PicoScope® 4262

16-bit high-resolution oscilloscope

PicoScope 4262 Specifications

Oscilloscope — vertical
Input channels 2
±20 mV range
±10 mV range
5 MHz
4 MHz
3 MHz
Hardware bandwidth limiter 200 kHz, switchable
Rise time (calculated)
±20 mV range
±10 mV range
70 ns
88 ns
117 ns
Input type Single-ended, BNC connector
Vertical resolution 16 bits
Enhanced vertical resolution 20 bits
Input sensitivity 2 mV/div to 4 V/div (10 vertical divisions)
Input ranges (full scale) ±10 mV to ±20 V in 11 ranges
Input coupling Software-selectable AC/DC
Input characteristics 1 MΩ ±2% || 15 pF ±2 pF
DC accuracy (% of full scale)
±50 mV range
±20 mV range
±10 mV range
Overvoltage protection ±50 V (DC + AC peak)
Oscilloscope — horizontal
Maximum sampling rate (real-time) 10 MS/s
Maximum sampling rate
(continuous streaming mode)
Using PicoScope
Using the SDK

10 MS/s
10 MS/s one channel (PC-dependent)
6.7 MS/s two channels (PC-dependent)
Timebase ranges 1 µs/div to 5000 s/div
Buffer memory 16 MS shared between active channels
Streaming buffer memory (PicoScope) 100 MS (shared)
Streaming buffer memory (SDK) Up to available PC memory
Maximum buffer segments (PicoScope) 10,000
Maximum buffer segments (SDK) 32,768
Maximum waveforms per second 9,100 (typical)
Timebase accuracy ±50 ppm
Sample jitter < 10 ps RMS
Dynamic performance (typical)
Crosstalk > 50,000:1
Harmonic distortion –95 dB typical @ 10 kHz, –1 dBfs input
SFDR 96 dB typical @ 10 kHz, –1 dBfs input
Noise 8.5 µV RMS (on most sensitive range)
Bandwidth flatness [+0.25 dB, –3 dB] from DC to full bandwidth
Pulse response < 1% overshoot on all ranges
Triggering (general)
Trigger modes Free run, 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
Trigger rearm time < 10 µs on fastest timebase
Triggering (main inputs)
Source Ch A, Ch B
Trigger types Rising, falling, adjustable hysteresis, window, pulse width, window pulse width, dropout, window dropout, interval, logic, runt pulse
Trigger level Adjustable over whole of selected voltage range
Trigger sensitivity Digital triggering provides 1 LSB accuracy up to full bandwidth of scope
Maximum pre–trigger capture Up to 100% of capture size
Maximum post–trigger delay Up to 4 billion samples
Trigger rearm time < 10 µs on fastest timebase
External trigger input
Trigger types Edge, pulse width, dropout, interval, logic, delayed
Input characteristics 1 MΩ ±2% || 15 pF ±2 pF
Input type Rear-panel BNC connector
Threshold range ±5 V and ±500 mV, DC coupled
Sensitivity 25 mV p-p at 1 MHz, typical
DC accuracy ±1% of full scale
Bandwidth 5 MHz
Overvoltage protection ±50 V
Signal generator
Standard output signals Sine, square, triangle, DC voltage, ramp, sinc, Gaussian, half–sine, white noise, PRBS
Standard signal frequency DC to 20 kHz
Sweep modes Up, down, dual
Frequency accuracy ±50 ppm
Frequency resolution < 0.01 Hz
Voltage range ±1 V (no load)
Amplitude and offset adjustment 100 µV steps (within overall ±1 V range)
Amplitude flatness < 0.1 dB to 20 kHz, typical
DC accuracy ±0.5% of full scale
SFDR 102 dB typical @ 10 kHz, -1 dBfs input
Connector type Front-panel BNC
Output characteristics 600 Ω
Overvoltage protection ±10 V
Arbitrary waveform generator
Update rate 192 kS/s
Buffer size 4 096 samples
Resolution 16 bits
Bandwidth 20 kHz
Rise time (10% to 90%) 11 µs, typical
Spectrum analyzer
Frequency range DC to 5 MHz
Display modes Magnitude, peak hold, average
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
Scale / units X axis : linear or log 10
Y axis : logarithmic (dbV, dBu, dBm, arbitrary) or linear (volts)
Math channels
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
Operands A, B (input channels), T (time), reference waveforms, constants, Pi
Automatic measurements
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 plus noise, SFDR, SINAD, SNR, IMD
Statistics Minimum, maximum, average and standard deviation
Serial decoding
Protocols 1-Wire, ARINC 429, CAN, DALI, DCC, DMX512, I²C, LIN, Manchester, PS/2, SENT, SPI, UART/RS-232, USB 1.0
Inputs All input channels with any mixture of protocols
Mask limit testing
Mask generation Auto generate from captured waveform, manual drawing, manual coordinate entry
Actions Highlight on screen, select in buffer overview, activate alarm
Statistics Pass/fail, failure count, total count
Initiating events Capture, buffer full, mask fail
Alarm actions Beep, play sound, stop/restart capture, run executable, save current buffer/all buffers, trigger signal generator
Interpolation Linear or sin(x)/x
Persistence modes Digital color, analog intensity, fast, custom
Data export
Output file formats BMP, CSV, GIF, JPG, MATLAB 4, PDF, PNG, PicoScope data, PicoScope settings, TXT
Output functions Copy to clipboard, print
Temperature range (operating) 0 °C to 45 °C
Temperature range (stated accuracy) 20 °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
Physical properties
Dimensions (including connectors) 210 x 135 x 40 mm (approx 8.2 x 5.3 x 1.5 in)
Weight < 500 g (approx 1.1 lb)
Windows software

PicoScope for Windows
PicoSDK Software development kit (SDK)
For Windows 7, 8 and 10

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
Additional hardware (supplied) 2 x TA375 probes, USB 2.0 cable, user manuals
PC connectivity USB 2.0 (compatible with USB 1.1 and USB 3.0; USB 1.1 not recommended)
Power requirements Powered from USB port
Safety approvals European LVD standard
EMC approvals European EMC standard
Environmental approvals RoHS compliant
Total satisfaction guarantee In the event that this product does not fully meet your requirements you can return it for an exchange or refund. To claim, the product must be returned in good condition within 14 days.
Warranty 5 years