PicoScope 7 Automotive Software

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Re: PicoScope 7 Automotive Software

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Thank you once again to the software teams for their continued dedication to the development of PicoScope 7 Automotive which can be downloaded here https://oem.picoauto.com/p7beta/download

PicoScope 7 version 7.0.71.8005 (scheduled release date 26-04-21)

Further to the introduction of Spectrum mode in PicoScope 7.0.68, the following new features have been included:

Spectrum peak span bin count

Bin count adjustment now included when editing spectrum measurements
• With Spectrum mode selected, click on the “More” button in the left-hand tool panel and select Measurements
• Note: Clicking on the “Star” symbol to the left of the Measurement symbol will place the Measurement button in the left-hand tool panel where it will remain ready for use without having to select “More”
• In the example below we have opted to display the measurement “Amplitude at peak” for channel A within a large measurement panel
• Click on the large measurement panel to reveal further measurement options
• Note the option to adjust the Spectrum peak span bin count is now available
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Please note, when there are no active Scope views present, only measurements applicable to the Spectrum view will be visible and vice-versa (See images below)
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Feedback on the design and function of the Spectrum measurement options would be most welcome
Click on More > Send Feedback within the software

Additional harmonic measurement controls

Highest Harmonic, Harmonic Range and Harmonic noise floor controls will now appear if applicable to the selected measurement

• With Spectrum mode selected, click on the “More” button in the left-hand tool panel and select Measurements
• Note: Clicking on the “Star” symbol to the left of the Measurement symbol will place the Measurement button in the left-hand tool panel where it will remain ready for use without having to select “More”
• In the example below we have opted to display the measurement “Total Harmonic Distortion (THD%)” for channel A within a large measurement panel
• Click on the large measurement panel to reveal further measurement options
• Below we now display the controls for Highest Harmonic, Harmonic Range and Harmonic noise floor
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Bug Fixes

Improvements to the layout & spacing of the UI controls for Mac users
Improved 8 channel device support across all platforms

On the horizon

J1939 Serial Decoder
Signal Generator controls for PicoScope 4823

I hope this helps, take care.......Steve

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Re: PicoScope 7 Automotive Software

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Thank you once again to the software teams for their continued dedication to the development of PicoScope 7 Automotive which can be downloaded here https://oem.picoauto.com/p7beta/download

PicoScope 7 version 7.0.72.8244 (scheduled release date 10-05-21)

View per channel with Spectrum & Scope views


• With Spectrum and Scope views displayed, selecting “Views per channel” will only apply to the active viewport
• Other active viewports will be removed
• In the example below we have opted to select “Views per channel” for the Spectrum view
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• With your chosen Spectrum view selected, click on the “More” button in the left-hand tool panel and select Views
• Note: Clicking on the “Star” to the left of Views symbol will place the Views button in the left-hand tool panel where it will remain ready for use without having to select “More”
• Click on “Views per Channel” and note below how PicoScope 7 only displays each active channel in Spectrum viewports
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• To return a Scope view, click on the Views button and “Scope” in the Views dialog box

Feedback on the design and function of “Views per channel” with Spectrum and Scope views active would be most welcome
Click on More > Send Feedback within the software

Show/hide serial decoders
• Below we have Spectrum and Scope views displayed along with a serial decode table for the CAN data present in our Scope view
• With Scope view active, click on Views
• The Views dialog box now includes the option to show/hide the serial decode data within the graph of the Scope view
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• With Spectrum view active, click on Views
• The Views dialog will not include the option to show/hide the serial decode data within the graph of the Spectrum view as this is not relevant

Feedback on the design and function of “Show/hide serial decoder” with Spectrum and Scope views active would be most welcome
Click on More > Send Feedback within the software

Spectrum view reference waveform options

• Below we have Spectrum and Scope views displayed along with reference waveforms for both frequency and time domain captures
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• With Spectrum view active, clicking on the Reference waveform button will present options to adjust the Vertical Scale and Offset only as “Delay” is not applicable to the frequency domain
• With Scope view active, clicking on Reference waveform button will present options to adjust the Vertical Scale, Offset and Delay time applicable to the time domain
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Feedback on the design and function of the Reference waveform feature with Spectrum and Scope views active would be most welcome
Click on More > Send Feedback within the software

