PicoScope® 2000 Series

Like a benchtop oscilloscope, only smaller and better

USB oscilloscopes & mixed signal oscilloscopes

  • 2 channel, 4 channel and MSO models
  • 6 instruments in one
  • Ultra-compact design
  • Up to 100 MHz bandwidth
  • Up to 128 MS buffer memory
  • Decode over 38 serial protocols as standard
  • USB connected and powered
  • Windows, Linux and Mac software
PicoScope 2000 Series 4-channel oscilloscope

Your complete test & measurement laboratory

You can use your PicoScope 2000 Series as an advanced oscilloscope, spectrum analyzer, function generator, arbitrary waveform generator and protocol decoder out of the box. Mixed signal models also add a 16 channel logic analyzer. A complete electronics lab in one compact, low-cost, USB-powered unit.

The PicoScope 2000A models deliver unbeatable value for money and are ideal for education, hobby and field service use. In the lab the low cost allows one scope per person rather than having to share.

The PicoScope 2000B models have the added benefits of deep memory (up to 128 MS), higher bandwidth (up to 100 MHz) and faster waveform update rates. PicoScope 2000B models give you the performance to carry out advanced analysis of your waveforms. They are ideal for design, debug and serial decoding.

The Configure Your Scope panel on the left gives a quick guide to the models, specifications and prices.

High-end oscilloscope

At the heart of every PicoScope 2000 is an advanced oscilloscope which offers everything you would expect and much more besides:

  • 10,000 waveform circular buffer
  • Up to 80,000 waveforms per second update rate
  • Mask limit testing
  • Advanced math & filtering
  • Measurements with statistics
  • Advanced digital triggering 
  • Resolution enhancement to 12 bits

More details on the above and many other options can be found in the Features tab.

Logic analyzer / mixed signal ability

The PicoScope 2000 Series includes mixed signal models that include 16 digital inputs so that you can view digital and analog signals simultaneously.

The digital inputs can be displayed individually or in named groups with binary, decimal or hexadecimal values shown in a bus-style display. A separate logic threshold from –5 V to +5 V can be defined for each 8-bit input port. The digital trigger can be activated by any bit pattern combined with an optional transition on any input. Advanced logic triggers can be set on either the analog or digital input channels, or both to enable complex mixed-signal triggering.

The digital inputs bring extra power to the serial decoding options.  You can decode serial data on all analog and digital channels simultaneously, giving you up to 18 channels of data.  You can for example decode multiple SPI, I²C, CAN bus, LIN bus and FlexRay signals all at the same time!

App note: Debugging an I²C Bus with a PicoScope Mixed–Signal Oscilloscope

Mixed Signal Oscilloscope / Logic Analyzer (roll over red circles for description)

Mixed Signal Oscilloscope / Logic Analyzer

  1. Channel controls:
    Channel controls are used to manage probe types, assign channel names, set vertical scaling, input coupling, and other signal conditioning parameters before making measurements on the device under test (“DUT”).
  2. Serial decoding:
    PicoScope can decode over 30 protocols, including I2C, SPI, UART/RS-232 and CAN standards for automotive and embedded system applications.
    Decoded packets can be displayed in Graph format showing the decoded data (in hex, binary, decimal, or ASCII) in a data bus timing format, beneath the waveform on a common time axis, with error frames marked in red. These frames can be zoomed in to investigate detailed waveform characteristics. Packets can also be displayed in Table format that shows a list of the decoded frames, including the data and all flags and identifiers.
  3. Trigger types:
    Trigger types include basic edge triggering and a number of advanced trigger types that enable the capture of complex signals. This makes them ideal for troubleshooting circuits with glitches, timing violations, dropouts and other signal integrity issues in analog and digital circuits. Using a Pulse width trigger, for example, it is easy to detect a pulse that is narrower than it should be. The Runt trigger can be used to isolate under / over height pulses that result from setup & hold violations in digital circuit designs.
  4. Time base control:
    Time base control is used to set the timing of an acquisition using the seconds / division control. Sampling controls provide a choice of time base operating modes: Buffer memory priority adjusts sampling rate to maintain a fixed capture memory depth. Sample rate priority adjusts memory depth to maintain a fixed sampling rate.
  5. Digital channel controls:
    Digital channel controls, on MSO models, display a digital signal as either a logic high or logic low, depending on whether the voltage on that channel is above or below a set threshold. The digital channels are displayed individually or can be grouped together in a bus display, all time correlated with the analog channels around the same trigger point. The bus value can be displayed in hex, binary, decimal, or level for DAC testing.
  6. Toolpark:
    Toolpark houses secondary functions such as Measurements, Math channels, Serial decoding, Rulers, Mask testing and Actions etc., are just one touch away and can be favorited to create a custom UI layout that suits user preferences and work patterns.
  7. Math channels:
    PicoScopes offer advanced math functions: multiplication, division and integration as well as basic functions like addition and subtraction. Multiplication can be used to calculate power from V & I waveforms, and energy by integrating the power waveform.

