Arbitrary waveform and function generator
All PicoScope 3200 dual–channel scopes have a built–in function generator (sine, square, triangle, DC level). As well as basic controls to set level, offset and frequency, more advanced controls allow you to sweep over a range of frequencies. Combined with the spectrum peak hold option this makes a powerful tool for testing amplifier and filter responses.
If you have a B or MSO model PicoScope you also have a built–in arbitrary waveform generator (AWG). The AWG can generate a waveform of almost any shape. You can create and edit waveforms for your AWG using the AWG editor, load them from a spreadsheet or import them from a previously captured oscilloscope waveform.
Your PicoScope 3000 oscilloscope has the power to perform in many applications previously the domain of traditional benchtop oscilloscopes - from design and research, to education, service and repair.
Unlike benchtop oscilloscopes, your PicoScope oscilloscope is small and light enough to take with you. Your PicoScope easily fits into a laptop bag - great for the engineer on the move, or when you want to show off the power and performance of your PicoScope to others. Of course, being USB powered there is no need for an external power supply so your PicoScope oscilloscope really can be used wherever and whenever you want.
As well as the standard range of triggers found on all oscilloscopes, your PicoScope 3000 scope gives you a class-leading set of advanced triggers including pulse width, windowed and dropout triggers to help you capture the data you need.
Most digital oscilloscopes sold today still use an analog trigger architecture based around comparators. This can cause time and amplitude errors that can not always be calibrated out. The use of comparators often limits the trigger sensitivity at high bandwidths and can also create a long trigger "re-arm" delay.
Since 1991 we have been pioneering the use of fully digital triggering using the actual digitised data. This reduces trigger errors and allows your oscilloscope to trigger on the smallest signals, even at the full bandwidth. Trigger levels and hysteresis can be set with great precision and resolution. Digital triggering also reduces re-arm delay and this combined with the segmented memory allows the triggering and capture of events that happen in rapid sequence. At the fastest timebase you can use rapid triggering to collect 10,000 waveforms in under 20 milliseconds. Our mask limit testing function can then scan through these waveforms to highlight any failed waveforms for viewing in the waveform buffer.
You can trust what you see
Most oscilloscopes are built down to a price; ours are built up to a specification.
Careful front-end design and shielding reduces noise, crosstalk and harmonic distortion. Years of oscilloscope experience leads to improved pulse response and bandwidth flatness. The result is simple: when you probe a circuit, you can trust in the waveform you see on the screen.
Why pay more?
At Pico we don't do "optional extras". Other companies may think that you should pay for high-end features such as mask limit testing, serial decoding, advanced triggering, automatic measurements, math channels, XY mode, digital filtering and segmented memory. We don't. When you buy a PicoScope 3000 USB Oscilloscope everything is included in the price.
For today, tomorrow and the future
With many companies once you've purchased your product that's the end of your relationship. When you purchase your PicoScope that's only the beginning of your relationship with us. We want to make sure your PicoScope continues to meet your needs for a long time to come. To do this we regularly update our software with new features and improvements - many suggested by you, our customers, and all designed to let you get more from your scope. At the same time we've made sure our PicoScope software can be used with all of our standard PC oscilloscopes so if you ever want to upgrade you can don't need to learn a new software package.
Many of our customers become lifelong PicoScope users. We hope you'll be one of them.
The highest-performance USB-powered oscilloscopes available
Real-time sampling rates of up to 500 MS/s, bandwidths of up to 200 MHz, buffer memories of up to 128 MS, an integrated function generator/AWG together with features such as mask testing and serial decoding all combine to make the PicoScope 3000 Series the highest-performance USB-powered oscilloscopes available.