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Flexible Resolution USB Oscilloscope

  • FlexRes 8 to 16-bit hardware resolutionpicoscope 5000d
  • Up to 200 MHz analog bandwidth
  • 1 GS/s sampling at 8-bit resolution
  • 62.5 MS/s sampling at 16-bit resolution
  • Up to 512 MS capture memory
  • 16 digital channels on MSO models
  • 130 000 waveforms per second
  • Built-in arbitrary waveform generator
  • 18 serial decoding protocols as standard
  • Up to 200 MHz spectrum analyzer


Today’s electronic designs employ a wide range of signal types: analog, digital, serial (both high- and low-speed), parallel, audio, video, power distribution and so on. All need to be debugged, measured and validated to ensure that the device under test is functioning correctly and within specification.

To handle this variety of signal types, PicoScope 5000D FlexRes hardware employs multiple high-resolution ADCs at the input channels in different time-interleaved and parallel combinations to optimize either the sampling rate to 1 GS/s at 8 bits, the resolution to 16 bits at 62.5 MS/s, or other combinations in between – you select the most appropriate hardware resolution for the requirements of each measurement.

2 and 4 channel models are available, all featuring a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connection, providing lightning-fast saving of waveforms while retaining compatibility with older USB standards. The PicoSDK® software development kit supports continuous streaming to the host computer at rates up to 125 MS/s. The product is small and light, and operates silently thanks to its low-power fanless design.

Supported by the free-of-charge and regularly updated PicoScope 6 software, the PicoScope 5000D Series offers an ideal, cost-effective package for many applications, including design, research, test, education, service and repair. 


What is FlexRes?

picoscope 5000d flex res
Pico FlexRes flexible resolution oscilloscopes allow you to reconfigure the scope hardware to increase either the sampling rate or the resolution. This means you can reconfigure the hardware to be either a fast (1 GS/s) 8-bit oscilloscope for looking at digital signals, or a high-resolution 16-bit oscilloscope for audio work and other analog applications. Whether you’re capturing and decoding fast digital signals or looking for distortion in sensitive analog signals, FlexRes oscilloscopes are the answer.


Deep capture memory

PicoScope 5000D MSO showing both analog and digital channels

PicoScope 5000D Series oscilloscopes have waveform capture memories ranging from 128 to 512 million samples – many times larger than traditional benchtop scopes. Deep memory enables the capture of long-duration waveforms at maximum sampling speed. In fact, the PicoScope 5000D Series can capture waveforms over 500 ms long with 1 ns resolution. In contrast, the same 500 ms waveform captured by an oscilloscope with a 10 megasample memory would have just 50 ns resolution.

Deep memory can be useful in other ways too: PicoScope lets you divide the capture memory into a number of segments, up to a maximum of 10 000. You can set up a trigger condition to store a separate capture in each segment, with as little as 1 µs dead time between captures. Once you have acquired the data, you can step through the memory one segment at a time until you find the event you are looking for. 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, PicoScope 6 software enables you to zoom into your waveform by a factor of several million. The Zoom Overview window allows you to easily control the size and location of the zoom area.

Other tools, such as DeepMeasureTM, serial decoding and hardware acceleration work with the deep memory, making the PicoScope 5000D Series among the most powerful oscilloscopes on the market.


Mixed-signal models

PicoScope 5000D pulse width triggering setup menu

The PicoScope 5000D MSO models add 16 digital channels to the 2 or 4 analog channels, enabling you to accurately time-correlate analog and digital channels. Digital channels may be grouped and displayed as a bus, with each bus value displayed in hex, binary or decimal or as a level (for DAC testing). You can set advanced triggers across both the analog and digital channels. The digital channels can also be used as sources for the serial decoders, giving up to 20 channels of data – for example decoding multiple SPI, I²C, CAN bus, LIN bus and FlexRay signals all at the same time.


Advanced digital triggering

[PicoScope 5000D MSO logic trigger setup menu

The PicoScope 5000D Series offers an industry-leading set of advanced triggers including pulse width, runt pulse, windowed and dropout. 

The digital trigger available on MSO models allows you to trigger the scope when any or all of the 16 digital inputs match a user-defined pattern. You can specify a condition for each channel individually, or set up a pattern for all channels at once using a hexadecimal or binary value. You can also use the logic trigger to combine the digital trigger with an edge or window trigger on any of the analog inputs, for example to trigger on data values in a clocked parallel bus.

