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PicoScope 2205A MSO 2 channel + MSO (25MHz)


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Pico 2205A MSO
Catalog #: PicoScope 2205A MSO
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PC Oscilloscope MSO 2 + 16 channels with FG/AWG, 25 MHz, with probes and accessories


  • 2 channels + MSO
  • 25MHz bandwith
  • 500 MS/s sampling rate
  • Arbitrary waveform generator
  • Advanced digital triggers
  • Persistence display models
  • USB connected and powered
  • Mask limit testing
  • Serial bus decoding
  • Supplied with SDK including example programs
  • Free technical support
  • Free software upgrades
  • Software compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8
  • Oscilloscope probes included
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PicoScope 2200A Portable Oscilloscope Series

PicoScope 2205A MSO 2 channel + MSO (25MHz)

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PicoScope 2205A MSO 2 channel + MSO (25MHz)

PicoScope 2000 Series

  • Your complete test & measurement laboratory
  • Serial bus decoding and protocol analysis
  • FFT spectrum analyzer
  • Arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) and function generator
  • Powerful tools provide endless options

Like a benchtop oscilloscope, only smaller and better


Powerful, portable, and versatile

The PicoScope 2200A Series oscilloscopes offer a small, light, modern alternative to bulky benchtop devices. You can now fit a 200 MHz, 1 GS/s instrument easily in your laptop bag or even in your pocket! They are perfect for engineers on the move; ideal for a wide range of applications including design, test, education, service, monitoring, fault finding, and repair.

A small form factor is not the only benefit of these PC-based scopes. With our PicoScope 6 software, high-end features such as serial decoding and mask limit testing are included as standard. New functionality is regularly delivered through free upgrades.

Fast sampling

The PicoScope 2200A Series oscilloscopes provide fast real-time sampling rates up to 1 GS/s, equivalent to a timing resolution of only 1 ns. For repetitive signals, equivalent-time sampling (ETS) mode can boost the maximum effective sampling rate up to an incredible 10 GS/s, allowing even finer resolution down to 100 ps. All scopes support configurable length pre-trigger and post-trigger capture.

At slower sampling rates the oscilloscope can stream data continously across the USB link bypassing the on-board buffer memory. In this mode PicoScope can collect waveforms with as many as 100 million samples. This deep memory is ideal for long captures of serial data that can then be decoded using the included serial decoding tools.

Arbitrary waveform and function generator

All PicoScope 2200A Series oscilloscopes have a built-in arbitrary waveform generator (AWG). Waveforms can be imported from data files or created and modified using the built-in graphical AWG editor.

A function generator is also included, with sine, square, triangle, DC level and many more standard waveforms. As well as level, offset and frequency controls, advanced options allow you to sweep over a range of frequencies. Combined with the spectrum peak hold option, this creates a powerful tool for testing amplifier and filter responses.

Arbitrary waveform and function generator


Digital triggering

Most digital oscilloscopes 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 rearm delay.

For over 20 years Pico have been pioneering the use of full 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. All triggering is digital, resulting in high threshold resolution within programmable hysteresis and optimal waveform stability.

On selected models, the reduced rearm delay provided by digital triggering, together with segmented memory, allows the capture of events that happen in rapid sequence. At the fastest timebase, rapid triggering can capture a new waveform every 2 microseconds until the buffer is full. The mask limit testing function helps to detect waveforms that fail to meet your specifications.

Digital triggering


Advanced triggers

As well as the standard range of triggers found on most oscilloscopes, the PicoScope 2200A Series offers one of the best selections of advanced triggers available. These include pulse width, windowed and dropout triggers to help you find and capture your signal quickly.

Advanced Triggers


High signal integrity

Most oscilloscopes are built down to a price. PicoScopes are built up to a specification.

Careful front-end design and shielding reduces noise, crosstalk and harmonic distortion. Decades of oscilloscope design experience can be seen in 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.

Color persistence modes

Advanced display modes allow you to 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, digital color, or custom display modes.

