PicoScope 5000 Series - Flexible Resolution Oscilloscopes

Flexible Resolution Oscilloscopes

High Speed & High Resolution,Breakthrough ADC technology switches from 8-16 bits in the same oscilloscope
  • Flexible resolution, from 8 to 16 bits
  • Up to 200 mhz analog bandwidth
  • Up to 512 mS buffer memory
  • Up to 1 gS/s real-time sampling 
  • Up to 10 gS/s equivalent-time sampling
  • Up to 200 mhz spectrum analyzer
  • Built-in function generator or AWG
  • USB-connected


PicoScope: power, portability and versatility

Pico Technology continues to push the limits of PC oscilloscope design. For the first time in an oscilloscope, Pico Technology have used reconfigurable ADCs to offer a choice of 8-bit to 16-bit resolutions in a single product.

PicoScope 5000 PCO
1 GS/s @ 8 bits, one channel125 MS/s at 14 bits, four channels

Flexible resolution

Most digital oscilloscopes gain their high sampling rates by interleaving multiple 8-bit ADCs. Despite careful design, the interleaving process introduces errors that always make the dynamic performance worse than the performance of the individual ADC cores.

The new PicoScope 5000 Series scopes have a significantly different architecture in which multiple high-resolution ADCs can be applied to the input channels in different time-interleaved and parallel combinations to boost either the sampling rate or the resolution.

In time-interleaved mode, the ADCs are interleaved to provide 1 GS/s at 8 bits (see diagram). Interleaving reduces the performance of the ADCs, but the resulting (60 dB SFDR) is still much better than oscilloscopes that interleave 8-bit ADCs. This mode can also provide 500 MS/s at 12 bits resolution.

PicoScope 5000 PCO

In parallel mode, multiple ADCs are sampled in phase on each channel to increase the resolution and dynamic performance (see diagram). Sampling in parallel with multiple ADCs and combining the output reduces noise and also both the integral and differential nonlinearity.

Using parallel mode,  resolution is increased to 14 bits at 125 MS/s per channel (>70 dB SFDR). If only two channels are required then resolution can be increased to 15 bits, and in single-channel mode all the ADCs are combined to give a 16 bit mode at 62.5 MS/s. The software gives the choice of selecting the resolution or leaving the scope in “auto resolution” mode where the optimum resolution is used for the chosen settings.


PicoScope 5000 PCO

High signal integrity

Most oscilloscopes are built down to a price; ours are built up to a specification.

Careful front-end design and shielding reduces noise, crosstalk and harmonic distortion. Over 20 years of high resolution oscilloscope design experience leads to improved pulse response and bandwidth flatness.

We are proud of the dynamic performance of our products and publish these specifications in detail. The result is simple: when you probe a circuit, you can trust in the waveform you see on the screen.


Pico Technology oscilloscopes are small, light and portable. In 2-channel mode the 5000 Series scopes can be powered from USB only, making them ideal for the engineer on the move. The external power supply is only needed when operating more than 2 channels. The 5000 Series oscilloscopes are suitable for field use in many applications, such as design, research, test, education, service and repair.



PP863 PicoScope 5242A 60 MHz 2 channel FGEN with probes
PP864 PicoScope 5242B 60 MHz 2 channel AWG with probes
PP865 PicoScope 5243A 100 MHz 2 channel FGEN with probes
PP866 PicoScope 5243B 100 MHz 2 channel AWG with probes
PP867 PicoScope 5244A 250 MHz 2 channel FGEN with probes
PP868 PicoScope 5244B 250 MHz 2 channel AWG with probes
PP869 PicoScope 5442A 60 MHz 4 channel FGEN with probes
PP870 PicoScope 5442B 60 MHz 4 channel AWG with probes
PP871 PicoScope 5443A 100 MHz 4 channel FGEN with probes
PP872 PicoScope 5443B 100 MHz 4 channel AWG with probes
PP873 PicoScope 5444A 200 MHz 4 channel FGEN with probes
PP874 PicoScope 5444B 200 MHz 4 channel AWG with probes



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Number of channels 2 channels – PicoScope 524x models
4 channels – PicoScope 544x models
Bandwidth (-3dB)* 60 MHz for PicoScope 5×42 models
100 MHz for PicoScope 5×43 models
200 MHz for PicoScope 5×44 models
Bandwidth limiting (-3dB) 20 MHz, switchable
Rise time
(calculated, 10% to 90%)
5.8 ns for 60 MHz models
3.5 ns for 100 MHz models
1.8 ns for 200 MHz models
Input connectors BNCs on front panel
Resolution** 8 bits, 12 bits, 14 bits, 15 bits, 16 bits
Enhanced vertical resolution Hardware resolution + 4 bits
Input characteristics 1 MΩ ±1% || 13 pF, ±1 pF
Input coupling AC/DC
Input ranges (full scale) ±10 mV to ±20 V full scale, in 11 ranges
Input sensitivity 2mV/div to 4 V/div (10 vertical divisions)
Analog offset range ±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)
DC accuracy
±50 mV to ±20 V
±50 mV to ±20 V
±10 mV and ±20 mV ranges
≥ 12-bit mode:
8-bit mode:
All modes:
±0.25% typical @ 25°C (±1% of full scale max @ 20 – 30°C)
±1% typical @ 25°C (±3% of full scale max @ 20 – 30°C)
±2% typical @ 25°C (±5% of full scale max @ 20 – 30°C)
Overvoltage protection ± 100 V (DC + AC peak)

* Note in 16 bit mode bandwidth is limited to 60MHz
** 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.

