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See the new 5 GHz PicoScope at Embedded World!

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The PicoScope 9404 is the first of its kind: a sampler-extended real-time oscilloscope (SXRTO). It's as easy to use as a real-time scope but gives you a choice of real-time or equivalent-time sampling.

  • 5 GHz bandwidth
  • 1 TS/s effective sampling rate
  • 4 channels
  • 12-bit resolution
  • Under $15,000

Register your interest on our home page and be one of the first to receive the data sheet.

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New 5 GHz oscilloscope coming soon!

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The PicoScope 9404 is the first of its kind: a sampler-extended real-time oscilloscope (SXRTO). It's as easy to use as a real-time scope but gives you a choice of real-time or equivalent-time sampling.

  • 5 GHz bandwidth
  • 1 TS/s effective sampling rate
  • 4 channels
  • 12-bit resolution
  • Under $15,000

Register your interest on our home page and receive a data sheet early in 2019.

Register now >

New 2000 A AC flex current probe

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The TA368 is a flexible AC current probe utilizing the Rogowski principle and featuring a built-in integrator.

Equipped with the Pico D9 probe interface, it is designed exclusively for use with the PicoScope 4444 Differential Oscilloscope, which powers the probe and automatically sets the PicoScope software to the correct range and units.

The probe can be used to measure currents up to 2000 A from very low frequencies to 20 kHz. The flexible and lightweight measuring head allows quick and easy installation in hard-to-reach areas and with large conductors. The built-in integrator gives a voltage output directly proportional to the primary current.

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New VNA check standards

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Check standards, which consist of a short length of mismatched line, are used to verify that your vector network analyzer is operating properly. They are designed to validate the accuracy and calibration of a network analysis test set up before, during or after measurements are made.

The standards provide a predictable, smooth and stable mismatch and transmission characteristic spanning the frequency range of the PicoVNA 106. Each one is supplied with unique Touchstone measurement data, traceable via PC3.5 standards to national standards. 

  • Insertable and non-insertable models
  • Supported by PicoVNA 2 software
  • Use with other manufacturers' VNAs too

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New 8 GHz Agile Synthesizer!

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The PicoSource AS108 is the latest addition to Pico's signal generator range. It has professional-grade performance suited to both static and parameter-agile applications, making it a bench or field instrument for developers, scientists, educators, students, and service and installation technicians.

  • Low-cost, compact USB instrument
  • Windows software included
  • CW, AM, FM and PM output modes
  • Sweep, hop and arbitrary sequence modes
  • Trigger input and output
  • Reference frequency input and output
  • Application programming interface included

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The new PicoScope 5000D Series: the complete all-rounders

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  • Up to 200 MHz analog bandwidth
  • 8 to 16-bit FlexRes® hardware resolution
  • 1 GS/s sampling at 8-bit resolution
  • Mixed-signal models available
  • Small, light, fanless design

The PicoScope 5000D Series is the ideal, cost-effective scope for many applications including design, research, test, education, service and repair.

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New oscilloscope probes

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We have replaced our general-purpose passive 1:1/10:1 switchable oscilloscope probes with two new 100 MHz and 200 MHz models. The new TA375 and TA386 benefit from several improvements:

  • Replaceable solid and sprung tips
  • Redesigned spring hook
  • More durable cable

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New high-temperature Type K thermocouples

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Four additions to the PicoScope 9300 family

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The PicoScope 9300 Series of sampling oscilloscopes is ideal for measuring high-speed signals. Pico is proud to introduce three new models to the range, providing an affordable entry to RF measurement.

The PicoScope 9301-15, 9302-15 and 9311-15 have the following key features:

  • 2 channels
  • 15 GHz bandwidth
  • 15 TS/s (64 fs) sequential sampling
  • Eye and mask testing to 16 Gb/s with up to 223–1 pattern lock

Choose from standard, 11.3 Gb/s clock recovery and 60 ps TDR/TDT models. All three use the PicoSample 3 software, just like the rest of the PicoScope 9300 Series.

