The PicoScope oscilloscope software includes as standard all the oscilloscope and spectrum analyzer functions you would expect, as well as serial decoding, mask limit testing, segmented memory and advanced triggers: features that often cost extra on other manufacturers’ scopes. Running on your Windows PC, PicoScope provides a large, clear display that shows waveforms in great detail and allows easy zooming and panning under keyboard or mouse control. Other built–in features include persistence displays with fast waveform update rates, math channels, automatic measurements with statistics, programmable alarms, and decoding of I²C, UART/RS232, SPI, CAN and LIN bus signals. Updates to the software are released free of charge.
The advanced triggering modes include pulse width, interval, window, window pulse width, level dropout, window dropout, runt pulse, variable hysteresis, and logic. Digital triggering ensures lower jitter, greater accuracy and higher voltage resolution than the analog triggering found on many competing scopes. The AUX input can be used as an additional trigger or as an external sampling clock.
A Software Development Kit (SDK), supplied free, allows you to control the new scopes from your own custom applications. The SDK includes example programs in C, C++, Excel and LabVIEW, or can be used with any other language that supports C calling conventions. The SDK and PicoScope software are compatible with Microsoft Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7.