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Pico Technology's PicoScope 6000 Series

Article-Pico Technology's PicoScope 6000 Series

Pico Technology's PicoScope 6000 Series

The new PicoScope 6000 Series allows engineers to view and capture higher speed signals that in the past were not possible with a PC based scope, along with comparatively priced benchtop setups. With a 5 GS/s sampling rate, 350 MHz bandwidth, and an extremely large 1 GS buffer size, the new scopes allow the user to capture high speed signals at a significantly longer time base. To compare this, a benchtop in the same class as the PS-6403 which would have the same sampling rate, bandwidth and a buffer size of 10MS would only be able to capture at 5 GS/s up until 100uS/div, while the PS-6403 would be able to hold the 5 GS/s sampling rate up to 10mS/div. This is a significant improvement in signal display quality, along with being priced at almost half the price as the competitive benchtop model. The PicoScope 6000 Series offers significant cost savings with the PicoScope 6402 kit priced at $5,767 and the PicoScope 6403 kit priced at $7,417, these two units will give specifications at a significant price cut. With 350 MHz bandwidth and a 5 GS/s sampling rate a comparable unit would be for example the DPO4034 from Tektronix. This unit has a starting price of $10,200 and includes only a 10M buffer size with no option to upgrade the memory size. To obtain 1 GS memory size from one manufacture you have to spend an additional $30K on top on the base unit. While improving the specifications available along with a significant price savings, the consumer will be able to afford higher quality readings which will improve and lower the costs of products in other fields, as well. Starting with the PicoScope 3000 series launched in 2004 Pico allowed users to obtain oscilloscopes with the right combination of the three factors, then we improved this again dramatically with the introduction of the PS-5000 series - the world's fastest USB connected PC oscilloscope at the time, and have once again improved the design with the PS-6000 series. Never before can a customer purchase a PC oscilloscope with the specifications that the PS-6000 series has to offer, or a benchtop model with similar specifications at such a low price, according to the company.

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