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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 GS with our PicoScope 6000 Series. The 2 GS buffer memory can hold two 200 ms captures at the maximum sampling rate of 5 GS/s. Managing all this data calls for some powerful tools, so our PicoScope software has a maximum zoom factor of over 1 million. There is segmented memory to capture the information you need, without wasting memory between events when nothing is happening.

Wide Bandwidth, Fast Sampling Rate

PicoScopes offer a range of bandwidth and sampling rate choices to suit any application. Bandwidth options range from 5 MHz to 20 GHz, and sampling rates from 10 MS/s to 5 GS/s. For the PicoScope 6404C and PicoScope 6404D the real-time 500 MHz analog bandwidth is complemented by a sampling rate of 5 GS/s, and ETS mode boosts the maximum sampling rate for repetitive signals to up to 50 GS/s.

Signal Integrity

When DC accuracy and dynamic performance are essential, you can rely on PicoScope oscilloscopes. For example our 8-bit resolution PicoScope 3000 Series scopes provide a typical SFDR of 52 dB, 180 μV of noise and over 400:1 crosstalk rejection, while the 16-bit resolution PicoScope 4262 has an SFDR of 102 dB, only 8.5 μV of noise and over 50,000:1 crosstalk rejection.

Function Generator & Arbitrary Waveform Generator

Selected PicoScope models have a built-in function generator that can produce a range of standard signals such as sine waves, square waves and more. Many advanced units include an arbitrary waveform generator, which can produce standard signals as well as an unlimited range of user-defined waveforms.

Flexible Options

PicoScope oscilloscopes offer a wide range of vertical resolution options from 8 to 16 bits. The higher the resolution, the greater the vertical accuracy. We also have a flexible resolution oscilloscope where our breakthrough ADC technology allows you to switch from 8 to 16 bits in one unit. Choose between 1, 2, 4 or 8 channels, plus 16 digital channels on MSO models.

Use Your PC Monitor as a Large and Detailed Color Display

The screen size of a traditional oscilloscope is limited by the physical size of the product. There is no such restriction with a PC oscilloscope since the computer’s display can be as large as your monitor, TV or projector screen. This makes our scopes ideal for training and education where the picture can be projected on an interactive whiteboard.

PICOSCOPE Software Supplied Free With All Our Oscilloscopes

PicoScope software is supplied free with all of our PC oscilloscopes.

The PicoScope software, when used with a suitable PicoScope device, turns your PC into an oscilloscope, spectrum analyzer, chart recorder, serial protocol decoder, function generator and arbitrary waveform generator. When used with a mixed-signal oscilloscope it additionally acts as a logic analyzer

Free SDKs are available for all PicoScope oscilloscopes. These allow you to write your own software on Windows, Linux and OS X platforms. Interfaces to popular third-party development tools such as MathWorks MATLAB and National Instruments LabVIEW are also included.

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