PicoScope 9300 Series
PC Sampling Oscilloscopes

Key Features

  • 15 TS/s (64 fs) sequential sampling
  • Up to 15 GHz prescaled, 2.5 GHz direct trigger and 11.3 Gb/s clock recovery
  • Industry-leading 16 bit 1 MS/s ADC and 60 dB dynamic range
  • Eye and mask testing to 16 Gb/s with up to 223 – 1 pattern lock
  • Intuitive, touch-compatible Windows user interface
  • Comprehensive built-in measurements, histogramming and editable data mask library
  • Integrated, differential, deskewable TDR/TDT step generator


  • Telecom and radar test, service and manufacturing
  • Optical fiber, transceiver and laser testing
  • RF, microwave and gigabit digital system measurements
  • Ethernet, HDMI 1 and 2, USB 2 and 3, PCI, SATA
  • Semiconductor characterization
  • TDR/TDT analysis of cables, connectors, backplanes, PCBs and networks

Designed for ease of use

The PicoSample 3 workspace takes full advantage of your available display size and resolution. You decide how much space to give to the trace display and the measurements display, and whether to open or hide the control menus. The user interface is fully touch- or mouse-operable, with grabbing and dragging of traces, cursors, regions and parameters. There are enlarged parameter controls for use on smaller touch displays. To zoom, either draw a zoom window or use the more traditional dual timebase, delay and scaling controls.

A choice of screen formats

When working with multiple traces, you can display them all on one grid or separate them into two or four grids. You can also plot signals in XY mode with or without additional voltage-time grids. The persistence display modes use color-coding or shading to show statistical variations in the signal. Trace display can be in either dots-only or vector format.

Up to 25 GHz
electrical bandwidth

Up to 25 GHz electrical bandwidth The PicoScope 9300 series offers models at 15, 20 and 25 GHz with low sampling jitter and fine timing resolution to support measurement of transitions down to 14 ps (calculated). Among the fastest of all sampling oscilloscopes, the 9300 Series captures your waveform at up to 1 MS/s with timing resolution down to 64 fs and with 16-bit vertical resolution. It achieves lively trace, persistence and eye updates, greater than 60 dB dynamic range, and trace lengths up to 32 kS.

Trigger modes

  • 2.5 GHz direct and 15 GHz prescaled trigger
    Sampling oscilloscopes accept their trigger from a separate input, either directly for repetition rates up to 2.5 GHz or via a prescaling divider input, for repetition rates up to 15 GHz (14 GHz on 15 and 20 GHz models).
  • Built-in 11.3 Gb/s clock data recovery trigger
    To support serial data applications in which the data clock is not available as a trigger, or for which trigger jitter needs to be reduced, the PicoScope 9302 and 9321 include a clock recovery module. This continuously regenerates the data clock from the incoming serial data or trigger signal and can do so with reduced jitter even over very long trigger delays or for pattern lock applications. A divider accessory kit is included to route the signal to both the clock recovery and oscilloscope inputs.

Eye-diagram analysis

The PicoScope 9300 Series scopes quickly measure more than 30 fundamental parameters used to characterize non‑return‑to‑zero (NRZ) signals and return-to-zero (RZ) signals. Up to ten parameters can be measured simultaneously, with comprehensive statistics also shown.

The measurement points and levels used to generate each parameter can optionally be drawn on the trace.

Eye-diagram analysis can be made even more powerful with the addition of mask testing, as described later on this page.

Pattern sync trigger and eye line mode

When a repeating data pattern such as a pseudorandom bit sequence is present, an internal trigger divider can lock to it. You can then use eye-line mode to move the trigger point, and view point, along the whole pattern, bit by bit.

Eye-line scan mode is also available to build an eye diagram from a user-selected range of bit intervals through to the whole pattern. These features are useful for analysing data-dependent waveshapes.

Mask testing

PicoSample 3 has a built-in library of over 160 masks for testing data eyes. It can count or capture mask hits or route them to an alarm or acquisition control. You can stress test against a mask using a specified margin, and locally compile or edit masks.

