PicoScope 6000 Series

The fastest sampling, highest bandwidth, deepest memory and fastest waveform update rate of any USB oscilloscope on the market today.

PicoScope 6000 Specifications

Oscilloscope – vertical
Model PicoScope 6402C PicoScope 6402D PicoScope 6403C PicoScope 6403D PicoScope 6404C PicoScope 6404D
Input channels 4
(-3 dB)
250 MHz
(200 MHz ±50 mV range)
350 MHz
(250 MHz ±50 mV range)
500 MHz
(all ranges)
Hardware bandwidth limiter Switchable, 20 MHz Switchable, 25 MHz
Rise time (10%–90%, calculated) 1.4 ns (50 mV range 1.8 ns) 1.0 ns (50 mV range 1.4 ns) 0.7 ns (all ranges)
Input type Single-ended, BNC connector
Resolution 8 bits
Enhanced resolution 12 bits
Input sensitivity 10 mV/div to 4 V/div at x1 zoom (1 MΩ input)
10 mV/div to 1 V/div at x1 zoom (50 Ω input)
Input ranges (full scale) ±50 mV to ±20 V, in 9 ranges (1 MΩ input)
±50 mV to ±5 V, in 7 ranges (50 Ω input)
Input coupling AC, DC or 50 Ω DC, software-selectable
Input characteristics 1 MΩ in parallel with 15 pF (AC or DC coupling) or 50 Ω (DC coupling) 1 MΩ in parallel with 10 pF (AC or DC coupling) or 50 Ω (DC coupling)
DC accuracy ±3% of full scale
Analog offset range (vertical position adjust) ±50 mV to ±200 mV ranges
±500 mV range
±1 V range
±2 V range
±5 V range
±10 V range
±20 V
±0.5 V
±2.5 V
±2.5 V
±2.5 V
±20 V (50 Ω ±0.5 V)
±20 V
±20 V
±2 V
±10 V (50 Ω ±5 V)
±10 V (50 Ω ±4.5 V)
±10 V (50 Ω ±3.5 V)
±35 V (50 Ω ±0.5 V)
±30 V
±20 V
Overvoltage protection ±100 V to ground (1 MΩ inputs), 5.5 V RMS (50 Ω inputs)

*Quoted bandwidth is with supplied probes or at BNC when 50 Ω impedance selected

Oscilloscope – horizontal
Maximum sampling rate
1 channel in use: 5 GS/s
2 channels in use: 2.5 GS/s (using A+C, A+D, B+C, B+D)
3 or 4 channels in use: 1.25 GS/s
Maximum sampling rate (repetitive signals, ETS mode) 50 GS/s
Maximum sampling rate
(continuous streaming mode)
10 MS/s using PicoScope. >150 MS/s using the supplied SDK (PC-dependent)
Timebase ranges

