Thursday, November 20, 2014

Drivers for Pico's scope and data loggers run on BeagleBone and Raspberry Pi

Pico Technology has released PicoScopeR beta drivers for its oscilloscope and data logging devices to run on the ARM-based BeagleBone Black and Raspberry Pi development boards.
The drivers access a range of compact, economical USB oscilloscopes and data loggers, including high-speed oscilloscopes with bandwidths up to 500MHz, high-resolution 12bit and 16bit oscilloscopes, and deep-memory oscilloscopes with buffer sizes up to 512Msample.
Most of the company’s oscilloscopes offer advanced digital triggering, fast block-mode and streaming-mode data capture, and a built-in signal generator or arbitrary waveform generator. The data logger range includes multi-channel voltage loggers, eight-channel thermocouple loggers and the DrDAQ multifunction logger.
Separate driver packages and snippets of C code are available for Raspbian and Debian systems. Code could be developed in C-compatible programming languages such as C++, Java and JavaScript, says the company.
A forum is available via the company’s website. Beta drivers for Mac OS X and Linux, drivers for Microsoft Windows and a free SDK can be downloaded free of charge.

Monday, November 17, 2014

electronica show in Munich

I just got back from three days in Munich at one of Europe's premier industrial electronics shows.  It was good to meet up with more than a dozen of our worldwide suppliers and catch up on their developments and share plans.  Soem excitin new products are in the pipeline!

Here's what Graham Pitcher of the UK's New Electronics ( thought of the show:

By the time electronica closed last Friday afternoon, more than 73,000 visitors had passed through its bar code controlled gates - a modest, but welcome, increase on the number of attendees in 2012.
electronica has always been viewed as a German show with a reasonable international attendance. But the figures released by the organizers showed there were as many international visitors this year as there were from Germany - and the UK was the third largest international group, behind Italy and Austria.

Two themes dominated the event: the Internet of Things (IoT); and 'solutions'. The IoT was the topic for this year's CEO Roundtable. Picking up on emerging themes, the CEOs - from NXP, Freescale, STMicroelectronics and Infineon - called for secure, scalable and energy efficient products to enable the IoT to develop further.

Many leading semiconductor companies and distributors were talking about 'solutions'. What are they? Anything from evaluation boards and reference designs to pre-configured circuit elements. Why are they appearing? Two main reasons: one is that engineers don't have enough time to start designs from scratch; the other is that a 'resource gap' is emerging - companies don't have the necessary skills in house.

Most 'solutions' were, in fact, only partial; other elements need to be brought together to create a product. But if a company, for example, didn't have the analog expertise, these ideas would certainly take the project forward.

Well, that's it for another two years. What might the focus be for the 2016 event? Electronics technology might not be moving forward quite as quickly as it once did, but the pace of product innovation hasn't slowed - it's the applications that now capture our imagination, rather than the 'bits and pieces' inside the box.

What might those new applications be? Gregg Lowe, Freescale's CEO, ended his contribution to the CEO Roundtable by saying: "When we come back in two years, we'll be talking about something we don't know about today."

Monday, November 10, 2014

Handheld 25MHz Scope on YouTube!

Our latest YouTube video features Owon's great RDS1021 Handheld 25MHz USB Oscilloscope. Great for field toolkits! Check it out!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Pre-compliance testing ... affordably!

Faced with EMI problems? Need to do pre-compliance testing to avoid expensive Test House failures? We may have just the affordable product to help! See

Monday, October 27, 2014

Videos again

We're learning how to use some Adobe software packages to make our videos look better.  Here''s our latest video - please take a look!  It's a revision of our previous ABI System 8 PCB Repair System video, but with improved graphics - and Sales Manager Dan Evans doing the voice-over in his mellow voice!  Watch here.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

YouTube videos

Everyone searches Google daily and it seems that their algorithm really likes videos in its organic web rankings.  So we’ve made a few videos about some products that we believe will be of interest to our colleagues.  We are learning how to make them short, to the point, and informative.  Please do me a great favor and view them.  Give us feedback so we can make improvements in our next batch – as well as helping to boost our viewing statistics!  

The latest was uploaded today and describes Byte Paradigm's lower cost byte-wide datalogger for digital debugging:

Here are some other recent ones:

ABI Electronics System 8:
Economical EMC/EMI test equipment: 

World's Smallest 8GHz RF Spectrum Analyzer:

RevEng Reverse Engineering Obsolete PCBs:  

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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