480 396395
Fax: +44 (0)1480 396296
Email: enquiry@picotech.com