PicoScope 6407 high-speed digitizer

4 channels (fixed ±100 mV), 1 GHz bandwidth, 1GS buffer size, 5 GS/s real-time sampling
  • 4 channels (fixed ±100 mV)
  • 1 GHz bandwidth
  • 1 GS buffer size
  • 5 GS/s real-time sampling
  • Segmented memory / rapid block trigger
  • Built-in function generator/AWG
  • Drivers and SDK included (Windows, Linux, Mac)
  • PicoScope application software included


The PicoScope 6407 Digitizer is a compact USB plug-in device that turns your PC or laptop into a 4-channel, high-speed digitizer / PC oscilloscope.

he PicoScope 6407 is a compact USB plug-in device that turns your PC or laptop into a 4-channel, high-speed digitizer. The PicoScope 6407 differs from the rest of the PC oscilloscopes in the PicoScope 6000 series in that it has high-bandwidth 50 Ω inputs with fixed ±100 mV input ranges and SMA connectors. Larger input signals can be accommodated with the use of external attenuators.


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.


FFT spectrum analyzer

Spectrum analyzer: Multiple spectrum viewsThe spectrum view plots amplitude vs frequency and is ideal for finding noise, crosstalk or distortion in signals. The spectrum analyzer in PicoScope is of the Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) type which, unlike a traditional swept spectrum analyzer, can display the spectrum of a single, non-repeating waveform.

A full range of settings gives you control over the number of spectrum bands (FFT bins), window types, scaling (including log/log) and display modes (instantaneous, average, or peak-hold).

You can display multiple spectrum views alongside oscilloscope 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.  A mask limit test can be applied to a spectrum and you can even use the AWG and spectrum mode together to perform swept scalar network analysis.

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.


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 6407 avoids this limitation with 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 2.5 billion samples every second.

PicoScope oscilloscopes manage deep memory better than competing oscilloscopes, both PC-based and benchtop.

The PicoScope 6000 Series is fitted with 3rd generation hardware acceleration (HAL3). This speeds up areas of operation such as allowing waveform update rates in excess of 130,000 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.

130,000 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.

PicoScope oscilloscopes use hardware acceleration to achieve over 130,000 wfms/s.

Waveform buffer and navigator

waveform bufferEver 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.

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.


Model number PicoScope 6000 Series
PicoScope 6402C PC Oscilloscope 4 channels with FG, 250 MHz, 256MS buffer
PicoScope 6402D PC Oscilloscope 4 channels with FG/AWG, 250 MHz, 512MS buffer
PicoScope 6403C PC Oscilloscope 4 channels with FG, 350 MHz, 512MS buffer
PicoScope 6403D PC Oscilloscope 4 channels with FG/AWG, 350 MHz, 1 GS buffer
PicoScope 6404C PC Oscilloscope 4 channels with FG, 500 MHz, 1GS buffer
PicoScope 6404D PC Oscilloscope 4 channels with FG/AWG, 500 MHz, 2 GS buffer
PicoScope 6407 PC Oscilloscope/Digitizer 4 channels with FG/AWG, 1 GHz, 1 GS buffer



PicoScope 6407 Digitizer Data Sheet

PicoScope 6407 Digitizer User’s Guide


Model PicoScope 6402C PicoScope 6402D PicoScope 6403C PicoScope 6403D PicoScope 6404C PicoScope 6404D
Input channels 4
Bandwidth* 250 MHz 350 MHz 500 MHz
(-3 dB) (200 MHz ±50 mV range) (250 MHz ±50 mV range) (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 ±20V, in 9 ranges (1 MΩ input)
±50 mV to ±5V, 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 ±0.5 V ±2 V
±500 mV range ±2.5 V ±10 V (50 Ω ±5 V)
±1 V range ±2.5 V ±10 V (50 Ω ±4.5 V)
±2 V range ±2.5 V ±10 V (50 Ω ±3.5 V)
±5 V range ±20 V (50 Ω ±0.5 V) ±35 V (50 Ω ±0.5 V)
±10 V range ±20 V ±30 V
±20 V ±20 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 (single-shot)
1 channel in use
2 channels in use 5 GS/s
3 or 4 ch. in use 2.5 GS/s
1.25 GS/s
Maximum sampling rate (repetitive signals, ETS mode) 50 GS/s
Maximum sampling rate 10 MS/s using PicoScope. >150 MS/s using the supplied SDK (PC-dependent)
(continuous streaming mode)
Timebase ranges
Real-time 1 ns/div to 5000 s/div
ETS 50 ps/div to 100 ns/div
Buffer memory 256 MS 512 MS 512 MS 1 GS 1 GS 2 GS
(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 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 5600:1 typical at 20 MHz
1000:1 typical at full bandwidth 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 Sine, square, triangle, DC level
D models 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 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 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 280 x 170 x 40 mm
(approx 10 x 6.7 x 1.6 in) (approx 11 x 6.7 x 1.6 in)
Weight 1 kg 1.3 kg
(approx 2 lb  3 oz) (approx 2 lb  14 oz)
Windows software PicoScope for Windows
Software development kit (SDK)
Windows 7, 8 or 10 recommended (read more)
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
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 12 V @ 4 A
AC adaptor 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


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