Additional input range options added to existing probe menu

• Below are just 2 examples of the symmetrical input ranges now available when using the x10 attenuator and 20/60 A current clamp

X10 attenuator
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20/ 60 A current clamp (20 A Mode)
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Feedback on the design and function of the additional input ranges for existing probes would be most welcome
Click on More > Send Feedback within the software

Signal generator controls

For those lucky enough to own our 8 -channel oscilloscope (PicoScope 4823) with built in signal generator, PicoScope 7 now includes signal generator controls

Please note, signal generator controls are active only when the 4823 device is connected

• With PicoScope 4823 connected note how the Signal generator controls are displayed beneath the channel option buttons
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• Please note when clinking on the signal generator controls, we are presented with a caution window explaining that the signal generator is under development at present (Select “Yes” to continue)
• The Signal generator control panel dialog box will open where the following options are available for selection
• “Basic” includes Signal generator On / Off, Signal type, frequency, amplitude and offset
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• “Sweep” includes Sweep mode On / Off, sweep type, Start/Stop frequencies, frequency increments and increment time interval
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• “Triggers” which will follow very soon with a future build of PicoScope 7
• Note how the Signal generator control buttons contain a summary of the current signal generator settings which include a 1 kHz square waveform at an amplitude of 2 V
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Feedback on the design and function of the Signal generator controls would be most welcome
Click on More > Send Feedback within the software

Bug fixes

• Spectrum auto set up function now applicable to all active channels
• Spectrum options panel is now accessible (prior to running) when loading a psdata file containing a Spectrum view
• Improvements to the performance of PicoScope 7 during analysis of long captures with high sample count
• Crank math channel displayed correctly with and without zoom active
• Improvement to buffer count when decreasing bin count in Spectrum mode
• Improve input ranges and displayed units in Spectrum mode
• Updates to Trigger toolbar relative to time base settings
• Improvements to Probe mismatch when detecting Metric/Imperial units
• Improved handling of differential probes within probe mismatch dialog box
• Improvements to PicoScope 7 stability during start up and when used in demo mode


I hope this helps, take care......Steve

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Re: PicoScope 7 Automotive Software

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Thank you once again to the software teams for their continued dedication to the development of PicoScope 7 Automotive which can be downloaded here https://oem.picoauto.com/p7beta/download
PicoScope 7 version 7.0.73.8350 (scheduled release date 25-05-21)

J1939 Serial decoder

Many thanks again to Ben Martins for his relentless hard work in developing the J1939 serial decoder. More information can be found here topic22615.html?

Signal generator trigger controls

Following on from the introduction of our signal generator controls here viewtopic.php?p=101934#p101934 trigger controls have now been introduced

• With PicoScope 4823 connected, note how the Signal generator controls are displayed beneath the channel option buttons
• Please note when clicking on the signal generator controls, we are presented with a caution window explaining that the signal generator is under development at present (Select “Yes” to continue)
• The Signal generator control panel dialog box will open where the Trigger tab now includes trigger controls
• Below we have used the manual trigger feature to provide a single sweep up from 30 Hz to 80 Hz
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Feedback on the design and function of the signal generator “Trigger controls” would be most welcome. Click on More > Send Feedback within the software

Reduced default sample rates

Acting on feedback from our customers, the default "Target sample rate" has been reduced to 2 MS/s to assist with file size and handling. This is particularly welcome for extended captures where “sharing” can become time consuming given the file size

Bug fixes

• Waveform buffer images (within the waveform navigator) now update when amending the bin configuration in spectrum mode
• Instrument icon now remains favorited after closing and reopening PicoScope 7
• Improved functionally and stability of PicoScope 7 in both Scope and Spectrum mode
• Improved accuracy of “Average amplitude at peak” measurement in spectrum mode
• Spectrum view named “Spectrum” and not “FFT” as previously seen with an earlier version of PicoScope 7
• Improved operation of Spectrum control button when increasing or decreasing the desired frequency
• Improvements to the design of the measurement icons in Spectrum mode
• Improved launching of PicoScope 7 on all platforms across all devices and demo mode
• Improved handling of filtering math channels in Spectrum mode
• Improved update of displayed measurements in Spectrum mode when amending Spectrum Peak Span (bins)

I hope this helps, take care......Steve

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Re: PicoScope 7 Automotive Software

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A comment about the latest PicoScope 7 version 7.0.73.8350 which I have tested today, where I have used the function serial decoding of a canbus signal.

