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PicoScope Oscilloscopes now run on Linux

Pico-Linux28 February 2014 - Pico Technology has just released a beta version of the PicoScope 6 oscilloscope software for Linux. This is in response to requests from a large number of customers in the scientific and educational fields where Linux is widely used. PicoScope 6 is a powerful application that converts a PC into an oscilloscope, FFT spectrum analyser and measuring device. On-device buffering, using deep memory on some devices, ensures that the display is updated frequently and smoothly even on long timebases.

The most important features from PicoScope for Windows are included — scope, spectrum and persistence modes; interactive zoom; simple, delayed and advanced triggers; automatic measurements; and signal generator control —and Pico is working on adding more. Captures can be saved for off-line analysis, shared with other PicoScope for Windows and PicoScope for Linux users, or exported in text, CSV and Mathworks MATLAB 4 formats.

The only additional hardware needed is a compact, economical USB oscilloscope from the PicoScope range. PicoScope oscilloscopes are available with bandwidths up to 1 GHz, up to 4 input channels, hardware vertical resolutions up to 16 bits, sampling rates up to 5 GS/s, buffer sizes up to 2 GS, and built-in signal generators. Other features available on some models include flexible hardware resolution, switchable bandwidth limiters, switchable high-impedance and 50 ohm inputs, and differential inputs.

The new software is packaged for easy installation on the following distributions:

  • · Debian 7.0 (wheezy) i386/amd64
  • · Ubuntu 12.xx/13.xx i386/amd64
  • · Any other Debian-based distribution with mono-runtime >=

PicoScope includes drivers for all current scopes from the PicoScope 2000 Series to the 6000 Series. The drivers can also be used on their own to create custom applications.


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