Mixed Signal Oscilloscopes Up to 200 MHz 4-Channel

PicoScope 3000 mixed signal oscilloscopes
  • 200 MHz analog bandwidth
  • 1 GS/s real-time sampling
  • 512 MS buffer memory
  • 100,000 waveforms per second
  • 16 channel logic analyzer
  • Arbitrary Waveform Generator
  • USB 3.0 connected and powered
  • Serial decoding and mask testing as standard
  • Windows, Linux and Mac software


Power, portability and performance

The PicoScope 3000 Series USB-powered PC oscilloscopes are small, light, and portable and can easily slip into a laptop bag while offering a range of high performance specifications.

These oscilloscopes offer 2 or 4 analog channels, plus 16 digital channels and a built in function / arbitrary waveform generator.

Supported by the advanced PicoScope 6 software, these devices offer an ideal, cost-effective package for many applications, including embedded systems design, research, test, education, service, and repair.

High bandwidth and sampling rate




Despite a compact size and low cost, there is no compromise on performance with bandwidths up to 200 MHz.  This bandwidth is matched by a real-time sampling rate of up to 1 GS/s, allowing detailed display of high frequencies. With a real time sampling rate of five times the input bandwidth, PicoScope 3000 Series oscilloscopes are well equipped to capture high-frequency signal detail.  For repetitive signals, the maximum effective sampling rate can be boosted to 10 GS/s by using Equivalent Time Sampling (ETS) mode.

Deep memory


Deep Memory

Deep Memory


The PicoScope 3000 Series offers memory depths up to 512 million samples, more than any other oscilloscope in this price range.

Other oscilloscopes have high maximum sampling rates, but without deep memory they cannot sustain these rates on long timebases. Using its 512 MS buffer, the PicoScope 3406D can sample at 1 GS/s all the way down to 50 ms/ div (500 ms total capture time).

Managing all this data calls for some powerful tools. There’s a set of zoom buttons, plus an overview window that lets you zoom and reposition the display by simply dragging with the mouse or touchscreen. Zoom factors of several million are possible.  Other tools such as the waveform buffer, mask limit test, serial decode and hardware acceleration work with the the deep memory making the PicoScope 3000 one of the most powerful oscilloscopes on the market.

Hardware Acceleration Engine (HAL3)

Huge Buffer Memory

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

Some oscilloscopes struggle when you enable deep memory, the screen update rate slows and controls become unresponsive.  We avoid this limitation by the use of a dedicated hardware acceleration engine inside the oscilloscope.  Its massively parallel design effectively creates the waveform image to be displayed on the PC screen and allows the continuous capture and display to the screen of over 440,000,000 samples every second.  PicoScope oscilloscopes cope better with deep memory than competing oscilloscopes be they be PC based or benchtop.

The PicoScope 3000 series is fitted with the 3rd generation of hardware acceleration (HAL3) this also speeds up other areas of oscilloscope operation such as allowing waveform update rates in excess of 100,000 waveforms / 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.

Mixed–signal capability / Logic Analyzer

The PicoScope 3000 Series Mixed-Signal Oscilloscopes (MSOs) include 16 digital inputs alongside the standard 2 or 4 analog channels, so that you can view your digital and analog signals simultaneously.

Mixed Signal Capability / Logic Analyzer

Mixed Signal Capability / Logic Analyzer

The digital inputs of your PicoScope 3000 MSO can be displayed individually or in arbitrary groups labeled with binary, decimal or hexadecimal values. A separate logic threshold from -5 V to +5 V can be defined for each 8–bit input port. The digital trigger can be activated by any bit pattern combined with an optional transition on any input. Advanced logic triggers can be set on either the analogue or digital input channels, or both to enable complex mixed–signal triggering.

The digital inputs bring extra power to the serial decoding options.  You can decode serial data on all analogue and digital channels simultaneously, giving you up to 20 channels of data.  You can for example decode multiple SPI, I2C, CAN bus, LIN bus and FlexRay signals all at the same time!

appnote: Debugging an I²C Bus with a PicoScope Mixed–Signal Oscilloscope

Arbitrary waveform and function generator

Arbitrary waveform and function generator

Arbitrary waveform and function generator

All units have a built-in function generator (sine, square, triangle, DC level, white noise, PRBS etc). As well as basic controls to set level, offset and frequency, more advanced controls allow you to sweep over a range of frequencies. Combined with the spectrum peak hold option this makes a powerful tool for testing amplifier and filter responses.

