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USB-powered, PC-based, mixed-signal scopes with ARB

USB-powered, PC-based, mixed-signal scopes with ARB

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An upgrade to the prior 3000 series, key specifications—sampling rate, buffer size and display update rate—have all been improved, while the units remain USB-powered.

The PicoScope 3000D Series MSOs are available with analogue bandwidths from 60 MHz to 200 MHz. Maximum digital input frequency is 100 MHz, equivalent to a data rate of 200 Mb/sec (5 nsec pulse width) on each channel. All models come with a USB 3.0 interface and are fully compatible with USB 2.0, giving high performance and fast update rates with both port types. Like all PicoScopes, they display waveforms in a resizable window on a PC’s screen, giving an uncluttered space for multiple high-resolution analogue and digital traces, and allowing the user to save, share and analyse waveformswhile the PC’s networking, storage and processing facilities are available. The deep memory buffers of 128 to 512 megasamples, much larger – Pico says – than other scopes costing several times more, allow long captures at fast real-time sampling rates of up to 1 Gigasample per second. Hardware-accelerated data processing maintains smooth and rapid display updates even with very large capture sizes.


The PicoScope 3000D Series has advanced features as standard, including math channels, automatic measurements with statistics, spectrum analysis and colour persistence display mode. Also built in are advanced digital triggering with pulse width, window, dropout, channel logic, digital pattern and other qualifiers, mask limit testing and alarms. Serial decoding supports SPI, I²C, I²S, RS-232/UART, CAN, LIN and FlexRay protocols on up to 20 analogue and digital channels, even with a mixture of protocols at the same time. All these features are included in the purchase price. A free SDK is available for developing applications in programming languages such as C, Microsoft Visual Basic and Excel VBA, and National Instruments LabVIEW, with example code included.

Pricing for the PicoScope 3000D Series MSOs begins at £649 ($786 or €1071) for the 2-channel 60 MHz model. This includes analogue probes, digital test cable and clips, and a 5-year warranty.

Pico Technology; www.picotech.com

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