PicoScope computer oscilloscopes simply connect to the USB port on any standard Windows based computer, making full use of your PC’s processing capabilities, large screens and familiar graphical user interfaces. Whether you’re used to traditional benchtop oscilloscopes or modern PC Oscilloscopes the PicoScope 3000 Series offers outstanding performance and ease of use.
High bandwidth AND high sampling rate
With bandwidths ranging from 60 to 200 MHz your PicoScope 3000 Series computer oscilloscope offers bandwidths previously unavailable in this price range.
The high bandwidth is complemented by a market-leading 500 MS/s real-time sampling rate (most USB-powered oscilloscopes have real-time sampling rates of only 100 or 200 MS/s). ETS mode boosts the maximum effective sampling rate further to 10 GS/s, giving you a more detailed display of repetitive signals.
Of course, a high sampling rate is of little use without…
A huge buffer memory
Other oscilloscopes have high maximum sampling rates, but without deep memory they cannot sustain these rates on long timebases.Oscilloscope in the PicoScope 3000 Series have buffer memories of up to 128 million samples — that’s more than any other oscilloscope in this price range and means that your PicoScope oscilloscope can sample at high rates even on long timebases.
Too much data to handle?
With impressive sampling rates, high bandwidths and large buffer memory you might be wondering how can you possibly handle all the data that your PicoScope oscilloscope provides? Thanks to the power of PicoScope it isn’t a problem: a maximum zoom factor of 100 million combined with our industry-leading zoom controls means you can see every last detail of your waveform with ease. And thanks to our segmented memory the old problem of seeing a glitch on the screen only for it to vanish before you stop the scope is no more — now each captured waveform is stored in the buffer so you can rewind and review 1000s of previous waveforms.
The benchtop oscilloscope that fits in your bag
Your PicoScope 3000 oscilloscope has the power to perform in many applications previously the domain of traditional benchtop oscilloscopes — from design and research, to education, service and repair.
Unlike benchtop oscilloscopes, your PicoScope oscilloscope is small and light enough to take with you. Your PicoScope easily fits into a laptop bag — great for the engineer on the move, or when you want to show off the power and performance of your PicoScope to others. Of course, being USB powered there is no need for an external power supply so your PicoScope oscilloscope really can be used wherever and whenever you want.
As well as the standard range of triggers found on all oscilloscopes, your PicoScope 3000 scope gives you a class-leading set of advanced triggers including pulse width, windowed and dropout triggers to help you capture the data you need.
Most digital oscilloscopes sold today still use an analog trigger architecture based around comparators. This can cause time and amplitude errors that can not 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 digitised data. This reduces trigger errors and allows your oscilloscope to trigger on the smallest signals, even at the full bandwidth. Trigger levels and hysteresis can be set with great 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. Our mask limit testing function can then scan through these waveforms to highlight any failed waveforms for viewing in the waveform buffer.
You can trust what you see
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. The result is simple: when you probe a circuit, you can trust in the waveform you see on the screen.
Why pay more?
At Pico we don’t do “optional extras”. Other companies may think that you should pay for high-end features such as mask limit testing, serial decoding, advanced triggering, automatic measurements, math channels, XY mode, digital filtering and segmented memory. We don’t. When you buy a PicoScope 3000 USB Oscilloscope everything is included in the price.
For today, tomorrow and the future
With many companies once you’ve purchased your product that’s the end of your relationship. When you purchase your PicoScope that’s only the beginning of your relationship with us. We want to make sure your PicoScope continues to meet your needs for a long time to come. To do this we regularly update our software with new features and improvements — many suggested by you, our customers, and all designed to let you get more from your scope. At the same time we’ve made sure our PicoScope software can be used with all of our standard PC oscilloscopes so if you ever want to upgrade you can don’t need to learn a new software package.
Many of our customers become lifelong PicoScope users. We hope you’ll be one of them.
The highest-performance USB-powered oscilloscopes available
Real-time sampling rates of up to 500 MS/s, bandwidths of up to 200 MHz, buffer memories of up to 128 MS, an integrated function generator/AWG together with features such as mask testing and serial decoding all combine to make the PicoScope 3000 Series the highest-performance USB-powered oscilloscopes available.
Documents available for download:
PicoScope 3000 Series data sheet (1.13 MB)