Pico Technology (www.picotech.com) has introduced an entry-level USB oscilloscope that offers a sampling rate of one GS/s — a feature that is previously offered on mains-powered oscilloscope only.
With the equivalent-time sampling mode, the PicoScope 2208 also has the capability to increase its sampling rate for repetitive signals by as much as 10 GS/s. Aside from the high sampling rate, the dual channel oscilloscope also offers a bandwidth of 200 MHz, a vertical resolution of eight bits and a record length of four kS, making it ideally suited for use in various applications.
Using the same software fitted in Pico Technology’s high-end oscilloscope, the PicoScope 2208 provides users with a complete test and measurement lab as it can also be used as a spectrum analyzer, multimeter, arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) and function generator.
Small enough to easily fit into a laptop bag, the compact oscilloscope is powered by a USB 2.0 interface, eliminating the need to carry an external power supply or batteries. The USB port provides high-speed data to the PC to deliver a high-resolution and responsive display.
Unlike other oscilloscope with limited functionality software, the PicoScope 2208 is equipped with the same PicoScope software fitted in high-end oscilloscopes. This allows users to enjoy the same functions and features at an affordable price.
The affordable yet powerful oscilloscope is easy to operate. It comes with a software development kit (SDK), which contains example code and drivers that enable users to use third party software like LabVIEW or develop their own applications.