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Picoscope 2200B Series 2 & 4 Channel Oscilloscopes

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Introducing the PicoScope 2000 Series The PicoScope 2000 Series offers you a choice of 2- and 4-channel oscilloscopes, plus mixed-signal oscilloscopes (MSOs) with 2 analog 16 digital inputs. All models feature spectrum analyzers, function generators, arbitrary waveform generators and serial bus analyzers, and the MSO models also function as logic analyzers.

Press Release here ->

Read a review originally published in codeandlife.com by Joonas Pihlajamaa
Read review originally published in elektormagazine.com by Jan Buiting 




The PicoScope 2000B models all deliver unbeatable value for money, with excellent waveform visualization and measurement to 25 MHz for a range of analog and digital electronic and embedded system applications. They are ideal for education, hobby and field service use. 

​The PicoScope 2000B models have the added benefits of deep memory (up to 128 MS), higher bandwidth (up to 100 MHz) and faster waveform update rates, giving you the performance you need to carry out advanced analysis of your waveform, including serial decoding and plotting frequency against time.


Advanced oscilloscope display

The PicoScope 6 software takes advantage of the display size and resolution and processing power of your PC – in this case displaying four analog signals, a zoomed view of two of the signals (undergoing serial decoding), and a spectrum view of a third, all at the same time. Unlike a conventional benchtop oscilloscope, the size of the display is limited only by the size of your computer monitor. The software is also easy to use on touch-screen devices – you can pinch to zoom and drag to scroll.

Powerful, portable and super-small 
The PicoScope 2000 Series oscilloscopes are compact enough to fit easily into your laptop bag along with all their probes and leads. These modern alternatives to bulky benchtop devices are ideal for a wide range of applications including design, test, education, service, monitoring, fault-finding and repair and are perfect for engineers on the move. 

Fast sampling 
The PicoScope 2000 Series oscilloscopes provide fast real-time sampling rates of up to 1 GS/s on the analog channels: this represents a timing resolution of 1 ns. 

For repetitive analog signals, equivalent-time sampling (ETS) mode can boost the maximum effective sampling rate up to 10 GS/s, allowing even finer resolution down to 100 ps. All scopes support pre-trigger and post-trigger capture using the full memory depth.

High signal integrity

Here at Pico Technology, we’re proud of the dynamic performance of our products. Careful front-end design and shielding reduce noise, crosstalk and harmonic distortion. Decades of oscilloscope design experience can be seen in improved pulse response and bandwidth flatness.

The result is simple: when you probe a circuit, you can trust in the waveform you see on the screen.


High-end features as standard

Buying a PicoScope is not like making a purchase from other oscilloscope companies, where increased functionality can considerably raise the price. PicoScopes are all-inclusive instruments, with no need for expensive upgrades to unlock the hardware. Other advanced features such as resolution enhancement, mask limit testing, serial decoding, advanced triggering, automatic measurements, math channels (including the ability to plot frequency and duty cycle against time), XY mode and segmented memory are all included in the price.

USB connectivity

The USB connection makes printing, copying, saving, and emailing your data from the field quick and easy. The high-speed USB interface allows fast data transfer, while USB powering removes the need to carry around a bulky external power supply.


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.

Unique commitment to product support

Your PicoScope gets better the longer you use it, thanks to the regular free updates we supply for both the PC software and the oscilloscope firmware throughout the life of the product: the performance and functionality of the scope both keep improving, without you paying a penny more than the purchase price.

This level of support, combined with the personal service provided by our technical and sales support teams, is reflected in the consistently good feedback we get from users of our products, many of whom have gone on to be regular customers.


Package Contents Include the Following:

  • PicoScope 2000 series oscilloscope
  • 2 or 4 switchable 10:1/1:1 oscilloscope probes (except for PicoScope 2204A / 2205A when purchased without probes)
  • TA136 digital cable (MSOs only)
  • 2 × TA139 pack of 10 logic test clips (MSOs only)
  • USB cable
  • Software and reference CD
  • Quick start guide

