PicoScope 9200
PC Sampling Oscilloscopes
If you need to measure high speed electrical signals, the PicoScope 9000 Sampling Oscilloscopes deliver the ultimate price/performance.
The PicoScope 9000 Series has all the features and performance
you need at a price you can afford. Unlike other manufacturers, all
software functionality is included in the cost of the oscilloscope,
and software updates are provided free of charge for the life of the product.
Designed specifically for the complex task of analysing high speed electrical signals, PicoScope 9200 Sampling Oscilloscopes are ideal for many advanced applications including: signal analysis, timing analysis, testing and design of high speed digital communication systems, network analysis, semiconductor testing, and research and development.
The PicoScope 9211A and 9231A TDR/TDT Sampling Oscilloscopes are specially designed for time–domain reflectometry (TDR) and time-domain transmissometry TDT). They provide a low cost method of analysing cables, connectors, circuit boards and IC packages
The PicoScope 9231A has a built in 8 GHz optical electrical converter that allows the analysis of optical signals.
To Choose From
Advanced Features
What do I get?
PicoScope 9000 Series Kit
  • PicoScope 9000 Series
   Sampling Oscilloscope
• 2 x SMA M-F connector savers
   (PicoScope 9201A and 9211A only)
• 3 x SMA M-F connector savers
   (PicoScope 9231A only)
• TDR Accessory Kit
   (PicoScope 9211A and 9231A only)
• USB cable
• LAN cable
   (PicoScope 9211A and 9231A only)
• NZ AC adaptor
• Tough carry case
• PicoScope 9000 oscilloscope software
• Free software updates
Specifications of the PicoScope 9200 range include:
12 GHz bandwidth on 2 channels Lightweight and energy efficient design
Dual timebase from 10 ps/div Up to 10 GHz trigger bandwidth
1 GHz full function direct trigger 5 TS/s equivalent time sample rate
Integrated 2.7 Gb/s clock recovery# Integrated pattern sync trigger#
Familiar Windows graphical user interface Waveform processing including FFT
8 GHz optical electrical converter (9231A only) Automated mask test
Eye diagram measurements for NRZ and RZ USB 2.0
LAN (PicoScope 9211A and 9231A only) Time and voltage histograms
High resolution cursor and automatic waveform measurements with statistics
(# not PicoScope 9201A)

PicoScope 9201A
PicoScope 9211A
PicoScope 9231A
*15% GST applicable for sales within NZ
PicoScope 9200A Models Compared
12 GHz sampling oscilloscope 12 GHz sampling oscilloscope 12 GHz sampling oscilloscope 12 GHz sampling oscilloscope
USB port USB port USB port
LAN port LAN port LAN port
Clock recovery trigger Clock recovery trigger Clock recovery trigger
Pattern sync trigger Pattern sync trigger Pattern sync trigger
Dual signal generator outputs Dual signal generator outputs Dual signal generator outputs
Electrical TDR/TDT capability Electrical TDR/TDT capability Electrical TDR/TDT capability
8 GHz optical electrical converter 8 GHz optical electrical converter
Typical applications include:
Electrical standards compliance testing
Semiconductor characterization
Telecom service and manufacturing
Timing analysis
Digital system design and characterization
TDR/TDT measurement and analysis (PicoScope 9211A and 9231A only)
Electronic mask drawing and display
Automatic pass/fail limit testing
High speed serial bus pulse response
Advanced Features of
PicoScope Sampling Oscilloscopes
PicoScope 9200 Sampling Oscilloscopes are capable of many advanced features not normally found in this price range and, unlike other sampling oscilloscopes, all of these features are included as standard with your PicoScope Oscilloscope.
12 GHz bandwidth
The PicoScope 9200A oscilloscopes uses sequential sampling technology to measure fast repetitive signals without the need for expensive realtime sampling hardware. Combined with an input bandwidth of 12 GHz, this enables acquisition of signals with rise times of 50 ps or even faster. Precise timebase stability and accuracy, and a resolution of 200 fs, allow characterization of jitter in the most demanding applications.
Compact and lightweight
The PicoScope 9200A scopes are designed with our PC Oscilloscope architecture to create a compact, lightweight instrument that can be easily carried around with your laptop.