[PicoScope 5000D MSO logic trigger setup menu


Arbitrary waveform and function generator
PicoScope 5000D built-in Arbitrary Waveform Generator

All PicoScope 5000D units have a built in 14-bit 200 MS/s arbitrary waveform generator (AWG). You can create and adapt arbitrary waveforms using the built-in editor, import them from existing oscilloscope traces, or load a waveform from a spreadsheet.

The AWG can also act as a function generator with a range of standard output signals, including sine, square, triangle, DC level, white noise and PRBS. As well as the basic controls to set level, offset and frequency, more advanced controls allow you to sweep over a range of frequencies.
PicoScope 5000D Function Generator
Combined with the spectrum peak hold option, this makes a powerful tool for testing amplifier and filter responses. Trigger tools allow you to output one or more cycles of a waveform when various conditions are met, such as the scope triggering or a mask limit test failing.[Gain & phase plot using FRA for PicoScope application]Software Development Kit - write your own apps

The software development kit (SDK) allows you to write your own software and includes drivers for Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac (macOS) and Linux (including Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone).

Example code shows how to interface to third-party software packages such as Microsoft Excel, National Instruments LabVIEW and MathWorks MATLAB. 

There is also an active community of PicoScope users who share code and applications on the Pico forum and PicoApps section of the picotech.com web site. The Frequency Response Analyzer shown opposite is one of the most popular third-party applications.

PicoScope 5000 oscilloscope software

PicoScope 5000D with four view ports showing time and frequency domain views of a complex waveform
Advanced display

PicoScope software dedicates almost all of the display area to the waveform so that you can see the maximum amount of data at once. The viewing area is much bigger and of a higher resolution than that of a traditional benchtop scope.

With such a large display area, you can also create a customizable split-screen display, and view multiple channels or different views of the same signal at the same time. As the example shows, the software can even show multiple oscilloscope and spectrum analyzer traces at once. Each waveform works with individual zoom, pan, and filter settings for ultimate flexibility.

The PicoScope software can be controlled by mouse, touchscreen or keyboard shortcuts.


Digital persistence modePicoScope 5000D Persistence mode display

Persistence mode superimposes multiple waveforms on the same view, with more frequent data or newer waveforms emphasized with deeper saturation or hotter colors. Use this mode for viewing complex or changing waveforms and you will be able to see glitches even if subsequent waveforms are drawn on top.


Math channels and filtersPicoScope Advanced Maths menu setup menu

On many oscilloscopes, waveform math just means simple calculations such as A B. With a PicoScope it means much more.

With PicoScope 6 you can select simple functions such as addition and inversion, or open the equation editor to create complex functions involving filters (lowpass, highpass, bandpass and bandstop filters), trigonometry, exponentials, logarithms, statistics, integrals and derivatives.

Waveform math also allows you to plot live signals alongside historic peak, averaged or filtered waveforms.

You can also use math channels to reveal new details in complex signals. For example, you can graph the changing duty cycle or frequency of a signal over time.


Custom probesList of standard probe definitions in PicoScope

Definitions for standard Pico-supplied oscilloscope probes and current clamps are included in the software.

The custom probes feature allows you to correct for gain, attenuation, offsets and nonlinearities in probes, sensors or transducers that you connect to the oscilloscope. For example, it can scale the output of a current probe so that it correctly displays amperes. It can also transform the output of a nonlinear temperature sensor using the table lookup function.

PicoScope custom probes - first page of the definition wizard

You can save user-created probes for later use.

Custom Probes wizard - page 2


AlarmsPicoScope 5000D Alarms setup menu

You can program PicoScope to execute actions when it detects events such as mask limit failures, triggers and buffers full.

PicoScope’s actions include saving a file, playing a sound, executing a program or triggering the arbitrary waveform generator.

Alarms, coupled with mask limit testing, help create a powerful and time-saving waveform monitoring tool. Capture a known good signal, generate a mask around it and then use the alarms to automatically save any waveform (complete with a timestamp) that does not meet your specifications.


Powerful tools provide
endless options

Your PicoScope is provided with many powerful tools to help you acquire and analyze waveforms. While these tools can be used on their own, the real power of PicoScope lies in the way they have been designed to work together.

As an example, the rapid trigger mode allows you to collect 10,000 waveforms in a few milliseconds with minimal dead time between them. Manually searching through these waveforms would be time-consuming, so just pick a waveform you are happy with and let the mask tools scan through for you. When done, the measurements will tell you how many have failed and the buffer navigator allows you to hide the good waveforms and just display the problem ones. This video shows you how.

