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New PicoSource Pulse Generators!


The new PicoSource PG900 Series differential pulse generators can stimulate a transmission path, device or network with a broad-spectrum signal in a single instant. These signals are invaluable for making high-speed broadband measurements in many fields such as time-domain reflectometry, semiconductor testing, gigabit interconnect and port testing, and in radar systems.

Despite the dominance of high-speed differential data in today's digital, computing, interconnect and telecommunications systems, it was hard to find cost-effective, fast-transition differential pulse generators... until now!

Highlights of the new PicoSource PG900 Series differential pulse generators:

  • 60 ps edge step recovery diode outputs, amplitude adjustable up to 6 V (PG911)
  • 40 ps edge tunnel diode outputs, fixed > 200 mV amplitude (PG912)
  • Dual-technology model (PG914) with both types of output
  • Differential outputs with programmable deskew in 1 ps steps
  • Signal characteristics specified in detail
  • USB-connected
  • Graphical control software (for Microsoft Windows) included

PicoScope 9000 Series sampling oscilloscopes latest


The PicoScope 9000 Series sampling oscilloscopes are specialized USB-connected measuring instruments for viewing high-speed, repetitive signals such as serial data streams and test patterns. They are available with bandwidths of 12 GHz and 20 GHz, and with optional TDR (time-domain reflectometry), TDT (time-domain transmissometry) and optical-input capabilities.

Updated Programmer's Guide

For those developing custom applications for the PicoScope 9300 Series sampling oscilloscopes, an updated PicoScope 9300 Series Programmer's Guide is now available. This includes new instructions on programming the oscilloscopes in TDR (time-domain reflectometry) and TDT (time-domain transmissometry) applications as well as measurement of optical parameters. These sampling oscilloscopes can be controlled from a PC through either the USB or Ethernet port to provide all the functions available in the PicoSample 3 software, including:

  • Time-domain display and characterization of repetitive signals up to 20 GHz bandwidth
  • Multiple math functions of input channels
  • Eye pattern analysis
  • Automated amplitude and timing measurements to IEEE 1057–2007
  • Measurement of optical parameters (with the PicoScope 9321 optical-input model)

Differential TDR probing challenge solved

Pico Technology now recommends the GigaProbes DVT30-1MM Dual Probe TDR Interconnect Analysis Kit for use with the PicoScope 9000 Series. The DVT30 is a 30 GHz balanced odd-mode 100 Ω differential time-domain reflectometry (TDR) probe, featuring conductive diamond-tipped contacts that can make a reliable connection to differential striplines and device pads on PCBs. It is thus ideal for making accurate measurements of signal levels and impedances on high-speed differential data lines. The DVT30-1MM can also be used on 50 Ω single-ended circuits using the adaptors included in the kit. [2009-08]

Introducing PicoAssured


** NEWSFLASH - Some prices now even lower! - See latest price list **

PicoAssured is the new range of high-quality refurbished products from Pico Technology. You can now buy ex-demonstration and recently discontinued oscilloscopes at less than their original prices and still enjoy these first-class benefits:

  • Five-year warranty
  • Free software updates
  • Basic and advanced software features included as standard
  • Free technical support

The PicoAssured range of oscilloscopes includes:

PicoScope 2200 Series
50 to 200 MHz
2 channels
Arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) built in
From £244.30 /
US $403 /
PicoScope 3200A Series
60 to 200 MHz
2 channels
Function generator or AWG built in
From £339.15 /
US $560 /
PicoScope 3400A Series
60 to 200 MHz
4 channels
Function generator or AWG built in
From £509.15 /
US $840 /
PicoScope 3000 MSO Series
60 to 200 MHz
2 analog channels + 16 digital
AWG built in
From £551.65 /
US $910 /


New deep-memory oscilloscopes!

We've just released the next generation of PicoScope 3000 Series oscilloscopes: the PicoScope 3000D Series. All scopes in this range feature deep memory, allowing high sampling rates to be maintained even at slower sweep speeds for capturing long waveforms in fine detail. Here's a summary of the specifications of the new PicoScope 3000D Series:

  • 2 or 4 analog channels
  • Up to 200 MHz bandwidth
  • Up to 512 MS buffer size
  • Built-in arbitrary waveform generator (AWG)
  • USB 3.0 interface
  • Powered by USB¹
  • Optional 16-channel logic input for mixed-signal oscilloscope (MSO) operation
  • Advanced PicoScope software with digital triggering, serial decoding, mask limit testing, math channels and many other features, all included as standard
Model Channels² Bandwidth Buffer memory      
PicoScope 3203D 2A 50 MHz 64 MS      
PicoScope 3203D MSO 2A+16D 50 MHz 64 MS      
PicoScope 3204D 2A 70 MHz 128 MS      
PicoScope 3204D MSO 2A+16D 70 MHz 128 MS      
PicoScope 3205D 2A 100 MHz 256 MS      
PicoScope 3205D MSO 2A+16D 100 MHz 256 MS      
PicoScope 3206D 2A 200 MHz 512 MS      
PicoScope 3206D MSO 2A+16D 200 MHz 512 MS      
PicoScope 3403D 4A 50 MHz 64 MS      
PicoScope 3403D MSO 4A+16D 50 MHz 64 MS      
PicoScope 3404D 4A 70 MHz 128 MS      
PicoScope 3404D MSO 4A+16D 70 MHz 128 MS      
PicoScope 3405D 4A 100 MHz 256 MS      
PicoScope 3405D MSO 4A+16D 100 MHz 256 MS      
PicoScope 3406D 4A 200 MHz 512 MS      
PicoScope 3406D MSO 4A+16D 200 MHz 512 MS      