Max. sampling rate
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
Sampling rate (repetitive sampling) 2.5 GS/s for 60 MHz models
5 GS/s for 100 MHz models
10 GS/s for 200 MHz models
Sampling rate (USB streaming) 10 MS/s in PicoScope 6. >10 MS/s using supplied API
Timebase ranges 2 ns/div to 5000s/div for 60 MHz models
1 ns/div to 5000s/div for 100 MHz models
500 ps/div to 5000s/div for 200 MHz models
Buffer memory** (8-bit) 16 MS to 512 MS see ordering information below
Buffer memory** (≥ 12-bit) Buffer memory for ≥ 12-bit is halved
Buffer memory** continuous streaming 100 MS in PicoScope software
Waveform buffer (no. of segments) 10,000 in PicoScope software
Timebase accuracy (drift) ±50 ppm (±5 ppm/year) for 60 MHz models
±2 ppm (±1 ppm/year) for 100 MHz and 200 MHz models
Sample jitter 3 ps RMS, typical

** Shared between active channels

DYNAMIC PERFORMANCE (typical; analog channels)
Crosstalk Better than 400:1 up to full bandwidth (equal voltage ranges)
Total harmonic distortion (THD) 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
Source Normal, auto, repeat, single, ETS, rapid
Trigger modes None, Auto, Repeat, Single, Rapid (segmented memory)
Advanced triggers Pulse width, dropout, window, delay, logic, edge with hysteresis
Trigger types (ETS mode) Rising, falling
Sensitivity Digital triggering provides 1 LSB accuracy up to full bandwidth of scope.
ETS mode: Typical 10 mV p-p, at full bandwidth
Maximum pre-trigger capture 100% of capture size
Maximum post-trigger capture 4 billion samples
Trigger re-arm time < 2 μs on fastest timebase
Maximum trigger rate Up to 10,000 waveforms in a 20 ms burst
Trigger types Edge, pulse width, dropout, interval, logic
Input characteristics Front panel BNC, 1 MΩ ±1% || 13 pF ±1 pF
Bandwidth DC to full oscilloscope bandwidth (60, 100 or 200 MHz)
Voltage range ±5 V, DC coupled
Overvoltage protection ±100 V (DC + AC peak)
FUNCTION GENERATOR (Fitted to all models)
Standard output signals Sine, square, triangle, DC voltage
Standard signal frequency DC to 20 MHz
Output frequency accuracy ±50 ppm (±5 ppm/year) for 60 MHz models
±2 ppm (±1 ppm/year) for 100 MHz and 200 MHz models
Output frequency resolution < 0.05 Hz
Output voltage range ±2 V with ±1% DC accuracy
Output voltage adjustment Signal amplitude and offset 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, 50 Ω output impedance
Overvoltage protection ±20 V
Sweep modes Up, down, or alternating, with selectable start/stop frequencies and increments
AWG (B models only)
Update rate 200 MS/s
Buffer size 16 kS – PicoScope 5x42B models
32 kS – PicoScope 5x43B models
48 kS – PicoScope 5x44B models
Resolution 14 bits (output step size approximately 0.25 mV)
Bandwidth > 20 MHz
Rise time (10% to 90%) < 10 ns
Output characteristics 600 Ω
Output frequency 1 kHz
Output level 3 V pk-pk
Overvoltage protection 10 V
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
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
Operands A, B, C, D (input channels), T (time), reference waveforms, pi
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
Protocols I²C, I²S, SPI, RS232/UART, CAN, LIN, FlexRay
Statistics Pass/fail, failure count, total count
Interpolation Linear or sin(x)/x
Persistence modes Digital color, analog intensity, custom, or none
PC connectivity USB 2.0 hi-speed (USB 1.1 and USB 3.0 compatible)
Power requirements 1 A (2 channels) from 2 USB ports (double-headed cable supplied) or 1.5 A at 5 V (up to 4 channels) from AC adaptor
Dimensions 190 x 170 x 40 mm (including connectors)
Weight < 0.5 kg
Temperature range Operating: 0 °C to 50 °C (20 °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.
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
Software/PC requirements PicoScope 6, SDK and example programs.
Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 (Windows RT not supported)
Accessories USB cable(s), 2 or 4 probes in probe case, AC adaptor for 4-channel scope
Languages (PicoScope software only): Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Japanese,
Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Swedish and Turkish
Languages (full support): English, French, German, Italian and Spanish


Ordering Information
Model PicoScope 5242A PicoScope 5242B PicoScope 5442A PicoScope 5442B
Channels 2 + FG 2 + FG/AWG 4 + FG 4 + FG/AWG
Bandwidth 60 MHz 60 MHz 60 MHz 60 MHz
Memory 16 MS 32 MS 16 MS 32 MS
Model PicoScope 5243A PicoScope 5243B PicoScope 5443A PicoScope 5443B
Channels 2 + FG 2 + FG/AWG 4 + FG 4 + FG/AWG
Bandwidth 100 MHz 100 MHz 100 MHz 100 MHz
Memory 64 MS 128 MS 64 MS 128 MS
Model PicoScope 5244A PicoScope 5244B PicoScope 5444A PicoScope 5444B
Channels 2 + FG 2 + FG/AWG 4 + FG 4 + FG/AWG
Bandwidth 200 MHz 200 MHz 200 MHz 200 MHz
Memory 256 MS 512 MS 256 MS 512 MS





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