  PicoScope 2000 Specifications



Bandwidth 10 MHz 25 MHz 50 MHz 70 MHz 100 MHz
2 channel 2204A [PP906] 2205A [PP907]   2206B [PQ012]   2207B [PQ013] 2208B [PQ014]
4 channel     2405A [PQ015]   2406B [PQ016] 2407B [PQ017] 2408B [PQ018]
2 channel MSO     2205A MSO [PP823]   2206B MSO [PQ009] 2207B MSO [PQ011] 2208B MSO [PQ011]
Oscilloscope — vertical (analog inputs)
Bandwidth 10 MHz 25 MHz 50 MHz 70 MHz 100 MHz
Rise time (calculated) 35 ns 14 ns 7 ns 5 ns 3.5 ns
Vertical resolution 8 bits
Enhanced vertical resolution Up to 12 bits
Input ranges ±50 mV, ±100 mV, ±200 mV, ±500 mV, ±1 V, ±2 V, ±5 V, ±10 V, ±20 V ±20 mV, ±50 mV, ±100 mV, ±200 mV, ±500 mV, ±1 V, ±2 V, ±5 V, ±10 V, ±20 V
Input sensitivity
(10 vertical divisions)
10 mV/div to 4 V/div 4 mV/div to 4 V/div
Input coupling AC / DC
Input connector BNC(f)
Input characteristics 1 MΩ ± 1% ∥ 14 pF ± 2 pF 1 MΩ ± 1% ∥ 16 pF ± 1 pF
Analog offset range
(vertical position adjustment)
None ±250 mV (20 mV to 200 mV ranges)
±2.5 V (500 mV to 2 V ranges)
±25 V (5 V to 20 V ranges)
DC accuracy ±3% of full scale ±200 μV
Overvoltage protection ±100 V (DC AC peak)

Oscilloscope — vertical (digital inputs, MSOs only)

Input channels 16 channels (2 ports of 8 channels each)
Input connectors 2.54 mm pitch, 10 x 2 way connector
Maximum input frequency 100 MHz (200 Mb/s)
Minimum detectable pulse width 5 ns
Input impedance (with TA136 cable) 200 kΩ ±2% ∥ 8 pF ±2 pF
Input dynamic range ±20 V
Digital threshold range ±5 V
Overvoltage protection ±50 V
Threshold grouping Two independent threshold controls: Port 0: D0 to D7, Port 1: D8 to D15
Threshold selection TTL, CMOS, ECL, PECL, user-defined
Port threshold accuracy ±350 mV (inclusive of hysteresis)
Hysteresis < ±250 mV
Minimum input voltage swing 500 mV pk-pk
Channel-to-channel skew 2 ns typical
Minimum input slew rate 10 V/µs


Maximum sampling rate (real-time)* 100 MS/s 200 MS/s 500 MS/s 1 GS/s
Equivalent sampling rate (ETS mode) 2 GS/s 4 GS/s 5 GS/s 10 GS/s
Maximum sampling rate (USB streaming) 1 MS/s 1 MS/s 9.6 MS/s
Shortest timebase 10 ns/div 5 ns/div 2 ns/div 1 ns/div
Longest timebase 5000 s/div (approx 14 hours per waveform in chart recorder view)
Buffer memory (block mode)* 8 kS 16 kS 48 kS 32 MS 64 MS 128 MS
Buffer memory (USB streaming mode) 100 MS (shared between active channels)
Waveform buffers 10 000
Maximum waveforms per second 2000 80 000
Timebase accuracy ±100 ppm ±50 ppm
Sample jitter 30 ps RMS typical 3 ps RMS typical
* Maximum sampling rate and buffer memory are shared between active channels. On MSO models each group of 8 inputs counts as a channel.  Maximum sampling rate on MSO digital channels is 500 MS/s.

Dynamic performance

Crosstalk (full bandwidth, equal ranges) Better than 200:1 Better than 300:1
Harmonic distortion < –50 dB at 100 kHz, full-scale input, typical
SFDR (100 kHz, full-scale input, typical) > 52 dB ±20 mV range: > 44 dB
±50 mV range and higher: > 52 dB
Noise < 150 μV RMS
(±50 mV range)
< 220 μV RMS
(±20 mV range)
< 300 μV RMS
(±20 mV range)
Bandwidth flatness ( 0.3 dB, –3 dB) from DC to full bandwidth


Sources Ch A, Ch B, Ch C, Ch D. Any MSO digital channel
Trigger modes None, auto, repeat, single None, auto, repeat, single, rapid (segmented memory)
Advanced triggers Edge, window, pulse width, window pulse
width, dropout, window dropout, interval,
Edge, window, pulse width, window pulse width, dropout,
window dropout, interval, runt pulse, logic
Trigger types, ETS Rising or falling edge Rising or falling edge (available on Ch A only)
Trigger sensitivity, real-time Digital triggering provides 1 LSB accuracy up to full bandwidth
Trigger sensitivity, ETS 10 mV p-p, typical, at full bandwidth
Maximum pre-trigger capture 100% of capture size
Maximum post-trigger delay 4 billion samples
Trigger rearm time in rapid trigger mode N/A < 2 μs on fastest
< 1 μs on fastest timebase
Max. waveforms in rapid trigger mode N/A 96 10 000

