PICOSCOPE for Every Application

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PC Oscilloscopes – A Modern Alternative to the Traditional Benchtop Oscilloscope, Pico Technology’s PC oscilloscopes are light and portable.

When used with a laptop computer, a PC oscilloscope allows you to carry a complete electronics lab in the same bag as your PC.

The PicoScope 2200A Series oscilloscopes offer a small, light, modern alternative to bulky benchtop devices. You can now fit a 200 MHz, 1 GS/s instrument easily in your laptop bag! They are perfect for engineers on the move; ideal for a wide range of applications including design, test, education, service, monitoring, fault finding, and repair PicoScope 2200A Series low-cost oscilloscopes offer the powerful performance and reliability of a PicoScope in an exceptionally small form factor. Weighing less than 0.2 kg (7 oz), they slip easily into your pocket or laptop bag; perfect for the engineer on the move!

When you buy one of Pico PC oscilloscopes you don’t just get an oscilloscope: you also get a spectrum analyzer, logic analyzer and data logger. Some models even include a built-in function generator, arbitrary waveform generator and, in MSO models, a logic analyzer too. So with a Pico Technology PC oscilloscope you really do get a complete test and measurement lab in one cost-effective unit. We have an impressive and innovative portfolio of small-footprint, high-performance products
Key Features
Huge Buffer Memory

These days most digital oscilloscopes have high sampling rates, but many of them let you down with a tiny memory buffer which means that you can only use the maximum sampling rate on a few timebases. We offer memory options from 8 kS on our entry level PicoScope 2000 series, to an enormous 2 […]

New – eBIRST Switching System Test Tools

Lower the Cost of Switching System Ownership 
We are pleased to introduce the eBIRST switching system test tools. We know that switching systems are an important part of many test systems and accidents can happen that can cause a faulty device. When this happens, you need to be able to get your system up and running as quickly as possible.
This is where our eBIRST tools come in — these tools will:

Quickly determine if your switching system has faults
Identify where that fault is located at relay level and allow you to take fast corrective action
Save repair costs 
Minimize downtime of the switching system

The eBIRST tools, designed specifically for our PXI, PCI or LXI (Ethernet) products, simplify switching system fault finding by quickly testing the system and identifying the faulty relays. Once identified, the tools then display a graphical representation of the switching system’s PCB assembly, highlighting the relays that need to be replaced. The eBIRST tools achieve this task by measuring the path resistance between different pins on the switching system connector and controlling the path through the system to allow it to test any of the relays in the system. Systems that use separate input and output connections can be tested by use of two eBIRST tools in a master/slave configuration.


The eBIRST toolset consists of three different tools that support 200-way LFH, 78-way D and 50-way D connectors and a set of adaptors that allow connection to other connector types. A supplied application program controls the eBIRST tools via a USB2 connection that also provides the tool power and controls the switching system using a Test Definition File to define the test sequence. The tool dimensions allow eBIRST to be used to test PXI, PCI or LXI (Ethernet) controlled switching […]

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    ThinkRF Corporation, Canada signs VigVen Tech Mark Pvt Ltd as Distributor for India

ThinkRF Corporation, Canada signs VigVen Tech Mark Pvt Ltd as Distributor for India

12 March 2015

ThinkRF Corporation, engaged in providing cost-effective, high-performance RF Receiver front ends, Tuners and Spectrum Anayzers today announced appointment of Bangalore based VigVen Tech Mark Pvt Ltd as the distributor for India for their entire range of products and solutions.

ThinkRF’s solutions have the RF performance of high-end lab Spectrum Analyzers , find their use in a variety of applications including meeting the challenges of distributed and remote wireless signals intelligence applications. ThinkRF has patented software-defined RF receiver technology that provides industry-leading Sensitivity, Tuning range, Instantaneous Bandwidth and Scan rate.

ThinkRF works closely with wireless equipment manufacturers, Federal Governments, R&D organizations and Defense Contractors to address their signal analysis requirements. Applications include but are not limited to real-time spectrum analysis, wireless deployment and interference mitigation; cognitive radio and white space spectrum sensing, enterprise wireless signal intrusion detection (WSID); government spectrum licensing monitoring and enforcement; technical security counter measures (TSCM) and military communications and signals intelligence (COMINT/SIGINT and CEW).

As per Steve Rosinski, VP, Business Development of ThinkRF: We are pleased to have VigVen Tech Mark Pvt Ltd as a distributor for our potential customers in India. The VigVen team has extensive experience in Sales, Marketing and Support of Test & Measurement and an outstanding reputation for their product knowledge coupled with application engineering expertise that complements ThinkRF’s niche in various markets.