Trigger tools allow one or more cycles of a waveform to be output when various conditions are met such as the scope triggering or a mask limit test failing.

The PicoScope 3000 Series D models also include an arbitrary waveform generator. Waveforms can be created or edited using the built-in AWG editor, imported from oscilloscope traces, or loaded from a spreadsheet.

More information on the AWG >

Advanced Digital triggers

Advanced Digital triggers

Advanced Digital triggers

The majority of digital oscilloscopes sold today 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.

In 1991 we 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 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 2 microseconds until the buffer is full. The mask limit testing function helps to detect waveforms that fail to meet your specifications.

As well as the standard range of triggers found on all oscilloscopes, the PicoScope 3000 Series offers an industry-leading set of advanced triggers including pulse width, windowed and dropout triggers to help you capture the data you need.

More information on advanced triggers >

USB connectivity

USB Connectivity

USB Connectivity

The USB 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.

PicoScope 3000 Series mixed signal oscilloscopes feature a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connection, making the already-optimized process of data transfer and waveform update rates even faster. Further benefits of a USB 3.0 connection include faster saving of waveforms and faster gap-free continuous streaming of up to 125 MS/s when using the SDK, while the scope is still backward- compatible with older USB systems.

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 serial decoding, mask limit testing, advanced math channels, 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.



100,000 waveforms per second

oscilloscope waveform update rates

PicoScope persistence modes allow you to collect thousands of waveforms per second in order to quickly spot glitches and observe jitter.  New or more frequent data can be displayed in a brighter color or shade.

Hardware acceleration (HAL3) allows waveform update rates of up to 100,000 per second outperforming all other PC oscilloscopes and many benchtop oscilloscopes costing considerably more.

More information on color persistence modes >>

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.

When the trace length is set to be shorter than the scope’s memory, PicoScope will automatically configure the memory as a circular buffer storing as many as ten thousand waveforms.

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 anomalies.

Waveform buffer and navigator

More information on waveform buffer >>

Custom probes panel

Custom probes

The custom probes feature allows you to correct for gain, attenuation, offsets and nonlinearities in special probes, or to convert to different units of measurement (such as current, power or temperature). You can save definitions to disk for later use. Definitions for standard Pico–supplied oscilloscope probes and current clamps are included.

More information on custom probes >>

Spectrum analyzer

Spectrum analyserWith the click of a button you can display a spectrum plot of selected channels up to the full bandwidth of the oscilloscope. A full range of settings gives you control over the number of spectrum bands, window types, and display modes (instantaneous, average, or peak-hold).

You can display multiple spectrum views with different channel selections and zoom factors, and place these alongside time-domain views of the same data. A comprehensive set of automatic frequency-domain measurements can be added to the display, including THD, THD+N, SNR, SINAD 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 >>

PicoScope 5000 PCO

Signal integrity

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. Years of oscilloscope design experience can be seen in improved bandwidth flatness and low distortion.
We are proud of the dynamic performance of our products, and publish their specifications in detail.

The result is simple: when you probe a circuit, you can trust in the waveform you see on the screen.



Order code Description
PP708  PicoScope 3204A60 MHz 2-channel oscilloscope
PP709  PicoScope 3204B60 MHz 2-channel oscilloscope with AWG
PP710  PicoScope 3205A100 MHz 2-channel oscilloscope
PP711  PicoScope 3205B100 MHz 2-channel oscilloscope with AWG
PP712  PicoScope 3206A200 MHz 2-channel oscilloscope
PP713  PicoScope 3206B200 MHz 2-channel oscilloscope with AWG
PP875  PicoScope 3207A250 MHz 2-channel USB 3.0 oscilloscope
PP876  PicoScope 3207B 250 MHz 2-channel USB 3.0 oscilloscope with AWG
PP846  PicoScope 3404A60 MHz 4-channel oscilloscope
PP847  PicoScope 3404B60 MHz 4-channel oscilloscope with AWG
PP848  PicoScope 3405A100 MHz 4-channel oscilloscope
PP849  PicoScope 3405B100 MHz 4-channel oscilloscope with AWG
PP850  PicoScope 3406A200 MHz 4-channel oscilloscope
PP851  PicoScope 3406B200 MHz 4-channel oscilloscope with AWG
PP931  PicoScope 3204D MSO60 MHz 2-channel mixed-signal oscilloscope with AWG
PP932  PicoScope 3205D MSO100 MHz 2-channel mixed-signal oscilloscope with AWG
PP933  PicoScope 3206D MSO200 MHz 2-channel mixed-signal oscilloscope with AWG
PP934  PicoScope 3404D MSO60 MHz 4-channel mixed-signal oscilloscope with AWG
PP935  PicoScope 3405D MSO100 MHz 4-channel mixed-signal oscilloscope with AWG
PP936  PicoScope 3406D MSO200 MHz 4-channel mixed-signal oscilloscope with AWG



