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Saelig Company, Inc., recently announced the release of the next-generation Pico Technology oscilloscope software: PicoScope 7. Based on PicoScope 6 software, PicoScope 7 has been rewritten to take advantage of the latest PC and display technologies.

PicoScope 7 — available for Windows, Linux, and Mac operating systems — now includes a range of enhanced features and functionality, creating a precise, reliable, and easy-to-use toolset for portable and benchtop test and measurement needs.

All current PC-based PicoScope oscilloscopes, from the entry-level 2000 Series through to the high-performance 6000E Series are supported, as are legacy PicoScope models dating back a decade or more. The software is free for all PicoScope users.

PicoScope 7 features a range of intuitive tools that streamline workflows and boost productivity, including:

  • Comprehensive views to visualize deep memory captures in both time and frequency domains.
  • Touchscreen support for a more interactive and immersive experience.
  • Advanced triggers to capture anomalies and glitches with ease.
  • Automated measurements for common waveform parameters.
  • Over 30 serial protocol decoders (free of charge) including the latest I3C and CAN XL standards.
  • Event-driven actions for mask fails, triggers, and more.
  • The new DeepMeasure function allows analysis of waveform parameters on up to a million cycles with each triggered acquisition.
  • Advanced math channels, including filters, trigonometry, exponentials, logarithms, statistics, integrals, and derivatives.
  • Waveform math for real-time comparisons with historical peak, averaged, or filtered waveforms.

PicoScope 7 is a comprehensive software upgrade that raises measurement capabilities for engineers and technicians, even those who may already own high-performance Pico Technology oscilloscopes.

PicoScope 7 provides precision and reliability along with a more intuitive and streamlined user experience. PicoScope 7 will continue to evolve with technological advancements, and software upgrades are always free.

PicoScope 7 for Windows, Linux, or Mac is available for download at https://www.picoauto.com/downloads. If you do not yet own a PicoScope oscilloscope, PicoScope when downloaded can be run in demo mode.

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Saelig Company


HQ NextPCB has announced the release of their HQDFM Online Gerber Viewer and DFM Analysis Tool. With HQDFM, NextPCB hopes to empower designers with the DFM tools and knowledge to perfect their designs as early as possible, where problems are the least costly.

The PCB manufacturing industry has and still relies on the Ucamco Gerber standard to communicate PCB production to manufacturers, which are often located overseas. While the 2D image format overcomes language barriers, the language of PCB Design for Manufacture (DFM) is still ambiguous to many inexperienced designers and the division between PCB design and PCB manufacture remains an expensive obstacle leading to missed deadlines, hit-and-miss runs, and quick-to-fail products.

“There are still many designers that send off their production files without any knowledge of what the files contain. Resolving issues with the fab house becomes a challenge for both sides without the appropriate tools and knowledge to debug the design, which is something we hope to change for everyone’s benefit,” said HQ NextPCB CEO, Alex Chen.

HQDFM Gerber Viewer is a completely free online tool for displaying and reviewing PCB Gerber files and OBD++ files. It incorporates HQDFM’s DFM algorithms which are based on NextPCB’s 15 years of manufacturing expertise and current industry standards. Unlike EDA software’s built-in DRC checks, HQDFM allows designers to navigate and analyze the production files and check for design issues that may impact manufacturing or cause long-term reliability issues. With HQDFM, designers are given a manufacturer’s perspective and have valuable insights into how they can improve their designs.

Based on the free desktop version, the cross-platform, online HQDFM makes the easy-to-use Gerber Viewer function and DFM analysis available to everyone, including Mac and Linux users with no download or installation and no sign-up. Anyone can freely upload PCB production files to the online interface and view their design in seconds.

HQDFM supports X2 and RS-274x PCB Gerber formats, Excellon drill files, and OBD++ files, and works with Google Chrome, Safari, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera browsers. Features include:

  • Check for over 20 Design for Manufacture issues
  • Navigate your PCB layer by layer
  • Free downloadable DFM Report for more detailed analysis
  • Easy, one-click ordering with HQ NextPCB
  • Absolutely free, no sign-up or obligation

Design for Manufacturability — Whether PCB elements are within the capabilities of most manufacturers in the industry, from low-cost quick turn services to advanced services:

  • Trace width/spacing
  • Drill hole/slot sizes
  • Clearances to copper and board outline elements
  • Special drill holes
  • Solder mask openings and more

Design for Cost — Detect production difficulties that may cause costs or lead times to increase:

  • Drill hole fees
  • Testing fees
  • Surface finish fees
  • Small trace widths/spacings
  • Special drill hole fees

Design for Reliability — Detect problems that may not affect production but impact the normal operation or lifetime of the boards:

  • Shorts/opens
  • Missing solder mask dams or openings
  • Missing/extra pads, drill holes, and/or annular rings

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Hitec now offers their 8.5 mm, ultra-nano, slim wing D131MW servo. Featuring a low profile, machined aluminum case, high-efficiency coreless motor, and dual ball bearings, this competitively-priced servo is the most durable, longest lasting in its class.

Its robust technology is perfect for pilots and drivers needing powerful torque in a nano package, and is ideal for high-performance, thin-wing aircraft and hand launch gliders. The D131MW’s quality engineering, enduring power, and precision will impress the most discerning of modelers. Features include:

  • Wide Operating Voltage: 3.5~8.4V
  • 1~2 Cell LiPo Compatible
  • Coreless Motor
  • Durable Metal Gears
  • All Aluminum Case
  • Dual Ball Bearings
  • High Response, High Resolution Circuitry
  • Smart Sense Technology for Servo Analytics
  • Full Programmability w/Hitec’s DPC11 or HFP-30 (sold separately)
  • M25T Micro Output Spline

Verified specifications include:

  • Speed: 0.14 sec/60º at 6V and 0.11 sec/60º at 7.4V
  • Torque: 33 oz/in at 6V and 40 oz/in at 7.4V
  • Weight: 0.35 oz/9.8g
  • Dimensions: 0.87” x 0.34” x 0.59” (0.91” w/motor protrusion); 22 mm x 8.5 mm x 15 mm (23.2 mm w/motor protrusion)

Estimated street price is $69.99.