There’s a choice of gray-scale and color-graded display modes to aid in analysing noise and jitter in eye diagrams. There is also a statistical display showing a failure count for both the original mask and the margin.

The extensive menu of built-in test waveforms is invaluable for checking your mask test setup before using it on live signals.

Mask test features
  • Failure count
  • User-defined margins
  • Count fails
  • Built-in standard test waveforms
  • Stop on fail

9.5 GHz optical model

The PicoScope 9321-20 includes a built-in precision optical-to-electrical converter. With the converter output routed to one of the scope inputs (optionally through an SMA pulse shaping filter), the PicoScope 9321-20 can analyse standard optical communications signals such as OC48/STM16, 4.250 Gb/s Fibre Channel and 2xGB Ethernet. The scope can perform eye-diagram measurements with automatic measurement of optical parameters including extinction ratio, S/N ratio, eye height and eye width. With its integrated clock recovery module, the scope is usable to 11.3 Gb/s.

The converter input accepts both single-mode (SM) and multi-mode (MM) fibers and has a wavelength range of 750 to 1650 nm.

TDR/TDT analysis

The PicoScope 9311 oscilloscopes feature built-in step generators for time-domain reflectometry and transmission measurements. The 9311-15 integrates a single rising step generator suited to single-ended TDR/TDT applications, while the 9311-20 features deskewable rising and falling step generators suited to single-ended and differential measurements. These features can be used to characterize transmission lines, printed circuit traces, connectors and cables with 16 mm resolution for impedance measurements and 4 mm resolution for fault detection.

Connection diagrams: PicoScope 9311 sampling oscilloscopes
in use with devices under test (DUT) in TDR and TDT applications

The PicoScope 9311-15 and 9311-20 generate 2.5 to 7 V steps with 60 ps rise time from built-in step recovery diodes. They are supplied with a comprehensive set of calibrated accessories to support your TDR/TDT measurements, including cables, signal dividers, adaptors, attenuator and reference load and short.

The PicoScope 9311-20 TDR/TDT model includes source deskew with 1 ps resolution and comprehensive calibration, reference plane and measurement functions. Voltage, impedance or reflection coefficient (ρ) can be plotted against time or distance.

An alternative approach to TDR/TDT capability is to pair any 9300 Series scope with a standalone PG900 pulse generator. These instruments include similar differential step recovery diode step generators and also offer an option of 40 ps tunnel diode step generation. This brings extra flexibility and the ability to remotely position the pulse source. The generators also enable TDT and TDR with the PicoScope 9301, 9302 clock recovery, 9321 optical and 9341 4-channel sampling oscilloscopes.

PicoConnect 900 Series: the shape of probes to come

The PicoConnect 900 Series is a range of low-invasive, high-frequency passive probes, designed for microwave and gigabit applications up to 9 GHz and 18 Gb/s. They deliver unprecedented performance and flexibility at a low price and are an obvious choice to use alongside the PicoScope 9300 Series scopes.

A breakthrough in cost and convenience

Until now, the majority of 1 GHz test probes have been of familiar probe shape but with an active buffer amplifier within the probe body. They are mechanically complex, quite bulky, often heavy and always costly.

In a survey of all available active probe models between 3 GHz and 30 GHz, we found that list prices were around $1000 + $1000/GHz or higher, a figure which then multiplies with the number of signal channels to be probed. The PicoConnect 900 Series passive probes are all priced around $100 + $150/GHz, less when purchased as a kit: that is less than one sixth of the cost per channel!

