PicoScope ʼscopes now run on Linux

February 19, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Pico Technology has a beta version of the PicoScope 6 oscilloscope software for Linux written, the company says, in response to requests from users in the scientific and educational fields where Linux is widely employed.

PicoScope 6 is an application that converts a PC into an oscilloscope, FFT spectrum analyser and measuring device. On-device buffering, using deep memory on some devices, ensures that the display is updated frequently and smoothly even on long timebases. 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—and future releases will add features. You 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.

Hardware comes in the form of a USB oscilloscope from the PicoScope range. PicoScope oscilloscopes are available with bandwidths up to 1 GHz, up to 4 input channels, hardware vertical resolutions up to 16 bits, sampling rates up to 5 Gsamples/sec, buffer sizes up to 2 Gsamples, and built-in signal generators. Other features available on some models include flexible hardware resolution, switchable bandwidth limiters, switchable high-impedance and 50-Ohm inputs, and differential inputs.

The new software is packaged for easy installation on the following distributions:

· Debian 7.0 (wheezy) i386/amd64

· Ubuntu 12.xx/13.xx i386/amd64

· Any other Debian-based distribution with mono-runtime >= 2.10.8.1

PicoScope includes drivers for all current scopes from the PicoScope 2000 Series to the 6000 Series and we are working on adding support for some older devices. The drivers can also be used on their own to create custom applications.

Early users are contributing to Pico’s online forum.

Download PicoScope for Linux free of charge from http://www.picotech.com/linux.html

Pico Technology; www.picotech.com