PicoScope® 5000 Series

FlexRes® Oscilloscopes

High speed and high resolution. Breakthrough ADC technology switches from 8 to 16 bits in the same oscilloscope.

PicoScope 5000 Series oscilloscope specifications

Model PicoScope
Bandwidth (–3 dB) 60 MHz 100 MHz 200 MHz
2 channel 5242D 5242D MSO 5243D 5243D MSO 5244D 5244D MSO
4 channel 5442D 5442D MSO 5443D 5443D MSO 5444D 5444D MSO
Oscilloscope - vertical
Input type Single-ended, BNC connector
Bandwidth (–3 dB) 60 MHz 100 MHz[1] 200 MHz[1]
Rise time (calculated) 5.8 ns 3.5 ns[1] 1.75 ns[1]
Bandwidth limiter 20 MHz, selectable
Vertical resolution[2] 8, 12, 14, 15 or 16 bits
LSB size[2] (quantization step size) 8 bit mode: < 0.6% of input range
12 bit mode: < 0.04% of input range
14 bit mode: < 0.01% of input range
15 bit mode: < 0.005% of input range
16 bit mode: < 0.0025% of input range
Enhanced vertical resolution Hardware resolution + 4 bits
Input ranges ±10 mV to ±20 V full scale, in 11 ranges
Input sensitivity 2 mV/div to 4 V/div (10 vertical divisions)
Input coupling AC / DC
Input characteristics 1 MΩ ± 1% || 14 ±1 pF
Gain accuracy 12 to 16 bit modes: ±0.5% of signal ±1 LSB[3]
8 bit mode: ±2% of signal ±1 LSB[3]
Offset accuracy ±500 µV ±1% of full scale[3]
Offset accuracy can be improved by using the “zero offset” function in PicoScope 6.
Analog offset range (vertical position adjust) ±250 mV (10, 20, 50, 100, 200 mV ranges),
±2.5 V (500 mV, 1 V, 2 V ranges),
±20 V (5, 10, 20 V ranges)
Analog offset control accuracy ±0.5% of offset setting, additional to basic DC offset accuracy
Overvoltage protection ±100 V (DC + AC peak)

[1] In 16-bit mode, bandwidth reduced to 60 MHz and rise time increased to 5.8 ns.
[2] On ±20 mV range, in 14 to 16-bit modes, hardware resolution reduced by 1 bit. On ±10 mV range, hardware resolution reduced by 1 bit in 12-bit mode, 2 bits in 14 to 16-bit modes.
[3] Between 15 and 30 °C after 1 hour warm-up.

Vertical (digital channels) – D MSO models only
Input channels 16 channels (2 ports of 8 channels each)
Input connector 2.54 mm pitch, 10 x 2 way connector
Maximum input frequency 100 MHz (200 Mbit/s)
Minimum detectable pulse width 5 ns
Input impedance 200 kΩ ±2% || 8 pF ±2 pF
Input dynamic range ±20 V
Threshold range ±5 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
Threshold accuracy < ±350 mV including hysteresis
Threshold hysteresis < ±250 mV
Minimum input voltage swing 500 mV peak to peak
Channel-to-channel skew 2 ns, typical
Minimum input slew rate 10 V/µs
Overvoltage protection ±50 V (DC + AC peak)
Max. sampling rate
Any 1 channel
Any 2 channels
Any 3 or 4 channels
More than 4 channels
8-bit mode
1 GS/s
500 MS/s
250 MS/s
125 MS/s
12-bit mode
500 MS/s
250 MS/s
125 MS/s
62.5 MS/s
14-bit mode
125 MS/s
125 MS/s
125 MS/s
62.5 MS/s
15-bit mode[4]
125 MS/s
125 MS/s
16-bit mode[4]
62.5 MS/s
"Channel" means any analog channel or 8-bit digital port
[4]Any number of 8-bit digital ports can be used in 15-bit and 16-bit modes without affecting the maximum sampling rate
Maximum equivalent sampling rate (repetitive signals; 8-bit mode only, ETS mode) 2.5 GS/s 5 GS/s 10 GS/s
Maximum sampling rate (continuous USB streaming into PC memory)[5] USB3, using PicoScope 6: 15 to 20 MS/s
USB3, using PicoSDK: 125 MS/s (8-bit) or 62.5 MS/s (12 to 16 bit modes)
USB2, using PicoScope 6: 8 to 10 MS/s
USB2, using PicoSDK: ~30 MS/s (8-bit) or ~15 MS/s (12 to 16 bit modes)
Timebase ranges (real time) 1 ns/div to 5000 s/div in 39 ranges
Fastest timebase (ETS) 500 ps/div 200 ps/div 100 ps/div
Buffer memory[6] (8-bit mode) 128 MS 256 MS 512 MS
Buffer memory[6] (≥ 12-bit mode) 64 MS 128 MS 256 MS
Buffer memory[7] (continuous streaming) 100 MS in PicoScope software
Waveform buffer (no. of segments) 10 000 in PicoScope software
Waveform buffer (no. of segments) when using PicoSDK (8 bit mode) 250 000 500 000 1 000 000
Waveform buffer (no. of segments) when using PicoSDK (12 to 16 bit modes) 125 000 250 000 500 000
Initial timebase accuracy ±50 ppm (0.005%) ±2 ppm (0.0002%) ±2 ppm (0.0002%)
Timebase drift ±5 ppm/year ±1 ppm/year ±1 ppm/year
Sample jitter 3 ps RMS, typical
ADC sampling Simultaneous on all enabled channels