900 Series probes

Soldered-in PicoConnect 900 Series probes working with a PicoScope 9300 Series sampling oscilloscope to capture an HDMI signal

Features of the PicoConnect 900 Series probes
  • Extremely low loading capacitance of < 0.3 pF typical, 0.4 pF upper test limit for all models
  • Slim, fingertip design for accurate and steady probing or solder-in at fine scale
  • Interchangeable SMA probe heads at division ratios of 5:1, 10:1 and 20:1, AC or DC coupled
  • Accurate probing of high speed transmission lines for Z0 = 0 Ω to 100 Ω
  • Specified probe ratio compensated to correct for loading of the low-impedance probe input
  • Class-leading uncorrected pulse/eye response and pulse/eye disturbance
  • High dynamic range, low noise, and implicit linearity and long-term flatness of a passive design
  • Tolerant of very high input slew rate, hardened to EM discharge and no saturation and recovery characteristic. Can address high-amplitude pulse and burst applications.
  • Screened to minimize noise or response change caused by finger proximity or EM interference
  • Supplied with robust, high-performance, highly flexible low-loss microwave coaxial cable
900 Series probes

Ultra-compact: the probe head is just 68 mm long and weighs only 5g

Measurement of over 100 waveform parameters with and without statistics

The PicoScope 9300 Series scopes quickly measure well over 100 standard waveform and eye parameters, either for the whole waveform or constrained between markers. The markers can also make on-screen ruler measurements, so you don’t need to count graticules or estimate the waveform’s position. Up to ten simultaneous measurements are possible. The measurements conform to IEEE standard definitions, but you can edit them for non-standard thresholds and reference levels using the advanced menu or by dragging the on-screen thresholds and levels. You can apply limit tests to up to four measured parameters.

A dedicated frequency counter shows signal frequency at all times, regardless of measurement and timebase settings.

Powerful mathematical analysis

The PicoScope 9300 Series scopes support up to four simultaneous mathematical combinations or functional transformations of acquired waveforms.

You can select any of the mathematical functions to operate on either one or two sources. All functions can operate on live waveforms, waveform memories or even other functions. There is also a comprehensive equation editor for creating custom functions of any combination of source waveforms.


FFT analysis

All PicoScope 9300 Series oscilloscopes can calculate real, imaginary and complex Fast Fourier Transforms of input signals using a range of windowing functions. The results can be further processed using the math functions. FFTs are useful for finding crosstalk and distortion problems, 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.


Histogram analysis

Behind the powerful measurement and display capabilities of the 9300 Series lies a fast, efficient data histogramming capability. A powerful visualisation and analysis tool in its own right, the histogram is a probability graph that shows the distribution of acquired data from a source within a user-definable window.

Histogram analysis
Histogram analysis
Histogram analysis

Histograms can be constructed on waveforms on either the vertical or horizontal axes. The most common use for a vertical histogram is measuring and characterizing noise and pulse parameters. A horizontal histogram is typically used to measure and characterize jitter.

Compact, portable USB instruments

These units occupy very little space on your workbench and are small enough to carry with your laptop for on-site testing, but that’s not all. Instead of using remote probe heads attached to a large bench-top unit, you can now position the scope right next to the device under test. Now all that lies between your scope and the DUT is a short, low-loss coaxial cable. Everything you need is built into the oscilloscope, with no expensive hardware or software add-ons to worry about.

Software Development Kit

Software Development Kit

The PicoSample 3 software can operate as a stand-alone oscilloscope program or under ActiveX remote control. The ActiveX control conforms to the Windows COM interface standard so that you can embed it in your own software. Unlike more complex driver-based programming methods, ActiveX commands are text strings that are easy to create in any programming environment. Programming examples are provided in Visual Basic (VB.NET), MATLAB, LabVIEW and Delphi, but you can use any programming language or standard that supports the COM interface, including JavaScript and C. National Instruments LabVIEW drivers are also available. All the functions of the PicoScope 9300 and the PicoSample software are accessible remotely.

Built-in signal generator

All the PicoScope 9300 Series scopes can generate industry-standard and custom signals including clock, pulse and pseudo-random binary sequence. You can use these to test the instrument’s inputs, experiment with its features and verify complex setups such as mask tests. AUX OUTPUT can also be configured as a trigger output.