10 GHz prescaled trigger
The PicoScope 9200A scopes have a built in high frequency trigger with frequency divider. Its typical bandwidth of up to 10 GHz allows measurements of microwave components with extremely fast data rates.
1 GHz full function direct trigger
The scopes are equipped with a built in direct trigger for signals up to 1 GHz repetition rate without using additional trigger units.
Built in 2.7 Gb/s clock recovery
The PicoScope 9211A and 9231A have a dedicated clock recovery trigger input for serial data from 12.3 Mb/s to 2.7 Gb/s.
Pulse parameter measurements
The PicoScope 9200A scopes quickly measure over 40 pulse parameters, so you don’t need to count graticules or estimate the waveform’s position. Up to ten simultaneous measurements or four statistics measurements are possible. The measurements conform to the IEEE standards.
Optical To Electrical Converter
The PicoScope 9231A has a built in 8 GHz’ optical electrical converter. This allows analysis of optical signals such as SONET/SDH OC1 to OC48, Fibre Channel FC133 to FC4250, and G.984.2. The converter input accepts both single mode (SM) and multimode (MM) fibers and has a wavelength range of 750 to 1650 nm.
A selection of Bessel Thomson filters can be purchased separately for use with specific optical standards.
Powerful Mathematical Analysis
The PicoScope 9000 Series supports up to four simultaneous mathematical combinations and functional transformation of acquired waveforms.
You can select any of the mathematical functions as a maths operator to act on the operand or operands. A waveform maths operator is a maths function that requires either one or two sources. The operators that involve two waveform sources are: Add, Subtract, Multiply, and Divide. The operators that involve one waveform source are: Invert, Absolute, Exponent, Logarithm, Differentiate, Integrate, Inverse, FFT, Interpolation, Smoothing.
Histogram Analysis
A histogram is a probability distribution that shows the distribution of acquired data from a source within a user definable histogram window. The information gathered by the histogram is used to perform statistical analysis on the source.
Histograms can be constructed on waveforms on either the vertical or horizontal axes. The most common use for a vertical histogram is measuring and characterising noise on displayed waveforms, while the most common use for a horizontal histogram is measuring and characterising jitter on displayed waveforms.
Eye diagram analysis
The PicoScope 9000 Series quickly measures more than 30 fundamental parameters used to characterise non return–to–zero (NRZ) signals and return–to–zero (RZ) signals. Up to four parameters can be measured simultaneously.
The PicoScope 9211A and 9231A also include a 10 Gbps software pattern sync trigger for averaging eye diagrams.
Mask testing
For eye diagram masks, such as those specified by the SONET and SDH standards, the PicoScope 9000 Series supports on board mask drawing for visual comparison. The display can be grey scaled or colour graded to aid in analysing noise and jitter in eye diagrams. Over 150 industry standard masks are included.
FFT analysis
All PicoScope 9000 Series oscilloscopes can perform up to two Fast Fourier Transforms of input signals using a range of windowing functions. FFTs are useful for finding crosstalk problems, finding distortion problems in analog waveforms caused by non linear amplifiers, adjusting filter circuits designed to filter out certain harmonics in a waveform, testing impulse responses of systems, and identifying and locating noise and interference sources.
Pattern sync trigger and eye line mode
The PicoScope 9211A and 9231A can internally generate a pattern sync trigger derived from bit rate, pattern length, and trigger divide ratio. This enables it to build up an eye pattern from any specified bit or group of bits in a sequence.
Eye line mode works with the pattern sync trigger to isolate any one of the 8 posssible paths, called eye lines, that the signal can make through the eye diagram. This allows the instrument to display averaged eye diagrams showing a specified eye line.
Software Development Kit
The PicoScope 9000 software can be operated as a standalone oscilloscope program and as an ActiveX control. The ActiveX control conforms to the Windows COM model and can be embedded in your own software. Programming examples are provided in Visual Basic (VB.NET), LabVIEW and Delphi, but any programming language or standard that supports the COM standard can be used,
including JavaScript and C.
A comprehensive Programmer’s Guide is supplied that details every function of the ActiveX control.
The SDK can control the oscilloscope over the USB or the LAN port.