VigVen Tech Mark Pvt Ltd, distributor of Modular Test & Measurement Instruments and Systems, offers a wide range of solutions focused on Test Automation with PXI, LXI, VXI and USB Technologies. With the addition of ThinkRF products, VigVen Tech Mark has expanded its portfolio of offerings into RF and Microwave Test Solutions. It serves a variety of markets including Aerospace, Defence, Communication, Semiconductor, Education and Automotive. […]

Pickering Interfaces Expands 16 Amp PXI Switching Solutions

Pickering Interfaces, a leading provider of signal switching and conditioning solutions, is expanding its range of 16 Amp PXI switching solutions. Following the success of the 16 Amp uncommitted relay modules (model 40-161), the company is introducing the following new
16 Amp PXI module families:

16 Amp PXI power multiplexer (model 40-662) – available in seven configurations ranging from 4-off 2:1 multiplexers to 1-off 16:1 multiplexer.

16 Amp PXI power matrix (model 40-552) – available in four configurations with matrix sizes of 8×2 and 4×4 and the ability to expand the matrix size with the Y-Axis loop-thru connections: e.g. 8×4, 12×4, 16×4, etc. (with 4×4 matrices) or 16×2, 24×2, 32×2, etc. (with 8×2 matrices).
Both of these 16 Amp PXI switching families feature:

Hot switching up to 16 Amp at 28VDC
Maximum DC hot switch rating of 300VDC
Hot switching AC signals up to 250VAC at 16 Amp
Capable of withstanding 400VDC for cold switching
High-quality high power electro-mechanical relays
20-way GMCT connectors

Careful attention to the switching designs ensures that all of these PXI modules can carry the full 16 Amp current on each path simultaneously over the complete operating temperature range. Applications include electric vehicles, automotive ECU testing, AC mains switching, high current power supplies, load switching, and aerospace electric drive testing.

Pickering Interfaces also provides a full range of supporting cable and connector solutions for all of their LXI, PCI and PXI switching solutions, including the new 16 Amp PXI switching family. They can also manufacture cable assemblies to custom requirements.

Pickering Interfaces supports all of their manufactured products with a standard three-year warranty and guaranteed long-term product support. You can find more information on the website www.pickeringtest.com

Pickering's Programmable Resistors for Sensor Emulation

Available in over 100 PXI modules and 90 PCI cards  including standard resolution resistors for sensor emulation applications and precision programmable resistors including RTD and strain gauge simulators.


Up to 18 channels in a single PXI/PCI slot
Resistance ranges from 1Ω to 16MΩ
Resolutions down to 2mΩ with accuracies down to 0.03%
PXI modules can be supported in our Ethernet LXI Chassis

Request your free programmable resistor reference map here!

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    PC-based scopes use USB 3.0, add 512 Msample memory depth option

PC-based scopes use USB 3.0, add 512 Msample memory depth option

The Picoscope 3000D oscilloscopes offer a maximum real-time sampling rate of 1 Gsample/sec and feature a USB 3.0 interface; they also host a built-in AWG (arbitrary waveform generator). Deep memory enables long timebases with the fastest sampling rates; for example, at 1 Gsample/s sampling rate, you can capture a 500 msec waveform—that’s half a billion samples, Pico points out—while hardware acceleration keeps the display updating smoothly.

The 512 Msample buffer memory can be segmented, enabling acquisition of up to 10,000 individual waveform segments of 50,000 samples, with less than 1 µs re-arm time between each segment. You can set the PicoScope to trigger on each packet and skip the gaps that are of no interest. This function lets you acquire, for instance, CAN data packets over several minutes and then analyze the packet content at a later point in time.

The oscilloscopes are multi-function include a spectrum analyser and AWG, and advanced functions include serial-bus decoding, mask-limit testing, math channels, and filtering. Advanced triggers include pulse width, interval, window, window pulse width, level dropout, window dropout, runt pulse, variable hysteresis, and logic. All triggering is digital, ensuring low jitter and single-LSB voltage resolution. MSO (mixed-signal oscilloscope) models combine these triggers with edge and pattern triggering on the digital inputs. Other built-in features include color persistence display modes, automatic measurements with statistics, programmable alarms, and decoding of I²C, UART/RS232, SPI, CAN bus, LIN, FlexRay and I²S signals.

Software updates include a fast persistence mode that gives updates of around 100,000 waveforms per second, while the math channels have been expanded to include configurable filters.

A free SDK (Software Development Kit) lets you develop custom applications. It includes example programs in C#, C++, Excel, LabVIEW, and MATLAB, and you can […]

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    Pickering Interfaces Introduces Two New PCI and PXI Programmable Resistors

Pickering Interfaces Introduces Two New PCI and PXI Programmable Resistors

Pickering Interfaces, a leading provider of signal switching and conditioning solutions, is expanding its range of PCI and PXI Programmable Resistors with the introduction of two new Programmable Resistor & Relay solutions.

These new solutions include the PCI Programmable Resistor & Relay Card (model 50-294) and the PXI Programmable Resistor & Relay Module (model 40-294). Both of these solutions feature:

Lower density and lower cost for simulating variable resistors.
12 resistor channel options with resolution from 0.25Ω to 2Ω and channel counts of either two or four.
The option of adding eight SPST relays that can be used for extending resistance range or other switching functions within a test system. Their use potentially saves the addition of further switching products within a test system.
Basic accuracy is 1%± resolution
Each version uses high-quality instrument grade reed relays to ensure long service life and fast setting times.

