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USB oscilloscopes geared for Linux users

Posted: 21 Feb 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Pico Technology  Linux  USB oscilloscope  Windows 

Pico Technology has released the PicoScope 6 that converts a Linux PC into an oscilloscope, FFT spectrum analyser and measuring device. According to the company, the software allows non-Windows users to enjoy the benefits offered by USB oscilloscopes.

On-device buffering, using deep memory on some devices, ensures that the display is updated frequently and smoothly enough even on long timebases. While only the most important features from PicoScope for Windows are included: scope, spectrum and persistence modes; interactive zoom; simple, delayed and advanced triggers; automatic measurements; and signal generator control, the company assures that more functions will be added over time. Users can save captures for off-line analysis, share them with other PicoScope for Windows and PicoScope for Linux users, or export them in text, CSV and Mathworks MATLAB 4 formats.

PicoScope 6

The oscilloscope software is available for Debian 7.0 (code named "wheezy"), Ubuntu 12.xx/13.xx as well as other Debian-based distributions with mono-runtime version 2.10.81. or higher. Drivers are available for current scopes from the PicoScope 2000 to 6000 series. Again, the company said it is working to add driver support for older products.

The PicoScope software requires an USB oscilloscope from the PicoScope range. Such oscilloscopes are available with bandwidths up to 1GHz, up to 4 input channels, hardware vertical resolutions up to 16 bits, sampling rates up to 5GS/s, buffer sizes up to 2GS, and built-in signal generators. Other features available on some models include flexible hardware resolution, switchable bandwidth limiters, switchable high-impedance and 50Ω inputs, and differential inputs.

- Christoph Hammerschmidt
  EE Times Europe





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