USB-powered 12-bit scopes offer buffer for in-depth analysis
January 18, 2009
PicoScope 4000 PC oscilloscope adapters are two- or four-channel 20MHz high-resolution oscilloscopes that are ideal for general, scientific and field-service use. With 12-bit resolution (adjustable up to 16 bits in enhanced resolution mode) and 1 percent accuracy they are suitable for noise, vibration and mechanical analysis.
With a fast 80MSa/s real-time sampling rate and input ranges of ±50mV to ±100V full scale, PicoScope 4000 scopes can handle small signals from sensors as well as higher voltages from power supply circuits and motor drives. The deep 32MSa memory allows PicoScope 4000 series scopes to capture more than 400ms of data at the maximum sampling rate without any performance reduction. Powered solely from a standard USB 2.0 port, no power adapter or batteries are required, making PicoScope 4000 series scopes ideal for field work with a laptop PC.
PicoScope 4000 oscilloscopes include PicoScope 6 software for Windows PCs. The user interface is easy to learn, but professional users will find many advanced features including spectrum analysis, persistence display, automatic measurements, advanced triggers and channel math capabilities. Users can download software updates, feature extensions and improvements free. PicoScope 6 can save waveform data in a range of text and binary formats including CSV, PNG, BMP and MATLAB, ready for export to other applications. An API and examples are included for LabVIEW, C, C++, Delphi and Visual Basic for integration into users' own software.
Made by European oscilloscope adapter manufacturer Pico Technology, PicoScope 4000 series adapters are available from Saelig, in Pittsford, NY. For more information, visit