PicoScope 3000 Series
High Performance Oscilloscopes
3000 Series
Deep Memory, High Performance
The 3000 Series of USB Oscilloscopes offer unrivalled performance & are a cost effective replacement for traditional benchtop oscilloscopes
  • HUGE 512 MS Buffer Size
  • 200 MHz Digital Channels
  • 10 GS /s Repetitive Sampling
  • 250 MHz Spectrum Analyse
  • Built In Function Generator/AWG
  • 250 MHz Analog Bandwidth
  • 1 GS/s Real Time Sampling
  • Advanced Digital Triggers
  • Super Speed USB 3.0
      Connected & Powered
The PicoScope 3000 Series are the highest performance USB powered oscilloscopes available. These 2 & 4 channel oscilloscopes have 8 bit resolution & are accurate to within 3%. This combined with their large memory, high sampling rates & high bandwidths make them ideal for use in all areas of test & measurement, from manufacturing & repair, to research & development.

The PicoScope 3000 Series Mixed Signal Oscilloscopes (MSOs) are 2+16 channel & 4+16 channel, 8 bit resolution oscilloscopes. This means that along with 2 & 4 analog channel options, the PicoScope 3000 Series MSOs also have 16 digital inputs. The result? You can view your digital and analog signals simultaneously.

All 3000D Models use a USB 3.0 interface. USB 3.0 offers a tenfold increase in theoretical transfer speeds over USB 2.0.

The PicoScope 3000 series also includes the PicoScope 3425. This has differential inputs that allow you to measure signals that are not referenced to ground.

Power, Portability, and Performance

The PicoScope 3000 Series USB powered PC oscilloscopes are small, light, and portable, while offering a range of high performance specifications required by engineers in the lab or on the move.

These oscilloscopes offer 2 or 4 analog channels, plus an additional 16 digital channels on the MSO models. The flexible, high resolution display options enable you to view and analyze each signal in fine detail.

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 Sample Rate

Despite a compact size and low cost, there is no compromise on performance. With input bandwidths up to 250 MHz, the PicoScope 3000 Series scopes can be used for a wide range of signal types from DC and baseband into RF and all the way up to VHF.

Oscilloscope that fits in your bag
This is matched by a real-time sampling rate of up to 1 GS/s, allowing detailed display of high frequencies. For repetitive signals, the maximum effective sampling rate can be boosted to 10 GS/s by using Equivalent Time Sampling (ETS) mode. With a sampling rate of four or five times the input bandwidth, PicoScope 3000 Series oscilloscopes are well equipped to capture high-frequency signal detail.
Picoscope 6

Deep Memory

PicoScope 3000 Series oscilloscopes offer a huge buffer memory, allowing them to sustain high sampling rates across long timebases. For example, using the 512 MS buffer the PicoScope 3206 and 3406 models can sample at 1 GS/s all the way down to 50 ms/div (500 ms total capture time).

Deep Memory

Powerful tools are included to allow you to manage and examine all of this data. As well as functions such as mask limit testing and color persistence mode, the PicoScope 6 software enables you to zoom into your waveform by several million times. A zoom overview window allows you to easily control the size and location of the zoom area.

Up to 10 000 waveforms can be stored in the segmented waveform buffer. The Buffer Overview window then allows you to rewind and review the history of your waveform. No longer will you struggle to catch an infrequent glitch.

Picoscope 6 Zoom Window
hardware acceleration is performed within an FPGA
When the trace length is set to be shorter than the scope's memory, the PicoScope will automatically configure the memory as a circular buffer, recording recent waveforms for review. For example, if only 1 million samples are captured per waveform, the last 500 or so waveforms are always stored in oscilloscope memory for review. Tools such as mask limit testing can then be used to scan through each waveform to identify any anomalies.

Serial Decoding

The deep-memory PicoScope 3000 Series oscilloscopes include serial decoding capability across all channels, and can capture thousands of frames of uninterrupted data, making them ideal devices for the job.

The decoded data can be displayed in the format of your choice: in graph, in table, or both at once.

In graph format shows the decoded data beneath the waveform on a common time axis, with error frames marked in red. These frames can be zoomed to investigate signal integrity (SI) 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, search for frames with specified properties, or define a start pattern to signal when the program should list the data.

PicoScope also includes options to import and export the decoded data using a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.

Serial protocols
Serial Decoding

Function Generator

PicoScope 3000 Series oscilloscopes all include both a built-in function generator and an arbitrary waveform generator (AWG), allowing you to create standard and custom-defined waveform outputs.