PicoScope 3000 Series Data Sheet


PicoScope 3000D MSO oscilloscope specifications

Oscilloscope — Vertical (analog)
Model PicoScope 3204D MSO PicoScope 3205D MSO PicoScope 3206D MSO PicoScope 3404D MSO PicoScope 3405D MSO PicoScope 3406D MSO
Input channels 2 channels, BNC single-ended 4 channels, BNC single-ended
Bandwidth (-3 dB) 60 MHz 100 MHz 200 MHz 60 MHz 100 MHz 200 MHz
Rise time (calculated) 5.8 ns 3.5 ns 1.75 ns 5.8 ns 3.5 ns 1.75 ns
Vertical resolution 8 bits
Input ranges ±20 mV to ±20 V full scale in 10 ranges
Input sensitivity 4 mV/div to 4 V/div in 10 vertical divisions
Input coupling AC / DC
Input characteristics 1 MΩ ±1%, in parallel with 14 pF ±1 pF
DC accuracy ±3% of full scale ±200 μV
Analog offset range
(vertical position adjust)
±250 mV (20 mV, 50 mV, 100 mV, 200 mV ranges)
±2.5 V (500 mV, 1 V, 2 V ranges)
±20 V (5 V, 10 V, 20 V ranges)
Offset adjust accuracy ±1% of offset setting, additional to DC accuracy
Overvoltage protection ±100 V (DC + AC peak)
Oscilloscope — Horizontal
Model PicoScope 3204D MSO PicoScope 3205D MSO PicoScope 3206D MSO PicoScope 3404D MSO PicoScope 3405D MSO PicoScope 3406D MSO
Maximum sampling rate (real-time) 1 GS/s (1 analog channel in use)
500 MS/s (Up to 2 analog channels or digital ports* in use)
250 MS/s (Up to 4 analog channels or digital ports* in use)
125 MS/s (5 or more analog channels or digital ports* in use)
*A digital port contains 8 digital channels
Maximum sampling rate(repetitive signals*) 2.5 GS/s 5 GS/s 10 GS/s 2.5 GS/s 5 GS/s 10 GS/s
Maximum sampling rate
(continuous streaming mode)
10 MS/s in PicoScope software
125 MS/s when using the supplied SDK (PC-dependent)
Timebase ranges 2 ns/div to 5000 s/div 1 ns/div to 5000 s/div 500 ps/div to 5000 s/div 2 ns/div to 5000 s/div 1 ns/div to 5000 s/div 500 ps/div to 5000 s/div
Buffer memory 128 MS 256 MS 512 MS 128 MS 256 MS 512 MS
Buffer memory (streaming) 100 MS in PicoScope software. Up to available PC memory when using supplied SDK.
Maximum buffer segments 10 000
Timebase accuracy ±50 ppm ±2 ppm ±2 ppm ±50 ppm ±2 ppm ±2 ppm
Sample jitter < 3 ps RMS typical