Perhaps instead you want to plot changing duty cycle as a graph? How about outputting a waveform from the AWG and also automatically saving the waveform to disk when a trigger condition is met? With the power of PicoScope the possibilities are almost endless.



Resource Version Size Last updated
Data Sheet:
PicoScope 5000D Series Data Sheet English 1 3 MB June 01 2018
User Guides Manuals:
PicoScope 5000D Series User’s Guide English 1 538 KB June 01 2018
PicoScope 6 User’s Guide English 48 10MB February 12 2018
Programmer's Guide:
Triggering a PicoScope signal generator using the PicoScope API functions English 1 54 KB April 01 2015
Quick Start Guide:
PicoScope USB Oscilloscope Quick Start Guide English
中文 (简体)
1 1MB March 13 2018
Training Guides:
PicoScope 6 Frequently Asked Questions English 3 949KB August 18 2016
PicoScope 6 Oscilloscope Software Training Manual English 3 8MB October 01 2014
Beginner’s Guide to PicoScope English 1 2MB August 26 2014
PicoScope 5000D Series EU Declaration of Conformity English 1 537KB June 01 2018



PicoScope 5000 Series oscilloscope specifications

Model PicoScope
Bandwidth (–3 dB) 60 MHz 100 MHz 200 MHz
2 Channel 5242D 5242D MSO 5243D 5243D MSO 5244D 5244D MSO
4 Channel 5442D 5442D MSO 5443D 5443D MSO 5444D 5444D MSO
Oscilloscope — Vertical
Input type Single-ended, BNC connector
Bandwidth (−3 dB 60 MHz, 100 MHz, 200 MHz
Rise time (calculated) 5.8 ns, 3.5 ns, 1.75 ns
Vertical resolution 8, 12, 14, 15 or 16 bits
Software-enhanced vertical resolution Hardware resolution 4 bits
Input ranges ±10 mV to ±20 V full scale, in 11 ranges
Input sensitivity 2 mV/div to 4 V/div (10 vertical divisions)
Input coupling AC / DC
Input characteristics 1 MΩ ± 1% || 14 ±1 pF
Gain accuracy ±1% of full scale ±300 μV
Offset accuracy ±500 µV ±1% of full scale[3]
Offset accuracy can be improved by using the “zero offset” function in PicoScope 6.
Analogue offset range
(vertical position adjustment)
±250 mV (10, 20, 50, 100, 200 mV ranges),
±2.5 V (500 mV, 1 V, 2 V ranges),
±20 V (5, 10, 20 V ranges)
Analog offset control accuracy ±0.5% of offset setting, additional to basic DC offset accuracy
Vertical (digital channels) – D MSO models only
Input channels  16 channels (2 ports of 8 channels each)
Input connector 2.54 mm pitch, 10 x 2 way connector
Maximum input frequency 100 MHz (200 Mbit/s)
Minimum detectable pulse width 5 ns
Input impedance 200 kΩ ±2% || 8 pF ±2 pF
Input dynamic range ±20 V
Threshold range ±5 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
Threshold accuracy < ±350 mV including hysteresis
Threshold hysteresis  < ±250 mV
Minimum input voltage swing 500 mV peak to peak
Channel-to-channel skew 2 ns, typical
Minimum input slew rate 10 V/µs
Overvoltage protection ±50 V (DC AC peak)
Oscilloscope — Horizontal (timebase)
Maximum sampling rate (real-time)
Any 1 channel
Any 2 channels
Any 3 or 4 channels
More than 4 channels
8-bit mode
1 GS/s
500 MS/s
250 MS/s
125 MS/s 

