PicoScope 4262
Very High Resolution Oscilloscopes
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With 16 bit resolution, low noise and low distortion, the PicoScope 4262 has the precision and performance you need.
• Two channels• Low distortion signal generator
• 10 MS/s sampling• 5 MHz bandwidth
• 16 MS buffer memory• 16 bit resolution
• Arbitrary waveform generator • USB powered
Low distortion, low noise
The PicoScope 4262 is a dual channel, 16 bit very high resolution
oscilloscope (VHRO) with an integrated low distortion signal generator.
With its 5 MHz bandwidth, it can easily analyse audio, ultrasonic and vibration signals,
characterise noise in switched mode power supplies, measure distortion and perform
a wide range of precision measurement tasks.
Arbitrary Waveform and Function Generator
The PicoScope 4262 includes an integrated low distortion signal generator. 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 the PicoScope 4262 a powerful tool for testing amplifier and filter responses.
The PicoScope 4262 also includes a programmable arbitrary waveform generator with a 4,096 sample buffer.
What do I get?
PicoScope 4262 VHRO kit
 • PicoScope 4262 VHRO
• 2 x oscilloscope probes (x1/x10)
• Protective case for scope probes
• USB cable
• User manuals
• PicoScope oscilloscope software
• Free software updates
And It's a High Performance Spectrum Analyser Too The Trend Busting Oscilloscope
Thanks to the power of the supplied PicoScope software you can also use the PicoScope 4262 as a spectrum Analyser. When used as a spectrum Analyser, PicoScope provides 11 automated measurements such as IMD, THD and SFDR that makes it easier and faster for you to accomplish your task. The performance of the PicoScope 4262 when used as a spectrum Analyser is so good that it rivals many dedicated audio Analysers and dynamic signal Analysers costing several times the price. Most digital oscilloscopes have been designed for viewing fast digital signals. The trend has been to use new technology solely to increase sampling rate and bandwidth. With the PicoScope 4262 we have focused on what's important for measuring analogue signals: increasing the resolution, improving dynamic range, and reducing noise and distortion.
Why Pay More? The Precision and Performance You Need
At Pico, they don't do “optional extras”. Other companies may think that you should pay for high end features such as mask limit testing, serial decoding, advanced triggering, automatic measurements, math channels, XY mode, digital filtering and segmented memory. We don't. When you buy a PicoScope Very High Resolution Oscilloscope everything is included in the price. The PicoScope 4262 is a full featured oscilloscope that can also be used as a high performance spectrum anazlyer, signal generator and arbitrary waveform generator. With two channels, 16 bit resolution, 10 MS/s sampling, 16 MS buffer memory and 5 MHz bandwidth the PicoScope 4262 gives you the precision and performance you need at a price you can afford.
PicoScope at a glance
PicoScope 6 includes the following features:
  • 10000 waveform buffer
  • Advanced triggering
  • Advanced zoom controls
  • Arbitrary waveform generator
  • Auto arrange axes
  • Auto setup
  • Automated measurements
  • AWG editor
  • CMD line file conversions
  • Continuous streaming mode
  • Custom probes
  • Digital persistence mode
  • Easy data export
  • Free updates
  • Linear interpolation
  • Low pass filtering
  • Mask limit testing
  • Math functions
  • Reference waveforms
  • Resolution enhancement
  • Serial decoding
  • Signal generator
  • Sin(x)/x interpolation
  • Spectrum Analyser mode
  • XY oscilloscope mode
Your PicoScope Very High Resolution Oscilloscope (VHRO) is supplied, free of charge, with
a comprehensive suite of software that enables you to get the most from your oscilloscope.
PicoScope is your complete test and measurement lab in one easy to use application PicoScope is your complete test and measurement lab in one easy to use application.
Start PicoScope, click Auto setup and your PC is transformed into a powerful oscilloscope with the timebase and triggering already set up. Click Persistence mode and you can emulate the phosphor display of a conventional analog scope, useful for displaying complex analog signals and spotting glitches. Click Spectrum mode and your PC becomes an FFT spectrum Analyser. And there's more…
Using the automated measurements feature in PicoScope you can automatically measure everything from peak to peak voltage, to rise time and signal to noise ratio, turning your PicoScope 4262 VHRO into a multimeter. “But my multimeter can measure resistance!” So can your PicoScope! Measure the voltage using one channel of your scope, the current using another channel then use the built in math functions to automatically display the resistance.
Despite the many advanced features and functions, PicoScope is still fast and easy to use. Even if you've used a traditional “knobs and buttons” oscilloscope for many years, the intuitive controls and familiar Windows user interface of PicoScope make it incredibly easy to use.
PicoScope software is regularly updated with feature extensions and improvements. These can be downloaded for free from our website and ensure that your oscilloscope will always have the latest features and enhancements.
Software Development Kit
Your PicoScope Very High Resolution Oscilloscope comes complete with a software development kit (SDK). The SDK contains a range of software drivers and example code that you can use to write your own software or to use your PicoScope Oscilloscope with third party software such as LabVIEW.
PicoScope 4262 VHRO Specifications
Oscilloscope Vertical
±20 mV range
±10 mV range
5 MHz
4 MHz
3 MHz
Bandwidth limiter200 kHz, switchable
Rise time (calculated)
±20 mV range
±10 mV range
70 ns
88 ns
117 ns
Input Channels 2
Vertical Resolution16 bits
Enhanced Vertical Resolution20 bits
DC Accuracy (% of full scale)
±50 mV range
±20 mV range
±20 mV range
Input Sensitivity2 mV/div to 4 V/div (10 vertical divisions)
Input Characteristics1 MΩ ±2% in parallel with 15 pF ±2 pF
Input TypeSingle ended, BNC connector
Input CouplingSoftware selectable AC/DC
Input Ranges (Full Scale)±10 mV to ±20 V in 11 ranges
Overlvoltage Protection±50V (DC+AC peak)
Triggers (Channels A and B)
SourceAny input channel
Trigger modesNone, auto, repeat, single, rapid (segmented memory)
Basic Trigger TypesRising, falling
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 A, B and EXT matches a user defined pattern
Runt pulse: signal crosses one voltage threshold and returns without crossing the other
Trigger SensitivityDigital triggering provides 1 LSB accuracy up to full bandwidth of scope
Maximum Pre Trigger Capture100% of capture size
Maximum Post Trigger DelayUp to 4 billion samples
Trigger re arm time< 10 µs on fastest timebase
Arbitrary Waveform Generator
Update rate192 kS/s
Buffer size4,096 samples
Resolution16 bits
Bandwidth20 kHz
Rise time (10% to 90%)11 µs, typical
Operating Environment
Temperature Range

