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PicoScope 3000 Series

High-Performance 4-Channel Oscilloscope


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Serial decoding • Mask limit testing • Segmented memory
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128 MS buffer
Serial decoding 
200 MHz spectrum

Arbitrary waveform
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  • 200 MHz bandwidth
  • 128 MS deep memory
  • 1 GS/s real-time sampling
  • 10 GS/s repetitive sampling
  • Advanced digital triggering
  • 200 MHz spectrum analyzer
  • Function generator & AWG
  • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
  • FlexiPower™

Supplied with a full SDK including example programs • Software compatible with
Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 • Free technical support
PicoScope 3000 Series 4-Channel Oscilloscopes 

Pico Technology continues to push the limits of USB-powered oscilloscopes. The new PicoScope 3000 Series offers the computerhighest performance available from any USB-powered oscilloscope on the market today.

The PicoScope 3000 Series has the power and performance for many applications, such as design, research, test, education, service and repair.

Pico USB-powered oscilloscopes are also small, light and portable. They easily slip into a laptop bag making them ideal for the engineer on the move. The new PicoScope 3000 series 4-channel oscilloscopes feature FlexiPowerTM, giving you the option of powering the scope from two USB ports, so you can leave the power supply behind when using the device in the field.

High bandwidth, high sampling rate

Unlike most USB-powered oscilloscopes, with real-time sampling rates of only 100 or 200 MS/s, the PicoScope 3000 Series delivers a market-leading 1 GS/s. ETS mode boosts the maximum effective sampling rate further to 10 GS/s, enabling even finer time resolution when used with repetitive signals.

Deep memory

The PicoScope 3000 Series offers memory depths up to 128 million samples, more than any other oscilloscopes in this price range.

Other oscilloscopes have high maximum sampling rates, but without deep memory they cannot sustain these rates on long timebases. The PicoScope 3406B can sample at 1 GS/s at timebases all the way down to 10 ms/div.

Managing all this data calls for some powerful tools, so PicoScope has a maximum zoom factor of 100 million combined with a choice of two zoom methods. There’s a conventional set of zoom controls, plus an overview window that shows you the whole waveform while you zoom and reposition the display by simply dragging with the mouse.


The deep memory can be segmented to store multiple waveforms, and has navigation tools allowing you to review up to 10,000 previous entries. No longer will you see a glitch on the screen only for it to vanish before you stop the scope. A mask can be applied to filter out waveforms of interest.

Advanced triggers

triggerAs well as the standard range of triggers found on all oscilloscopes, the PicoScope 3000 Series offers a class-leading set of advanced triggers including pulse width, windowed, dropout and logic triggers to help you capture the data you need.

Digital triggering

Most digital oscilloscopes sold today still use an analog trigger architecture based on comparators. This can cause time and amplitude errors that cannot always be calibrated out. The use of comparators often limits the trigger sensitivity at high bandwidths and can also create a long trigger “re-arm” delay.

Since 1991 we have been pioneering the use of fully digital triggering using the actual digitized data. This reduces trigger errors and allows our oscilloscopes to trigger on the smallest signals, even at the full bandwidth. Trigger levels and hysteresis can be set with high precision and resolution.

Digital triggering also reduces re-arm delay and this, combined with the segmented memory, allows the triggering and capture of events that happen in rapid sequence. At the fastest timebase you can use rapid triggering to collect 10,000 waveforms in under 20 milliseconds. The mask limit testing function can then scan through these waveforms to highlight any failed waveforms for viewing in the waveform buffer.

Custom probe settings

The custom probes feature allows you to correct for gain, attenuation, offsets and nonlinearities in special probes, or to convert to different units of measurement (such as current, power or temperature). You can save definitions to disk for later use. Definitions for Pico oscilloscope probes and current clamps are built in.

Arbitrary waveform and function generator

waveformAll units have a built-in function generator (sine, square, triangle, DC level) with frequency sweeping capability. Combined with the spectrum peak hold option, this makes a powerful tool for testing amplifier and filter responses.

The B models in the PicoScope 3000 Series also include a full arbitrary waveform generator. Waveforms can be created or modified using the built-in AWG editor, imported from oscilloscope traces, or loaded from a spreadsheet.


Spectrum analyzer

With the click of a button you can display a spectrum plot of the selected channels. The spectrum analyzer allows signals up to 200 MHz to be viewed in the frequency domain. A full range of settings gives you control over the number of spectrum bands, window type and display mode: instantaneous, average, or peak-hold.

You can display multiple spectrum views with different channel selections and zoom factors, and place these alongside time-domain views of the same data. A comprehensive set of automatic frequency-domain measurements, including THD, THD N, SNR, SINAD and IMD, can be added to the display.

Advanced display modes

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See old and new data superimposed, with new data in a brighter color or shade. This makes it easy to see glitches and dropouts and to estimate their relative frequency. Choose between analog persistence and digital color, or create a custom display mode.

The design of the PicoScope software ensures that maximum display area is available for waveform viewing. Even with a laptop you have a much bigger viewing area and higher resolution than a typical benchtop scope.

Serial decoding

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The deep-memory PicoScope 3000 Series is ideal for serial decoding as it can capture thousands of frames of uninterrupted data.

Protocols currently supported are I2C, SPI, RS232/UART, CAN, LIN and FlexRay. Expect this list to grow with free software updates.

PicoScope displays the decoded data in the format of your choice: “in view”, “in window”, or both at once.

“In view” 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 look for noise or distortion on the waveform. “In window” 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 that the program will wait for before listing the data. You can also create a spreadsheet to fully decode the hex data into plain text.

High-speed data acquisition/digitizing

The drivers and software development kit supplied allow you to write your own software or interface to popular third-party software packages such as LabVIEW.

If the 128 MS record length isn’t enough, the driver supports streaming mode, which captures gap-free continuous data through the USB port directly to the PC’s RAM or hard disk at a rate of over 10 MS/s. Maximum speed depends on the PC’s capabilities.


Mask limit testing

This feature is specially designed for production and debugging environments. Capture a signal from a known working system, and PicoScope will draw a mask around it with your specified tolerance. Connect the system under test, and PicoScope will highlight any parts of the waveform that fall outside the mask area. The highlighted details persist on the display, allowing the scope to catch intermittent glitches while you work on something else. The measurements window counts the number of failures and can display other measurements and statistics at the same time.

mask limit testing

The numerical and graphical mask editors can be used separately or in combination, allowing you to enter accurate mask specifications and to modify existing masks. You can import and export masks as files.

High-end features as standard

Buying a scope from some companies is a bit like buying a car. By the time you have added all the optional extras you need, the price has gone up considerably. With the PicoScope 3000 Series, high-end features such as mask limit testing, serial decoding, advanced triggering, measurements, math, XY, digital filtering and segmented memory are all included in the price.

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To protect your investment, both the PC software and firmware inside the unit can be updated. We have a long history of providing new features for free via software downloads. Other companies make vague promises about future enhancements but we deliver on our promises year after year. Users of our products reward us by becoming lifelong customers, frequently recommending us to their colleagues.

Dependable signal integrity

Most oscilloscopes are built down to a price; ours are built up to a specification.

Careful front-end design and shielding reduces noise, crosstalk and harmonic distortion. Years of oscilloscope experience leads to improved pulse response and bandwidth flatness.

We are proud of the dynamic performance of our products and publish these specifications in detail. The result is simple: when you probe a circuit, you can trust in the waveform you see on the screen.

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