PicoScope® 3000 Series

Power, portability and performance

PicoScope 3000 Series oscilloscope specifications

Oscilloscope — vertical (analog inputs)
PicoScope Model 3203D
Input channels 2 channels, BNC single-ended 4 channels, BNC single-ended
(−3 dB)
50 MHz 70 MHz 100 MHz 200 MHz 50 MHz 70 MHz 100 MHz 200 MHz
Rise time (calculated) 7.0 ns 5.0 ns 3.5 ns 1.75 ns 7.0 ns 5.0 ns 3.5 ns 1.75 ns
Hardware bandwidth limiter Switchable, 20 MHz
Vertical resolution 8 bits
Input ranges ±20 mV to ±20 V full scale in 10 ranges
Input sensitivity 4 mV/div to 4 V/div in 10 vertical divisions
Input coupling AC / DC, programmable
Input characteristics 1 MΩ ±1%, in parallel with 14 pF ±1 pF
DC accuracy ±3% of full scale ±200 μV
Analog offset range
(vertical position adjust)
±250 mV (20 mV, 50 mV, 100 mV, 200 mV ranges)
±2.5 V (500 mV, 1 V, 2 V ranges)
±20 V (5 V, 10 V, 20 V ranges)
Offset adjust accuracy ±1% of offset setting, additional to DC accuracy
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
Channel-to-channel skew 2 ns, typical
Minimum input slew rate 10 V/µs
Input impedance 200 kΩ ±2% ∥ 8 pF ±2 pF
Input dynamic range ±20 V
Overvoltage protection ±50 V
Digital threshold range ±5 V
Threshold grouping Two independent threshold controls: D0...D7 and D8...D15
Threshold selection TTL, CMOS, ECL, PECL, user-defined
Threshold accuracy < ±350 mV (inclusive of hysteresis)
Hysteresis < ±250 mV
Minimum input voltage swing 500 mV pk-pk
Oscilloscope — horizontal
PicoScope Model 3203D
Maximum sampling rate (real-time)

1 GS/s (1 analog channel)
500 MS/s (up to 2 analog channels or digital ports*)
250 MS/s (up to 4 analog channels or digital ports*)
125 MS/s (all other combinations)

Maximum effective sampling rate (repetitive signals)** 2.5 GS/s 5 GS/s 10 GS/s 2.5 GS/s 5 GS/s 10 GS/s
Maximum sampling rate
(continuous streaming mode)
17 MS/s in PicoScope software
125 MS/s when using the supplied SDK (PC-dependent)
Maximum capture rate 100,000 waveforms/second (PC-dependent)
Timebase ranges 1 ns/div to 5000 s/div 500 ps/div to 5000 s/div 1 ns/div to 5000 s/div 500 ps/div to 5000 s/div
Buffer memory 64 MS 128 MS 256 MS 512 MS 64 MS 128 MS 256 MS 512 MS
Buffer memory (streaming) 100 MS in PicoScope software.
Up to available PC memory when using supplied SDK.
Maximum buffer segments 10 000 in PicoScope software
130 000 using SDK 250 000 using SDK 500 000 using SDK 1 000 000 using SDK 130 000 using SDK 250 000 using SDK 500 000 using SDK 1 000 000 using SDK
Timebase accuracy ±50 ppm ±2 ppm ±50 ppm ±2 ppm
Timebase drift per year ±5 ppm ±1 ppm ±5 ppm ±1 ppm
Sample jitter 3 ps RMS typical
ADC sampling Simultaneous on all enabled channels

* A digital port consists of 8 digital channels, D0–7 or D8–15
** ETS mode on channel A only