Color persistence modes


Spectrum analyzer

With the click of a button, you can open a new window to display a spectrum plot of selected channels up to the full bandwidth of the oscilloscope. A comprehensive range of settings gives you control over the number of spectrum bands, window types and display modes.

PicoScope software allows you to display multiple spectrum views with different channel selections and zoom factors, and see these alongside time-domain waveforms of the same data. A comprehensive set of automatic frequency-domain measurements can be added to the display, including THD, THD+N, SINAD, SNR and IMD. You can even use the AWG and spectrum mode together to perform swept scalar network analysis.

Spectrum analyzer


Automatic measurements

PicoScope allows you to automatically display a table of calculated measurements for troubleshooting and analysis. Using the built-in measurement statistics you can see the average, standard deviation, maximum and minimum of each measurement as well as the live value.

You can add as many measurements as you need on each view. Each measurement includes statistical parameters showing its variability.

15 scope mode measurements

11 spectrum mode measurements


Serial decoding

Serial protocols

The PicoScope 2200A Series oscilloscopes include serial decoding capability as standard. The decoded data can be displayed 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. These frames can be zoomed to investigate noise or distortion.

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 to signal when the program should list the data.

It is also possible to create a spreadsheet to decode the hexadecimal data into user-defined text strings.


Serial decoding


Math channels


Math channels

With PicoScope 6 you can perform a variety of mathematical calculations on your input signals and reference waveforms.

Use the built-in list for simple functions such as addition and inversion, or open the equation editor and create complex functions involving trigonometry, exponentials, logarithms, statistics, integrals and derivatives.

High-speed data acquisition and digitizing

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

The drivers support data streaming, a mode that captures gap-free continuous data over the USB port directly to the PC’s RAM or hard disk at a rate of 1 to 9.6 MS/s, so you are not limited by the size of the scope’s buffer memory. Sampling rates in streaming mode are subject to PC specifications and application loading.

Mask limit testing

PicoScope allows you to draw a mask around any signal with user-defined tolerances. This has been designed specifically for production and debugging environments, enabling you to compare signals. Simply capture a known good signal, draw a mask around it, and then attach the system under test. PicoScope will capture any intermittent glitches and can show a failure count and other statistics in the Measurements window.

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



Custom probe settings

The custom probes menu allows you to correct for gain, attenuation, offsets and nonlinearities of probes and transducers, or convert your waveform data to different units such as current, scaled voltage, temperature, pressure, power or dB. Definitions can be saved to disk for later use. Definitions for standard Pico-supplied oscilloscope probes and current clamps are built in, and you can also create your own using linear scaling or even an interpolated data table.

High-end features as standard

Buying a PicoScope is not like making a purchase from other oscilloscope companies, where optional extras considerably increase the price. With our scopes, high-end features such as resolution enhancement, mask limit testing, serial decoding, advanced triggering, automatic measurements, math channels, XY mode, segmented memory (where available), and a signal generator are all included in the price.

To protect your investment, both the PC software and firmware inside the scope can be updated. Pico Technology have a long history of providing new features for free through software downloads. We deliver on our promises of future enhancements year after year, unlike many other companies in the field. Users of our products reward us by becoming lifelong customers and frequently recommending us to their colleagues.

USB connectivity

The USB connection makes printing, copying, saving, and emailing your data from the field quick and easy. The high-speed USB interface allows fast data transfer, while USB powering removes the need to carry around a bulky external power supply, making the kit even more portable for the engineer on the move.

What's In The Box

  • PicoScope 2200A Series oscilloscope
  • USB cable
  • two x1/x10 passive probes (with kits PP906 to PP910)
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Software and reference CD