Built-in signal generator

PicoSource® PG900 Series differential pulse generators

For greater versatility than a built-in signal generator can offer, you may want to separate your high-performance fast-step TDR/TDT pulse source from the sampling oscilloscope and have two instruments to use either stand-alone or together as required. The PicoSource PG900 Series generators contain the same step recovery diode pulse source as the PicoScope 9311, or slightly faster but reduced amplitude tunnel diode pulse heads, rehoused in a separate USB-controlled instrument. All are supplied with PicoSource PG900 control software.

Pulse generator
Intuitive Windows-based software
Pulse generator
Choose from three models
  • PicoSource PG911 with integrated 60 ps pulse outputs
  • PicoSource PG912 with 40 ps pulse tunnel diode heads
  • PicoSource PG914 with both types of output
Key specifications
PicoSource PG911 and PG914
  • Integrated 50 Ω SMA(f) step recovery diode outputs
  • < 60 ps single-ended pulse transition time
  • Two 2.5 V to 7 V variable amplitude outputs
  • ±1 ns timing deskew in 1 ps steps
  • 20 dB 10 GHz SMA(m-f) attenuators supplied fitted to SRD pulse outputs
PicoSource PG912 and PG914
  • External 50 Ω N(m) positive and negative tunnel diode pulse heads
  • < 40 ps pulse transition time
  • Fixed 200 mV output amplitude
  • ±500 ps timing deskew in 1 ps steps
  • Inter-series N(f)–SMA(m) adaptors included with pulse heads
All PicoSource PG900 models
  • Differential outputs
  • 200 ns to 4 μs pulse width
  • Adjustable 1 µs to 1 s internal clock period
  • Typical 3.0 ps RMS jitter relative to external trigger

SMA Bessel–Thomson pulse-shaping filters

For use with the 9321-20 optical to electrical converter, a range of Bessel–Thomson filters is available for standard bit rates. These filters are essential for accurate characterization of signals emerging from an optical transmission system. Bessel-Thomson reference optical receiver filters pricing.

Raw output

O/E converter output, raw

Above is the ringing typical of an unequalized O/E converter output at 622 Mb/s.


O/E converter output, filtered

Above is the result of connecting the 622 Mb/s B–T filter. This is an accurate representation of the signal that an equalized optical receiver would see, enabling the PicoScope 9321-20 to display correct measurements.

PicoScope 9300 Series inputs and outputs

Dual 15 or 25 GHz inputs 6.5 Mb/s to 11.3 Gb/s clock recovery input (PicoScope 9302 only) 14 or 15 GHz prescaled trigger 2.5 GHz trigger PicoScope 9301 and 9302
Dual 15 GHz inputs TDR positive output TDR negative output 14 GHz prescaled trigger 2.5 GHz trigger PicoScope 9311-15
Dual 20 GHz inputs TDR positive output Trigger output TDR negative output 14 GHz prescaled trigger 2.5 GHz trigger PicoScope 9311-20
Dual 20 GHz inputs 9.5 GHz O/E converter input 11.3 Gb/s clock recovery input O/E converter output 14 GHz prescaled trigger 2.5 GHz trigger PicoScope 9321-20
4 x 20 or 25 GHz inputs 14 or 15 GHz prescaled trigger 2.5 GHz trigger PicoScope 9341
USB port Ethernet port DC power input (AC adaptor supplied) For future expansion Built-in signal generator Rear panel (all models)

