The PicoScope 6000E 8-channel oscilloscope series has grown to include 4-channel versions, bringing very high-speed performance to the 4 or 8 analog channel, 16 digital channel oscilloscope world, with up to 5GSa/s real-time sampling and 4GSa deep memory
Saelig Company, Inc. has introduced the 4-channel PicoScope 6000E Series 500MHz Oscilloscopes, which provide 8 to 12 bits of vertical resolution, and up to 5GSa/s sampling rate with 4GSa memory, allowing these scopes to display single-shot pulses with 200ps time resolution. The three 4-channel models added to the existing 8-channel 6000 series are the PicoScope 6403E with 300MHz bandwidth and 8-bit A/D resolution, the PicoScope 6404E with 500MHz bandwidth and 8-bit A/D resolution, and the PicoScope 6424E with 8, 10, or 12 bits “FlexRes” resolution. The screen update rate is a remarkable 300,000 waveforms per second.
All models can operate with an extra 4 bits of resolution with the enhanced vertical resolution software feature — a digital signal processing technique built into PicoScope 6. Additionally, these oscilloscopes offer 8 or 16 optional digital channels when using the plug-in TA369 MSO pods, enabling accurate time-correlation of analog and digital channels.
All 6000E models include a 14-bit 200MS/s 50MHz arbitrary waveform generator (AWG). Its variable sample clock avoids the jitter on waveform edges seen with fixed-clock generators and allows generation of accurate frequencies down to 100μHz. AWG waveforms can be created or edited using the built-in editor, imported from oscilloscope traces, loaded from a spreadsheet or exported to a .csv file. The SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface and hardware acceleration ensure that the display is smooth and responsive even with long captures. The free PicoScope 6 software includes decoders for over 20 serial protocols.
With up to a million points, PicoScope’s FFT spectrum display has excellent frequency resolution and a low noise floor. A click of a button will display a spectrum plot of the active channels, with a maximum frequency of up to 500MHz. Using a 4K monitor attached to the controlling PC, PicoScope 6 software can display more than ten times the information of ordinary oscilloscopes. PicoScope software also supports dual monitors, allowing instrument control and waveforms displayed on one, and large data sets from serial protocol decoders or DeepMeasure results on the second monitor.
An optional Pico Oscilloscope Probe Positioning System holds a test board firmly, as well as positioning probes hands-free for up to eight probes simultaneously. Probes with compression tips make contact with points of interest on a PCB and remain in contact while measurements are taken with PicoScope software.