PicoScope 2200A Series Specifications
Oscilloscope – Vertical
Model PicoScope 2204A PicoScope 2205A PicoScope 2206A PicoScope 2207A PicoScope 2208A
Input channels 2
Bandwidth 10 MHz 25 MHz 50 MHz 100 MHz 200 MHz
Rise time (calculated) 35 ns 14 ns 7 ns 3.5 ns 1.75 ns
Input type BNC
Vertical resolution 8 bits
Enhanced vertical resolution Up to 12 bits
Input sensitivity 10 mV/div to 4 V/div (10 vertical divisions)
Input ranges ±50 mV, ±100 mV, ±200 mV, ±500 mV, ±1 V, ±2 V, ±5 V, ±10 V, ±20 V
Input coupling Software selectable AC/DC
Input characteristics BNC, 1 MΩ ∥ 14 pF BNC, 1 MΩ ∥ 13 pF
DC accuracy ±3% of full scale
Analog offset range
(vertical position adjust)
none ±250 mV (50 mV to 200 mV ranges)
±2.5 V (500 mV to 2 V ranges)
±20 V (5 V to 20 V ranges)
Overvoltage protection ±100 V (DC + AC peak)
Oscilloscope – Horizontal
Maximum sampling rate (real-time)
1 channel
2 channel
100 MS/s
50 MS/s
200 MS/s
100 MS/s
500 MS/s
250 MS/s
1 GS/s
500 MS/s
1 GS/s
500 MS/s
Maximum sampling rate (repetitive signals, ETS mode) 2 GS/s 4 GS/s 5 GS/s 10 GS/s 10 GS/s
Maximum sampling rate (continuous streaming mode) 1 MS/s 9.6 MS/s
Maximum waveforms per second 2200 3300 5700 6300 8500
Timebase ranges 10 ns to 5000 s/div 5 ns to 5000 s/div 2 ns to 5000 s/div 1 ns to 5000 s/div 500 ps to 5000 s/div
Buffer memory# 8 kS 16 kS 32 kS 40 kS 48 kS
Buffer memory (streaming mode) 2 MS per channel in PicoScope software. 100 MS (shared) in PicoScope software.
Waveform buffer
normal triggering
rapid block triggering
Up to 10,000 waveforms
not applicable
Up to 10,000 waveforms
Up to 32 waveforms
Timebase accuracy ±100 ppm ±50 ppm
Sample jitter < 30 ps RMS < 5 ps RMS
Spectrum analyzer
Frequency range DC to 10 MHz DC to 25 MHz DC to 50 MHz DC to 100 MHz DC to 200 MHz
Display modes Magnitude, peak hold, average
Window types Rectangular, Gaussian, triangular, Blackman, Blackman–Harris, Hamming, Hann, flat–top
Number of FFT points Selectable from 128 to half the available buffer memory in powers of 2
Scale / units X axis : linear or log 10
Y axis : logarithmic (dbV, dBu, dBm, arbitrary) or linear (volts)
* Buffer memory is shared between active channels.
Dynamic performance (typical)
Crosstalk (full bandwidth) Better than 200:1 (equal ranges) Better than 400:1 (equal ranges)
Harmonic distortion < -50 dB at 100 kHz, full–scale input
SFDR > 52 dB at 100 kHz, full–scale input
Noise < 150 μV RMS (±50 mV range) < 200 μV RMS (±50 mV range)
Bandwidth flatness (at scope input) (+0.3 dB, -3 dB) from DC to full bandwidth
Sources Ch A, Ch B
Trigger modes None, auto, repeat, single None, auto, repeat, single, rapid (segmented memory)
Advanced triggers Edge, window, pulse width, window pulse width, dropout, window dropout, interval, logic.
Trigger types, ETS Rising or falling edge
Trigger level Adjustable over whole of selected voltage range
Trigger sensitivity Digital triggering provides 1 LSB accuracy up to full bandwidth. In ETS mode, typical 10 mV p-p at full bandwidth
Maximum pre-trigger capture 100% of capture size
Maximum post-trigger delay 4 billion samples
Trigger rearm time PC-dependent < 2 µs on fastest timebase
Maximum trigger rate PC-dependent Up to 32 waveforms in a 64 μs burst
Function generator
Standard output signals Sine, square, triangle, DC voltage, ramp, sinc, Gaussian, half-sine
Pseudorandom output signals None White noise, PRBS
Standard signal frequency DC to 100 kHz DC to 1 MHz
Sweep modes Up, down, dual with selectable start/stop frequencies and increments
Output frequency accuracy ±100 ppm ±50 ppm
Output frequency resolution < 0.01 Hz
Output voltage range ±2 V
