Depending on the model, the PicoScope® 3000 Series comes either as a 2 or 4 analog channels, plus an additional 16 digital channels on the MSO models. However, despite the model range you go for, the biggest selling point in all these devices comes from the fact that they are small, light, and portable, while offering the high-performance specifications required by engineers who are always on the move.
However, in spite the small size, the device comes packed with very powerful features that you would ordinarily find in your typical bench oscilloscope which include, a bandwidth of up to 200 MHz in analog, a deep buffer memory up to 512 MS, a real-time sampling of 1 GS/s, and a built-in arbitrary waveform generator. Furthermore, with an infinitely customizable software development kit, you can derive and export data from various measurements including, automatic measurements, mask limit testing, advanced triggers, serial decoding, math channels and the spectrum analyzer.
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As we have explained earlier, despite their compact size and low cost, there is no compromise on performance. With input bandwidths up to 200 MHz, the PicoScope 3000 Series scopes can measure a wide range of signal types, from DC and baseband into RF and all the way up to VHF. Indeed, a real-time sampling rate of 1 GS/s allows detailed display of high frequencies. For repetitive signals, the maximum effective sampling rate can be boosted to 10 GS/s using Equivalent Time Sampling (ETS) mode. With a sampling rate of at least five times the input bandwidth, PicoScope 3000 Series oscilloscopes are well equipped to capture high-frequency signal detail. In fact, this high performance is replicated in the huge buffer memory that allows the device to sustain high sampling rates across long timebases. For example, using the 512 MS buffer, the PicoScope 3206D and 3406D models can sample at 1 GS/s all the way down to 50 ms/div giving a 500 ms total capture time.
With such powerful tools, comes the need for a powerful software and on this front, the PicoScope® 3000 Series does not disappoint. For instance, the PicoScope 6 software enables you to zoom into your waveform by several million times. The Zoom Overview window allows you to easily control the size and location of the zoom area. Indeed, up to 10 000 waveforms can be stored in the segmented waveform buffer. Consequently, this buffer overview window allows you to rewind and review the history of your waveform which means that you no longer have to struggle to catch an infrequent glitch.
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