We've also just launched a new 25 GHz sampling oscilloscope, the PicoScope 9302-25. This 2-channel model adds 11.3 Gb/s clock recovery to our range of 25 GHz oscilloscopes.

New Type T thermocouples

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In addition to our Type K thermocouples, we now sell a comprehensive range of Type T thermocouples. These have a narrower temperature range (–75 to +260 °C) but guaranteed Class 1 accuracy (±0.5 °C below +125 °C, ±0.4% above), so are a superior replacement in many applications.

The 13 new thermocouples are available in a variety of lead lengths, probe styles and insulation types, and are compatible with our USB TC-08 temperature data logger as well as all other Type T thermocouple measuring instruments. Prices start from only US$10 / €9 / £7.

New PicoVNA 106 vector network analyzer - only US$ 5995

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The PicoVNA 106 is a professional-grade vector network analyzer for RF, microwave and gigabit data applications. With a frequency range of 300 kHz to 6 GHz, over 118 dB dynamic range, only 0.005 dB RMS trace noise at 140 kHz bandwidth, and "Quad RX" four-receiver architecture, it delivers unprecedented portability and value for money. It's fast, too, with the ability to gather a 500-point 2-port .s2p Touchstone file in less than one tenth of a second!

If you're visiting the International Microwave Symposium (IMS2017) in Honolulu this week, you can see the PicoVNA 106 in action. Our RF business development manager, Mark Ashcroft, will be on hand to answer your questions - visit us at booth 1656.

If you can't make it to Hawaii, full technical information is available on our website. Place your order today and be one of the first to receive a PicoVNA 106 later this year.

Read more about the PicoVNA 106 >

New sprung hook probes and CAT III test prods and leads

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You can use our new test prods and leads with the new PicoScope 4444 differential oscilloscope and in many other applications.

TA308 and TA309 black and red 1000 V CAT III shrouded 4 mm to 4 mm 0.5 m test leads. Use with any test equipment requiring shrouded 4 mm connectors.

TA327 and TA328 black and red unshrouded sprung hooks. For making temporary connections to exposed conductors where touch protection is not required.

TA310 and TA311 black and red 1000 V CAT III test prods. Designed to make safe contact with conductors in fixed mains wiring installations.

New 25 GHz PicoScope sampling oscilloscopes!

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The PicoScope 9300 Series 20 GHz sampling oscilloscopes have been joined by two new 25 GHz models. The new scopes offer these impressive specifications:

  • 2 or 4 channels
  • Down to 14 ps calculated rise time
  • 1 MS/s sample rate to 32 kS store
  • 64 fs, 15 THz effective sampling rate
  • Up to 15 GHz prescaled trigger
  • 2.5 GHz direct trigger
  • Pattern sync trigger of length 7 to 223–1
  • 1.8 ps typical RMS jitter
  • 16-bit ADC resolution

Single- and 3-phase flexible AC current probes

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Also new this month, we bring you the TA325 and TA326 flex current probes, which use Rogowski coil technology to measure AC currents up to 3000 A.

  • 30/300/3000 A AC RMS
  • 10 Hz to 20 kHz bandwidth
  • Flexible sensor coils for hard-to-reach conductors
  • Non-magnetic: no saturation

The TA325 is a 3-phase current probe with three sensor coils and three scope connection leads, all color-coded to match Channels A, B and C in the PicoScope software. Typical battery life is 1000 hours.

The TA326 is the single-phase equivalent, with a typical battery life of 2000 hours.

See the difference: high-resolution differential oscilloscope

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We are delighted to launch our latest product, the PicoScope 4444 differential oscilloscope.

  • 4 differential inputs
  • 20 MHz bandwith
  • 12 to 14 bit resolution
  • 1000 V CAT III probes
  • Low-voltage probes
  • Current probes

Safely measure voltages up to 1000 V CAT III with the PicoConnect 442 passive differential voltage probe. Use the PicoConnect 441 1:1 passive differential probe to measure millivolt-level signals in the presence of noise. The PicoScope 4444 rejects large DC offsets that would overload a conventional scope. Additional current probes and adaptors bring even more applications.