Pickering Interfaces continues to promote its test solutions in multiple platforms by offering the programmable resistors in different form factors (PXI & PCI) with the same options. This offering allows the user to choose the most appropriate platform for their test system. These new programmable resistors are functionally similar to Pickering’s current programmable resistor models 40-293 and 50-293, which are based on electromechanical relays and have pin compatible layouts.

Pickering Interfaces supports all of their manufactured products with a standard three-year warranty and guaranteed long-term product support. Pricing and availability information is supplied on their website www.pickeringtest.com

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    Introspect’s SV3C CPRX 4-Lane C-PHY Analyzer wins Best in Design and Test Award

Introspect’s SV3C CPRX 4-Lane C-PHY Analyzer wins Best in Design and Test Award

The SV3C CPRX 4-Lane C-PHY Analyzer is an ultra-compact solution for the design, verification, and electrical validation of high-speed components based on the emerging MIPI Alliance C-PHY specification. C-PHY is a new physical layer standard that allows for significant bandwidth improvements on constrained transmission channels, such as those found inside mobile terminals. Based on innovative signaling and encoding technologies, C-PHY devices require an entirely new breed of test and measurement equipment, and Introspect’s SV3C CPRX 4-Lane C-PHY Analyzer represents the only tool in the industry capable of both analog signal capture and complete BER detection and protocol analysis. Unique to C-PHY technology is that signals emanating from transmitters are single-ended and multi-level in nature; yet receivers operate on differential signal pairs encoded in multiple phases. This means that symbol transmissions are not deterministic and are thus not easily visualized on conventional tools such as oscilloscopes or basic logic analyzers. The SV3C CPRX offers the only tool in the industry to automatically decode the symbol transmissions and display received packets in human-readable format. It has proven indispensible for first-time bring-up of early C-PHY test chips at leading adopters of the C-PHY standard.

RF/Microwave Power Sensor Works Unattended

Covering a frequency range of 1 MHz to 18 GHz, the LB5918A power sensor from LadyBug Technologies performs general-purpose average power, true RMS, and scalar measurements with a dynamic range of –60 dBm to +20 dBm. Once measurements are set up, the sensor needs only a power supply to enable unattended operation for use in such applications as test and measurement, radar, satellite communications, and research and development.

The LB5918A logs up to 1000 measurements/s and stores over 100 million measurements in nonvolatile memory. Its real-time clock with internal backup provides time-stamped data for measurements stored in memory. USB HID and USBTMC interfaces offer platform-independent connectivity to most computers, while optional SPI/I2C interfaces can be used for embedded applications. The power sensor is programmable using industry-standard IEEE 488.2 SCPI commands via all three interfaces. LadyBug’s NoZero NoCal feature eliminates the need for zeroing and calibration prior to performing measurements.

Housed in a sturdy aluminum housing, the LB5918A is 1.6 in. in diameter and 3.0 in. long. It is supplied with a power-meter application that provides tabular logging, strip charting, analog gauge display, and math measurement windows that allow calculation between multiple sensors. The software also lets users set up unattended operation, the real-time clock, and other sensor features.

LB5918A product page

LadyBug Technologies, www.ladybug-tech.com

Introspect Demonstrates C-PHY Test Tools at the MIPI Alliance Demo Day in Shanghai

End-to-End 4-Lane Transmitter and Receiver Testing at 2.5 Gsps and Beyond
Montréal, Canada, September 26, 2014 – Introspect Technology, a MIPI Alliance Contributor Member, today announced that it will be exhibiting at the MIPI Alliance Demo Day in Shanghai, China. Using its industry-leading C-PHY generator and error detector solutions, Introspect will demonstrate complete end-to-end C-PHY link operation and BER testing at rates in excess of 2.5 Gsps.
The demonstration will take place at the Royal Meridien Hotel in Shanghai on October 9, 2014 alongside MIPI Open Day, and it will include:

C-PHY functional packet and test pattern generation featuring built-in hardware mapping and encoding
Per-wire skew injection, HS voltage injection, and LP voltage injection
C-PHY stressed eye generation for receiver jitter tolerance testing
Industry-first burst mode BER testing and error detection with unlimited start/stop durations and featuring hardware clock recovery, decoding, and demapping circuitry

C-PHY is an emerging physical layer standard that allows for significant bandwidth improvements on constrained transmission channels such as those found inside mobile terminals. Introspect’s C-PHY test coverage is based on the highly integrated SV3C Personalized SerDes Tester, capable of testing up to 32 SerDes transmitters and receivers in an ultra-compact instrument form factor.
About Introspect Technology
Introspect Technology offers the most extensible measurement and optimization tools for high-speed digital product engineering teams worldwide. Our portable, software-defined instruments deliver unprecedented productivity enhancement throughout all stages of multi-GHz product development: from bring-up characterization, to system-level integration and optimization. Our mission is to enhance our customers’ competitiveness, product quality, and time-to-market.
Introspect Technology contact:
Email: info@introspect.ca
Web: www.introspect.ca
Twitter: @introspecttest

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