PicoScope 9300 Series Specifications

Vertical9300-15 models9300-20 models9300-25 models
Number of channelsPicoScope 9341 and 9341-25: 4, Other models: 2
Acquisition timingSelectable simultaneous or alternate acquisition
Bandwidth, full 15GHz20GHz25GHz
Bandwidth, narrow 8GHz10GHz12GHz
Pulse response rise time, full bandwidth 23.4 ps (10% to 90%, calculated) 17.5 ps (10% to 90%, calculated) 14.0 ps (10% to 90%, calculated)
Pulse response rise time, narrow bandwidth 43.8 ps (10% to 90%, calculated) 35.0 ps (10% to 90%, calculated) 29.2 ps (10% to 90%, calculated)
Noise, full bandwidth < 1.2 mV RMS typical, < 1.6 mV RMS maximum < 1.5 mV RMS typical, < 2.0 mV RMS maximum < 1.9 mV RMS typical, < 2.5 mV RMS maximum
Noise, narrow bandwidth < 0.7 mV RMS typical, < 0.9 mV RMS maximum < 0.8 mV RMS typical, < 1.1 mV RMS maximum < 1.0 mV RMS typical, < 1.3 mV RMS maximum
Noise with averaging 100 µV RMS system limit, typical
Operating input voltage with digital feedback1 V p-p with ±1 V range (single-valued)
Operating input voltage without digital feedback±400mV relative to channel offset (multi-valued)
Sensitivity1 mV/div to 500 mV/div in 1-2-5 sequence with 0.5% fine increments
Resolution16 bits, 40 µV/LSB
Accuracy ±2% of full scale ±2 mV over temperature range for stated accuracy (assuming temperature-related calibrations are performed)
Nominal input impedance(50 ± 1) Ω
Input connectors2.92 mm (K) female, compatible with SMA and PC3.5
Timebase (sequential time sampling mode)
Ranges 5 ps/div to 3.2 ms/div (main, intensified, delayed, or dual delayed)
Delta time interval accuracy For > 200 ps/div: ±0.2% of delta time interval ± 12 ps
For < 200 ps/div: ±5% of delta time interval ± 5 ps
Time interval resolution64 fs
Channel deskew1 ps resolution, 100 ns max.
Trigger sources All models: external direct, external prescaled, internal direct and internal clock triggers.
PicoScope 9302 and 9321 only: external clock recovery trigger
External direct trigger bandwidth and sensitivity DC to 100 MHz : 100 mV p-p; to 2.5 GHz: 200 mV p-p
External direct trigger jitter 1.8 ps RMS (typ.) or 2.0 ps RMS (max.) + 20 ppm of delay setting
Internal direct trigger bandwidth and sensitivity DC to 10 MHz: 100 mV p-p; to 100 MHz: 400 mV p-p (channels 1 and 2 only)
Internal direct trigger jitter 25 ps RMS (typ.) or 30 ps RMS (max.) + 20 ppm of delay setting (channels 1 and 2 only)
External prescaled trigger bandwidth and sensitivity 1 to 14 GHz, 200 mV p-p to 2 V p-p 1 to 14 GHz, 200 mV p-p to 2 V p-p
14 to 15 GHz, 500 mV p-p to 2 V p-p
External prescaled trigger jitter 1.8 ps RMS (typ.) or 2.0 ps RMS (max.) + 20 ppm of delay setting
Pattern sync trigger clock frequency 10 MHz to 14 GHz 10 MHz to 15 GHz
Pattern sync trigger pattern length 7 to 8 388 607 (223 − 1)
Clock Recovery (Picoscope 9302 & 9321)
Clock recovery trigger data rate and sensitivity 6.5 Mb/s to 100 Mb/s: 100 mV p-p, > 100 Mb/s to 11.3 Gb/s: 20 mV p-p
Recovered clock trigger jitter 1 ps RMS (typ.) or 1.5 ps RMS (max.) + 1.0% of unit interval
Maximum safe trigger input voltage ±2 V (DC + peak AC)
Input characteristics 50 Ω, AC coupled
Input connector SMA (f)
ADC resolution 16 bits
Digitizing rate with digital feedback (single-valued) DC to 1 MHz
Digitizing rate without digital feedback (multi-valued) DC to 40 kHz
Acquisition modes Sample (normal), average, envelope
Data record length 32 to 32 768 points (single channel) in x2 sequence
Styles Dots, vectors, persistence, gray-scaling, color-grading
Persistence time Variable or infinite
Screen formats Auto, single YT, dual YT, quad YT, XY, XY + YT, XY + 2 YT