1 ns/div to 5000 s/div
50 ps/div to 100 ns/div
Buffer memory
(shared between active channels)
256 MS 512 MS 512 MS 1 GS 1 GS 2 GS
Streaming buffer memory (PicoScope) 100 MS
Streaming buffer memory (SDK) Up to available PC memory
Maximum buffer segments (PicoScope) 10,000
Maximum buffer segments (using SDK) 250,000 500,000 500,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 2,000,000
Maximum waveforms per second 170,000 wfm/s (PC-dependent)
Timebase accuracy ±2 ppm
Timebase ageing 1 ppm per year
Dynamic performance (typical)
Crosstalk 17 000:1 typical at 20 MHz
1000:1 typical at full bandwidth
5600:1 typical at 20 MHz
560:1 typical at full bandwidth
Harmonic distortion –55 dB typical –54 dB typical
SFDR 60 dB typical 55 dB typical
Noise 200 μV RMS (50 mV range) 320 μV RMS (50 mV range)
Triggering (general)
Trigger modes Free run, single, repeat, auto, rapid, ETS
Maximum pre-trigger capture Up to 100% of capture size
Maximum post-trigger delay Up to 4 billion samples
Maximum trigger rate Up to 10,000 waveforms in a 10 ms burst
Rearm time Less than 1 µs on fastest timebase
Pulse width trigger Settable with 1 sample resolution from 1 sample (minimum 200 ps) up to 4 billion sample intervals
Triggering (analog inputs)
Trigger types Rising or falling edge with adjustable hysteresis, pulse width, window, window pulse width, dropout, window dropout, delay, interval, level, logic, runt pulse
Trigger sources Channels A to D, AUX
Trigger level Adjustable over whole of selected voltage range
Trigger sensitivity 1 LSB accuracy up to full bandwidth of scope
Auxiliary trigger input (AUX)
Trigger types Edge, pulse width, dropout, interval, logic
Input characteristics 50 Ω ±1%, DC coupled
Input type Rear-panel BNC, shared with reference clock input
Threshold range ±1 V
Bandwidth 25 MHz
Overvoltage protection ±5 V (DC + AC peak)
Reference clock input (SDK only)
Clock input characteristics 50 Ω, BNC, ±1 V, DC coupled
Frequency range 5, 10, 20, 25 MHz, user-selectable
Connector Rear-panel BNC, shared with AUX trigger
Level Adjustable threshold, ±1 V
Overvoltage protection ±5 V
Probe compensation output
Impedance 600 Ω
Frequency 1 kHz square wave
Level 2 V pk–pk
Function generator
Standard waveforms
C models
D models

Sine, square, triangle, DC level
As C models plus ramp (up/down), sin (x)/x, Gaussian, half-sine, white noise, PRBS
Frequency range DC to 20 MHz
Frequency accuracy Same as scope timebase accuracy
Frequency resolution < 0.05 Hz
Sweep modes Up, down, dual
Signal generator triggering Scope, manual, or AUX input; programmable number of cycles from 1 to 1 billion
Amplitude range 250 mV to 2 V pk
Offset adjustment ±1 V
Output voltage limits –2.5 V to +2.5 V
DC accuracy ±1% of full scale
Connector type Rear-panel BNC
Output impedance 50 Ω
Overvoltage protection ±5 V
Function generator and arbitrary waveform generator
Update rate n/a 200 MS/s n/a 200 MS/s n/a 200 MS/s
Buffer size n/a 64 kS n/a 64 kS n/a 64 kS
Resolution n/a 12 bits n/a 12 bits n/a 12 bits
Spectrum analyzer
Frequency range DC to 250 MHz DC to 350 MHz DC to 500 MHz
Display modes Magnitude, peak hold, average
Windowing functions Rectangular, Gaussian, triangular, Blackman, Blackman–Harris, Hamming, Hann, flat-top
Number of FFT points From 128 to 1 048 576
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
Scope 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 and standard deviation
Serial decoding
Protocols 1-Wire, ARINC 429, CAN and CAN-FD, 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 255 x 170 x 40 mm
(approx 10 x 6.7 x 1.6 in)
280 x 170 x 40 mm
(approx 11 x 6.7 x 1.6 in)
Weight 1 kg
(approx 2 lb  3 oz)
1.3 kg
(approx 2 lb  14 oz)
Windows software PicoScope for Windows
Software development kit (SDK)
Windows 7, 8 or 10 recommended (read more)
macOS software PicoScope for macOS (beta: feature list)
Software development kit (SDK)
OS versions: see release notes
Linux software PicoScope for Linux (beta: feature list)
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 3.0 cable, universal mains (AC) power supply, mains lead (power cord), carry case, user manuals and software CD-ROM, probes in probe case:
PS6402C/D & PS6403C/D - TA150
PS6404C/D - TA133
PC requirements Microsoft Windows 7, 8 (not Windows RT) and 10
PC interface USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 compatible; USB 1.1 not recommended)
Power supply
AC adaptor
12 V @ 4 A
External adaptor supplied (suitable for USA, UK, Europe and Australasia)
Safety approvals European LVD standard
EMC approvals European EMC standard
FCC Rules Part 15 Class A
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