PicoScope 2000 Series

Like a benchtop oscilloscope, only smaller and better

PicoScope 2000 Specifications

Model PicoScope
Bandwidth 10 MHz 25 MHz 50 MHz 70 MHz 100 MHz
2 channel 2204A 2205A   2206B   2207B 2208B
4 channel     2405A   2406B 2407B 2408B
2 channel MSO     2205A MSO   2206B MSO 2207B MSO 2208B MSO
Oscilloscope — vertical (analog inputs)
Bandwidth 10 MHz 25 MHz 50 MHz 70 MHz 100 MHz
Rise time (calculated) 35 ns 14 ns 7 ns 5 ns 3.5 ns
Vertical resolution 8 bits
Enhanced vertical resolution Up to 12 bits
Input ranges ±50 mV, ±100 mV, ±200 mV, ±500 mV, ±1 V, ±2 V, ±5 V, ±10 V, ±20 V ±20 mV, ±50 mV, ±100 mV, ±200 mV, ±500 mV, ±1 V, ±2 V, ±5 V, ±10 V, ±20 V
Input sensitivity
(10 vertical divisions)
10 mV/div to 4 V/div 4 mV/div to 4 V/div
Input coupling AC / DC
Input connector BNC(f)
Input characteristics 1 MΩ ± 1% ∥ 14 pF ± 2 pF 1 MΩ ± 1% ∥ 16 pF ± 1 pF
Analog offset range
(vertical position adjustment)
None ±250 mV (20 mV to 200 mV ranges)
±2.5 V (500 mV to 2 V ranges)
±25 V (5 V to 20 V ranges)
Analog offset control accuracy N/A ±1% of offset setting, additional to basic DC accuracy
DC accuracy ±3% of full scale ±200 μV
Overvoltage protection ±100 V (DC + AC peak)
Oscilloscope — vertical (digital inputs, MSOs only)
Input channels 16 channels (2 ports of 8 channels each)
Input connectors 2.54 mm pitch, 10 x 2 way connector
Maximum input frequency 100 MHz (200 Mb/s)
Minimum detectable pulse width 5 ns
Input impedance 200 kΩ ±2% ∥ 8 pF ±2 pF
Input dynamic range ±20 V
Digital threshold range ±5 V
Overvoltage protection ±50 V
Threshold grouping Two independent threshold controls: Port 0: D0 to D7, Port 1: D8 to D15
Threshold selection TTL, CMOS, ECL, PECL, user-defined
Port threshold accuracy ±350 mV (inclusive of hysteresis)
Hysteresis < ±250 mV
Minimum input voltage swing 500 mV pk-pk
Channel-to-channel skew 2 ns typical
Minimum input slew rate 10 V/µs
Maximum sampling rate (real-time)* 100 MS/s 200 MS/s 500 MS/s 1 GS/s
Equivalent sampling rate (ETS mode) 2 GS/s 4 GS/s 5 GS/s 10 GS/s
Maximum sampling rate (USB streaming) 1 MS/s 1 MS/s 9.6 MS/s
Shortest timebase 10 ns/div 5 ns/div 2 ns/div 1 ns/div
Longest timebase 5000 s/div (approx 14 hours per waveform in chart recorder view)
Buffer memory (block mode)* 8 kS 16 kS 48 kS 32 MS 64 MS 128 MS
Buffer memory (USB streaming mode) 100 MS (shared between active channels)
Waveform buffers 10 000
Maximum waveforms per second 2000 80 000
Initial timebase accuracy ±100 ppm ±50 ppm
Timebase drift ±5 ppm / year
Sample jitter 30 ps RMS typical 20 ps RMS typical 3 ps RMS typical
ADC sampling Simultaneous Simultaneous

* Maximum sampling rate and buffer memory are shared between active channels. On MSO models each group of 8 inputs counts as a channel.  Maximum sampling rate on MSO digital channels is 500 MS/s.

