High Resolution 8 Channel Oscilloscope - PicoScope 4824

High Resolution 8 Channel Oscilloscope

PicoScope 4824 8 channel oscilloscope
  • 8 channels
  • 12 bit resolution
  • 20 MHz bandwidth
  • 256 MS buffer memory
  • High-performance arbitrary waveform generator
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface
  • Split-screen waveform viewing
  • Low sine and pulse distortion
  • Advanced digital triggers
  • Serial bus decoding
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Offering 8 channels and 12-bit resolution with one ADC per channel, the PicoScope 4824 delivers the functionality you need to make precision, time-correlated waveform measurements on multiple channels and a wide range of signal types

Combining high resolution technology with 256 Msamples buffer memory, powerful debug tools and a built-in arbitrary waveform generator, the PicoScope 4824 is the ideal oscilloscope for precise measurements and rapid debug.  Tools such as Mask Limit Testing, Serial Bus Decoding, Advanced Digital Triggers and Persistence Mode help to track problems for rapid troubleshooting.  Waveforms are captured in high resolution, making it easy to distinguish signal from noise to ease debug and analysis.

Typical Applications

  • Single- and 3-phase power transmission analysis
  • Complex embedded system development
  • Multi-sensor systems
  • DC power supply sequencing
  • Drives and controls
  • Automotive system design, debug and validation
  • 7.1 and 5.1 audio system measurements


High signal integrity

Zoom function

Most oscilloscopes are built down to a price. PicoScopes are built up to a specification.Careful front-end design and shielding reduces noise, crosstalk and harmonic distortion, meaning we are proud to publish the specifications for our scopes in detail. Decades of oscilloscope design experience can be seen in both improved pulse response and bandwidth flatness, and low distortion. The scope features 12 input ranges from ±10 mV to ±50 V full scale, a huge dynamic range, and 70 dB SFDR. The result is simple: when you probe a circuit, you can trust in the waveform you see on the screen.

Digital triggering

Most digital oscilloscopes still use an analog trigger architecture based on comparators. This can cause time and amplitude errors that cannot always be calibrated out. The use of comparators often limits the trigger sensitivity at high bandwidths and can also create a long trigger re-arm delay.

For over 20 years Pico have been pioneering the use of full digital triggering using the actual digitized data. This reduces trigger errors and allows our oscilloscopes to trigger on the smallest signals, even at the full bandwidth. All triggering is digital, resulting in high threshold resolution with programmable hysteresis and optimal waveform stability.

The reduced re-arm delay provided by digital triggering, together with segmented memory, allows the capture of events that happen in rapid sequence. At the fastest timebase, rapid triggering can capture a new waveform every 3 microseconds until the buffer is full. The mask limit testing function helps to detect waveforms that fail to meet your specifications.

Advanced triggers

Advanced triggers

As well as the standard range of triggers found on most oscilloscopes, the PicoScope 4824 has a comprehensive set of advanced triggers built in to help you capture the data you need.

These include pulse width, windowed, and dropout triggers to help you find and capture your signal quickly.

More information on Advanced Triggers >>

Hardware acceleration

On some oscilloscopes, enabling deep memory has a penalty: the screen update rate slows down and the controls become unresponsive as the processor struggles to cope with the amount of data. Thanks to the hardware acceleration inside PicoScope deep-memory oscilloscopes, you can collect waveforms containing hundreds of millions of samples while keeping fast screen update rates and a responsive user interface.

Hardware accelerationHardware acceleration ensures fast screen  update rates even when collecting 10,000,000 samples per waveform

Dedicated hardware inside the oscilloscope processes multiple streams of data in parallel to construct the waveform that will be displayed on the screen. This is done far faster than any PC processor could manage, and together with USB 3.0 SuperSpeed data transfer eliminates any bottlenecks between the oscilloscope and the PC.

For example, the scope may be set to capture 10,000,000 samples but the PicoScope display window may be only 1000 pixels wide. In this case, the scope intelligently compresses the data into 1000 blocks of 10,000 samples each. Unlike simple decimation, which throws away most of the data, PicoScope hardware acceleration guarantees that you see any high-frequency details such as narrow glitches, even when the display is zoomed out.

Store up to 10,000 waveforms in the buffer

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. Depending on the settings, PicoScope can store up to the last ten thousand waveforms in its buffer.

