Pico Technology Releases New USB Mixed–Signal Oscilloscope
The analog bandwidth is 25 MHz and the digital channels can accept signals as fast as 100 MHz. Maximum sampling rate is 200 MS/s. The PicoScope 2205 MSO is suitable for general–purpose analog and digital circuit design, testing and troubleshooting. As it’s USB–powered, there is no AC adapter to carry: just plug it into your PC or laptop and start the software. The 48k–sample buffer is large enough to store multiple captures in rapid sequence as little as 2 microseconds apart.
The PicoScope software, included, delivers a high–resolution, uncluttered display and a range of advanced signal processing features: spectrum analyzer, automatic measurements with statistics, channel math, reference waveforms, multiple scope and spectrum views, I2C, UART, SPI and CAN bus serial decoding, XY mode, advanced triggers, mask limit testing, and color persistence display modes.
The 16 digital inputs can be displayed individually or in arbitrary groups labeled with binary, decimal or hexadecimal values. A separate logic threshold from -5 V to +5 V can be defined for each 8–bit input port. The digital trigger can be activated by any bit pattern combined with an optional transition on any input. Finally, analog and digital triggers can be combined using Boolean logic to enable complex mixed–signal triggering.
The Software Development Kit (SDK), also included, allows you to control the new scopes using your own software. The SDK and PicoScope are compatible with Microsoft Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. Example programs in C, Excel and LabView are included.
The new PicoScope 2205 MSO is available now, priced at only £349 for the oscilloscope alone or £399 as a kit with two passive x1/x10 probes, a logic cable and test hooks. A generous 5–year warranty is included.