The function generator includes sine, square, triangle, DC voltage, and a number of other common modes as standard. The capability to generate white noise and pseudo-random binary sequence (PRBS) outputs is also included. In addition to basic controls to set level, offset and frequency, more advanced controls allow you to sweep over a range of frequencies and trigger the generator from a specified event. Combined with the spectrum peak hold option, this becomes a powerful tool for testing amplifier and filter responses.

Function Generator
Arbitrary Waveform Generator

Arbitrary Waveform Generator

All PicoScope 3000D Series oscilloscopes also include a built-in arbitrary waveform generator (AWG). With most competing oscilloscopes, you would need to purchase separate hardware to gain this functionality, taking up extra space on your workbench.

The AWG can be used to emulate missing sensor signals during product development, or to stress test a design over the full intended operating range.

Waveforms can be created or modified using the AWG editor, imported from oscilloscope traces, or loaded from a spreadsheet; with the PicoScope's integrated hardware, these tasks can be performed instantly and easily.

HAL3 Hardware Acceleration

Many oscilloscopes struggle when deep memory is enabled: the screen update rates can slow and the controls can become unresponsive. The PicoScope 3000D Series oscilloscopes avoid this limitation with the use of a dedicated hardware acceleration engine. This parallel design enables the oscilloscope to intelligently compile the waveform image from the raw data stored in its memory before transferring it to the PC, so that the USB connection and PC's processor performance do not limit capture rates. This allows the continuous capture and display of over 440 000 000 samples every second. PicoScope oscilloscopes manage deep memory far more effectively than competing PC-based and benchtop models.

The PicoScope 3000D Series is fitted with third-generation hardware acceleration (HAL3), which allows high waveform update rates and faster segmented memory and rapid trigger modes. In most cases the data collection speed of the PicoScope will be faster than the USB transfer rate, so information has to be buffered in high-speed memory on the device. HAL3 allows even deep-memory PicoScopes to maintain fast waveform update rates regardless of the buffer size.

For example, the PicoScope 3206D can sample at 1 GS/s on timebases as long as 20 ms/div, capturing 200 million samples per waveform, and still update the screen several times per second. That's around 500 million sample points each second!

Less intelligent oscilloscopes attempt to reduce the amount of data transferred by using simple decimation, transferring only every nth sample. This results in the majority (up to 99.999%) of data being lost and a lack of high-frequency information. PicoScope deep-memory oscilloscopes perform data aggregation instead. Dedicated logic divides the memory into blocks and transfers the minimum and maximum values of each block to the PC, preserving the high-frequency detail.

For example, a waveform with 100 million samples may be divided into 1000 blocks of 100 000 samples each, with only the minimum and maximum values for each block being transferred to the PC. If you zoom into the waveform, the oscilloscope will again divide the selected area into blocks and transfer the minimum and maximum data so that fine detail is viewable without any delay.

Hardware Acceleration

In the example above, both waveforms show the same signal using different types of hardware acceleration. The top waveform has used the aggregation possible with a PicoScope, and as a result the high-frequency spikes are preserved. The bottom waveform has used traditional decimation, showing a loss of high-frequency information.

In parallel with the data aggregation, other data such as average values are also returned to speed up measurements and to reduce the load on the PC's processor.

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, low distortion, and excellent pulse response. 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.

Signal Integrity

High-speed Data Acquisition and Digitizer

The supplied drivers and software development kit (SDK) allows you to write your own software or interface to popular third-party software packages such as National Instruments' LabVIEW and MathWorks' MATLAB.

The driver supports data streaming, a mode which captures gap-free continuous data over USB direct to the PC at rates of up to 125 MS/s subject to PC specifications). The capture size is limited only by available PC storage.

Beta drivers are also available for use with Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone Black, and similar ARM-powered platforms. These drivers enable you to control your PicoScope using these small, single-board Linux computers.

Beta Drivers
USB Connectivity

Benefits of USB Connectivity

All PicoScope 3000D Series oscilloscopes feature a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connection, providing high-speed data transfer whilst remaining compatible with older USB systems. A USB oscilloscope offers many benefits over a traditional benchtop device:

• Size and portability
These compact, portable scopes are ideal for use both in the lab and in the field. Unlike traditional benchtop instruments, PicoScopes take up less space on your workbench and easily fit in to your laptop bag or tool case. PicoScope 3000D Series oscilloscopes can be powered from the USB port, removing the need to carry an external power supply.

• Flexibility
The PicoScope software offers a breadth of advanced features via a user-friendly interface. As well as the standard Windows installation, PicoScope Beta software also works effectively on Linux and Mac operating systems, giving you the freedom to choose which platform you operate your PicoScope from.

• File sharing
PC connectivity makes printing, copying, saving and emailing your data from the field quick and easy.