12-bit mode500 MS/s
250 MS/s
125 MS/s
62.5 MS/s 
14-bit mode125 MS/s
125 MS/s
125 MS/s
62.5 MS/s
15-bit mode[4]
125 MS/s
125 MS/s  
16-bit mode[4]
62.5 MS/s
"Channel" means any analog channel or 8-bit digital port
[4] Any number of 8-bit digital ports can be used in 15-bit and 16-bit modes without affecting the maximum sampling rate
Bandwidth: 60 MHz 100 MHz 200 MHz
Maximum equivalent sampling rate (repetitive signals; 8-bit mode only, ETS mode) 2.5 GS/s 5 GS/s 10 GS/s
Maximum sampling rate (continuous USB streaming into PC memory) USB3, using PicoScope 6: 15 to 20 MS/s
USB3, using PicoSDK: 125 MS/s (8-bit) or 62.5 MS/s (12 to 16 bit modes)
USB2, using PicoScope 6: 8 to 10 MS/s
USB2, using PicoSDK: ~30 MS/s (8-bit) or ~15 MS/s (12 to 16 bit modes)
Timebase ranges (real time) 1 ns/div to 5000 s/div in 39 ranges
Fastest timebase (ETS) 500 ps/div 200 ps/div 100 ps/div
Buffer memory (8-bit mode) 128 MS 256 MS 512 MS
Buffer memory (≥ 12-bit mode) 64 MS 128 MS 256 MS
Buffer memory (continuous streaming) 100 MS in PicoScope software
Waveform buffer (no. of segments) 10 000 in PicoScope software
Waveform buffer (no. of segments) when using PicoSDK (8 bit mode) 250 000 500 000 1 000 000
Waveform buffer (no. of segments) when using PicoSDK (12 to 16 bit modes) 125 000 250 000 500 000
Initial timebase accuracy ±50 ppm (0.005%) ±2 ppm (0.0002%) ±2 ppm (0.0002%)
Timebase drift ±5 ppm/year ±1 ppm/year ±1 ppm/year
Sample jitter 3 ps RMS, typical
ADC sampling Simultaneous on all enabled channels
Dynamic performance (typical; analog channels):
Crosstalk (full bandwidth) Better than 400:1 up to full bandwidth (equal voltage ranges)
Harmonic distortion 8-bit mode: −60 dB at 100 kHz full scale input.
12-bit mode or higher: −70 dB at 100 kHz full scale input
SFDR 8 to 12-bit modes: 60 dB at 100 kHz full scale input.
14 to 16-bit modes: 70 dB at 100 kHz full scale input.
Noise (on most sensitive range) 8-bit mode: 120 μV RMS
12-bit mode: 110 μV RMS
14-bit mode: 100 μV RMS
15-bit mode: 85 μV RMS
16-bit mode: 70 μV RMS
Bandwidth flatness ( 0.3 dB, –3 dB) from DC to full bandwidth
Triggering (main specifications):
Source Analog channels, plus: MSO models: Digital D0 to D15. Other models: Ext trigger.
Trigger modes None, auto, repeat, single, rapid (segmented memory).
Advanced trigger types (analog channels) Edge, window, pulse width, window pulse width, dropout, window dropout, interval, runt, logic.
Trigger types (analog channels, ETS) Rising or falling edge ETS trigger available on ChA only, 8-bit mode only.
Trigger sensitivity (analog channels) Digital triggering provides 1 LSB accuracy up to full bandwidth of scope.
Trigger sensitivity (analog channels, ETS) At full bandwidth: typical 10 mV peak to peak
Trigger types (digital inputs) MSO models only: Edge, pulse width, dropout, interval, logic, pattern, mixed signal.
Maximum pre-trigger capture Up to 100% of capture size.
Maximum post-trigger delay Zero to 4 billion samples, settable in 1 sample steps (delay range on fastest timebase of 0 – 4 s in 1 ns steps)
Trigger re-arm time 8-bit mode, typical: 1 μs on fastest timebase
8 to 12 bit modes: < 2 μs max on fastest timebase
14 to 16 bit modes: < 3 μs max on fastest timebase
Maximum trigger rate 10 000 waveforms in a 10 ms burst, 8-bit mode
External trigger input – not MSO models:
Connector type Front panel BNC
Trigger types Edge, pulse width, dropout, interval, logic
Input characteristics 1 MΩ ± 1% || 14 pF ±1.5 pF
Bandwidth 60 MHz 100 MHz 200 MHz
Threshold range ±5 V
Threshold range ±5 V, DC coupled
External trigger threshold accuracy ±1% of full scale
External trigger sensitivity 200 mV peak to peak
Coupling DC
Overvoltage protection ±100 V (DC AC peak)
Function generator:
Standard output signals Sine, 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 20 Mb/s
Standard signal frequency 0.025 Hz to 20 MHz
Sweep modes Up, down, dual with selectable start / stop frequencies and increments