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Measure fast repetitive signals
Picoscope 9000 Bandwidth
Built in high frequency trigger
Picoscope 9000 Trigger
Measure over 40 pulse parameters
Picoscope 9000 Pulse
8 GHz’ optical electrical converter
Picoscope 9000 Optical
Up to four simultaneous mathematical combinations
Picoscope 9000 Mathematics
Histograms can be constructed on waveforms
Picoscope 9000 Histogram
Eye diagram analysis
Picoscope 9000 Eye Diagram
Fast Fourier Transforms of input signals
Picoscope 9000 FFT Analysis
Pattern sync trigger and eye line mode
Picoscope 9000 Eyeline
Time Domain Reflectometry and Time Domain Transmissometry Measurement and Analysis
The PicoScope 9211A and 9231A TDR/TDT Oscilloscopes are specially designed for time domain reflectometry (TDR) and time domain transmissometry (TDT). It provides a low cost method of testing cables, connectors, circuit boards and IC packages for unwanted reflections and losses. TDR/TDT
The PicoScope 9211A and 9231A work by launching pulses into the device under test using programmable, 100 ps rise time step generators. They then use their 12 GHz sampling inputs to build up a picture from a sequence of reflected or transmitted pulses. The results can be displayed as volts, ohms or rho against time or distance.
The screenshot right shows the TDR functionality of the PicoScope 9211A being used to analyse a series of via holes on a PCB spaced 5 mm apart
Note: TDR and TDT measurement and analysis is only available on the PicoScope 9211A and PicoScope 9231A.
Remember: the price you pay for your PicoScope Sampling Oscilloscope is the price you pay for everything,
we don’t charge you for software features or updates.
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PicoScope 9200 PC Sampling Oscilloscopes Specifications
Channels (vertical)
Channels2 (simultaneous acquisition)
BandwidthFull: DC to 12 GHz
Narrow: DC to 8 GHz
Pulse response rise time10% to 90%, calculated from Tr - 0.35/BW
Full bandwidth: 29.2 ps
Narrow bandwidth: 43.7 ps
RMS noise, maximumFull bandwidth: 2 mV1.5 mV
Narrow bandwidth With averaging: 100 µV system limit
Scale factors (sensitivity)2 mV/div to 500 mV/div.
1-2-5 sequence and 0.5% fine increments
Nominal input impedance(50 ±1) Ω
Input connectorsSMA (F)
Timebase (horizontal)
Timebases 10 ps/div to 50 ms/div (main, intensified, two delayed, or dual delayed)
Delta time interval accuracy For horizontal scale > 450 ps/div: ±0.2% of Delta Time Interval ±15 ps at a temperature within ±3 °C of horizontal calibration temperature.
For horizontal scale = 450 ps/div: ±15 ps or ±5% of Delta Time Interval ±5 ps, whichever is smaller at a temperature within ±3°C of horizontal calibration temperature.
Time interval resolution200 fs minimum
Trigger sourcesExternal direct trigger, external prescaled trigger, internal clock trigger, clock recovery trigger (not 9201A)
Direct trigger bandwidth and sensitivity DC to 100 MHz: 100 mV p-p
100 MHz to 1 GHz: Increasing linearly from 100 mV p-p to 200 mV p-p
Prescaled trigger bandwidth and sensitivity 1 to 7 GHz: 200 MV p-p to 2 V p-p
7 to 8 GHz: 300 mV p-p to 1 V p-p
8 to 10 GHz typical: 400 mV p-p to 1 V p-p
Trigger RMS jitter, maximum4 ps + 20 ppm of delay setting
Data Acquisition
ADC resolution16 bits
Digitising rateDC to 200 kHz maximum
Acquisition modesSample (normal), average, envelope
Data record length32 to 4096 points maximum per channel in x2 sequence
Display resolutionVariable
Display styleDots, vectors, variable or infinite persistence, variable or infinite grey scaling, variable or infinite colour grading
Measurement and Analysis
MarkerVertical bars, horizontal bars (measure volts) or waveform markers (x and +)
Automatic measurementsUp to 40 automatic pulse measurements
HistogramVertical or horizontal
MathematicsUp to four math waveforms can be defined and displayed
FFT Up to two fast Fourier transforms can be run simultaneously with the built in filters (rectangular, Nicolson, Hann, flat-top, Blackman-Harris and Kaiser-Bessel)
Eye diagramAutomatically characterises NRZ and RZ eye patterns. Measurements are based on statistical analysis of the waveform.
