PicoScope 4824

High resolution, deep memory, 8 channel oscilloscope

8 channels, 12 bit resolution, 20 MHz bandwidth, 256 MS buffer memory
  • High-performance arbitrary waveform generator
  • Advanced digital triggers
  • Serial bus decoding
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface
  • Windows, Mac and Linux software


The PicoScope 4824 is a low-cost, portable solution for multi-input applications. With 8 high-resolution analog channels you can easily analyze audio, ultrasound, vibration, power, and timing of complex systems.

Despite its compact size, there is no compromise on performance. With a high 12-bit vertical resolution, bandwidth of 20 MHz, 256 MS buffer memory, and a fast sampling rate of 80 MS/s, the PicoScope 4824 has the power and functionality to deliver accurate results. It also features deep memory to analyze multiple serial buses such as UART, I2C, SPI, CAN and LIN plus control and driver signals.


Advanced digital triggers

8 channel oscilloscope logic trigger

The majority of digital oscilloscopes still use an analog trigger architecture based on comparators. This causes time and amplitude errors that cannot always be calibrated out and often limits the trigger sensitivity at high bandwidths.

Over 20 years ago Pico first pioneered the use of fully digital triggering using the actual digitized data. This technique reduces trigger errors and allows our oscilloscopes to trigger on the smallest signals, even at the full bandwidth. Trigger levels and hysteresis can be set with high precision and resolution.

The reduced rearm delay provided by digital triggering, together with segmented memory, allows the capture of a new waveform every microsecond until the buffer is full.

The PicoScope 4824 offers an industry-leading set of advanced triggers including pulse width, runt pulse, windowed, logic and dropout.

Waveform buffer and navigator

Ever spotted a glitch on a waveform, but by the time you’ve stopped the scope it has gone? With PicoScope you no longer need to worry about missing glitches or other transient events. PicoScope can store the last ten thousand waveforms in its circular waveform buffer.

The buffer navigator provides an efficient way of navigating and searching through waveforms effectively letting you turn back time.  Tools such as mask limit testing can also be used to scan through each waveform in the buffer looking for mask violations.

waveform buffer

Hardware Acceleration Engine (HAL3)

fast oscilloscope waveform update rate 

Some oscilloscopes struggle when you enable deep memory; the screen update rate slows and controls become unresponsive. The PicoScope 4824 avoids this limitation with use of a dedicated hardware acceleration engine inside the oscilloscope.  Its parallel design effectively creates the waveform image to be displayed on the PC screen.  PicoScope oscilloscopes manage deep memory better than competing oscilloscopes, both PC-based and benchtop.

The PicoScope 4824 is fitted with third-generation hardware acceleration (HAL3). This speeds up areas of oscilloscope operation such as allowing waveform update rates in excess of 100,000 waveforms per second and the segmented memory / rapid trigger modes. The hardware acceleration engine ensures that any concerns about the USB connection or PC processor performance being a bottleneck are eliminated.

100,000 waveforms per second

oscilloscope persistence mode

An important specification to understand when evaluating oscilloscope performance is the waveform update rate, which is expressed as waveforms per second (wfms/s). While the sample rate indicates how frequently the oscilloscope samples the input signal within one waveform, or cycle, the waveform capture rate refers to how quickly an oscilloscope acquires waveforms.

Oscilloscopes with high waveform capture rates provide better visual insight into signal behavior and dramatically increase the probability that the oscilloscope will quickly capture transient anomalies such as jitter, runt pulses and glitches – that you may not even know exist.

The PicoScope 4824 oscilloscope uses hardware acceleration to achieve up to 100,000 wfms/s.

Mask limit testing

Mask limit testing - good waveform

Mask limit testing allows you to compare live signals against known good signals, and is designed for production and debugging environments. Simply capture a known good signal, draw a mask around it, and then attach the system under test. PicoScope will check for mask violations and perform pass/fail testing, capture intermittent glitches, and can show a failure count and other statistics in the Measurements window.



Serial bus decoding and protocol analysis

Can bus decodingPicoScope can decode 1-Wire, ARINC 429, CAN, DCC, DMX512, Ethernet 10Base-T and 100Base-TX,  FlexRay, I²C, I²S, LIN, PS/2, SENT, SPI, UART (RS-232 / RS-422 / RS-485), and USB protocol data as standard, with more protocols in development, and available in the future with free-of-charge software upgrades.

In graph format shows the decoded data (in hex, binary, decimal or ASCII) in a data bus timing format, beneath the waveform on a common time axis, with error frames marked in red. These frames can be zoomed to investigate noise or signal integrity issues.

In table format shows a list of the decoded frames, including the data and all flags and identifiers. You can set up filtering conditions to display only the frames you are interested in or search for frames with specified properties. The statistics option reveals more detail about the physical layer such as frame times and voltage levels. PicoScope can also import a spreadsheet to decode the data into user-defined text strings.