Measurements & Analysis
Markers Vertical bars, horizontal bars (measure volts) or waveform markers
Automatic measurements Up to 10 at once
Measurements, X parameters Period, frequency, pos/neg width, rise/fall time, pos/neg duty cycle, pos/neg crossing, burst width, cycles, time at max/min, pos/neg jitter ppm/RMS
Measurements, Y parameters Max, min, top, base, peak-peak, amplitude, middle, mean, cycle mean, AC/DC RMS, cycle AC/DC RMS, pos/neg overshoot, area, cycle area
Measurements, trace-to-trace Delay 1R-1R, delay 1F-1R, delay 1R-nR, delay 1F-nR, delay 1R-1F, delay 1F-1F, delay 1R-nF, delay 1F-nF, phase deg/rad/%, gain, gain dB
Eye measurements, X NRZ Area, bit rate, bit time, crossing time, cycle area, duty cycle distortion abs/%, eye width abs/%, rise/fall time, frequency, period, jitter p-p/RMS
Eye measurements, Y NRZ AC RMS, average power lin/dB, crossing %/level, extinction ratio dB/%/lin, eye amplitude, eye height lin/dB, max/min, mean, middle, pos/neg overshoot, noise p-p/RMS one/zero level, p-p, RMS, S/N ratio lin/dB
Eye measurements, X RZ Area, bit rate/time, cycle area, eye width abs/%, rise/fall time, jitter p-p/RMS fall/rise, neg/pos crossing, pos duty cycle, pulse symmetry, pulse width
Eye measurements, Y RZ AC RMS, average power lin/dB, contrast ratio lin/dB/%, extinction ratio lin/dB/%, eye amplitude, eye high lin/dB, eye opening, max, min, mean, middle, noise p-p/RMS one/zero, one/zero level, peak-peak, RMS, S/N
HistogramVertical or horizontal
Math Functions
Mathematics Up to four math waveforms can be defined and displayed
Math functions, arithmetic +, –, ×, ÷, ceiling, floor, fix, round, absolute, invert, (x+y)/2, ax+b
Math functions, algebraic ex, ln, 10x, log10, ax, loga, d/dx, ∫, x², sqrt, x³, xa, x-1, sqrt(x²+y²)
Math functions, trigonometric sin, sin-1, cos, cos-1, tan, tan-1, cot, cot-1, sinh, cosh, tanh, coth
Math functions, FFT Complex FFT, complex inverse FFT, magnitude, phase, real, imaginary
Math functions, combinatorial logic AND, NAND, OR, NOR, XOR, XNOR, NOT
Math functions, interpolation Linear, sin(x)/x, trend, smoothing
Math functions, other Custom formula
FFT Up to two FFTs simultaneously
FFT window functions Rectangular, Hamming, Hann, Flat-top, Blackman–Harris, Kaiser–Bessel
Eye diagram Automatically characterizes NRZ and RZ eye diagrams based on statistical analysis of waveform
Mask Tests
Mask geometry Acquired signals are tested for fit outside areas defined by up to eight polygons. Standard or user-defined masks can be selected.
Built-in masks, SONET/SDH OC1/STMO (51.84 Mb/s) to FEC 1071 (10.709 Gb/s)
Built-in masks, Ethernet 1.25 Gb/s 1000Base-CX Absolute TP2 to 10xGB Ethernet (12.5 Gb/s)
Built-in masks, Fibre Channel FC133 (132.8 Mb/s) to 10x Fibre Channel (10.5188 Gb/s)
Built-in masks, PCI Express R1.0a 2.5G (2.5 Gb/s) to R2.1 5.0G (5 Gb/s)
Built-in masks, InfiniBand 2.5G (2.5 Gb/s) to 5.0G (5 Gb/s)
Built-in masks, XAUI 3.125 Gb/s
Built-in masks, RapidIO Level 1, 1.25 Gb/s to 3.125 Gb/s
Built-in masks, SATA 1.5G (1.5 Gb/s) to 3.0G (3 Gb/s)
Built-in masks, ITU G.703 DS1 (1.544 Mb/s) to 155 Mb (155.520 Mb/s)
Built-in masks, ANSI T1.102 DS1 (1.544 Mb/s) to STS3 (155.520 Mb/s)
Built-in masks, G.984.2 XAUI-E Far (3.125 Gb/s)
Built-in masks, USB USB 2.0, USB 3.0 and USB 3.1
Signal Generator Output
Modes Pulse, PRBS (NRZ and RZ), 500 MHz clock, trigger out
Period range, pulse mode 8 ns to 524 µs
Bit time range, NRZ/RZ mode 4 ns to 260 µs
NRZ/RZ pattern length 27−1 to 215−1
TDR Pulse Outputs Picoscope 9311-15 Picoscope 9311-20
Number of output channels 1 2 (1 differential pair)