More information on waveform buffer >>

waveform buffer

Arbitrary waveform and function generators

High signal integrity

A function generator is also included, with sine, square, and triangle waves up to 1 MHz, along with DC level, white noise, and many more standard waveforms. As well as level, offset and frequency controls, advanced options allow you to sweep over a range of frequencies. Combined with the spectrum peak hold option, this creates a powerful tool for testing amplifier and filter responses.more information on the AWG >>

Spectrum analyzer

Spectrum analyser

With the click of a button, you can open a new window to display a spectrum plot of selected channels up to the full bandwidth of the oscilloscope. A comprehensive range of settings gives you control over the number of spectrum bands, window types and display modes.

A comprehensive set of automatic frequency-domain measurements can be added to the display, including THD, THD+N, SINAD, SNR and IMD. You can even use the AWG and spectrum mode together to perform swept scalar network analysis.

more information on the PicoScope Spectrum analyser >>

USB connectivity

SuperSpeed USB 3.0

The SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connection not only allows high-speed data acquisition and transfer, but also makes printing, copying, saving, and emailing your data from the field quick and easy. USB powering removes the need to carry around a bulky external power supply, making the kit even more portable for the engineer on the move.

The PicoScope 4824 is also backward compatible with older USB 2.0 devices.

PicoScope performance and reliability

With over 20 years’ experience in the test and measurement industry, we know what’s important in an oscilloscope.

The PicoScope 4824 delivers value for money by including a wide range of high-end features as standard. The PicoScope 6 software includes options such as serial decoding and mask limit testing, and new functionality is regularly delivered through free upgrades to ensure that your device does not quickly become outdated. All Pico Technology devices are optimized with the help of feedback from our customers.

SuperSpeed USB 3.0

High-end features as standard

Buying a PicoScope is not like making a purchase from other oscilloscope companies, where optional extras considerably increase the price. With our scopes, high-end features such as resolution enhancement, mask limit testing, serial decoding, advanced triggering, automatic measurements, math channels, XY mode, segmented memory, and a signal generator are all included in the price.

To protect your investment, both the PC software and firmware inside the scope can be updated. Pico Technology have a long history of providing new features for free through software downloads. We deliver on our promises of future enhancements year after year, unlike many other companies in the field. Users of our products reward us by becoming lifelong customers and frequently recommending us to their colleagues.



PP916 PicoScope 4824 8 channel oscilloscope
MI007 60 MHz x1/x10 passive voltage oscilloscope probe
TA041 25 MHz x10/x100 active differential probe, ±700 V CAT III
TA057 25 MHz x20/x200 active differential probe, ±1400 V CAT III
PS008 Optional power supply for TA041 and TA057 probes
TA167 2000 A AC/DC current clamp