Pico is at Embedded World in Nuremberg and Electronica China in Shanghai from 14 to 16 March - come and see the difference for yourself!

Pico news

VNA check standards

At European Microwave Week 2018 we introduced two new VNA check standards. These are companion items to a vector network analyzer, used to validate the accuracy of a network analysis test setup and its calibration before, during or after a sequence of measurements.



Two models are available: an insertable male-female and a non-insertable female-female.

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PicoScope meets augmented reality

The "Be-greifen" research project, run by a German consortium, aims to use tangible technology to attract young students to science and engineering. One recent example combines a PicoScope oscilloscope with AR (augmented reality) to make CAN Bus waveforms come alive.

The system displays traces from a PicoScope 5000 Series scope, as well as circuit schematics and component data, right next to the device under test.

PicoLog 6.1.8 released

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The latest stable release of Picolog provides these new features:

  • Support for the TC-08 terminal board
  • Support for PicoScope 4224, 4424, 4224 IEPE and 4262 oscilloscopes
  • "Select all" boxes in Configure Data Table dialog

More about this release on our forum

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At the same time we've released a new set of data sheets for all PicoLog data loggers. Now it's easier to find the technical data you need.

Documentation Library >

PicoScope 6.13.15 released

The latest maintenance release of PicoScope has these fixes:

  • Fixed an issue with analog channel triggering using a PicoScope 5000A/B or D series oscilloscopes
  • Fixed an issue where editing a custom probe caused the program to crash

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Pico wins Elektra 2018 Test Product of the Year!

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The PicoScope 5000D Series, our latest range of high-resolution oscilloscopes with 2-channel, 4-channel and mixed-signal models, beat some strong competition to become 2018 Test Product of the Year.

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  • High speed and high resolution
  • Breakthrough ADC technology switches from 8 to 16 bits

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Time-domain reflectometry in action at Electronica

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Pico Applications Engineer Stuart Murlis shows a PicoScope 9000 Series sampling oscilloscope being used for time-domain reflectometry (TDR). TDR is a powerful technique for investigating issues on feed lines, PCB tracks and other high-frequency components. PicoScope gives you a straightforward plot of impedance against distance, allowing you to pinpoint mismatches and other faults.

This video was filmed live at Electronica 2018 in Munich.

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New PicoLog 6.1.8 Beta release

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The latest release of the PicoLog data logging software includes these new features:

  • Add support for the TC-08 terminal board
  • Add "Select all" boxes in Configure Data Table dialog
  • Add support for PicoScope 4262, 4224, 4224 IEPE and 4424

Download >

If PicoLog Then Automate

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If you're keen on automation, you may already be using IFTTT (If This Then That), an internet service that aims to build a more connected world for your smart devices. PicoLog can easily issue commands through IFTTT using its Alarms feature, so it can send you a notification email or switch devices on and off when a parameter crosses a threshold.

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Electronica prize draw winners

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Thanks to everybody who entered our prize draw at Electronica 2018 in Munich. The winners are:

  • Anton Hanzic, emDRIVE, Slovenia
  • Ernst Phillip Mrohs, NavCert, Germany
  • Simon Mark, Wurth Elektronik, Germany
  • Claus Schuster, ecoObs, Germany

Each winner receives a choice of either a TC-08 thermocouple data logger or a PicoScope 2205A mixed-signal oscilloscope.

Programmers’ Corner

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We have uploaded a new Java example demonstrating temperature data collection from the PT-104 PRT Data Logger. The code is designed for use on Windows, Linux and macOS.

Download from GitHub >

There's also a new Python example for PicoScope 2000 MSO devices showing simple digital trigger setup with block mode data collection.

Download from GitHub >

New: PicoScope 6.13.11 oscilloscope software

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The latest release of PicoScope adds support for the new 2000 A AC 1000 V CAT III Flex probe with Pico D9 interface for the PicoScope 4444.