Output enable Yes Independent or locked control for each source
Pulse polarity Positive-going from zero volts Channel 1: positive-going from zero volts
Channel 2: negative-going from zero volts
Rise time (20% to 80%) 60 ps guaranteed
Amplitude 2.5 V to 7 V into 50 Ω
Amplitude adjustment 5 mV increments
Amplitude accuracy ±10%
Output amplitude safety limit Adjustable from 2.5 V to 8 V
Output pairing N/A Amplitudes and limit paired or independent
Period range 1 µs to 60 ms
Period accuracy ±100 ppm
Width range 200 ns to 4 µs, 0% to 50% duty cycle
Width accuracy ±10% of width ±100 ns
Deskew between outputs N/A −1 ns to 1 ns typical, in 1 ps increments
Timing modes Step, coarse timebase, pulse
Impedance 50 Ω
Connectors on scope SMA(f) SMA(f) x 2
TDR Pre-Trigger OutputPicoscope 9311-15Picoscope 9311-20
PolarityPositive-going from zero volts
Amplitude700 mV typical into 50 Ω
Pre-trigger25 ns to 35 ns typical, adjustable in 5 ps steps
Pre-trigger to output jitter2 ps max.
TDT SystemPicoscope 9311-15Picoscope 9311-20
Number of TDT channels12
Incident rise time (combined oscilloscope & pulse generator, 10% to 90%) 65 ps or less 60 ps or less, each polarity
Jitter 3 ps + 20 ppm of delay setting, RMS, maximum
Corrected rise time Min. 50 ps or 0.1 x time/div, whichever is greater, typical
Max. 3 x time/div, typical
Corrected aberrations ≤ 0.5% typical
TDR SystemPicoscope 9311-15Picoscope 9311-20
Number of channels12
Incident step amplitude 50% of input pulse amplitude, typical
Incident rise time (combined oscilloscope, step generator and TDR kit, 10% to 90%) 65 ps or less 60 ps or less, each polarity
Reflected step amplitude, from short or open 25% of input pulse amplitude, typical
Reflected rise time (combined oscilloscope, step generator and TDR kit, 10% to 90%) 65 ps or less @ 50 Ω termination 60 ps or less @ 50 Ω termination, each polarity
Corrected rise time Minimum: 50 ps or 0.1 x time/div, whichever is greater, typical.
Maximum: 3 x time/div, typical.
Corrected aberration ≤ 1% typical
Measured parameters Propagation delay, gain, gain dB
TDR/TDT ScalingPicoscope 9311-15Picoscope 9311-20
TDT vertical scaleVolts, gain (10 m/div to 100 /div)
TDR vertical scaleVolts, rho (10 mrho/div to 2 rho/div), ohm (1 ohm/div to 100 ohm/div)
Horizontal scaleTime (800 ns/div max.) or distance (meter, foot, inch)
Distance preset unitsPropagation velocity (0.1 to 1.0) or dielectric constant (1 to 100)
Optical/Electrical Converter (Picoscope 9321-20)
Bandwidth (−3 dB)9.5 GHz typical
Effective wavelength range750 nm to 1650 nm
Calibrated wavelengths850 nm (MM), 1310 nm (MM/SM), 1550 nm (SM)
Transition time51 ps typical (10% to 90% calculated from TR = 0.48/optical BW)
Noise4 µW (1310 & 1550 nm), 6 μW (850 nm) maximum @ full electrical bandwidth
DC accuracy±25 µW ±10% of full scale
Maximum input peak power+7 dBm (1310 nm)
Fiber inputSingle-mode (SM) or multi-mode (MM)
Fiber input connectorFC/PC
Input return lossSM: –24 dB typical
MM: –16 dB typical, –14 dB maximum
Temperature range, operating5 °C to 35 °C
Temperature range for stated accuracyWithin 2 °C of last autocalibration
Temperature range, storage−20 °C to 50 °C
Calibration validity period1 year
Power supply voltage12 V DC ± 5%
Power supply current1.7 A max.
Mains adaptorUniversal adaptor supplied
PC connectionUSB 2.0 (compatible with USB 3.0)
LAN connection10/100 Mbit/s
PC requirements Microsoft Windows XP (SP2 or SP3), Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10. 32‑bit or 64‑bit versions.
Dimensions170 mm x 285 mm x 40 mm (W x D x H)
Weight1.3 kg max.
ComplianceFCC (EMC), CE (EMC and LVD)