[5]Shared between enabled channels, PC dependent, available sample rates vary by resolution.
[6]Shared between enabled channels.
[7]Driver buffering up to available PC memory when using PicoSDK. No limit on duration of capture.

Dynamic performance (typical; analog channels)
Crosstalk Better than 400:1 up to full bandwidth (equal voltage ranges)
Harmonic distortion

8-bit mode: −60 dB at 100 kHz full scale input.
12-bit mode or higher: −70 dB at 100 kHz full scale input

SFDR 8 to 12-bit modes: 60 dB at 100 kHz full scale input.
14 to 16-bit modes: 70 dB at 100 kHz full scale input.
Noise (on most sensitive range) 8-bit mode: 120 μV RMS
12-bit mode: 110 μV RMS
14-bit mode: 100 μV RMS
15-bit mode: 85 μV RMS
16-bit mode: 70 μV RMS
Bandwidth flatness (+0.3 dB, –3 dB) from DC to full bandwidth
Triggering (main specifications)
Source Analog channels, plus: MSO models: Digital D0 to D15. Other models: Ext trigger.
Trigger modes None, auto, repeat, single, rapid (segmented memory).
Advanced trigger types (analog channels) Edge, window, pulse width, window pulse width, dropout, window dropout, interval, runt, logic.
Trigger types (analog channels, ETS) Rising or falling edge ETS trigger available on ChA only, 8-bit mode only.
Trigger sensitivity (analog channels) Digital triggering provides 1 LSB accuracy up to full bandwidth of scope.
Trigger sensitivity (analog channels, ETS) At full bandwidth: typical 10 mV peak to peak
Trigger types (digital inputs) MSO models only: Edge, pulse width, dropout, interval, logic, pattern, mixed signal.
Maximum pre-trigger capture Up to 100% of capture size.
Maximum post-trigger delay Zero to 4 billion samples, settable in 1 sample steps (delay range on fastest timebase of 0 – 4 s in 1 ns steps)
Trigger rearm time 8-bit mode, typical: 1 μs on fastest timebase
8 to 12 bit modes: < 2 μs max on fastest timebase
14 to 16 bit modes: < 3 μs max on fastest timebase
Maximum trigger rate 10 000 waveforms in a 10 ms burst, 8-bit mode
External trigger input – not MSO models
Connector type Front panel BNC
Trigger types Edge, pulse width, dropout, interval, logic
Input characteristics 1 MΩ ± 1% || 14 pF ±1.5 pF
Bandwidth 60 MHz 100 MHz 200 MHz
Threshold range ±5 V
Threshold range ±5 V, DC coupled
External trigger threshold accuracy ±1% of full scale
External trigger sensitivity 200 mV peak to peak
Coupling DC
Overvoltage protection ±100 V (DC + AC peak)
Function generator
Standard output signals Sine, square, triangle, DC voltage, ramp up, ramp down, sinc, Gaussian, half-sine
Pseudorandom output signals White noise, selectable amplitude and offset within output voltage range.
Pseudorandom binary sequence (PRBS), selectable high and low levels within output voltage range, selectable bit rate up to 20 Mb/s
Standard signal frequency 0.025 Hz to 20 MHz
Sweep modes Up, down, dual with selectable start / stop frequencies and increments
Triggering Can trigger a counted number of waveform cycles or frequency sweeps (from 1 to 1 billion) from the scope trigger, external trigger or from software. Can also use the external trigger to gate the signal generator output.
Output frequency accuracy Oscilloscope timebase accuracy ± output frequency resolution
Output frequency resolution < 0.025 Hz
Output voltage range ±2 V
Output voltage adjustments Signal amplitude and offset adjustable in approx 0.25 mV steps within overall ±2 V range
Amplitude flatness < 1.5 dB to 20 MHz, typical
DC accuracy ±1% of full scale
SFDR > 70 dB, 10 kHz full scale sine wave
Output resistance 50 Ω ±1%
Connector type BNC(f)
Overvoltage protection ±20 V
Arbitrary waveform generator
AWG update rate 200 MHz
AWG buffer size 32 kS
AWG resolution 14 bits (output step size approximately 0.25 mV)
AWG bandwidth > 20 MHz
AWG rise time (10% to 90%) < 10 ns (50 Ω load)

Additional AWG specifications including sweep modes, triggering, frequency accuracy and resolution, voltage range, DC accuracy and output characteristics are as the function generator

Probe compensation pin
Output characteristics 600 Ω
Output frequency 1 kHz
Output level 3 V peak to peak, typical
Overvoltage protection 10 V
Spectrum analyzer
Frequency range DC to 60 MHz DC to 100 MHz DC to 200 MHz
Display modes Magnitude, average, peak hold
Y axis Logarithmic (dbV, dBu, dBm, arbitrary dB) or linear (volts)
X axis Linear or logarithmic
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
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, delay, average, frequency, derivative, integral, min, max, peak, duty, highpass, lowpass, bandpass, bandstop
Operands A, B, C, D (input channels), T (time), reference waveforms, pi, D0−D15 (digital channels), constants
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, average amplitude at peak, total power, THD %, THD dB, THD+N, SFDR, SINAD, SNR, IMD
Statistics Minimum, maximum, average, standard deviation
Parameters Cycle number, cycle time, frequency, low pulse width, high pulse width, duty cycle (high), duty cycle (low), rise time, fall time, undershoot, overshoot, max. voltage, min. voltage, voltage peak to peak, start time, end time
Serial decoding
Protocols 1-Wire, ARINC 429, CAN & CAN-FD, DCC, DMX512, Ethernet 10Base-T and 100Base-TX, FlexRay, I²C, I²S, LIN, PS/2, MODBUS, SENT, SPI, UART (RS-232 / RS-422 / RS-485), USB 1.1
Mask limit testing
Statistics Pass/fail, failure count, total count
Mask creation User-drawn, table entry, auto-generated from waveform or imported from file
Interpolation Linear or sin(x)/x
Persistence modes Digital color, analog intensity, custom, fast
Windows software PicoScope for Windows
For Windows 7, 8 and 10
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
PC connectivity USB 3.0 SuperSpeed (USB 2.0 compatible)
Power requirements 2-channel models: powered from single USB 3.0 port
4-channel models: AC adaptor supplied. Can use 2 channels (plus MSO channels if fitted) powered by USB 3.0 or charging port supplying 1.2 A.
Dimensions 190 x 170 x 40 mm including connectors
Weight < 0.5 kg
Temperature range Operating: 0 to 40 °C
15 to 30 °C for quoted accuracy after 1 hour warm-up
Storage: –20 to +60 °C
Humidity range Operating: 5 to 80 %RH non-condensing
Storage: 5 to 95 %RH non-condensing
Environment Up to 2000 m altitude and EN61010 pollution degree 2
Safety approvals Designed to EN 61010-1:2010
EMC approvals Tested to EN61326-1:2013 and FCC Part 15 Subpart B
Environmental approvals RoHS and WEEE compliant
PC requirements Processor, memory and disk space: as required by the operating system
Port(s): USB 3.0 or USB 2.0
Warranty 5 years