February 27, 2014. Saelig Co. Inc. has announced the availability of a new 8-channel high-resolution PC oscilloscope for advanced multichannel applications. Housed in a compact, rugged enclosure, the PicoScope 4824 offers 12-bit resolution, a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface, and an integrated 14-bit arbitrary waveform generator. The new eight-channel PicoScope has the same small footprint as previous two- and four-channel models, and it can replace cumbersome full-sized workbench scopes. Like all PicoScopes, the 4824 is small, light, and portable. It is entirely powered via USB and does not require a bulky separate adapter.
With eight high-precision, low-noise inputs, a bandwidth of 20 MHz, and sensitivity from 2 mV/div, this scope is suited to a range of applications such as power-supply start sequencing, decode and time-aligned display of related I/O lines, seven-channel audio signals, three-phase voltage and current measurements, and multiphase motor drives. The maximum sampling rate of 80 MS/s, a deep buffer memory of 256 MSamples, and data streaming capabilities enable the scope to measure detailed, useful signal capture over prolonged periods.
The PicoScope 4824 features a comprehensive list of capabilities, such as a 20-MHz FFT spectrum analyzer, segmented memory (for bursts of up to 10,000 captures in less than 30 ms), math channels, automatic measurements, color persistence display mode, split-screen waveform viewing, advanced digital triggering, mask limit testing, and serial decoding (SPI, I2C, I2S, RS-232/UART, CAN, LIN, and FlexRay). A free SDK is also included for developing applications in various popular programming languages including C, Visual Basic, NI LabVIEW, and MATLAB with example code.
In addition, the PicoScope 4824 has a built-in low-distortion, 80-MS/s, 14 bit arbitrary waveform generator (AWG), which can be used to emulate missing sensor signals during product development or to stress test a design over the full intended operating range. Waveforms can be imported from data files or created and modified using the included graphical AWG editor. A function generator is also included, with sine, square, and triangle waves up to 1 MHz, DC level, white noise, and many more standard waveforms. Combining offset and frequency controls with advanced and spectrum peak hold options makes this a suitable tool for testing amplifier and filter responses.
The included PicoScope software for Windows harnesses the PC's processing power, storage, graphics and networking capabilities. The user interface is easy for novices to learn, but professional users will find many advanced features including spectrum analysis, persistence display, automatic measurements, advanced triggers and channel math capabilities. Users can download software updates, feature extensions, and improvements free.
The PicoScope 4824 is a low cost, portable solution for multi-input applications. Eight high-resolution analog channels facilitate the analysis of data streams such as audio, ultrasound, vibration, power, and complex timing systems, and allow simultaneous precision measurement tasks to be performed on multiple inputs. Made by Pico Technology, the PicoScope 4824 is supplied complete with two passive x1/x10 probes and a carry case. They are available now with a 5-year warranty starting at $2,079 from Saelig Co. Inc., Pico Technology's U.S. technical distributor.