In July 2016, Pico Technology celebrates 25 years of business. Pico data loggers, oscilloscopes and signal generators are used by engineers and scientists around the globe and its automotive diagnostics products help keep the wheels turning for vehicle manufacturers and technicians on every continent.
1991 was an interesting year. Intel introduced the low-cost 486SX microprocessor, priced at $258 and was implemented on PCs running MS-DOS 5.0 and Windows 3.0. The World Wide Web Consortium was founded by Tim Berners-Lee at CERN, and the GSM mobile network was launched in Europe. On 1st July 1991, Alan Tong and Mike Green co-founded Pico Technology. The company was originally set up as a software consultancy to develop data acquisition solutions using plug-in expansion cards, mostly for customers in the medical industry.
Operating from Hardwick, near Cambridge, Pico’s first product was the ADC-10, so-called because it was an analogue to digital converter and sampled at 10 kS/s. It connected to the PC via the parallel port. The first order for ADC-10s was received in August that year, with two units sold for £49 each.
The ADC-10 was the world’s first PC Oscilloscope and in the years that followed, Pico notched up several more industry firsts, including the first oscilloscope with digital triggering and the first high-resolution oscilloscope.
Today, Pico has over one hundred employees at its head office in St Neots in the UK and its subsidiaries in the USA and Lithuania. The company has three divisions producing Test & Measurement, Automotive Diagnostics and Radio Frequency test products which are sold worldwide.
Managing Director and owner Alan Tong states: “Pico Technology is serving engineers, scientists and technicians with affordable instruments that capture, display and analyse the signals in their world. We take advantage of the latest computing and communications standards and provide excellent value with all-inclusive product packages that don’t require users to purchase additional options or licenses.”
“The company culture at Pico is key to our success,” continued Tong. “We treat customers as our friends, with free software upgrades and technical support for the lifetime of each product. Pico users are very loyal and have become strong advocates for our products amongst their colleagues. We also enjoy very low staff turnover – many of our employees have been at Pico for over a decade.”
“On 1st July we will celebrate with our employees; but we will also have in mind other people—suppliers, partners, distributors and former employees—who have enabled us to deliver 25 years of continuous growth.”
For more information about the Pico Technology history of PC-based test and measurement equipment visit: www.picotech.com/about/history.
About Pico Technology
Pico Technology has spent 25 years leading the industry in the design, development and manufacture of high-performance PC Oscilloscopes and Data Loggers, while engineers at our Eastern Europe office have been working in the RF and microwave market since 1974.
Together we have built up an impressive and innovative portfolio of small-footprint, high-performance products and software, often at uniquely low prices. Examples are the PicoScope PC Sampling Oscilloscope range with bandwidths up to 20 GHz; real-time oscilloscopes with fixed and flexible hardware resolutions up to 16 bits, deep buffer memories and mixed-signal capability; the TC-08 and PT 104 Temperature Data Loggers; and the multi-award-winning Automotive Oscilloscope Kit.
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