• Advanced display
Laptop screens and desktop monitors offer higher resolution, larger size and greater flexibility for displaying your signal.

• Value
With PicoScope you only pay for the specialised scope hardware. You don't need to repurchase the hardware already available on your PC.

• Updates
As the scope is connected to your computer, both the PicoScope software and the device's firmware can be quickly updated free of charge.

• Fast Transfer Rates
A USB 3.0 connection provides fast saving of waveforms when using the PicoScope software, and fast gap-free continuous streaming of up to 125 MS/s when using the SDK. The quick transfer rates ensure a fast screen update speed, even when collecting large amounts of data.

USB connectivity and power

All PicoScope 3000 Series oscilloscopes are supplied with a USB 3.0 cable for SuperSpeed connectivity. A double-headed USB 2.0 cable is also supplied, to provide additional power when using the oscilloscope with older PCs.

For PicoScope 3000 models with 4 analog channels, the supplied AC power adaptor may be required if the USB port(s) provide less than at total of 1200 mA to the instrument.

USB USB 3.0 cable
USB USB 2.0 cable, double-headed

Application Examples

Testing on the move

The PicoScope 3000 Series oscilloscopes slip easily into a laptop bag, so you don't need to carry bulky benchtop instruments to perform on-site troubleshooting. Being powered via a USB connection, your PicoScope can simply be plugged into your laptop and used for measuring wherever you are. The PC connection also makes saving and sharing your data quick and easy: in a matter of seconds you can save your scope traces to review later, or attach the complete data file to an email for analysis by other engineers away from the test site. As PicoScope 6 is free to download by anyone, colleagues can use the full capabilities of the software, such as serial decoding and spectrum analysis, without needing an oscilloscope themselves.

Embedded Debugging

You can test and debug a complete signal-processing chain using a PicoScope 3406D MSO.

Use the built-in arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) to inject single-shot or continuous analog signals. The response of your system can then be observed in both the analog domain, using the four 200 MHz input channels, and in the digital domain with 16 digital inputs at up to 100 MHz. Follow the analog signal through the system while simultaneously using the built-in serial decoding function to view the output of an I2C or SPI ADC.

If your system drives a DAC in response to the analog input changing, you can decode the I2C or SPI communication to that as well as its analog output. This can all be performed simultaneously using the 16 digital and 4 analog channels.

Using the deep 512 MS buffer memory, you can capture the complete response of your system without sacrificing the sampling rate, and zoom in on the captured data to find glitches and other points of interest.

Application Example

Picoscope 3000 Series Oscilloscopes Overview

Order Code Description Channels USB
Sampling Rate (Max) Buffer
PP956 PicoScope 3203D MSO 2 analog, 16 digital + Function Generator & AWG350 MHz2.5 GS/s64 MS8 bits
(12 bits)
NZ$1613.00* Order
PP931 PicoScope 3204D MSO 2 analog, 16 digital + Function Generator & AWG370 MHz2.5 GS/s128 MS8 bits
(12 bits)
NZ$1890.00* Order
PP932 PicoScope 3205D MSO 2 analog, 16 digital + Function Generator & AWG3100 MHz5 GS/s256 MS8 bits
(12 bits)
NZ$2412.00* Order
PP933 PicoScope 3206D MSO 2 analog, 16 digital + Function Generator & AWG3200 MHz10 GS/s512 MS8 bits
(12 bits)
NZ$3150.00* Order
PP957 PicoScope 3403D MSO 4 analog, 16 digital + Function Generator & AWG350 MHz2.5 GS/s64 MS8 bits
(12 bits)
NZ$2213.00* Order
PP934 PicoScope 3404D MSO 4 analog, 16 digital + Function Generator & AWG370 MHz2.5 GS/s128 MS8 bits
(12 bits)
NZ$2712.00* Order
PP935 PicoScope 3405D MSO 4 analog, 16 digital + Function Generator & AWG3100 MHz5 GS/s256 MS8 bits
(12 bits)
NZ$3496.00* Order
PP936 PicoScope 3406D MSO 4 analog, 16 digital + Function Generator & AWG3200 MHz10 GS/s512 MS8 bits
(12 bits)
NZ$4581.00* Order
PP958 PicoScope 3203D 2 analog + External Trigger, Function Generator & AWG350 MHz2.5 GS/s64 MS8 bits
(12 bits)
NZ$1037.00* Order
PP959 PicoScope 3204D 2 analog + External Trigger, Function Generator & AWG370 MHz2.5 GS/s128 MS8 bits
(12 bits)
NZ$1406.00* Order
PP960 PicoScope 3205D 2 analog + External Trigger, Function Generator & AWG3100 MHz5 GS/s256 MS8 bits
(12 bits)
NZ$1844.00* Order
PP961 PicoScope 3206D 2 analog + External Trigger, Function Generator & AWG3200 MHz10 GS/s512 MS8 bits
(12 bits)
NZ$2689.00* Order
PP962 PicoScope 3403D 4 analog + External Trigger, Function Generator & AWG350 MHz2.5 GS/s64 MS8 bits
(12 bits)
NZ$1636.00* Order
PP963 PicoScope 3404D 4 analog + External Trigger, Function Generator & AWG370 MHz2.5 GS/s128 MS8 bits
(12 bits)
NZ$2167.00* Order
PP964 PicoScope 3405D 4 analog + External Trigger, Function Generator & AWG3100 MHz5 GS/s256 MS8 bits
(12 bits)
NZ$2989.00* Order
PP965 PicoScope 3406D 4 analog + External Trigger, Function Generator & AWG3200 MHz10 GS/s512 MS8 bits
(12 bits)
NZ$4050.00* Order
PP454 PicoScope 3425
4 (differential)25 MHz20 MS/s512 KS 12 bits
(16 bits)
NZ$4050.00* Order
*15% GST applicable for sales within NZ

