Allison Technology Corporation
Pico Technology Ltd
PC Based Oscilloscopes and Spectrum Analyzers
Pico PS 5000 Series
multimegabyte deep buffers, usb
Pico PS 3000 Series
to 12bit resolution, usb
Pico PS 2000 Series
Pico ADC212 Series
50MHz, 12 bit, parallel port
Checkout the new standard in
performance for high speed, high resolution PC based virtual
Pico Technology offers PC based test instruments that offer
all the functions of conventional equipment, and also many
features not normally available in this price range. Virtual
instruments replace bulky and expensive test equipment, saving
money and workbench space. They make switching between equipment
quick and easy.
Virtual instruments are more powerful yet easier to use than
traditional test equipment: simple to use software and on screen
help makes you an expert within minutes. By integrating several
instruments (digital oscilloscope, spectrum analyzer, multimeter)
into one small unit, a virtual instrument is lighter and more
portable. When used with a notebook computer, field engineers can
carry a complete electronics lab in their PC.
The PC has made personal computing affordable: now Pico
Technology has made test equipment affordable too.
- Compact portable units
- Uses PC monitor for a large high resolution display
- Can be used with desktop or laptop PCs
- Hardware & software in one package: no compatibility
problems or complex setup procedures
- Units are also supplied with PicoLog software which
transforms your PC into an advanced data logger.
Pico Technology offers virtual
instrument solutions for a broad range of applications and
budgets. With prices ranging from around $230 for the PS2104 to
just over $3000 for the PS5204 there is a solution that will fit
within almost any budget. All Pico virtual instruments are
provided with the same software packages and come with the
oscilloscope/spectrum test software, PicoScope, and the data
logger software, PicoLog as well as drivers for various
application programs like Labview and user developed applications
With A/D converter resolutions
ranging from 8 bits to 12 bits one can do spectrum analysis that
ranges from the rudimentary up to performance suitable for
quality audio applications. The highest speed units can provide
spectral analysis from DC up to 250 MHz with dynamic ranges as
high as almost 80 dB.
||Ultrahigh performance 250MHz deep multimegasample
buffer, usb,dual channel, 8 bit resolution
||High performance dual channel 8 and 12 bit usb to 200
||Low cost single and dual channel 8 bit usb to 25MHz
||High resolution 12 bit dual channel to 50MHz parallel
||High resolution 16 bit dual channel low bandwidth
Oscilloscope Comparison Chart
Pico Virtual Instruments are supplied with PicoScope software
which turns a PC into an oscilloscope, spectrum analyser and a
meter. PicoScope provides many advantages over conventional
instruments, such as multiple views of the same signals and on
screen display of voltages and times. Waveforms can be annotated
with notes and printed, saved or exported to other applications.
PicoScope is both flexible and easy to use. For example, user
defined test menus can be set up to automate common tasks. A
click on a menu option can load up an example waveform, set the
instrument up to make a comparison measurement and even display
instructions and a photo showing where to connect the probe.
- Oscilloscope, spectrum analyser, XY scope and meter
- Easy to install and use - up and running in minutes, with
full on line help
- Software supplied with all ADC units
- Windows (3.x, 95/98/Me, NT/2000) and DOS versions
- International language versions
The real time digital storage oscilloscope (DSO) combines all
the functionality of a conventional 'benchtop' scope with all the
benefits of a PC. Regular scope users will feel at home with the
usual timebase, trigger options etc, but will welcome the
advantages of other useful features. Advanced display options
include averaging for noise reduction, accumulate to capture one
off glitches and a min/max envelope mode to highlight signal
A chart recorder option is included to trend slowly changing
signals. Trigger options include a 'save to disk' mode which
makes tracking down elusive intermittent faults easy. The ability
to save waveforms means service engineers can have a library of
waveforms on disk showing working instruments and likely faults.
Main features: Auto, repeat and single shot trigger modes.
Selectable time out and save to disk trigger options. Selectable
trigger source, level, slope and pre / post trigger delay. X and
Y multipliers to 'zoom in' on signals. Rulers to show amplitude
and time information. User defined scaling ranges. Support for
Pico signal conditioning products.
The spectrum analyser shows the amount of energy in each of a
number of frequency bands. It is especially useful for tracking
down the cause of noise in measured signals. As an example, a
peak at 50 or 60Hz would suggest noise due to the electric power
grid pick up. Higher frequency peaks may be easily identified as
switching noise from power supplies or noise from digital
circuits. An averaging mode is provided to reduce the effects of
random noise and a peak detect mode is useful for testing
amplifier bandwidths. The spectrum analyser has the same trigger
options as the oscilloscope. This makes it possible to capture
the spectrum of a 'one time' event such a single drum beat. When
used with a high resolution unit like the ADC-212 or ADC-216, it
is ideal for audio spectrum analysis and noise and vibration
Main features: FFT based spectrum analyser. Normal, average and
peak detect modes. Linear/Log scales for both amplitude and
frequency. Rulers to show amplitude, frequency and phase. Seven
window types. Variable number of spectrum bands. Same trigger
functions as oscilloscope.
The XY scope is used to plot one parameter against another.
This is useful when comparing the phase of two signals.
The meter displays one or more parameters as numbers,
together with an optional bar graph. The multimeter displays AC
volts (true RMS), DC volts, decibels or frequency for a signal
simultaneously. Other parameters can be displayed (e.g. pressure
or acceleration) by adding custom ranges.
A composite view displays up to four other views to compare
traces on the screen. Views can be overlaid for comparison or
positioned side by side.
Note: PicoLog is described on the Data Logger web page.
Oscilloscope Comparison Chart
For more product information, check out Pico Technology, Ltd.'s
web page, AND
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