Part no. Model no. Description
PP916 PicoScope 4824 PicoScope, 8 channels 12 bit resolution, 20 MHz bandwidth,  256 MS buffer memory


PicoScope 4824 Data Sheet

PicoScope 4000 Series User’s Guide

PicoScope 4000 Series (A API) Programmer’s Guide



Oscilloscope — vertical
Input channels 8
Bandwidth (−3 dB) 20 MHz (50 mV to 50 V ranges)
10 MHz (10 mV and 20 mV ranges)
Rise time (calculated) 17.5 ns (50 mV to 50 V ranges)
35.0 ns (10 mV and 20 mV ranges)
Input type BNC, 20 mm spacing
Vertical resolution 12 bits
Software-enhanced vertical resolution Up to 16 bits
Input sensitivity 2 mV/div to 10 V/div (10 vertical divisions)
Input ranges ±10 mV to ±50 V full scale, in 12 ranges
Input coupling Software-selectable AC / DC
Input characteristics 1 MΩ ∥ 19 pF
DC accuracy ±1% of full scale ±300 μV
Analog offset range (vertical position adjustment) ±250 mV (10 mV to 500 mV ranges)
±2.5 V (1 V to 5 V ranges)
±25 V (10 V to 50 V ranges)
Overvoltage protection ±100 V (DC + AC peak)
Oscilloscope — horizontal
Maximum sampling rate (real-time) 80 MS/s (1 to 4 channels in use)
40 MS/s (5 to 8 channels in use)
Maximum sampling rate (continuous streaming mode) 10 MS/s using PicoScope 6 software
80 MS/s per channel using supplied API, 160 MS/s total across all channels (PC-dependent)
Timebase ranges 20 ns/div to 5000 s/div
Buffer memory 256 MS shared between active channels
Streaming buffer memory (PicoScope) 100 MS
Streaming buffer memory (SDK) Up to available PC memory
Maximum buffer segments (PicoScope) 10,000
Maximum waveforms per second 100,000 (PC-dependent)
Timebase accuracy ±20 ppm (+5 ppm/year)
Sample jitter 25 ps RMS typical
Dynamic performance (typical)
Crosstalk 20 000:1, DC to 20 MHz
Harmonic distortion < −60 dB, 10 mV range
< −70 dB, 20 mV and higher ranges
SFDR > 60 dB, 20 mV and 10 mV ranges
> 70 dB, 50 mV and higher ranges
Noise 45 μV RMS on 10 mV range
Bandwidth flatness DC to full bandwidth (+0.2 dB, −3 dB)
Pulse response < 1% overshoot
ADC ENOB 11.3 bits
Source Channels A to H
Trigger modes Free run, auto, repeat, single, rapid (segmented memory)
Trigger types Edge with adjustable hysteresis, pulse width, window, window pulse width, dropout, window dropout, interval, logic level, runt pulse
Trigger sensitivity Digital triggering provides 1 LSB accuracy up to full bandwidth
Maximum pre-trigger capture Up to 100% of capture size
Maximum post-trigger delay Up to 4 billion samples
Trigger rearm time < 3 μs on fastest timebase
Maximum trigger rate Up to 10 000 waveforms in a 30 ms burst
Trigger level All trigger levels, window levels and hysteresis values settable with 1 LSB resolution across input range
Pulse width trigger Settable with 1 sample resolution from 1 sample (minimum 12.5 ns) up to 4 billion sample intervals
Function generator
Standard output signals Sine, square, triangle, DC voltage, ramp, sinc, Gaussian, half-sine, white noise, PRBS
Standard signal frequency DC to 1 MHz
Sweep modes Up, down, dual
Triggering Can trigger a counted number of waveform cycles or sweeps (up to 1 billion)
from the scope trigger or manually from software.
Frequency accuracy ±20 ppm
Frequency resolution < 20 mHz
Voltage range ±2 V
Amplitude and offset adjustment Signal amplitude and offset within ± 2V range. Adjustable in approx 300 μV steps.
Amplitude flatness < 0.5 dB to 1 MHz typical
DC accuracy ±1% of full scale
SFDR 87 dB typical
Output characteristics Rear-panel BNC, 600 Ω output impedance
Overvoltage protection ±10 V
Arbitrary Waveform Generator
Update rate 80 MS/s
Buffer size 16 kS
Resolution 14 bits
Bandwidth 1 MHz
Rise time (10% to 90%) 150 ns
Spectrum analyzer
Frequency range DC to 20 MHz
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 up 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
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 CAN, LIN, I²C, UART/RS-232, SPI, I²S, FlexRay
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 190 x 170 x 40 mm
Weight < 0.55 kg
Windows software PicoScope for Windows
Software development kit (SDK)
Windows 7, 8 or 10 recommended
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
What’s in the box? USB 3.0 cable, user manuals, software CD–ROM
PC connectivity SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 compatible)
Power requirements Powered from single USB 3.0 port or two USB 2.0 ports
Safety approvals LVD compliant
EMC approvals Tested to meet 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 1 years


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