Common Specifications For All Models

Oscilloscope – Vertical
Bandwidth Limiter20 MHz, selectable
Vertical Resolution8 bits
Enhanced Vertical Resolution12 bits in Picoscope software
Input TypeSingle-ended, BNC connector
Input Ranges±20 mV to ±20 V in 10 ranges
Input Sensitivity4 mV/div to 4 V/div (10 vertical divisions)
Input CouplingAC/DC
Input Characteristics1 MΩ || 14 pF
DC Accuracy±3% of full scale ±200 µV
Analogue 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
Overload Protection±100V (DC+AC peak)
Dynamic Performance
CrosstalkBetter than 400:1 up to full bandwidth (equal voltage ranges)
Harmonic Distortion–50 dB at 100 kHz full scale input
SFDR52 dB at 100 kHz full scale input
Bandwidth Flatness(+0.3 dB, –3 dB) from DC to full bandwidth
Noise3203D, 3204D, 3403D & 3404D models: 110 µV RMS on 20mV range
3205D, 3206D, 3405D & 3406D models: 160 µV RMS on 20mV range
SourceAnalog channels (all models)
EXT trigger (D models only)
Digital channels (D MSO models only)
Trigger ModesNone, Auto, repeat, single, rapid (segmented memory)
Maximum Pre-trigger CaptureUp to 100% of capture size
Maximum Post-Trigger DelayUp to 4 billion samples, selectable in 1 sample steps
Trigger Re-arm Time< 0.7 µs at 1 GS/s sampling rate
Maximum Trigger RateUp to 10 000 waveforms in a 6 ms burst at 1 GS/s sampling rate
Triggering for analog channels
Advanced Trigger typesEdge, window, pulse width, window pulse width, dropout, window dropout, interval, logic, runt pulse
Trigger types (ETS mode)Rising edge, falling edge (available on channel A only)
Trigger SensitivityDigital triggering provides 1 LSB accuracy up to full bandwidth of scope
Trigger Sensitivity (ETS mode)10 mV p-p at full bandwidth
External Trigger Input - D Models Only
Ext trigger connector typeFront panel BNC
Trigger typesEdge, pulse width, dropout, interval, logic
Input characteristics1 MΩ || 14 pF
Threshold range�5 V
Overvoltage protection±100 V (DC + AC peak)
Triggering for digital channels - D MSO models only
Trigger typesPattern, edge, combined pattern and edge, pulse width, dropout, interval, logic
Function Generator
Standard output signalsSine, square, triangle, DC voltage, ramp up, ramp down, sinc, Gaussian, half-sine
Pseudorandom Output Signals White noise, selectable amplitude and offset within output voltage range. Pseudorandom binary sequence (PRBS), selectable high and low levels within output voltage range, selectable bit rate up to 1 Mb/s
Standard Signal FrequencyDC to 1 MHz
Sweep ModesUp, down, dual with selectable start/stop frequencies and increments
TriggeringFree-run, or from 1 to 1 billion counted waveform cycles or frequency sweeps. Triggered from scope trigger or manually.
Output Frequency AccuracyAs oscilloscope
Output Frequency Resolution< 0.01 Hz
Output Voltage Range±2 V
Output voltage adjustmentsSignal amplitude and offset adjustable in approximately 1 mV steps within overall ±2 V range
Amplitude flatness< 0.5 dB to 1 MHz
DC Accuracy±1% of full scale
SFDR> 60 dB, 10 kHz full scale sine wave
Output Resistance600 Ω
Connector TypeFront panel BNC(D models), Rear panel BNC (D MSO models)
Overvoltage Protection±20 V
Arbitrary Waveform Generator
Update Rate20 MHz
Buffer Size32kS
Resolution12 bits (output step size approximately 1 mV)
Bandwidth> 1 MHz
Rise Time (10 to 90%)< 120 ns
Additional AWG specifications, including sweep modes, triggering, frequency accuracy, frequency resolution, voltage range, DC accuracy, and other output characteristics, are as the function generator.
Probe Compensation Pin
Output impedance600 Ω
Output frequency1 kHz
Output level2 V p-p
Spectrum Analyser
Frequency RangeDC to maximum bandwidth of scope
Display ModesMagnitude, average, peak hold
Y AxisLogarithmic (dbV, dBu, dBm, arbitrary dB) or linear (volts)
X AxisLinear or logarithmic
Windowing FunctionsRectangular, Gaussian, triangular, Blackman, Blackman-Harris, Hamming, Hann, flat-top
Number of FFT pointsSelectable 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, highpass, lowpass, bandpass, bandstop
OperandsAll analog and digital input channels, reference waveforms, time, constants, π
Automatic Measurements (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 ModeFrequency at peak, amplitude at peak, average amplitude at peak, total power, THD %, THD dB, THD+N, SFDR, SINAD, SNR, IMD
StatisticsMinimum, maximum, average, standard deviation
Serial Decoding
ProtocolsCAN, FlexRay, I²C, I²S, LIN, SPI, UART/RS-232, USB
Mask Limit Testing
StatisticsPass/fail, failure count, total count
InterpolationLinear or sin(x)/x
Persistence ModesDigital color, analog intensity, fast, advanced
PC connectivityUSB 3.0 SuperSpeed (USB 2.0 compatible)
PC connector typeUSB 3.0 type B
Power Requirements Powered from a single USB 3.0 port or two USB 2.0 ports (dual cable supplied). 4-channel models: AC adaptor included for use with USB ports that supply less than 1200 mA
Dimensions190 mm x 170 mm x 40 mm including connectors
Weight< 0.5 kg
Temperature RangeOperating: 0 °C to 40 °C (15 °C to 30 °C for stated accuracy), Storage: -20 °C to 60 °C
Humidity RangeOperating: 5% RH to 80% RH non-condensing, Storage: 5% RH to 95% RH non-condensing
Altitude RangeUp to 2000 m
Pollution DegreePollution degree 2
Safety ApprovalsDesigned to EN 61010-1:2010
EMC ApprovalsTested to EN 61326-1:2006 and FCC Part 15 Subpart B
Environmental ApprovalsRoHS and WEEE compliant
Software Included PicoScope 6 for Microsoft Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 (not Windows RT), 32- or 64- bit SDKs and example programs (C, Visual Basic, Excel VBA, LabVIEW) for Windows.
Optional Free SoftwarePicoScope 6 Beta and SDKs for Linux and Mac OS X.
Output File Formatsbmp, csv, gif, jpg, mat, pdf, png, psdata, pssettings, txt
Output Functionscopy 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


