USB, PC-hosted scope offers eight high-resolution channels and an ARB

February 25, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
An 8-channel PC oscilloscope from Pico Technology has 20-MHz bandwidth; hosed in a similar style to Pico's existing scope ranges, PicoScope 4824 offers 12-bit resolution, SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface, and an integrated 14-bit arbitrary waveform generator (AWG).

The 8-channel PicoScope has the same small footprint as Pico’s existing 2 and 4-channel models, and according to its designers “can replace the cumbersome full-sized scope on your workbench”. It is entirely powered via USB and does not require a bulky separate adaptor.

With 8 high-precision, low-noise inputs, a bandwidth of 20 MHz and sensitivity from 2 mV/div, this scope is well suited to a broad range of applications such as power supply start sequencing, decode and time-aligned display of related I/O, 7-channel audio, 3-phase voltage and current measurements, and multi-phase motor drives. The maximum sampling rate of 80 Msamples/sec, deep buffer memory of 256 Msamples and data streaming enable the scope to capture detailed timing data over prolonged periods.

The PicoScope 4824 includes a comprehensive list of features as standard, such as a 20 MHz FFT spectrum analyser, segmented memory (for bursts of up to 10,000 captures in less than 30 msec), math channels, automatic measurements, colour persistence display mode, advanced digital triggering, mask limit testing and serial decoding (SPI, I 2C, I 2S, RS-232/UART, CAN, LIN and FlexRay). A free SDK is also included for developing applications in various programming languages including C, Microsoft Visual Basic, National Instruments LabVIEW and MathWorks MATLAB with example code available at www.picoapps.com

The PicoScope 4824 oscilloscope is available now from Pico distributors and from www.picotech.com, priced at €1688/£1395; this includes all of the features mentioned, plus USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 cables and a 5 year warranty.

Pico Technology, www.picotech.com