PicoScope 9000 Sampling scope serie

Introducing the New Face of Sampling Oscilloscopes
•20 GHz (17.5 ps) and 12 GHz (30 ps) models
•16 bit resolution

Small enough to be applied directly to the device under test, or close by, Pico Sampling Oscilloscopes are extremely high-performance and cost-effective measuring instruments for high-speed digital, communications, RF and microwave applications.

Sampling Oscilloscopes achieve better bandwidth and timing resolution than their traditional oscilloscope counterparts. They do this by sampling the signal more slowly, but right at the input connector. A sampling oscilloscope builds a waveform display as the input signal repeats and is not suited to single-shot capture applications. The true power of a sampling oscilloscope is realised when the signals to be measured have a repeating or cyclic pattern, or a steady data rate.

Sampling Oscilloscopes typically have high resolution, an input impedance of 50 Ω and a single gain range. Active probes and external attenuators are added to achieve high impedance measurement and wider dynamic range.

Big Performance from Little Packages
•Trigger rate to 14 GHz & clock recovery to 11.3 Gb/s
•Timing resolution down to 0.064 ps
•Fastest available waveform builds!

With the fastest available sampling rate, Pico sampled waveforms and persistence displays are captured three times faster than competing sampling oscilloscopes, which are often bulky and three times the price.

With their powerful and unique trigger, hold-off and acquisition features, Pico samplers can lock to repeating signal features with minimal jitter. All models have trigger pre-scalers (frequency dividers) to allow triggering at up to 14 GHz, while the comprehensive acquisition modes, trigger modes and timebase ranges can display frequency below 100 Hz through to an effective sampling rate of 15 TS/s!

Some Pico models include a clock recovery input. An external divider feeds a serial data stream to the sampler input and the clock recovery module, which then regenerates a clock to define data transitions and valid data. Using clock recovery, Pico Sampling Oscilloscopes can display eye diagrams and apply standard communications masks using only a received data stream.

Auto measurements

18 X (time) parameters
17 Y parameters
• 13 Channel to channel with or without statistics
• 15 NRZ Time
•  27 NRZ Y parameters with or without statistics
17 RZ time parameters
26 RZ Y parameters with or without statistics
• 5 FFT parameters
• 138 Total measurements

Powerful, Intuitive, Uncluttered Software
•Flexible control-menu user interface
•Click and drag on display to zoom
•Informative colour density profiling
•Histograms and numeric statistics

Pico's PicoSampleTM software for Windows is included, presenting a user-configurable, intuitive interface on Windows XP, 7 or 8 platforms and all supported display resolutions.

Comprehensive controls are presented in easy-access menus either side of the trace display area. You can select the controls you need, and hide the rest to reduce clutter.

Multiple trace windows support colour or density profiling, vertical or horizontal histograms and 138 pre-defined trace, eye and statistical measurements; up to ten tabulated simultaneously.

167 standard serial data communications masks are included with user margin, editing and custom mask compilation.

61 trace math functions can be applied using buttons or a formula editor.

Comms Masks
1.54 Mb/s to 12.5 Gb/s

11 Comms standard
• 10 Ethernet
• 31 Fibre Channel
•  41 PCI Express
16 InfiniBand  
• 9 RapidIO
• 24 SAta
• 14 ITU G.703
• 7 ANSI T1.102
• 1 G.984.2
• 167 Total masks

Time Domain Reflectometry and Optical Fibre Interface
•Optional kits to address TDR / TDT mismatch, loss and network analysis

A fast pulse launched into a transmission line or network propagates according to the losses and mismatches of that line. A sampling oscilloscope can resolve amplitudes and delays and thus analyse the network similarly to a Scalar or Vector Network Analyser. The display of distance to, or length of, a mismatch allows efficient and intuitive fault location.

The PicoScope 9211 and 9231 include the fast edge generator and accessories required for TDR / TDT analysis. The software measures voltage, impedance, conductance, dB and distance and includes a calibration function.
•8 Gb/s Optical to Electrical conversion

serial data and comms waveform measurement and mask testing can be extended into optical fibre systems using Pico's 2.7 Gb/s Optical to Electrical converter and the Clock Recovery module. The PicoScope 9221A and 9231A integrate these with a PRBS pattern trigger. SMA Pulse Correction Filters are available.