Function generator

Standard output signals Sine, square, triangle, DC voltage, ramp, sinc, Gaussian, half-sine
Pseudorandom output signals None White noise, PRBS
Standard signal frequency DC to 100 kHz DC to 1 MHz
Sweep modes Up, down, dual with selectable start/stop frequencies and increments
Triggering None Free-run or up to 1 billion waveform cycles or frequency sweeps.
Triggered from scope trigger or manually.
Output frequency accuracy Oscilloscope timebase accuracy ± output frequency resolution
Output frequency resolution < 0.02 Hz < 0.01 Hz
Output voltage range ±2 V
Output adjustments Any amplitude and offset within ±2 V range
Amplitude flatness (typical) < 1 dB to 100 kHz < 0.5 dB to 1 MHz
DC accuracy ±1% of full scale
SFDR (typical) > 55 dB at 1 kHz full-scale sine wave > 60 dB at 10 kHz full-scale sine wave
Output characteristics Front panel BNC, 600 Ω output impedance
Overvoltage protection ±20 V

Arbitrary waveform generator

Update rate 1.548 MHz 20 MHz
Buffer size 4 kS 8 kS 32 kS
Resolution 12 bits
Bandwidth > 100 kHz > 1 MHz
Rise time (10% to 90%) < 2 μs < 120 ns

Spectrum analyzer

Frequency range DC to analog bandwidth of oscilloscope
Display modes Magnitude, average, peak hold
Windowing functions Rectangular, Gaussian, triangular, Blackman, Blackman-Harris, Hamming, Hann, flat-top
Number of FFT points Selectable from 128 to half available buffer memory in powers of 2, up to a maximum of 1 048 576 points

Math channels and Software filters

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, duty
Software filters Highpass, lowpass, bandpass, bandstop
Operands A, B (input channels), C, D (input channels, 4-channel models only), T (time), reference waveforms, constants, pi, digital channels (MSO models only)

Automatic measurements

Scope mode AC RMS, true RMS, frequency, cycle time, duty cycle, DC average, falling rate, rising rate, low pulse width, high pulse width, fall time, rise time, minimum, maximum, peak to peak
Spectrum mode Frequency at peak, amplitude at peak, THD dB, SNR, SINAD, SFDR,
total power, average amplitude at peak, THD %, THD N, IMD
Statistics Minimum, maximum, average and standard deviation

Serial decoding

Protocols 1-Wire, ARINC 429, CAN, DCC, DMX512, FlexRay, Ethernet 10Base-T, USB 1.1, I²C, I²S, LIN, PS/2, SPI, SENT, UART/RS-232 (subject to bandwidth and sampling rate of chosen oscilloscope model)
Mask limit testing
Mask generation Numeric (automatic) or Graphical (manual)
Statistics Pass/fail, failure count, total count
Available actions on mask fail Beep, play sound, stop capture, save waveform, trigger signal generator / AWG, run executable


Interpolation Linear or sin(x)/x
Persistence modes Digital color, analog intensity, custom, fast or none

SDK / API details and specifications for customers writing their own software

Supplied drivers 32 and 64-bit drivers for Windows 7, 8 and 10
Linux drivers
Mac OS X drivers
Example code C, C#, Excel VBA, VB.NET, LabVIEW, MATLAB
Maximum USB streaming sampling rate* 1 MS/s 5 MS/s 31 MS/s
Buffer memory in USB streaming mode* Limited only by PC
Segmented memory buffers* N/A 96 128000 256000 512000
* These specifications apply when using the drivers / writing your own software. Refer to Horizontal section above when using PicoScope software