PicoScope 4824 Data Sheet



PicoScope 4824 8 channel USB Oscilloscope Specifications

At a glance
Model Input channels Bandwidth
(−3 dB)
sampling rate
Buffer memory Arbitrary
waveform generator
PicoScope 4824 8 20 MHz 80 MS/s 256 MS 80 MS/s
Oscilloscope — Vertical
Input channels 8
Connector type BNC, 20 mm spacing
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)
Vertical resolution 12 bits
Software-enhanced vertical resolution Up to 16 bits
Input ranges ±10 mV to ±50 V full scale, in 12 ranges
Input sensitivity 2 mV/div to 10 V/div (10 vertical divisions)
Input coupling AC / DC
Input characteristics 1 MΩ ∥ 19 pF
DC accuracy ±1% of full scale ±300 μV
Analogue 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 (timebase)
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 (USB streaming) 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 (real time) 20 ns/div to 5000 s/div
Buffer memory
(shared between active channels)
256 MS
Buffer memory (streaming mode) 100 MS in PicoScope software. Up to available PC memory when using supplied API
Waveform buffer 10,000 segments
Maximum waveforms per second 12,000 wfm/s (PC dependent)
Timebase accuracy ±20 ppm (+5 ppm/year)
Sample jitter 25 ps RMS typical
Dynamic performance (typical)
Crosstalk (full bandwidth) 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
ADC ENOB 11.3 bits
Pulse response < 1% overshoot
Bandwidth flatness (at scope input) DC to full bandwidth (+0.2 dB, −3 dB)
Source Channels A to H
Trigger modes None, auto, repeat, single, rapid (segmented memory)
Advanced trigger types Edge: rising, falling or either edge; adjustable hysteresis
Pulse width: negative or positive pulse; wider or narrower than a specified width, or inside/outside a range of widths
Window: entering or leaving a voltage range
Window pulse width: signal is inside or outside a voltage range for a set time
Dropout: inactivity over a user–defined time interval
Window dropout: signal does not enter or exit a voltage range for at least a set time
Interval: time between two edges is greater or less than a set time, or inside/outside a time range
Logic level: arbitrary logic state of up to four selected input channels
Runt pulse: crosses one threshold but not the other
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 re-arm time < 3 μs on fastest timebase
Maximum trigger rate Up to 10 000 waveforms in a 30 ms burst
Advanced digital trigger levels All trigger levels, window levels and hysteresis values settable with 1 LSB resolution across input range
Advanced digital trigger time intervals All time intervals 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 with selectable start/stop frequencies and increments
Triggering Can trigger a counted number of waveform cycles or sweeps (up to 1 billion)
from the scope trigger or manually from software.
Output frequency accuracy ±20 ppm
Output frequency resolution < 20 mHz
Output voltage range ±2 V
Output voltage adjustments 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 analyser
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
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, freq, derivative, integral, min, max, average, peak, delay
Operands Input channels A to H, reference waveforms, time, π
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, I2S, UART/RS-232, SPI, FlexRay
Mask limit testing
Statistics Statistics Pass/fail, failure count, total count
PicoScope 6 for Windows PicoScope 6 is your complete test and measurement lab in one application. Features include:
Capture modes: oscilloscope, spectrum and persistence.
Channel maths: calculate the sum, difference, product, inverse or create your own custom function using standard arithmetic, exponential and trigonometric functions.
Mask limiting testing: pass/fail, failure count, total count.
Serial Decoding: decode data from a serial bus such as I²C.
Automated 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 and rising rate.
Spectrum mode: frequency at peak, amplitude at peak, average amplitude at peak, total power, total harmonic distortion (THD % and THD dB), total harmonic distortion plus noise (THD+N), spurious-free dynamic range (SFDR), signal+noise+distortion to signal+noise ratio (SINAD), signal to noise ratio (SNR) and intermodulation distortion (IMD).
Export data formats: comma separated values (CSV), tab delimited (TXT), Windows bitmap (BMP), graphics interchange format (GIF), portable network graphics (PNG), MATLAB 4 format (MAT).
Full details for PicoScope 6
Linux drivers Linux Software & Drivers for PicoScope 4824
Software development kit A growing collection of drivers and example code for various programming languages.
PC Requirements
Minimum Processor: 1 GHz
Memory: 512 MiB
Free disk space: 32–bit: 600 MB, 64–bit: 1.5 GB
Operating system: 32– or 64–bit edition of Microsoft Windows XP (SP3), Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 (not Windows RT)
Ports: USB 2.0 compliant port
Recommended Processor: 1 GHz
Memory: 512 MiB
Free disk space: 32–bit: 850 MB, 64–bit: 2 GB
Operating system: 32– or 64–bit edition of Microsoft Windows XP (SP3), Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 (not Windows RT)
Ports: USB 3.0 compliant port
Operating environment
Temperature  range
0 °C to 45 °C (20 °C to 30 °C for quoted accuracy)
5 to 80% RH, non–condensing
Storage environment
Temperature  range
-20 to +60 °C
5 to 95% RH, non–condensing
Physical Properties
Dimensions 190 x 170 x 40 mm
Weight < 0.55 kg
Language Support
PicoScope 6
Full support for: English, Chinese (simplified), French, German, Italian, Spanish
UI only: Chinese (traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Swedish, Turkish
User’s guide
Programmer’s guide
Quick Start Guide
English, Chinese (simplified), German, Spanish, French, Italian
English, German, Spanish, French, Italian
Data sheet English
What’s in the box? USB 3.0 cable, carry case, user manuals, software CD–ROM and a double-headed USB 2.0 cable
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
Compliance RoHS compliant, WEEE, and LVD compliant. Tested to meet EN61326-1:2006 and FCC Part 15 Subpart B.
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


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