Triggering Can trigger a counted number of waveform cycles or frequency sweeps (from 1 to 1 billion) from the scope trigger, external trigger or from software. Can also use the external trigger to gate the signal generator output.
Output frequency accuracy Oscilloscope timebase accuracy ± output frequency resolution
Output frequency resolution < 0.025 Hz
Output voltage range ±2 V
Output voltage adjustments Signal amplitude and offset adjustable in approx 0.25 mV steps within overall ±2 V range
Amplitude flatness < 1.5 dB to 20 MHz, typical
DC accuracy ±1% of full scale
SFDR > 70 dB, 10 kHz full scale sine wave
Output characteristics 50 Ω ±1%
Connector type BNC(f)
Overvoltage protection ±20 V
Arbitrary Waveform Generator:
Update rate 200 MHz
Buffer size 32 kS
Resolution 14 bits (output step size approximately 0.25 mV)
Bandwidth >20 MHz
Rise time (10% to 90%) < 10 ns (50 Ω load)
Additional AWG specifications including sweep modes, triggering, frequency accuracy and resolution, voltage range, DC accuracy and output characteristics are as the function generator
Probe compensation pin
Output characteristics 600 Ω
Output frequency 1 kHz
Output level 3 V peak to peak, typical
Overvoltage protection 10 V
Spectrum analyser:
Frequency range DC to 60 MHz DC to 100 MHz DC to 200 MHz
Display modes Magnitude, average, peak hold
Y axis Logarithmic (dbV, dBu, dBm, arbitrary dB) or linear (volts)
X axis Linear or logarithmic
Windowing functions Rectangular, Gaussian, triangular, Blackman, Blackman–Harris, Hamming, Hann, flat-top
Number of FFT points Selectable 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, delay, average, frequency, derivative, integral, min, max, peak, duty, highpass, lowpass, bandpass, bandstop
Operands A, B, C, D (input channels), T (time), reference waveforms, pi, D0−D15 (digital channels), constants
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, average amplitude at peak, total power, THD %, THD dB, THD N, SFDR, SINAD, SNR, IMD
Statistics Minimum, maximum, average and standard deviation
Parameters Cycle number, cycle time, frequency, low pulse width, high pulse width, duty cycle (high), duty cycle (low), rise time, fall time, undershoot, overshoot, max. voltage, min. voltage, voltage peak to peak, start time, end time
Serial decoding:
Protocols 1-Wire, ARINC 429, CAN & CAN-FD, DCC, DMX512, Ethernet 10Base-T and 100Base-TX, FlexRay, I²C, I²S, LIN, PS/2, MODBUS, SENT, SPI, UART (RS-232 / RS-422 / RS-485), USB 1.1
Mask limit testing:
Statistics Pass/fail, failure count, total count
Mask creation User-drawn, table entry, auto-generated from waveform or imported from file
Interpolation Linear or sin(x)/x
Persistence modes Digital color, analog intensity, custom, fast
Windows PicoScope for Windows
For Windows 7, 8 and 10
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
PC connectivity USB 3.0 SuperSpeed (USB 2.0 compatible)
Power requirements 2-channel models: powered from single USB 3.0 port
4-channel models: AC adaptor supplied. Can use 2 channels (plus MSO channels if fitted) powered by USB 3.0 or charging port supplying 1.2 A.
Dimensions 190 x 170 x 40 mm including connectors
Weight < 0.5 kg
Temperature range Operating: 0 to 40 °C
15 to 30 °C for quoted accuracy after 1 hour warm-up
Storage: –20 to 60 °C
Humidity range Operating: 5 to 80 %RH non-condensing
Storage: 5 to 95 %RH non-condensing
Environment Up to 2000 m altitude and EN61010 pollution degree 2
Safety approvals Designed to EN 61010-1:2010
EMC approvals Tested to EN61326-1:2013 and FCC Part 15 Subpart B
Environmental approvals RoHS and WEEE compliant
PC requirements Processor, memory and disk space: as required by the operating system
Port(s): USB 3.0 or USB 2.0
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.
Warranty 5 years



Order your 5000D PicoScope Online:

2 Channel BANDWIDTH (MHz) Product # Price:
5242D 60 PQ143
5243D 100 PQ144
5244D 200 PQ145
5242D MSO 60 PQ149
5243D MSO 100 PQ150
5244D MSO 200 PQ151
4 Channel BANDWIDTH (MHz)   Price:
5442D 60 PQ146
5443D 100 PQ147
5444D 200 PQ148
5442D MSO 60 PQ152
5443D MSO 100 PQ153
5444D MSO 200 PQ145
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