Automotive Newsletter

May 2011

New PicoScope Test: Smart Alternator (Ford)

We regularly add new tests into PicoScope software and have just released a test for the ‘Smart Charging Alternator’ system as used on some Ford vehicles. The topic includes connection instructions, example waveforms and technical notes. We have also places a copy of the new test on the forum. If you have any experience working with these smart alternator systems we invite you to review and suggest improvements on the test (the link can be found below). In the forum post is both a PDF file and the .psdata file used in the help topic. If you have any hints, tips or advice that may help others working on these alternators please add these to the forum thread. We also welcome comments and/or suggestions for improvements to the topic.

View the forum thread

Feedback: Capless HT Lead (Motorcycle)

As part of our continuing efforts to expand our range of test accessories, we are thinking of releasing a specially designed HT Lead for use with Motorcycles. This would allow you to remove the ignition coil from the Spark Plug and reattach it to allow the use of the (PP178) Secondary Pick Up Lead. This would be very useful where use of the COP probe is limited therefore requiring the use of the Secondary Pick Up Lead. We would like feedback from Motorcycle Technicians to allow us to see if this would be a valuable accessory for Motorcycle Diagnostics.

Please pass your feedback to us via our Automotive Forum.

View the forum thread

Fantastic Opportunities to Join an Innovative Company!

Perhaps this is the year you will discover the benefits of working for Pico Technology:

  • Design and development of exciting new products
  • A culture of constant technical innovation
  • Opportunities in test and measurement, and prestigious automotive markets
  • A company that frequently wins awards

We currently have the following vacancies, but don’t worry if you don’t fit exactly into any of these categories. We are always looking for design talent.

  • Development Engineer - Windows Desktop Application Software
  • Development Engineer - Analogue Hardware
  • Development Engineer - Hardware
  • Technical Specialist - Software

Find details of these positions, and an online application form, at You can also send enquiries by email We look forward to hearing from you.

Training Courses

Autonerdz, a Pico distributor based in North America, delivers PicoScope Oscilloscope Training both at their headquarters located in Olympia WA, and online.

The following date is currently available:

Olympia, Washington, 98501, USA
10th June 2011

Class size is limited, so be sure to register early by calling Autonerdz on877-628-4899 (Toll Free USA and Canada) or via email.

Diagnostic Solutions, a Pico distributor based in Ireland, delivers PicoScope Oscilloscope Training in Dublin. Please email for further information.

If you own, or are thinking of buying, a Pico Automotive Diagnostics Kit, you mustn’t miss the Professional Diagnostics Ltd Engine 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:

Taunton, Somerset, UK 
10-11 May 2011 and 14-15 June 2011

Accrington, UK
5-6 July 2011

Places are limited, so please call 07881 555385 to reserve your place, or visit for more information.

Please contact your local distributor for information on training events outside the UK.

Forthcoming Exhibitions and Events

Please see our events page for the latest information about forthcoming exhibitions, courses and other events.


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)
Fax: 01480 396296 (+44 1480 396296)

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320 N Glenwood Blvd.
TX 75702
United States
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