Dynamic performance (typical)
PicoScope Model 3203D & MSO 3204D & MSO 3205D & MSO 3206D & MSO 3403D & MSO 3404D & MSO 3405D & MSO 3406D & MSO
Crosstalk Better than 400:1 up to full bandwidth (equal voltage ranges)
Harmonic distortion < −50 dB at 100 kHz full scale input
SFDR 52 dB typical at 100 kHz full scale input
(except ±20 mV range: 44 dB)
Noise 110 µV RMS 160 µV RMS 110 µV RMS 160 µV RMS
(typical, on ±20 mV range)
Bandwidth flatness +0.3 dB, −3 dB from DC to full bandwidth, typical
Triggering – general
Source Analog channels, EXT trigger (not MSOs), digital channels (MSOs only)
Trigger modes None, auto, repeat, single, rapid (segmented memory)
Maximum pre–trigger capture Up to 100% of capture size
Maximum post–trigger delay Up to 4 billion samples (selectable in 1 sample steps)
Trigger rearm time < 0.7 µs at 1 GS/s sampling rate
Maximum trigger rate Up to 10,000 waveforms in a 6 ms burst at 1 GS/s sampling rate, typical
Triggering – analog channels
Advanced triggers Edge, window, pulse width, window pulse width, dropout, window dropout, interval, logic, runt pulse
Trigger types (ETS mode) Rising edge, falling edge (Ch A only)
Trigger sensitivity Digital triggering provides 1 LSB accuracy up to full bandwidth of scope
Trigger sensitivity (ETS mode) 10 mV p-p typical (at full bandwidth)
Triggering – EXT trigger input, not MSO models
Connector type Front panel BNC
Advanced triggers Edge, pulse width, dropout, interval, logic
Input characteristics 1 MΩ || 14 pF
Bandwidth 50 MHz 70 MHz 100 MHz 200 MHz 50 MHz 70 MHz 100 MHz 200 MHz
Threshold range ±5 V
Coupling DC
Overvoltage protection ±100 V (DC + AC peak)
Triggering – digital channels, MSO models only
Source D0 to D15
Trigger types Pattern, edge, combined pattern and edge, pulse width, dropout, interval, logic
Function generator
Standard output signals Sine, square, triangle, DC voltage, ramp, sinc, Gaussian, half-sine, white noise, PRBS
Standard signal frequency DC to 1 MHz
Sweep modes Up, down, dual with selectable start / stop frequencies and increments
Triggering Free-run, or from 1 to 1 billion counted waveform cycles or frequency sweeps. Triggered from scope trigger or manually.
Output frequency accuracy As oscilloscope
Output frequency resolution < 0.01 Hz
Output voltage range ±2 V
Output voltage adjustment Signal amplitude and offset adjustable in approximate 1 mV steps within overall ±2 V range
Amplitude flatness < 0.5 dB to 1 MHz typical
DC accuracy ±1% of full scale
SFDR > 60 dB 10 kHz full scale sine wave
Output impedance 600 Ω
Connector type Front panel BNC (non-MSO models)
Rear panel BNC (MSO models)
Overvoltage protection ±20 V
Arbitrary waveform generator
Update rate 20 MS/s
Buffer size 32 kS
Resolution 12 bits (output step size approximately 1 mV)
Bandwidth > 1 MHz
Rise time (10% to 90%) < 120 ns

Other AWG specifications as function generator

Probe compensation output
Impedance 600 Ω
Frequency 1 kHz
Level 2 V pk-pk, typical
Spectrum analyzer
Frequency range DC to maximum bandwidth of scope
Display modes Magnitude, peak hold, average
X axis Linear or log 10
Y axis Logarithmic (dbV, dBu, dBm, arbitrary) or linear (volts)
Windowing functions Rectangular, Gaussian, triangular, Blackman, Blackman–Harris, Hamming, Hann, flat-top
Number of FFT points Selectable from 128 to 1 million in powers of 2
Math channels
General 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, derivative, integral, delay
Filter functions Low pass, high pass, band stop, band pass
Graphing functions Frequency, duty cycle
Multi-waveform functions Min, max, average, peak
Operands All analog and digital input channels, reference waveforms, time, constants, pi
Automatic measurements (analog channels only)
Oscilloscope mode AC RMS, true RMS, cycle time, DC average, duty cycle, falling rate, fall time, frequency, high pulse width, low pulse width, maximum, minimum, peak to peak, rise time, rising rate
Spectrum mode Frequency at peak, amplitude at peak, average amplitude at peak, total power, THD %, THD dB, THD+N, SFDR, SINAD, SNR, IMD
Statistics Minimum, maximum, average, standard deviation
Serial decoding
Protocols 1-Wire, ARINC 429, CAN, CAN FD, DALI, DCC, DMX512, Ethernet (10BaseT, 100BaseTX), FlexRay, I²C, I²S, LIN, Manchester, MODBUS, PS/2, SENT, SPI, UART/RS-232, USB 1.0
Mask limit testing
Statistics Pass/fail, failure count, total count
Interpolation Linear or sin(x)/x
Persistence modes Digital color, analog intensity, fast, custom
Output functions Copy to clipboard, print
Windows software PicoScope for Windows
Software development kit (SDK)
Windows 7, 8 or 10 recommended (read more)
macOS software PicoScope for macOS
Software development kit (SDK)
OS versions: see release notes
Linux software PicoScope for Linux
Software development kit (SDK)
See Linux Software & Drivers for details of supported distributions
Languages Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
Physical specifications
Dimensions 190 mm x 170 mm x 40 mm (including connectors)
Weight < 0.5 kg
Temperature range Operating: 0 °C to 40 °C (15 °C to 30 °C for stated accuracy).
Storage: –20 °C to 60 °C
Humidity range Operating: 5% RH to 80% RH non-condensing.
Storage: 5% RH to 95% RH non-condensing
Altitude range Up to 2000 m
Pollution degree 2
Package contents PicoScope 3000D Series oscilloscope
2 or 4 switchable 10:1/1:1 oscilloscope probes
Quick Start Guide
USB 3.0 cable
AC power adaptor (4-channel models only)
TA136 digital cable (MSOs only)
2 × TA139 pack of 10 logic test clips (MSOs only)
PC connectivity USB 3.0 SuperSpeed (USB 2.0 compatible)
Power requirements Powered from a single USB 3.0 port or two USB 2.0 ports.
4-channel models: AC adaptor included for use with USB ports that supply less than 1200 mA
Safety approvals Designed to EN 61010-1:2010
EMC approvals Tested to EN 61326-1:2006 and FCC Part 15 Subpart B
Environmental approvals RoHS and WEEE compliant
Warranty 5 years