Pico Technology Adds Reference Waveforms, XY Mode And More To Oscilloscope Software

PicoScope 6 Oscilloscope software (Hi-res)

02 February 2009
Category: Oscilloscopes

New features available free to all users of PicoScope 6.

PicoScope, the PC Oscilloscope software from Pico Technology, is one of the best-known oscilloscope packages on the market. Its carefully designed ergonomics and clear, uncluttered layout have set a benchmark for PC Oscilloscope displays. Now it’s even more powerful, with a number of valuable features added to the latest beta release.

The Reference Waveforms feature allows you to display stored waveforms or math channels alongside live data. To add a reference waveform, just click a button and select which channel to store. You can build up as many as 8 waveforms, reference or live, in each scope view, and you can open as many scope views as you need.

The other major new feature is XY Mode. This allows you to plot one or more input channels against another, or against a math channel or reference waveform. This can be used to display the I-V curve of a component, or to indicate the phase relationship between two periodic signals.

Amongst the other improvements in this release is a new trigger mode. “Rapid Mode” captures a sequence of triggered waveforms while freezing the display, and thus obtains the shortest possible dead time between captures – as little as a microsecond, depending on the model of scope in use. You can then easily scroll through the sequence using the buffer navigation buttons. This mode gives you the best chance of finding a rare intermittent glitch, which you can then print, measure or save to disk.

Other significant new features are the graphical Arbitrary Waveform Editor, which lets you create, save, load and edit arbitrary waveforms for use with your PicoScope 2000 or 5000 Series scope; and support for Windows Vista 64-bit in addition to 32-bit XP and Vista.

Alan Tong, Managing Director of Pico Technology, explained: “You can download a free copy of PicoScope 6.2.1 on our website at labs.picotech.com. As always, we give free technical support and free updates to all our customers. Even if you don’t have a Pico oscilloscope, you can still download the software and try it out.”