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PicoScope 6.14.1 Beta with Manchester decoding
PicoScope 6 Manchester decoder, in graph and table format.
PicoScope's serial decoder can now handle Manchester encoding. This protocol has a long history but is still in widespread use in network communication standards such as 10BaseT Ethernet and MIL-STD-1553, as well as in RFID and consumer IR devices. There's also a separate decoder for the related DALI protocol, which handles lighting controls.

This is our first new beta in a while, so this update also fixes a few bugs, including one affecting some PicoScope 4000 Series models and an issue causing the software to run slowly when changing coupling mode on small screens or windows.

You can read more about the new serial protocols here.
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New PicoLog 6 for Raspbian OS
TC-08 thermocouple data logger connected to a Raspberry Pi.

With the new 6.1.11 Beta release, PicoLog now supports Raspbian OS. This means that you can now use Pico data loggers with your Raspberry Pi.

Optimized for Raspberry Pi 3B and 3B+ on Raspbian Stretch, the PicoLog 6 data logging software package provides a visual, easy-to-use interface allowing you to quickly set up simple or complex acquisitions and record, view and analyze data.

Data from a TC-08 and a DrDAQ, captured using PicoLog 6.1.11 Beta on a Raspberry Pi.

It's the same PicoLog software that runs on Windows, macOS and Linux with a couple of minor performance tweaks to suit the lower-powered ARM processors. 

We've also improved math channels in this beta release to make them faster and more convenient.

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Focus on: PicoSource AS108 Agile Synthesizer
PicoSource AS-108 with screenshot of software window.

The PicoSource™ AS108 Agile Synthesizer is designed to meet the needs of both benchtop and integrated module applications. Its broad 300 kHz to 8 GHz frequency range, fast settling and programmable phase, frequency and amplitude match it to a wide range of applications, with the added advantages of low cost, small footprint and 12 to 15 V power requirement. 

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Application: partial discharge testing
MS Pico uses the PicoScope 5442D oscilloscope.
DIAEL is a Spanish company providing electrical insulation diagnosis, specializing in measuring and monitoring partial discharge from high voltage cables, with a range of products for electrical insulation in cable systems, power transformers, motors, switchgear and so on. This is in support of the 15NRM02 UHV European project developed within EURAMET.
Their new MS Pico measuring system uses the PicoScope 5442D oscilloscope alongside BlueBOX sensors and filtering software to allow offline and online measurement and fault location in medium, high and ultra high-voltage systems.

The PicoScope 5000D allows the capture of high-speed transients with sampling rates of 1 GS/s with 8-bit resolution, and can be changed to measure slower signals with a resolution of up to 16 bits and more than 70 dB SFDR, which makes it ideal for the wide range of signals that must be captured with the MS Pico test system.
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Tech Tip: Low-temperature measurement with DrDAQ
DrDAQ multipurpose data logger.
Q. Is there a temperature sensor for the DrDAQ with a lower range than the DD100?

A. Yes. You can use any 100 kΩ NTC thermistor with a low enough temperature range. Connect it across pins 1 and 2 of one of the Ext inputs. Then use the manufacturer's temperature-resistance curve to create a lookup table for PicoLog.
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We have vacancies for software engineers, a test engineering team leader, hardware development engineers (including at graduate entry level), project managers and electronics test engineers. Follow the link to find out more and apply.

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