Deep foundation, heritage and experience
•microwave Design and Metrology founded on a 40 year history

Based in Eastern Europe, the RF & microwave design team can call upon four decades of experience in leading-edge microwave measurement, sampling and fast pulse hardware and software design. That history, and a "do more for less" ethos, led naturally to Pico's New Face of Sampling Oscilloscopes, the
9000 series of PC-based Samplers, first the 9200 at 12 GHz and now the 9300 at 20 GHz.

Users of the 9200 series will find the PicoSample 3 software familiar, with its built-in metrology experience and design expertise, as well as benefitting from the improvements in the new release.

There is a rich library of video, document and support material behind the links below. Information based on the 9200 product family applies equally to the 9300 and PicoSample 3.
Verschillen PicoScope 9000 serie
  9201A 9211A 9221A 9231A 9301 9302
12/20Ghz Sampling oscilloscope Ja
USB Port Ja Ja Ja Ja Ja Ja
LAN Port   Ja   Ja Ja Ja
Clock recovery trigger   Ja Ja Ja   Ja
Pattern sync trigger   Ja Ja Ja Ja Ja
Dual signal generator outputs   Ja   Ja Ja Ja
Electrical TDR/TDT capability   Ja   Ja    
8Ghz optical-electrical converter     Ja Ja    

Channels (vertical)
Channels 2 (simultaneous acquisition)

DC to 12 GHz
DC to 8 GHz
Pulse response rise time
Full bandwidth
Narrow bandwidth
10% to 90%, calculated from Tr - 0.35/BW
29.2 ps
43.7 ps
RMS noise, maximum
Full bandwidth
Narrow bandwidth
With averaging

2 mV
1.5 mV
100 µV system limit
Scale factors (sensitivity) 2 mV/div to 500 mV/div.
1-2-5 sequence and 0.5% fine increments
Nominal input impedance (50 ±1) Ω
Input connectors SMA (F)
Timebase (horizontal)
Timebases 10 ps/div to 50 ms/div (main, intensified, two delayed, or dual delayed)
Delta time interval accuracy
For horizontal scale > 450 ps/div

For horizontal scale = 450 ps/div

±0.2% of Delta Time Interval ±15 ps at a temperature within ±3 °C of horizontal calibration temperature.
±15 ps or ±5% of Delta Time Interval ±5 ps, whichever is smaller at a temperature within ±3 °C of horizontal calibration temperature.
Time interval resolution 200 fs minimum
Trigger sources External direct trigger, external prescaled trigger, internal clock trigger, clock recovery trigger (not 9201A)
Direct trigger bandwidth and sensitivity
DC to 100 MHz
100 MHz to 1 GHz

100 mV p-p
Increasing linearly from 100 mV p-p to 200 mV p-p
Prescaled trigger bandwidth and sensitivity
1 to 7 GHz
7 to 8 GHz
8 to 10 GHz typical

200 MV p-p to 2 V p-p
300 mV p-p to 1 V p-p
400 mV p-p to 1 V p-p
Trigger RMS jitter, maximum 4 ps + 20 ppm of delay setting
Data Acquisition
ADC resolution 16 bits
Digitising rate DC to 200 kHz  maximum
Acquisition modes Sample (normal), average, envelope
Data record length 32 to 4096 points maximum per channel in x2 sequence
Display resolution Variable
Display style Dots, vectors, variable or infinite persistence, variable or infinite grey scaling, variable or infinite colour grading
Measurement and Analysis
Marker Vertical bars, horizontal bars (measure volts) or waveform markers (x and +)
Automatic measurements Up to 40 automatic pulse measurements
Histogram Vertical or horizontal
Mathematics Up to four math waveforms can be defined and displayed
FFT Up to two fast Fourier transforms can be run simultaneously with the built–in filters (rectangular, Nicolson, Hann, flat-top, Blackman–Harris and Kaiser–Bessel)
Eye diagram Automatically characterises NRZ and RZ eye patterns. Measurements are based on statistical analysis of the waveform.
Mask test Acquired signals are tested for fit outside areas defined by up to eight polygons. Standard or user–defined masks can be selected.
Clock Recovery and Pattern Sync Trigger (PicoScope 9211A only)
Clock recovery sensitivity
12.3 Mb/s to 1 Gb/s
1 Gb/s to 2.7 Gb/s

