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USB 2.0 PC Based Oscilloscope & Spectrum Analyzer
“ The PicoScope 3000 oscilloscope range offers a level of performance that exceeds any PC oscilloscope currently manufactured by ourselves or our competitors.”
— Alan Tong, Technical Director of Pico,
The Modern Alternative to the Traditional Bench Top Oscilloscope
The PicoScope 3000 series PC based oscilloscopes are compact and portable, making them versatile instruments in a wide range of settings.
All of the PicoScope 3000 series PC based oscilloscopes connect directly to the USB 2.0 (USB 1.1 compatible) port on any recent model of desktop or laptop PC, and are powered by the USB bus (or a powered hub), eliminating the need for an external power supply in most applications.
These scopes can go from lab to field and back again, or from desktop to laptop. Users can easily export data to other applications such as excel and the ability to store waveform data is limited only by the capacity of the PC itself. Captured data and instrument settings can also be quickly and easily shared between multiple users, making product development teams and other multi-user applications more efficient.
Although portable and lightweight like handheld oscilloscopes, the PicoScope pc oscilloscopes use the PC screen to display data, making results easier to see, store, and share with other users. Usage of the USB 2.0 port provides for fast data transfer, and the high bandwidth and sampling rates of these products delivers enough power to replace traditional, stand-alone oscilloscopes.
» Read a review of the PicoScope 3000 series by eeProductCenter
» Review of PS 3205 by Robert Penford, Everyday Practical Electronics
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8 bit - High Speed, General Purpose Oscilloscopes
All three oscilloscopes in the PicoScope 3200 series feature high bandwidths and sampling rates previously not available with a cost affective PC-based oscilloscope. The PicoScope 3206 has an impressive 200 MHz analog bandwidth and a single-shot sampling rate of
500 MS/s. Using Equivalent Time Sampling (ETS) for repetitive signals, the sampling rate is increased to a staggering 10 GS/s.
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12 bit - Precision Oscilloscopes
The PicoScope, PS
4224 (2-channel) and PS 4424 (4-channel) are precision oscilloscopes featuring 12 bit vertical resolution and ±1% accuracy allowing changes as small as 0.024% (244ppm) to be detected. When using the spectrum analyzer, the 72dB dynamic range makes these units suitable for working with signals within the frequency domain. They are ideal for applications such as testing audio circuits, fast transient analysis and for measuring noise and vibrations. The
4224 and 4424 scopes offer a 80MS/s sampling rate which is divided between
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All digital oscilloscopes collect data into a waveform buffer, the bigger
the buffer memory the longer the scope can collect data without reducing its
sampling rate. PicoScope USB 3000 PC oscilloscopes all feature large buffer
memory — from an impressive 256 thousand samples for the PicoScope 3204 up
to a remarkable 128 million samples for the PicoScope 3206.
Most oscilloscopes in the same price bracket as the PicoScope 3206 have buffer memories of below 32 kB. With 128 MB of memory, the 3206 can capture complex waveforms in great detail even if they last for long periods of time. Once captured, PicoScope oscilloscope software allows you to zoom-in on your signal at up to
1M times magnification — allowing you to examine every last details of the signal.
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USB 2.0 for fast data transfer
PicoScope 3000 series PC oscilloscopes connects to the USB port on any modern laptop or desktop PC. The fast USB 2.0 (480 Mb/s) interface ensures a quick screen update rate even when collecting large amounts of data, while remaining backward compatible with PC's using USB 1.1.
PicoScope USB oscilloscopes can be powered directly by the USB bus, eliminating the need for an external power supply in most applications and making the PicoScope 3000 series ideal for use in the lab and the field.
The Universal Serial Bus (USB) has become the standard method for interfacing peripherals to PCs. Today virtually all PCs, including laptops and notebooks, are fully USB-ready and include at least one USB port.
The PicoScope 3000 series uses the latest, and fastest, USB standard — USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed USB). Unlike many PC oscilloscopes that are only “usb 2.0 compatible”, and only offer USB1.1 performance, the PicoScope 3000 series are true USB 2.0 oscilloscopes. This allows PicoScope 3000 USB oscilloscopes to take advantage of the fast data transfer rate that ensures a quick screen update rate, even when collecting large amounts of data.
USB 2.0 is backward compatible with USB 1.1 allowing PicoScope 3000 USB oscilloscopes to be used on older PCs with USB 1.1 ports. Although the data transfer rate will be slower when using USB 1.1, it is still faster than a parallel port connection.
Connecting and using a PicoScope 3000 series USB oscilloscope could not be easier. Simply connect the oscilloscope to the PC using a standard USB cable (supplied). The host PC will automatically detect the PicoScope avoiding the need for any complex setup procedures, and without the need to reboot the PC.
PicoScope Oscilloscope and Spectrum Analyzer Software
The PicoScope line is supplied with PicoScope software that provides oscilloscope, spectrum analyzer and multimeter functions. PicoScope software makes full use of your PC's processing capabilities allowing you to view real-time signals, zoom in on your signal, and save and print captured waveforms. The familiar Windows graphical interface makes PicoScope intuitive to use.
The PicoScope oscilloscope software includes FFT spectrum analyzer capabilities. The 12 bit PS
4224 and PS
4424 scopes offer a 72dB dynamic range making these scopes ideal for working with in the frequency domain.
With eight bit oscilloscopes, noise can be an issue when analyzing lower frequency signals with the spectrum analyzer. PicoScope software allows over-sampling to be used to reduce noise and effectively increase resolution and dynamic range.
Also supplied is PicoLog data acquisition software for high speed data logging.
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