2 Channel Models
Ch A Ch B AWG and function generator Earth terminal USB port
Probe compensation pin External trigger
4 Channel Models
Ch A Ch B Ch C Ch D AWG and function generator
Probe compensation pin
External trigger
Earth terminal DC power input
USB port
2 Channel MSO Models
Ch A Ch B Probe compensation pin 16 digital inputs
AWG and function generator USB port
Earth terminal
4 Channel MSO Models
Ch A Ch B Ch C Ch D 16 digital inputs
Probe compensation pin
AWG and function generator USB port DC power input
Earth terminal

Kit Contents

All PicoScope 3000D Series oscilloscope kits contain:

  • PicoScope 3000 Series oscilloscope
  • Switchable x1/x10 probes (2 or 4) in carrying case
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Software and reference CD
  • USB 3.0 cable
  • Double-headed USB 2.0 cable
  • AC power adaptor (4-channel models only)

MSO kit contents

PicoScope 3000D MSO kits also contain:

  • TA136 digital cable
  • TA139 pack of 10 test clips (x2)
3204A 3204B 3205A 3205B 3206A 3206B 3207A 3207B 3404A 3404B 3405A 3405B 3406A 3406B superceded. PP708 PP709 PP710 PP711 PP712 PP713 PP875 PP876 PP846 PP847 PP848 PP849 PP850 PP851 superceded.