* analog channels only

Triggering (all)
Model PicoScope 3204D MSO PicoScope 3205D MSO PicoScope 3206D MSO PicoScope 3404D MSO PicoScope 3405D MSO PicoScope 3406D MSO
Trigger modes None, auto, repeat, single, rapid (segmented memory)
Advanced triggers* Edge: rising, falling or dual edge with adjustable hysteresis
Window: signal enters or exits a user–defined voltage range
Pulse width: a negative or positive pulse is wider or narrower than a set width, or inside/outside a range of widths
Window pulse width: signal is inside or outside a voltage range for a set time
Dropout: signal does not cross a voltage threshold for at least a set time
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: arbitrary logic state of Channels and EXT matches a user–defined pattern
Runt pulse: signal crosses one voltage threshold and returns without crossing the other
Trigger sensitivity* Digital triggering provides 1 LSB accuracy up to full bandwidth of scope
Trigger types (ETS mode)* Rising edge, falling edge
Trigger sensitivity (ETS mode)* 10 mV p-p typical (at full bandwidth)
Maximum pre–trigger capture Up to 100% of capture size
Maximum post–trigger delay Up to 4 billion samples (selectable in 1 sample steps)
Trigger re–arm time < 2 µs on fastest timebase
Maximum trigger rate Up to 10,000 waveforms in a 20 ms burst

* analog channels only

Triggering (digital)
Model PicoScope 3204D MSO PicoScope 3205D MSO PicoScope 3206D MSO PicoScope 3404D MSO PicoScope 3405D MSO PicoScope 3406D MSO
Source D0 to D15
Trigger types Combined pattern and edge
Advanced triggers Edge, pulse width, dropout, interval, logic
Function generator
Model PicoScope 3204D MSO PicoScope 3205D MSO PicoScope 3206D MSO PicoScope 3404D MSO PicoScope 3405D MSO PicoScope 3406D MSO
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
Output frequency accuracy As oscilloscope
Output frequency resolution < 10 mHz
Output voltage range ±2 V
Output voltage adjustment Signal amplitude and offset adjustable in approximate 1 mV steps within overall ±2 V range
Amplitude flatness < 0.5 dB to 1 MHz typical
DC accuracy ±1% of full scale
SFDR > 60 dB 10 kHz full scale sine wave
Output characteristics Rear panel BNC, 600 Ω output impedance
Overvoltage protection ±20 V
Arbitrary Waveform Generator
Model PicoScope 3204D MSO PicoScope 3205D MSO PicoScope 3206D MSO PicoScope 3404D MSO PicoScope 3405D MSO PicoScope 3406D MSO
Update rate 20 MS/s
Buffer size 32 kS
Resolution 12 bits (output step size approximately 1 mV)
Bandwidth > 1 MHz
Rise time (10% to 90%) < 120 ns
Probe Compensation Output
Impedance 600 Ω
Frequency 1 kHz
Level 2 V pk-pk
Physical specifications
PC connectivity USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible)
Dimensions 190 mm x 170 mm x 40 mm (including connectors)
Weight < 0.5 kg
Temperature range Operating: 0 °C to 40 °C (15 °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
Dynamic performance
Crosstalk Better than 400:1 up to full bandwidth (equal voltage ranges)
Harmonic distortion < –50 dB at 100 kHz full scale input
SFDR 52 dB typical
Noise 180 μV RMS (on most sensitive range)
Bandwidth flatness +0.3 dB, –3 dB from DC to full bandwidth
Spectrum Analyser
Frequency range DC to maximum bandwidth of scope
Display modes Magnitude, peak hold, average
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
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 All input channels, reference waveforms, time, constants, pi
Automatic masurements (analog channels only)
Oscilloscope 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, standard deviation
Serial decoding
Protocols CAN, FlexRay, I²C, I²S, LIN, SPI, UART/RS-232
Mask limit testing
Statistics Pass/fail, failure count, total count
Interpolation Linear or sin(x)/x
Persistence modes Digital color, analog intensity, custom, none
Power requirements USB 2.0 models: powered from single USB port
USB 3.0 models: powered from single USB 3.0 port or two USB 2.0 ports (dual cable supplied)
For 4-channel models, use a USB port supplying at least 1200 mA, or use the AC adaptor supplied.
Safety approvals Designed to EN 61010-1:2010
EMC approvals Tested to EN 61326-1:2006 and FCC Part 15 Subpart B
Environmental approvals RoHS and WEEE compliant
Software included PicoScope 6 for Windows. Windows SDK.
Example programs (C, Visual Basic, Excel VBA, LabVIEW).
Optional software PicoScope 6 Beta for Linux and OS X. Drivers for Linux and OS X.
PC requirements Microsoft Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 (not Windows RT)
Output file formats bmp, csv, gif, jpg, mat, pdf, png, psdata, pssettings, txt
Output functions copy to clipboard, print
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


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