Hitec is also offering the RDX2 1000 with boasts a sleek modern design and easy-to-transport handle. It’s an AC/DC powerhouse that charges high-capacity battery packs at rapid rates. The dual output ports each offer 20 amps of power to  simultaneously charge two batteries of any chemistry; or, you can pair the outputs to charge at rates up to 35 amps. The RDX2 1000 features an easy-to-use LCD interface display and handy pushbutton controls, while the front-panel XT60 connectors and XH balance ports help keep wiring uncluttered. Its high charge and discharge rates for lowering resistance and improving power make it perfect for competitions.

Accepting both 12V DC, and 100-240 volts AC, the RDX2 1000 is ideal for charging at home or in the field, and perfect for all hobbyists needing ultra-fast charging of their larger battery packs. Internal circuitry allows discharge rates up to two amps, and 40 amps when paired with the companion AD350 discharge module (sold separately and described next).

The RDX2 1000 key features include:

  • User-Friendly Interface
  • Balance, Standard, Storage, and Cycle Modes for All Lithium Battery Chemistries
  • Battery Meter
  • Internal Resistance
  • Terminal Voltage Control
  • Re-Peak Charge Mode and Delta-Peak Sensitivity for NiMH/NiCd Batteries
  • Capacity Cut-Off Limit
  • Smart Ventilation Fan
  • Intelligent Power Distribution Between Ports
  • USB-C Socket for PC Interface and Firmware

RDX2 1000 technical specifications include:

  • 100V-240V AC Operating Voltage Range
  • LiPo, LiFe, and Li-ion Cell Count: 1-6 Cells
  • NiCd/NiMH Cell Count: 1-15 Cells
  • Pb Lead-Acid Based Cell Count: 2-20 Volts
  • Charge Circuit Power: 450W A/ 1000W DC
  • Discharge Circuit Power: 10W (350W w/AD350 Discharge Module)
  • Charger Current Range: 0.1A-20A x 2/0.1A-35A Parallel
  • PC Interface with Downloadable Software
  • 12V Power Supply Mode Runs other Devices
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 6.0 x 3.9 in/190 x 152 x 99 mm
  • Weight: 3.0 lb/1.36k

Estimated street price is $279.99.


The high-power AD350 from Hitec is ideal for discharging and analyzing both Nickel and LiPo batteries. Its PC interface and higher capacity offer extended capability and convenience to help you maintain ultimate battery performance.

AD350 key features are:

  • High-Power Analyzer Discharger for Cycling NiCd/NiMH and LiPo Batteries
  • PC Interface with Downloadable Analyzing Software
  • All Aluminum Case with Built-in Fan

AD350 technical specifications include:

  • Discharge Power: 350W
  • Discharge Current: 0.1-40.0A
  • Over Temp. Protection: >203ºF
  • Working Temp.: 32º ~ 104ºF
  • Dimensions: 6.2 x 4.1 x 3.7 in/158 x 104 x 94 mm
  • Weight: 2.7 lb/1.22 kg

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Hitec RCD is celebrating their golden anniversary as a world-renowned and influential electronics manufacturer. Founded in 1973, Hitec RCD began as an exporter of light emitting diodes, with a mission to bring burgeoning technology to a worldwide audience. Their founders quickly recognized the fast growing pace of the radio control industry. Hitec then set their sights on researching and developing radio and servo system technologies.

Happy 50th Hitec!


Digilent’s latest multi-function test and measurement device — also known as the AD3 — is a digital oscilloscope, logic analyzer, waveform generator, pattern generator, and much more. Using the flexible WaveForms software (supported by Windows, Mac, and Linux), the Analog Discovery 3 can be used in the lab, in the field, or even at home. You’re no longer tied down to a traditional benchtop and stacks of expensive test instruments.

Like its predecessor (the AD2), the Analog Discovery 3 is a portable USB-powered test and measurement device, though it now features an upgraded USB-C® connection. It’s lightweight and small enough to fit in a pocket or backpack, so it becomes an exceptional companion for any engineer. The Analog Discovery 3 boasts a larger-than-ever buffer size, allowing more data to be sent through the waveform generator and received through the mixed signal (analog and digital) oscilloscope. It also has an increased sampling rate of up to 125 MS/s on all channels and a more potent power supply (up to 800 mA).

The larger buffers allow you to capture longer records at high resolution and enable more complex AWG signals. Modulated AWG signals also take advantage of larger buffers, and more complex modulated signals have been added including phase modulation and summation.

This iteration of the Analog Discovery digital oscilloscope also allows engineers access to new powerful features in WaveForms like the FIR (finite impulse response) filter. Through the use of optional FIR filters on oscilloscope input channels, users can reduce the amount of high-frequency noise that could affect the quality of their measurements. Digital loopback of captured signals to the AWG — both filtered and unfiltered — is now supported. AWG output signals can now also be recaptured through digital loopback and displayed alongside signals returned from a circuit under test.

The AD3 is built on the next generation Xilinx FPGA, opening up even more features and future enhancements over time with software updates. The Analog Discovery 3 has access to all of the adapters and accessories from its previous version, as well as the new Audio Adapter+.

If you’re looking to buy an oscilloscope, the AD3 is a digital oscilloscope option that is a complete solution, meaning that you won’t have to shop for more benchtop equipment. The Analog Discovery 3 is manufactured using Texas Instruments components.

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