50 mV  p-p
100 mV  p-p
Continuous rate
Pattern sync trigger 10 Mb/s to 8 Gb/s with pattern length from 7 to 65,535 max.
Recover clock RMS trigger jitter, maximum 1 ps  + 1.0% of unit interval
Maximum safe trigger input voltage ±2 V (DC + peak AC)
Trigger input connector SMA (F)
Signal Generator Output (PicoScope 9211A and 9231A)
Rise/fall times 100 ps  (20% to 80%) typical
Modes Step, coarse timebase, pulse, NRZ, RZ
Optical–electrical (O/E) Converter (PicoScope 9221A and 9231A)
Unfiltered bandwidth DC to 8 GHz  typical.
DC to 7 GHz  guaranteed at full electrical bandwidth
Effective wavelength range 750 nm  to 1650 nm
Calibrated wavelengths 850 nm (MM), 1310 nm (MM/SM), 1550 nm (SM)
Transition time 10% to 90% calculated from Tr - 0.48 / BW: 60 ps max.
RMS noise, maximum 4 µW (1310 and 1550 nm), 6 µW (850 nm)
Scale factors (sensitivity) 1 µV/div to 400 µV/div (full scale is 8 divisions)
DC accuracy, typical ±25 µW ±10% of vertical scale
Maximum input peak power +7 dBm  (1310 nm)
Fiber input Single-mode (SM) or multi–mode (MM)
Fiber input connector FC/PC
Input return loss

-24 dB, typical
-16 dB, typical; -14 dB, maximum
PC Requirements
Processor 1 GHz
Memory 512 miB
Disk space PicoScope 9000 software requires aproximately 30 miB
Operating system 32–bit edition of Windows XP (SP3), 32– or 64–bit edition of Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 (not Windows RT)
Ports USB 1.1 compliant port minimum.
USB 2.0 compliant port recommended.
Operating environment
Temperature range


+5 °C to +35 °C for normal operation
+15 °C to 25 °C for stated accuracy
Up to 85% RH, non–condensing, at +25 °C
Storage environment
Temperature range

-20 °C to +50 °C
Up to 95% RH, non–condensing
Physical Properties
Dimensions 170 x 255 x 40 mm   (6.7 x 10.0 x 1.6 in)
Weight 1.1 kg max (2.3 lb)
PicoScope 9000 for Windows PicoScope 9000 software is capable of many advanced features such as mathematical analysis, histogram analysis, eye-diagram analysis and mask testing. All features are included as standard. Updates can be downloaded for free.
Software development kit The SDK allows you to control the scope from your own program. The software can act as an ActiveX COM server, allowing any program to send commands to it using a standard Windows protocol. This is ideal for production–test environments where multiple scopes need to be controlled from a single PC, or where automated tests need to be run. The SDK contains full documentation and example code for various programming languages.
Language Support
User’s guide
Quick start guide
Programmer’s guide

Data sheet English, 中文 (简体), Deutsch, Español, Français, Italiano
Additional hardware (supplied) 2 x SMA M-F connector savers (supplied fitted to scope)
Additional SMA M-F connector saver (9221A and 9231A only)
TDR Accessory Kit (PicoScope 9211A and 9231A only)
LAN patch and crossover cables (9211A and 9231A only)
USB 2.0 cable
AC adaptor
Tough carry case
TDR Accessory Kit contents
(supplied with PicoScope 9211A and 9231A only)
30 cm precision cable
80 cm precision cable
0 Ω short
50 Ω terminator
Resistive power divider
SMA wrench
PC connection USB 2.0 (USB 1.1 compatible)
LAN connection 10/100 Mb/s (PicoScope 9211A and 9231A only)
Power supply
PicoScope 9201A
PicoScope 9211A
PicoScope 9221A
PicoScope 9231A
AC adaptor

+6 V DC ±5%. @ 1.9 A max
+6 V DC ±5%. @ 2.6 A max
+6 V DC ±5%. @ 2.3 A max
+6 V DC ±5%. @ 2.9 A max
Mains adaptor supplied for USA, UK, Europe and Australasia
Compliance FCC (EMC), CE (EMC and LVD)
Warranty 2 years (1 year for input sampler)