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This forum post is intended to provide a brief introduction to a new feature prior to full instructions being added to the manual. If you have any questions / comments about its use (including just wanting to thank the developers for adding the feature ) then please post below.
Most PicoScope oscilloscopes have both hardware-based low pass filters (bandwidth limiters) and software-based low pass filters (digital filters). Each type of filter has different advantages and disadvantages that are described in the manual. These filters can be used independently or combined for maximum flexibility.
As low pass filters are the ones most commonly used, they are available in the channel options as shown below:
In PicoScope 6.9.5 we have added more digital filters (high pass, band pass etc.) and made them available as maths channels. The advantage of using maths channels is that you can now display the original (unfiltered) waveform at the same time as the filtered waveform. In the example below I have used a sine wave exhibiting noise (Cha A Blue) whilst the maths channel below (Black) provides a filtered version of the same sine wave with the noise removed.
To use these new functions follow these steps:
1. Create a new maths channel (Tools > Maths Channels > Create)
2. Select Advanced in the maths channel "Equation Editor" and on the left choose the filters option. You then have a choice of
* High pass
* Low pass
* Band pass
* Band stop
You can select the filter type using the relevant filter buttons (in the example above "LowPass"), then select the channel and frequency in Hz. The correct format for a 10 Hz low pass filter on channel A is as follows:
LowPass(A,10) as with the example waveform above.
This feature will provide ideal protection from the pitfalls of over-filtering given you can see the "before and after" effects of the amount of low pass filter applied to the original waveform. O2 sensors spring to mind due to the vulnerability of the low frequency, low voltage signal in the typical harsh environment of an engine bay.