I mean - that this feature has become significantly more stable than previous versions and in my own little canbus test there was no dropout on the signal.

I can only say that I am extremely satisfied with Picoscope 7 and what the Pico team has achieved so far - keep up the good work. :wink:


Regards
Kim

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Re: PicoScope 7 Automotive Software

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Wow, thank you Kim for taking the time to feedback.

We are always pushing to make PS7 the best scope solution available and thanks to 1000's of feedback from users at the coal face I know we are succeeding and will continue to develop/improve as we go

I will share your comments with the software team immediately

Take care.....Steve

Steve Smith
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Re: PicoScope 7 Automotive Software

Post by Steve Smith »

Thank you once again to the software teams for their continued dedication to the development of PicoScope 7 Automotive which can be downloaded here https://oem.picoauto.com/p7beta/download

PicoScope 7 version 7.0.74.8462 (scheduled release date 08-06-21)

New features

Signal generator additional features

Following on from the introduction of the signal generator here viewtopic.php?p=101934#p101934, the signal generator frequency and amplitude controls can now be adjusted using a Mouse scroll wheel (4823 only)
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Signal generator Auto-run

The signal generator will now auto run when loading psdata file saved using a signal generator (4823 only)
• Below we have a psdata file that has been loaded with a 4823 PicoScope connected
• The file was originally saved with the signal generator active @ 2 kHz and 900 mV
• Clicking on the Signal generator lozenge/button will reveal the signal generator control panel
• A message will now be displayed informing the user the signal generator will run when you start capturing
• Clicking on the “Stopped” button to run the scope will also activate the signal generator
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The video below will assist with the features described above
Sig Gen lozenge.mp4
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Feedback on the design and function of the signal generator “Scroll and Auto-run features” would be most welcome. Click on More > Send Feedback within the software

Scope and Spectrum views to display all relevant channels

Analogue & Math channels along with Reference-waveforms will be now carried across when changing between Scope and Spectrum views when only a single viewport exists

• Below we have 3 waveforms displayed in a single Scope view
• Channel A is a live “sweeping” 1 kHz to 2 kHz signal captured from a signal generator
• We have also included a math channel (freq(A)) and a reference waveform
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• Clicking on the Instrument button will now allow the user to change to a single Spectrum view
• Note below how all channels have now been carried across into the single Spectrum view
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The video below will assist with the features described above
ALL CHANNELS ACROSS.mp4
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Feedback on the design and function of the “Scope & Spectrum functionality” would be most welcome. Click on More > Send Feedback within the software

Revision of automotive probe options

A number of automotive probes and input ranges have been amended to suit typical “Auto” applications
• An example would be the introduction of a x 20/x200 option for the TA057 1400 V differential probe
• Another example is the introduction of symmetrical ranges for the 20/60 A current clamp

The video below describes the examples given above
Probes.mp4
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Feedback on the new probe options and input ranges would be most welcome.
Click on More > Send Feedback within the software

Bug fixes

• Improved support for PicoScope 4x23 models across all platforms
• Improved RWL functionality and stability with Linux
• Improved Spectrum functionality and stability across all platforms
• Improved stability and operation of Signal Generator Sweep controls
• Improved stability of math channel editing with Mac
• Improved functionality of “Crank” math channel
• Improved level of precision for X-axis rulers when zooming in Spectrum view
• Frequency value display now displayed in ruler legend to accompany rpm (relative to time rulers)

On the Horizon

The Reference Waveform Library (RWL) for PicoScope 7 is just around the corner!

I hope this helps, take care…..Steve

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