0°C to 45°C (15°C to 40°C for quoted accuracy)
5% to 80% RH, non condensing
Storage Environment
Temperature Range

-20 to +60°C 5 to 95%
RH, non condensing
PC Requirements
Minimum Processor: Pentium II processor, or equivalent
Memory: 64MB (XP) / 512MB (Vista) / 1GB (Windows 7 and 8)
Operating system: 32 or 64 bit edition of Microsoft Windows XP (SP3), Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 (not Windows RT)
Ports: USB 1.1 compliant port
Recommended Processor: 2GHz Pentium IV processor, or equivalent
Memory: 256MB (XP) / 1GB (Vista, Windows 7 and 8)
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
Physical Dimensions
Dimensions 210 x 135 x 40mm (approx 8.2 x 5.3 x 1.5in) <500g (approx 1.1lb)
Power Requirements Powered from USB port
ComplianceFCC, CE
Accessories Included
Additional Hardware USB 2.0 cable(USB 1.1 compatible), user manuals
SoftwarePicoLog & PicoScope 6 CD ROM
DocumentationUser's guide & Installation guide
Oscilloscope Horizontal
Maximum Sampling Rate (Single Shot)10MS/s
Maximum Sampling Rate (continuous streaming mode)
using PicoScope
using the SDK

1 MS/s
10 MS/s one channel (PC dependent)
6.7 MS/s two channels (PC dependent)
Buffer Memory 16 MS
Waveform Buffer
Using Picoscope
Using the SDK

Up to 10000 waveforms
Up to 32,768 waveforms
Timebase Ranges1 µs/div to 1000 s/div
Timebase Accuracy±50 ppm
Sample Jitter< 10 ps RMS
Dynamic Performance (typical)
Crosstalk > 50,000:1
Total harmonic distortion-95 dB typical @ 10 kHz, -1 dBfs input
SFDR102 dB typical @ 10 kHz, -1 dBfs input
Pulse response< 1% overshoot on all ranges
Bandwidth flatness±0.2 dB (DC to full bandwidth)
Noise8.5 µV RMS (on most sensitive range)
External Trigger
Trigger typesEdge, pulse width, dropout, interval, logic, delayed
Input characteristics1 MΩ ±2% in parallel with 15 pF ±2 pF
Input typeRear panel BNC connector
Threshold range±5 V and ±500 mV, DC coupled
Trigger sensitivity25 mV p~p at 1 MHz, typical
DC accuracy±1%
Bandwidth5 MHz
Overvoltage protection±50 V
Spectrum Analyser
Frequency rangeDC to 5 MHz
Windowing functionsRectangular, Gaussian, triangular, Blackman, Blackman Harris, Hamming, Hann, flat top
Display modesMagnitude, peak hold, average
Number of FFT pointsSelectable from 128 to 1 million in powers of 2
Signal Generator
Standard output signalsSine, square, triangle, DC voltage, ramp, sinc, Gaussian, half sine, white noise, PRBS
Standard signal frequencyDC to 20 kHz
Output frequency accuracy±50 ppm
Output frequency resolution<0.01 Hz
Output voltage range±1 V (into high impedance load)
Offset voltage adjustment100 µV steps (within overall ±1 V range)
DC accuracy±0.5% of full scale
Amplitude flatness< 0.1 dB to 20 kHz, typical
SFDR102 dB typical @ 10 kHz, -1 dBfs input
Connector typeFront panel BNC
Output characteristics600 Ω
Overvoltage protection±10 V
Sweep modesUp, down, dual with selectable frequency and sweep time
PicoScope 6 for Windows
Software Development KitA growing collection of drivers and example code for various programming languages