Automotive Newsletter

April 2009

New 2-Channel Oscilloscope!

Following on from the successful launch of the 4000 Series scope, we have now introduced a 2-channel version for the more budget-conscious user.

The new PicoScope diagnostic oscilloscope has twice the input voltage range, twice the bandwidth, 4 times the sampling rate and 64 times the memory of its predecessor!

The new PicoScope is equipped for the future, with a higher speed that gives you a clearer display of fast signals like CANbus and FlexRay. The new “always on memory”, now 64 times larger, never needs to be adjusted, so now you can concentrate on the job, not on the scope. You’ll never miss a detail, even with hard-to-find intermittent faults. The increased ±100 V input range removes the need for external attenuators for most tests.

New Picoscope 4000 – Full details

New Case Study: Zafira Intermittent Stalling

This month we have an interesting case study for you, written by a real PicoScope user who has kindly offered to share his diagnostic knowledge.

Zafira Intermittent Stalling. The customer complaint was intermittent cutting out. This was eventually narrowed down to only stalling at junctions: how important is correct information?

Read “Zafira Intermittent Stalling” by Nick Hibberd

Training Courses

Engine Management Diagnostics Course with renowned PicoScope expert Frank Massey

If you own, or are thinking of buying, a Pico Automotive Diagnostics Kit, you mustn’t miss ourEngine Management Diagnostics course. This two-day course introduces the basic working principles of engine management systems, component testing and system diagnostics using oscilloscopes. The course is split between class-based theory sessions and practical demonstrations in a workshop using the Pico Automotive Diagnostics Kit, together with plenty of hands-on experience with our kit. The course runs several times a year around the UK, and we currently have the following dates available :

City of Bristol College, Bristol
2-3 June 2009

These courses are popular, so book your course now!

Forthcoming Exhibitions

Autonerdz PICOSCOPE LIVE event

Our distributor based in North America is hosting a live hands-on PicoScope demonstration, available anywhere in the world. All you need is a PC with a high-speed internet connection. We can set up the scope on a live vehicle at our facility and you can run the scope from your PC. This gives you an opportunity to see the capabilities first-hand as well as find out if you are comfortable with the interface. Of course we will be there with you on the phone, available to direct you and answer any questions.

Autonerdz have a live PicoScope 4423 group demo scheduled for April 27th at 1pm Pacific time. Pleasevisit Autonerdz for directions on how to get hooked up with this free online event.

Other events

20-21 May 2009
Reebok Stadium, Bolton, UK

6-7 October 2009
SECC, Glasgow

13-18 October 2009
Equip Auto
Parc des expositions Paris-Nord, France

17-18 November 2009 
Sandown Park, Surrey

Employment Opportunities

Due to our continuing growth, we have vacancies for the following positions:

  • Development Engineer - Analogue Hardware
  • Development Engineer - Hardware

We look forward to hearing from you if you want to be part of a growing company at the leading edge of test equipment design.


Please visit Pico Exhibitions for the latest list of exhibitions and trade shows that Pico and its representatives will be attending.

We're hiring!

Thanks to our continuing success and growth Pico are always seeking talented people to join our company.

Please visit to see our current vacancies. We look forward to hearing from you!

Software releases

Our latest software releases are available as free downloads. To check which release you are using, start the software and select Help > About.

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Tel.: 01480 396395 (+44 1480 396395)
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320 N Glenwood Blvd.
TX 75702
United States
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