As always, it's free to download from our website.

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New: PicoLog 6.1.7 data logging software

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PicoLog 6.1.7 is an easy-to-use data logging program that's available for Windows 7, 8 and 10, macOS and Linux. It supports all PicoLog data loggers and a wide range of PicoScope oscilloscopes too.

Here are some of the highlights of this new release:

  • Added independent X and Y axis autoscale control
  • Allows PicoScope 6 or other app to open PicoScope oscilloscopes if they are not being used by PicoLog 6
  • Added support for PicoScope 3000A/B/D oscilloscopes
  • Added support for PicoScope 5000A/B/D oscilloscopes
  • Table configuration is now accessible without capturing data
  • CSV export now supports minimum sampling time of 1 ms
  • Pointer changes to a vertical pan pointer when hovering over Y axis
  • It is now possible to delete a channel from the channel edit dialog

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PicoSource AS108 8 GHz agile synthesizer

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The new PicoSource AS108 Agile Synthesizer was recently unveiled at European Microwave Week 2018!

The AS108 is a USB-controlled vector (IQ) modulating signal synthesizer. It can generate sweeps, hops and lists in amplitude, frequency and phase, allowing it to emulate encoding schemes such as QPSK, QAM, ASK and FSK. It's supplied with ready-made software for Microsoft Windows, and also comes with a software development kit in case you wish to write your own program to control the device.

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EDS competition winners

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Here are the lucky winners of our prize draw at the Engineering Design Show in Coventry, UK last month:

  • Day 1: Kevin Bennett from Darlington EMS
  • Day 2: Mark Divall

You each win a PicoScope 2000 Series ultra-compact oscilloscope. We hope you enjoy using it!

PicoScope chosen for high-voltage discharge analyzer

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Did you know that the Spanish high-voltage testing firm Diael has chosen our PicoScope 5000D FlexRes oscilloscopes to help assess the condition of insulation in high-voltage installations?

Diael uses a proprietary statistical technique to separate transient events that are characteristic of partial discharge from normal patterns of random electrical noise. The PicoScope 5000D is ideal for measuring the wide range of signals that need to be captured with Diael's system: from high-speed transients at 1 gigasample per second at 8 bits to slower speeds at full 16-bit resolution.

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PicoLog 6.1.7 Beta

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PicoLog 6.1.7 Beta, the latest update to the PicoLog data logging software, brings you these new features:

  • Improved autoscale function; added Y axis autoscale control
  • Allows PicoScope 6 or SDK application to open PicoScope oscilloscopes if they are not being used by PicoLog 6
  • Added support for PicoScope 3000A/B/D oscilloscopes
  • Added support for PicoScope 5000A/B/D oscilloscopes

Please look out for the feedback button in PicoLog: . We would love to read your comments on the latest beta version, especially on the changes to the autoscale controls.

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MATLAB support update

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We've just updated the MathWorks MATLAB Instrument Driver for the PicoScope 5000 Series to add support for the PicoScope 5000D Series oscilloscopes on Linux. The driver also supports the earlier 5000A/B Series devices.

Download from MATLAB File Exchange >

New: PicoScope 6.13.7 beta for macOS and Linux

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Did you know that the PicoScope 6 oscilloscope software is available for macOS and Linux? The latest beta releases include the most important features (feature list) from the Windows version and support all PicoScope USB oscilloscopes.

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New: PicoLog 6.1.6

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Data logger users: make sure that you have the latest stable release of PicoLog 6. Release 6.1.6 has these new features:

  • Supports PicoScope 4824 oscilloscope
  • Supports all current PicoScope 2000 Series oscilloscopes
  • Russian language option

As well as the above, PicoLog supports all Pico data loggers, is available for Windows, macOS and Linux, and is the most reliable and up-to-date way to capture data over long periods.

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Latest programming examples

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Here are the latest additions to our programming examples on GitHub:

and on MathWorks File Exchange:

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