PicoScope 9300 Series models compared

PicoScope model
9301 9302 9311 9321 9341
15 GHz model
20 GHz model
25 GHz model
Number of electrical inputs 2 2 2 2 4
Signal generator output
Integrated TDR/TDT (40 ps, 200 mV)
Integrated TDR/TDT (60 ps, 2.5 to 7 V)
Add external PG900 TDR/TDT source Optional*
9.5 GHz optical-electrical converter
Clock recovery trigger
Pattern sync trigger
USB port
LAN port
* PG900 external source can be used in addition to the built-in TDR/TDT source.

Kit Contents

All the PicoScope 9300 Series oscilloscope kits contain:
  • PicoScope 9300 Series PC sampling oscilloscope
  • PicoSample™ 3 software CD
  • Quick Start Guide
  • 12 V power supply, universal input
  • Localized mains lead (line cord)
  • USB cable, 1.8 m
  • SMA / PC3.5 / 2.92 wrench
  • Storage and carry case
  • LAN cable, 1 m

Kit contents (model-dependent)

Order Code
PicoScope model
18 GHz 50 Ω SMA(m-f) connector saver adaptor* TA170
30 cm precision sleeved coaxial cable TA265
10 dB 10 GHz SMA(m-f) attenuator (fitted to pulse outputs) TA262
20 dB 10 GHz SMA(m-f) attenuator (fitted to pulse outputs) TA173 1 2
14 GHz 25 ps TDR/TDT kit (details below) TA172 1 2
14 GHz power divider kit (details below) TA172 1 2
* One TA170 is fitted to each input channel. Remove adaptor and connect directly to input for demanding applications.

PicoScope 9300 Series Ordering Information & Pricing

Product name Bandwidth
Channels Clock recovery
converter (GHz)
Order code Price
PicoScope 9301-15152PQ089 NZ$15505.00* Order
PicoScope 9301-2525PQ094 NZ$23685.00* Order
PicoScope 9302-151511.3PQ090 NZ$19085.00* Order
PicoScope 9302-252511.3PQ095 NZ$28805.00* Order
PicoScope 9311-15152.5 to 660PQ096 NZ$20205.00* Order
PicoScope 9311-20202.5 to 660PQ091 NZ$26785.00* Order
PicoScope 9321-202011.39.5PQ092 NZ$41525.00* Order
PicoScope 9341-20204PQ093 NZ$31565.00* Order
PicoScope 9341-2525PQ097 NZ$36965.00* Order
*15% GST applicable for sales within NZ