Serial bus decoding and protocol analysis

PicoScope can decode 1-Wire, ARINC 429, CAN, CAN FD & CAN XL, DALI, DCC, DMX512, Ethernet, FlexRay, I²C, I²S, I3C, LIN, Manchester, MIL-STD-1553, MODBUS, PS/2, SENT, SPI MISO/MOSI and SDIO, UART (RS-232 / RS-422 / RS-485), and USB 1.1 protocol data as standard, with more protocols in development and available in the future with free-of-charge software upgrades.

Multiple protocols can be captured and decoded, the only limit being the number of available channels (18 for MSO models). The ability to observe data flow across a bridge (such as CAN bus in, LIN bus out) is incredibly powerful.

The deep memory buffers make the PicoScope 2000B models ideal for serial decoding as it is possible to capture and decode many thousands of frames of data.

PicoScope spectrum measurements

Increasing the number of points in a FFT to 1 million increases frequency resolution and reduces the noise floor.

FFT spectrum analyzer

The spectrum view plots amplitude against frequency, revealing details that would otherwise be hidden in an oscilloscope view. It is ideal for finding noise, crosstalk or distortion in signals.

You can display multiple spectrum views alongside oscilloscope views of the same data. A comprehensive set of automatic frequency-domain measurements can be added to the display, including THD, THD+N, SNR, SINAD and IMD. A mask limit test can be applied to a spectrum and you can even use the AWG and spectrum mode together to perform swept scalar network analysis.

With PicoScope 2000B models FFTs of up to 1 million points can be computed in milliseconds giving superb frequency resolution. Increasing the number of points in a FFT also lowers the noise floor revealing otherwise hidden signals.

PicoScope Arbitary Waveform Generator (AWG) editor

Arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) and function generator

All PicoScope 2000 Series oscilloscopes have a built-in function generator and arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) which output signals on a front panel BNC.

The function generator can produce sine, square, triangle and DC level waveforms, and many more besides, while the AWG allows you to import custom waveforms from data files or create and modify them using the built-in graphical AWG editor.

As well as level, offset and frequency controls, advanced options allow you to sweep over a range of frequencies. Combined with the advanced spectrum mode, with options including peak hold, averaging and linear/log axes, this creates a powerful tool for testing amplifier and filter responses.

PicoScope 2000B models have trigger options that allow one or more cycles of a waveform to be output when various conditions are met, such as the scope triggering or a mask limit test failing.

Frequency response analyzer / Bode plot

Frequency response analyzer / Bode plot

Download new features or write your own

The software development kit (SDK) allows you to write your own software and includes drivers for Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac (OS X) and Linux (including Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone).

Example code shows how to interface to third-party software packages such as Microsoft Excel, National Instruments LabVIEW and MathWorks MATLAB. 

There is also an active community of PicoScope users who share code and applications on the Pico forum and PicoApps section of the picotech.com web site. The Frequency Response Analyzer shown opposite is one of the most popular 3rd party applications.