Dynamic performance
Crosstalk (full bandwidth, equal ranges) Better than 200:1 Better than 300:1
Harmonic distortion < –50 dB at 100 kHz, full-scale input, typical
SFDR (100 kHz, full-scale input, typical) > 52 dB ±20 mV range: > 44 dB
±50 mV range and higher: > 52 dB
Noise < 150 μV RMS
(±50 mV range)
< 220 μV RMS
(±20 mV range)
< 300 μV RMS
(±20 mV range)
Bandwidth flatness (+0.3 dB, –3 dB) from DC to full bandwidth
Sources Ch A, Ch B, Ch C, Ch D. Any MSO digital channel
Trigger modes None, auto, repeat, single None, auto, repeat, single, rapid (segmented memory)
Advanced triggers Edge, window, pulse width, window pulse
width, dropout, window dropout, interval,
Edge, window, pulse width, window pulse width, dropout,
window dropout, interval, runt pulse, logic
Trigger types, ETS Rising or falling edge Rising or falling edge (available on Ch A only)
Trigger sensitivity, real-time Digital triggering provides 1 LSB accuracy up to full bandwidth
Trigger sensitivity, ETS 10 mV p-p, typical, at full bandwidth
Maximum pre-trigger capture 100% of capture size
Maximum post-trigger delay 4 billion samples
Trigger rearm time in rapid trigger mode N/A < 2 μs on fastest
< 1 μs on fastest timebase
Max. waveforms in rapid trigger mode N/A 96 10 000
Function generator
Standard output signals Sine, square, triangle, DC voltage, ramp, sinc, Gaussian, half-sine
Pseudorandom output signals None White noise, PRBS
Standard signal frequency DC to 100 kHz DC to 1 MHz
Sweep modes Up, down, dual with selectable start/stop frequencies and increments
Triggering None Free-run or up to 1 billion waveform cycles or frequency sweeps.
Triggered from scope trigger or manually.
Output frequency accuracy Oscilloscope timebase accuracy ± output frequency resolution
Output frequency resolution < 0.02 Hz < 0.01 Hz
Output voltage range ±2 V
Output adjustments Any amplitude and offset within ±2 V range
Amplitude flatness (typical) < 1 dB to 100 kHz < 0.5 dB to 1 MHz
DC accuracy ±1% of full scale
SFDR (typical) > 55 dB at 1 kHz full-scale sine wave > 60 dB at 10 kHz full-scale sine wave
Output characteristics Front panel BNC, 600 Ω output impedance
Overvoltage protection ±20 V
Arbitrary waveform generator
Update rate 1.548 MHz 20 MHz
Buffer size 4 kS 8 kS 32 kS
Resolution 12 bits
Bandwidth > 100 kHz > 1 MHz
Rise time (10% to 90%) < 2 μs < 120 ns
Spectrum analyzer
Frequency range DC to analog bandwidth of oscilloscope
Display modes Magnitude, average, peak hold
Windowing functions Rectangular, Gaussian, triangular, Blackman, Blackman-Harris, Hamming, Hann, flat-top
Number of FFT points Selectable from 128 to half available buffer memory in powers of 2, up to a maximum of 1 048 576 points
Math channels and Software filters
Functions −x, x+y, x−y, x*y, x/y, x^y, sqrt, exp, ln, log, abs, norm, sign, sin, cos, tan, arcsin, arccos, arctan, sinh, cosh, tanh, freq, derivative, integral, min, max, average, peak, delay, duty
Software filters Highpass, lowpass, bandpass, bandstop
Operands A, B (input channels), C, D (input channels, 4-channel models only), T (time), reference waveforms, constants, pi, digital channels (MSO models only)
Automatic measurements
Scope mode AC RMS, true RMS, frequency, cycle time, duty cycle, DC average, falling rate, rising rate, low pulse width, high pulse width, fall time, rise time, minimum, maximum, peak to peak
Spectrum mode Frequency at peak, amplitude at peak, THD dB, SNR, SINAD, SFDR,
total power, average amplitude at peak, THD %, THD+N, IMD
Statistics Minimum, maximum, average and standard deviation
Serial decoding
Protocols 1-Wire, ARINC 429, CAN, DCC, DMX512, FlexRay, Ethernet 10Base-T, USB 1.1, I²C, I²S, LIN, PS/2, SPI, SENT, UART/RS-232 (subject to bandwidth and sampling rate of chosen oscilloscope model)
Mask limit testing
Mask generation Numeric (automatic) or Graphical (manual)
Statistics Pass/fail, failure count, total count
Available actions on mask fail Beep, play sound, stop capture, save waveform, trigger signal generator / AWG, run executable
Interpolation Linear or sin(x)/x
Persistence modes Digital color, analog intensity, custom, fast or none
SDK / API details and specifications for customers writing their own software
Supplied drivers 32 and 64-bit drivers for Windows 7, 8 and 10
Linux drivers
Mac OS X drivers
Example code C, C#, Excel VBA, VB.NET, LabVIEW, MATLAB
Maximum USB streaming sampling rate* 1 MS/s 5 MS/s 31 MS/s
Buffer memory in USB streaming mode* Limited only by PC
Segmented memory buffers* N/A 96 128000 256000 512000

* These specifications apply when using the drivers / writing your own software. Refer to Horizontal section above when using PicoScope software

Package contents PicoScope 2000 series oscilloscope
2 or 4 switchable 10:1/1:1 oscilloscope probes (except for PicoScope 2204A / 2205A when purchased without probes)
TA136 digital cable (MSOs only)
2 × TA139 pack of 10 logic test clips (MSOs only)
USB cable
Software and reference CD
Quick start guide
PC connectivity USB 2.0 (USB 3.0/3.1 compatible).
Power requirements Powered from USB port
(including connectors and feet)
142 x 92 x 18.8 mm 130 x 104 x 18.8 mm
Weight < 0.2 kg (7 oz)
Temperature range, operating 0 °C to 50 °C
Temperature range, operating, for
stated accuracy
15 °C to 30 °C
Temperature range, storage –20 °C to +60 °C
Humidity range, operating 5% to 80% RH non-condensing
Humidity range, storage 5% to 95% RH non-condensing
Altitude range up to 2000 m
Pollution degree 2
Safety approvals Designed to EN 61010-1:2010
Environmental approvals RoHS, WEEE
EMC approvals Tested to meet EN61326-1:2013 and FCC Part 15 Subpart B
Software included PicoScope 6 for Microsoft Windows 7, 8 and 10
32-bit and 64-bit SDK for Windows 7, 8 and 10
32-bit and 64-bit example programs (C, Microsoft Excel VBA, LabVIEW)
Free software available for download PicoScope 6 (beta) for Linux and OS X. Please note that the Linux and OS X beta versions of PicoScope do not yet have mask limit test or math channel functions.
SDK (beta) for Linux and OS X
Languages supported Simplified Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish