PicoScope® 5000 Series

Flexible Resolution Oscilloscopes

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

PicoScope 5000 Series oscilloscope specifications

Oscilloscope - vertical
Number of channels 2 (PicoScope 5200 models)
4 (PicoScope 5400 models)
Bandwidth* (–3 dB) 60 MHz (PicoScope 5242A, 5242B, 5442A and 5442B models)
100 MHz (PicoScope 5243A, 5243B, 5443A and 5443B models)
200 MHz (PicoScope 5244A, 5244B, 5444A and 5444B models)
Hardware bandwidth limiter (−3 dB) 20 MHz, switchable
Rise time*
(calculated, 10% to 90%)
5.8 ns (60 MHz models)
3.5 ns (100 MHz models)
1.8 ns (200 MHz models)
Input type BNCs on front panel
Resolution** 8, 12, 14, 15 and 16 bits selectable in hardware
Enhanced resolution Hardware resolution + 4 bits
Input sensitivity 2 mV/div to 4 V/div (10 vertical divisions)
Input ranges (full scale) ±10 mV to ±20 V full scale, in 11 ranges
Input coupling AC or DC, software-selectable
Input characteristics 1 MΩ ±1% || 13 pF, ±1 pF
DC accuracy
±50 mV to ±20 V ranges,
  ≥ 12-bit mode
±50 mV to ±20 V ranges,
  8-bit mode
±10 mV and ±20 mV ranges

±0.25% typical @ 25°C (±1% of full scale max @ 20 to 30°C)

±1% typical @ 25°C (±3% of full scale max @ 20 to 30°C)

±2% typical @ 25°C (±5% of full scale max @ 20 to 30°C)
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 ±1% of offset setting
Overvoltage protection ±100 V (DC + AC peak)

* Note: in 16 bit mode, bandwidth of all models is limited to 60 MHz and rise time to 5.8 ns.
** Maximum effective resolution is limited on the lowest voltage ranges: ±10 mV = 8 bits • ±20 mV = 12 bits. All other ranges can use full resolution.

Oscilloscope - horizontal
Maximum sampling rate (real-time)

Any 1 channel
Any 2 channels
Any 3 channels
Four channels
8-bit mode

1 GS/s
500 MS/s
250 MS/s
250 MS/s
12-bit mode

500 MS/s
250 MS/s
125 MS/s
125 MS/s
14-bit mode

125 MS/s
125 MS/s
125 MS/s
125 MS/s
15-bit mode

125 MS/s
125 MS/s

16-bit mode

62.5 MS/s

Maximum sampling rate (ETS mode for repetitive signals, 8-bit mode only) 2.5 GS/s (60 MHz models)
5 GS/s (100 MHz models)
10 GS/s (200 MHz models)
Maximum sampling rate (continuous streaming mode) 10 MS/s in PicoScope 6. >10 MS/s using supplied API (PC-dependent)
Timebase ranges 2 ns/div to 5000 s/div (60 MHz models)
1 ns/div to 5000 s/div (100 MHz models)
500 ps/div to 5000 s/div (200 MHz models)
Buffer memory** (8-bit mode) 16 MS to 512 MS: see Configure Your Scope
Buffer memory** (≥ 12-bit) Buffer memory for ≥ 12-bit is halved
Streaming buffer memory** (PicoScope) 100 MS
Maximum buffer segments (PicoScope) 10 000
Maximum waveforms per second 130 000 (PC-dependent)
Timebase accuracy (drift) ±50 ppm (±5 ppm/year) (60 MHz models)
±2 ppm (±1 ppm/year) (100 MHz and 200 MHz models)
Sample jitter 3 ps RMS, typical
ADC sampling Simultaneous
** Shared between active channels
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:> 70 dB at 100 kHz full scale input
SFDR 8 and 12-bit: > 60 dB at 100 kHz full scale input 
14 to 16-bit: > 70 dB at 100 kHz full-scale input
Noise (on 50 mV 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 (general)
Modes Free run, auto, repeat, single, ETS, rapid (segmented memory)
Maximum pre-trigger capture 100% of capture size
Maximum post-trigger capture 4 billion samples
Trigger rearm time < 2 μs on fastest timebase
Maximum trigger rate Up to 10 000 waveforms in a 20 ms burst
Triggering (analog inputs)
Trigger types Rising and falling edge with adjustable hysteresis, pulse width, dropout, window, delay, logic
Level All trigger levels, window levels and hysteresis values settable with 1 LSB resolution across input range
Sensitivity Digital triggering provides 1 LSB accuracy up to full bandwidth of scope
Trigger types (ETS mode) Rising, falling
Sensitivity (ETS mode) Typical 10 mV p-p at full bandwidth
Pulse width trigger Settable with 1 sample resolution from 1 sample (minimum 1 ns) up to 4 billion sample intervals
External trigger input
Trigger types Edge, pulse width, dropout, interval, logic
Input characteristics 1 MΩ ±1% || 13 pF ±1 pF
Input type Front panel BNC
Threshold range ±5 V, DC coupled
Bandwidth DC to full oscilloscope bandwidth (60, 100 or 200 MHz)
Overvoltage protection ±100 V (DC + AC peak)
Probe compensation output
Output characteristics 600 Ω
Output frequency 1 kHz
Output level 3 V pk-pk
Overvoltage protection 10 V
Function generator (fitted to all models)
Standard output signals Sine, square, triangle, DC voltage
Standard signal frequency DC to 20 MHz
Sweep modes Up, down, dual
Frequency accuracy ±50 ppm (±5 ppm/year) (60 MHz models)
±2 ppm (±1 ppm/year) (100 MHz and 200 MHz models)
Frequency resolution < 0.05 Hz
Voltage range ±2 V with ±1% DC accuracy
Amplitude and offset adjustment Adjustable in approx. 0.25 mV steps within overall ±2 V range
Amplitude flatness < 2 dB to 20 MHz, typical @ 50 Ω load
SFDR > 70 dB, 10 kHz full scale sine wave
Connector type BNC
Output characteristics 50 Ω output impedance
Overvoltage protection ±20 V
Arbitrary waveform generator (B models only)
Update rate 200 MS/s
Buffer size 16 kS (PicoScope 5242B and 5442B)
32 kS (PicoScope 5243B and 5443B)
48 kS (PicoScope 5244B and 5444B)
Resolution 14 bits (output step size approximately 0.25 mV)
Bandwidth > 20 MHz
Rise time (10% to 90%) < 10 ns
Spectrum analyzer
Frequency range DC to full oscilloscope bandwidth (60, 100 or 200MHz)
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 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
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 Input channel, reference waveforms, time, constants, pi
Automatic measurements
Oscilloscope AC RMS, true RMS, DC average, cycle time, frequency, duty cycle, falling rate, fall time, 
rising rate, rise time, high pulse width, low pulse width, maximum, minimum, peak to peak
Spectrum Frequency at peak, amplitude at peak, average amplitude at peak, total power, THD %, 
Statistics Minimum, maximum, average and standard deviation
Serial decoding
Protocols 1-Wire, ARINC 429, CAN, DCC, DMX512, Ethernet (10Base-T, 100Base-TX), FlexRay, I²C, I²S, LIN, 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 40 °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 190 x 170 x 40 mm (including connectors)
Weight < 0.5 kg
Windows software PicoScope for Windows
Software development kit (SDK)
Windows 7, 8 or 10 recommended (read more)
Mac OS X software PicoScope for Mac OS X (beta)
Software development kit (SDK)
Mac OS X version 10.9 or 10.10 recommended
Linux software PicoScope for Linux (beta)
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) USB cable, AC adaptor (4-channel models only), probes in probe case:
PS5242A/B & PS5442A/B - MI007
PS5243A/B & PS5443A/B - TA132
PS5244A/B & PS5444A/B - TA131
PC connectivity USB 2.0 hi-speed (USB 1.1 and USB 3.0 compatible; USB 1.1 not recommended)
Power requirements 1 A (2 channels) from 2 USB ports or 1.5 A at 5 V (up to 4 channels) from AC adaptor
Environment Dry locations only; up to 2000 m altitude
Safety approvals Designed to EN 61010-1:2010
EMC approvals Tested to EN61326-1:2006 and FCC Part 15 Subpart B
Environmental approvals RoHS and WEEE 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