Mask testAcquired signals are tested for fit outside areas defined by up to eight polygons. Standard or user defined masks can be selected.
Clock Recovery and Pattern Sync Trigger (PicoScope 9211A only)
Clock recovery sensitivity12.3 Mb/s to 1 Gb/s: 50 mV p-p
1 Gb/s to 2.7 Gb/s: 100 mV p-p Continuous rate
Pattern sync trigger10 Mb/s to 8 Gb/s with pattern length from 7 to 65,535 max.
Recover clock RMS trigger jitter, maximum1 ps + 1.0% of unit interval
Maximum safe trigger input voltage±2 V (DC + peak AC)
Trigger input connectorSMA (F)
Signal Generator Output (PicoScope 9211A and 9231A)
Rise/fall times100 ps (20% to 80%) typical
ModesStep, coarse timebase, pulse, NRZ, RZ
Optical Electrical (O/E) Converter (PicoScope 9231A)
Unfiltered bandwidthDC to 8 GHz typical.
DC to 7 GHz guaranteed at full electrical bandwidth
Effective wavelength range750 nm to 1650 nm
Calibrated wavelengths850 nm (MM), 1310 nm (MM/SM), 1550 nm (SM)
Transition time10% to 90% calculated from Tr - 0.48 / BW: 60 ps max.
RMS noise, maximum4 µW (1310 and 1550 nm), 6 µW (850 nm)
Scale factors (sensitivity)1 µV/div to 400 µV/div (full scale is 8 divisions)
DC accuracy, typical±25 µW ±10% of vertical scale
Maximum input peak power+7 dBm (1310 nm)
Fiber input Single mode (SM) or multi mode (MM)
Fiber input connectorFC/PC
Input return lossSM: -24 dB, typical
MM: -16 dB, typical; -14 dB, maximum
PC Requirements
ProcessorPentium class processor or equivalent
Memory256 MB
Disk spacePicoScope 9000 software requires aproximately 30 MiB
Operating system32 bit edition of Windows XP (SP2 or above), 32 or 64 bit edition of Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 (not Windows RT)
PortsUSB 1.1 compliant port minimum.
USB 2.0 compliant port recommended.
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Operating environment

Temperature range & humidity: +5 °C to +35 °C for normal operation (+15 °C to 25 °C for stated accuracy) @ up to 85% RH, non–condensing
Storage environment
Temperature range & humidity: -20°C to +50°C @ up to 95% RH, non condensing
Physical Dimensions
Dimensions255 x 170 x 40mm (approx 10 x 6.7 x 1.6in)
Weight<1.1kg (approx 2.3b)
PicoScope 9000 for Windows PicoScope 9000 software is capable of many advanced features such as mathematical analysis, histogram analysis, eye diagram analysis and mask testing. All features are included as standard. Updates can be downloaded for free.
Software development kit The SDK allows you to control the scope from your own program. The software can act as an ActiveX COM server, allowing any program to send commands to it using a standard Windows protocol. This is ideal for production test environments where multiple scopes need to be controlled from a single PC, or where automated tests need to be run. The SDK contains full documentation and example code for various programming languages.
TDR Accessory Kit contents (supplied with PicoScope 9211A and 9231A only) 30 cm precision cable, 80 cm precision cable, 0Ω short, 50Ω terminator, Coupler, Resistive power divider, SMA wrench
PC connectionUSB 2.0 (USB 1.1 compatible)
LAN connection10/100 Mb/s (PicoScope 9211A and 9231A only)
Power supply
PicoScope 9201A: +6 V DC ±5%. @ 1.9 A max
PicoScope 9211A: +6 V DC ±5%. @ 2.6 A max
PicoScope 9231A: +6 V DC ±5%. @ 2.9 A max
Compliance FCC, CE,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.
Accessories Included
Additional hardware (supplied) 2 x SMA M-F connector savers (supplied fitted to scope)
Additional SMA M-F connector saver (9231A only) TDR Accessory Kit (PicoScope 9211A and 9231A only)
LAN patch and crossover cables (9211A and 9231A only)
USB 2.0 cable
NZ AC adaptor
Tough carry case
DocumentationUser’s guide, Programmer’s guide & Installation guide