USB oscilloscopes

General information

This page presents the offered USB oscilloscopes. To simplify the choice, a brief description of the features of each series of such oscilloscopes is given, from the simplest with models from 10 MHz, to the most functional with models up to 25 GHz. This will help you figure out how some series differ from others, and which model of USB oscilloscope is better to buy. And if you are choosing your first oscilloscope and are not very familiar with their types and characteristics, we recommend reading this article: How to choose an oscilloscope.

Of the entry-level USB oscilloscopes offered, the simplest models are contained in the PicoScope 2000AB series from Pico Technology (United Kingdom). These are miniature oscilloscopes with minimal cost, while having solid functionality: a sampling rate of 1 GS/s, built-in memory of up to 128 million points and a continuous waveform acquisition speed of up to 80,000 waveforms/s (DPO mode). The MSO modification also contains a logic analyzer with 16 digital channels.

Of the mid-range USB oscilloscopes offered with a bandwidth of up to 200 MHz, the most functional series is the PicoScope 5000D. The measurement capabilities of these oscilloscopes are comparable to the best laboratory models, and the price is significantly lower. The main feature of this series is the ADC with hardware resolution up to 16 bits. There are twelve models in the PicoScope 5000D series. Six models (MSO modifications) contain a built-in logic analyzer with 16 digital channels. It is also worth paying attention to the very large amount of internal memory and the high speed of capturing and processing waveforms (up to 130,000 pcs/s).

The most powerful series of USB oscilloscopes with a bandwidth from 300 MHz to 3 GHz is the PicoScope 6000E. In total, the series consists of ten models, which, in addition to analog channels, also contain 16 digital channels, for which TA369 probes are used (one probe adds 8 digital channels). 15 automatic measurements are provided as standard, and decoding and analysis of more than twenty serial digital protocols is a basic function. Note the very large amount of built-in memory (up to 4 billion samples), the high speed of waveform acquisition and processing (up to 300,000 waveforms per second), and the fact that the cost of these oscilloscopes is significantly lower than the cost of most desktop models with similar bandwidth.