Package contents PicoScope 2000 series oscilloscope
2 or 4 switchable 10:1/1:1 oscilloscope probes (except for PicoScope 2204A / 2205A when purchased without probes)
TA136 digital cable (MSOs only)
2 × TA139 pack of 10 logic test clips (MSOs only)
USB cable
Software and reference CD
Quick start guide
PC connectivity USB 2.0 (USB 3.0/3.1 compatible).
Power requirements Powered from USB port
(including connectors and feet)
142 x 92 x 18.8 mm 130 x 104 x 18.8 mm
Weight < 0.2 kg (7 oz)
Temperature range, operating 0 °C to 50 °C
Temperature range, operating, for
stated accuracy
15 °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
Altitude range up to 2000 m
Pollution degree 2
Safety approvals Designed to EN 61010-1:2010
Environmental approvals RoHS, WEEE
EMC approvals Tested to meet EN61326-1:2013 and FCC Part 15 Subpart B
Software included PicoScope 6 for Microsoft Windows 7, 8 and 10
32-bit and 64-bit SDK for Windows 7, 8 and 10
32-bit and 64-bit example programs (C, Microsoft Excel VBA, LabVIEW)
Free software available for download PicoScope 6 (beta) for Linux and OS X. Please note that the Linux and OS X beta versions of PicoScope do not yet have mask limit test or math channel functions.
SDK (beta) for Linux and OS X
Languages supported Simplified Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish

Link to PicoScope Software Downloads

Serial decoding

The PicoScope 2000 Series oscilloscopes include serial decoding capability as standard. Display the decoded data in the format of your choice: as a graph, in a table, or both at once.

Graph format shows the decoded data beneath the waveform on a common time axis, with error frames marked in red. You can zoom in on these frames to investigate noise or distortion. The data packets are broken down into their component fields, making it easier than ever to locate and identify problems signals, and each packet field is assigned a different color: in the CAN bus example below, the address is colored orange, the DLC green and the data content indigo. Color coding is available in PicoScope 6.12 or later, available for download from www.picotech.com.

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.

It is also possible to link decoded numeric data to user-defined text strings, for ease of reading.

With the PicoScope 2000 Series, you can decode up to 15 serial protocols, including 1-Wire, CAN, I2 C, I2 S, LIN, SENT, SPI and UART/RS- 232, depending on the bandwidth and sampling rate of the oscilloscope model. Please see the specification table for the full list.

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

Serial decoding for digital signals

The PicoScope 2000 Series MSO models bring extra power to the serial decoding features. You can decode serial data on all analog and digital inputs simultaneously, giving you up to 18 channels of data with any combination of serial protocols. For example, you can decode multiple SPI, I²C, CAN bus, LIN bus and FlexRay signals all at the same time!

More PicoScope 6 Software details ->

 PicoScope 2000 Series Brochure/Data Sheet


Package Contents Include the Following:

  • PicoScope 2000 series oscilloscope
  • 2 or 4 switchable 10:1/1:1 oscilloscope probes (except for PicoScope 2204A / 2205A when purchased without probes)
  • TA136 digital cable (MSOs only)
  • 2 × TA139 pack of 10 logic test clips (MSOs only)
  • USB cable
  • Software and reference CD
  • Quick start guide

2200A & B (2Channel, 4 Channel Plus MSO's) Oscilloscopes:

PP917 PicoScope 2204A 10 MHz 2-channel oscilloscope without probes
PP906 PicoScope 2204A 10 MHz 2-channel oscilloscope
PP966  PicoScope 2205A 25 MHz 2-channel oscilloscope without probes
PP907  PicoScope 2205A 25 MHz 2-channel oscilloscope
PQ012  PicoScope 2206B 50 MHz 2-channel oscilloscope
PQ013  PicoScope 2207B 70 MHz 2-channel oscilloscope
PQ014  PicoScope 2208B 100 MHz 2-channel oscilloscope
PQ015  PicoScope 2405A 25 MHz 4-channel oscilloscope
PQ016  PicoScope 2406B 50 MHz 4-channel oscilloscope
PQ017  PicoScope 2407B 70 MHz 4-channel oscilloscope
PQ018  PicoScope 2408B 100 MHz 4-channel oscilloscope
PQ008  PicoScope 2205A MSO 25 MHz 2 16 channel mixed-signal oscilloscope
PQ009 PicoScope 2206B MSO 50 MHz 2 16 channel mixed-signal oscilloscope
PQ010  PicoScope 2207B MSO 70 MHz 2 16 channel mixed-signal oscilloscope
PQ011  PicoScope 2208B MSO 100 MHz 2 16 channel mixed-signal oscilloscope

Replacement Accessories:

MI007  60 MHz passive probe (supplied in oscilloscope kits with up to 50 MHz
TA132  150 MHz passive probe (supplied with 70 MHz and 100 MHz
TA136  20-way 25 cm digital cable (suitable for MSOs only)
TA139 Pack of 10 logic test clips (suitable for MSOs only)
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