02 December 2014 - Pico Technology improved its PicoScope 6 software for PC oscilloscopes and increased the continuous update rate to more than 100,000 waveforms per second. This is faster than any other PC oscilloscope, and beats many expensive benchtop oscilloscopes too.
As Managing Director Alan Tong explained, “When you are looking for an intermittent glitch, a faster waveform update rate lets you find it more quickly. PicoScope’s new fast persistence display mode can collect thousands of waveforms per second, overlaying them all with color-coding or intensity-grading to show which areas are stable and which are intermittent. Faults that previously took minutes to find now appear within seconds.”
The new fast persistence mode is available on all Pico oscilloscopes from the PicoScope 3000 Series upwards with the PicoScope R6.10.2 beta software or later. Using dedicated hardware inside the scope, this mode can achieve update rates up to 120,000 waveforms per second on USB 3.0 deep memory scopes such as the PicoScope 6000C/D Series. With USB 2.0 deep memory scopes the update rate can now reach 80,000 waveforms per second.
Even faster capture rates are possible using rapid trigger mode, which collects bursts of up to 10,000 waveforms at a rate of up to 1 million waveforms per second into segmented memory for later viewing.
All PicoScope users can download the latest software update free of charge from the company website.
Detailed test results for all current series of PicoScope oscilloscopes are listed in “Oscilloscope Waveform Update Rates”.