1. AC adapter supplied for 4-channel operation with low-power USB ports
2. A = analog, D = digital


New range of mixed-signal PicoScopes


The new PicoScope 3000D Series Mixed-Signal Oscilloscopes (MSOs) are ideal for engineers working on a diverse range of embedded systems. These compact USB-connected devices form a complete portable test system, with two or four analog channels and sixteen digital channels as well as a built-in arbitrary waveform generator.

“We have completely redesigned the PicoScope 3000 Series MSOs,” explained Managing Director Alan Tong. “The key specifications—sampling rate, buffer size and display update rate—have all been improved, while we’ve retained the benefit of USB-powering that makes PicoScopes so much more convenient and portable than their traditional benchtop equivalents.”

The PicoScope 3000D Series MSOs are available with analog bandwidths from 60 MHz to 200 MHz. Maximum digital input frequency is 100 MHz, equivalent to a data rate of 200 Mb/s (5 ns pulse width) on each channel. All models come with a USB 3.0 interface and are fully compatible with USB 2.0, giving high performance and fast update rates with both port types. [2014-09]

A PicoScope with eight high-resolution channels


The new 8-channel PC oscilloscope from Pico Technology offers the perfect solution for advanced multi-channel applications. Housed in a compact and rugged enclosure, the PicoScope 4824 features 12-bit resolution, SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface, and an integrated 14-bit arbitrary waveform generator (AWG).

Managing Director Alan Tong explains “The new 8-channel PicoScope has the same small footprint as Pico’s existing 2 and 4-channel models, and can replace the cumbersome full-sized scope on your workbench”. Like all PicoScopes, the 4824 is small, light, and highly portable; despite its high specification it is entirely powered via USB and does not require a bulky separate adaptor. [2014-09]

Pico news

Improved Bode plotter for PicoScopes


Aaron Hexamer has updated his "FRA4PicoScope" frequency response analyzer to support all current PicoScope models (subject to testing). Other new features include gain and phase margin calculation and plotting, faster analysis, as well as a number of bugfixes and improvements.

Read about FRA4PicoScope on our forum and download a free installer for Windows

Please let us know if you have developed an application using a PicoScope SDK. Just log into our forum and post a note.

New PicoScope R6.11.8 beta for Linux and OS X

  • Fixes and improvements to serial decoding interface
  • Removed double Apple menu bar (OS X version)
  • Fixed compatibility issues with OS X El Capitan, including pkg installer

New PicoScope R6.11.7 beta


R6.11.7 is ready for download from our website at Home / Downloads. This release contains a number of bugfixes on the way to our next stable (non-beta) version. To remind you, the features that are in beta but not in the current stable version include:

  • New serial decoding protocols (1-Wire, ARINC 429, DCC, DMX512, Ethernet, PS/2, SENT and USB)
  • Faster math channels supporting more data (up to 5m samples)
  • Touch-screen support for zoom and pan

Prize draw winner!


We're delighted to announce that the winner of our prize draw held at the Electronics Design Show in October is:

Alec Anderson of Koolmill Systems Limited, UK

A PicoScope 2207A ultra-compact oscilloscope is on its way to you. We think you'll be impressed by the advanced features and great performance packed into this space-saving device.

We'd like to thank everybody who visited us at the show, and we hope to see you again next year.

New DrDAQ applications


Forum user Glovisol has recently posted a series of high-quality DrDAQ projects that he is developing for his sailing hobby and other interests. The posts include schematics, construction photos, calculations and PicoLog code. Read the DrDAQ forum and maybe you'll be inspired to create your own DrDAQ application!

Featured video: Flexible Resolution with the PicoScope 5000


The PicoScope 5000 Series Flexible Resolution Oscilloscopes give you a range of resolutions from 8 bits to 16 bits in hardware. With just one PicoScope on your workbench you can choose between 1 GS/s sampling at low resolution, ideal for troubleshooting digital logic, and 62 MS/s sampling at high resolution with over 70 dB SFDR for viewing low-noise, low-amplitude analog signals. There are several other resolution options in between. The oscilloscope's novel sampling architecture gives you better dynamic performance than the software-enhanced resolution available on many scopes.

Our YouTube video explains the benefits of flexible resolution, and demonstrates how the PicoScope 5000 Series can be used to view HF noise on a LF signal at varying resolutions.