Output adjustments Any amplitude and offset within ±2 V range
Amplitude flatness (typical) < 1 dB to 100 kHz < 0.5 dB to 1 MHz
DC accuracy ±1% of full scale
SFDR > 55 dB @ 1 kHz full–scale sine wave > 60 dB @ 10 kHz full–scale sine wave
Connector type Front panel BNC with 600 Ω output impedance
Overvoltage protection ±10 V
Arbitrary waveform generator
Update rate 2 MS/s 20 MS/s
Buffer size 4 kS 8 kS
Resolution 12 bits
Bandwidth >100 kHz >1 MHz
Rise time (10% to 90%) < 2 µs < 120 ns
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, freq, derivative, integral, min, max, average, peak, delay
Operands A, B (input channels), T (time), reference waveforms, constants, Pi
Automatic measurements
Oscilloscope mode AC RMS, true RMS, cycle time, DC average, duty cycle, falling rate, fall time, frequency, high pulse width, low pulse width, maximum, minimum, peak to peak, rise time, rising rate.
Spectrum mode Frequency at peak, amplitude at peak, average amplitude at peak, total power, THD %, THD dB, THD plus noise, SFDR, SINAD, SNR, IMD
Statistics Minimum, maximum, average and standard deviation
Serial decoding
Protocols CAN, LIN, I²C, UART/RS-232, SPI, I²S, FlexRay
Inputs All input channels with any mixture of protocols
Mask limit testing
Mask generation Auto generate from captured waveform, manual drawing, manual coordinate entry
Actions Highlight on screen, select in buffer overview, activate alarm
Statistics Pass/fail, failure count, total count
Initiating events Capture, buffer full, mask fail
Alarm actions Beep, play sound, stop/restart capture, run executable, save current buffer/all buffers, trigger signal generator
Interpolation Linear or sin(x)/x
Persistence modes Digital color, analog intensity, fast, custom
Data export
Output file formats BMP, CSV, GIF, JPG, MATLAB 4, PDF, PNG, PicoScope data, PicoScope settings, TXT
Output functions Copy to clipboard, print
Temperature range (operating) 0 °C to 50 °C
Temperature range (stated accuracy) 20 °C to 30 °C
Temperature range (storage) –20 °C to +60 °C
Humidity range (operating) 5% to 80% RH non-condensing
Humidity range (storage) 5% to 95% RH non-condensing
Physical properties
Dimensions (including connectors) 142 x 92 x 19 mm
Weight < 0.2 kg (7 oz)
Software included PicoScope 6 for Windows oscilloscope software (all models)
PicoLog for Windows data logging software (PicoScope 2204A and 2205A only)
Optional free software PicoScope 6 Beta for Linux and OS X. Drivers for Linux and OS X.
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
Additional hardware supplied Quick start guide, software CD–ROM
PC requirements Microsoft Windows XP (SP3), Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 (not Windows RT).
PC connectivity USB 2.0 port (compatible with USB 1.1 and USB 3.0; USB 1.1 not recommended)
Power requirements Powered from USB port
Safety approvals Designed to EN 61010-1:2010
Compliance RoHS, WEEE, and LVD compliant. Tested to meet EN61326-1:2006 and FCC Part 15 Subpart B.
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

Pico 2205A MSO Product Specifications Summary:
(for full specs please see the full specs tab or the data sheet)

Oscilloscopes/Mixed Signal Oscilloscopes (MSO) Template

Bandwidth What's This?25 Mhz
Sampling Rate What's This?200 MS/S (0.2 GS/S)
Rise Time What's This?14 ns
Bits What's This?8 

Test Equipment General Attributes

Warranty5 YEARS
Safety ApprovalRoHS 
Interfaces I/OAnalog Input , USB
Product Weight0.5 LBS
Product Height0.75 IN
Product Length5.6 IN
Product Width3.6 IN
Shipping Weight4 LBS
Country of OriginUnited Kingdom



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