World’s First USB 3.0 Oscilloscopes Launched

26 February 2013
Category: Oscilloscopes

The first PicoScope oscilloscopes with a USB 3.0 interface have been released.

“USB 3.0 ports are appearing on most new computers and laptops,” explained Managing Director Alan Tong, “so buyers of USB oscilloscopes will expect to benefit from the higher data transfer rate. With the new USB 3.0 PicoScopes, large data captures and streaming of large data sets are now much faster.”

The PicoScope 3207A is a 2 channel USB oscilloscope with 250 MHz bandwidth, 1 GS/s sampling rate and 256 MS buffer memory. It has a built–in function generator and a dedicated external trigger input. Basic timebase accuracy is ±2 ppm. Other features include digital triggering for accurate, stable waveform display, and equivalent–time sampling, which boosts the effective sampling rate to 10 GS/s for repetitive signals. The PicoScope 3207B has 512 MS buffer memory and an additional 32k–sample arbitrary waveform generator with 100 MS/s update rate. As the scope obtains its power from the USB port, there is no need for an external power adaptor.

The oscilloscopes are supplied with the PicoScope software for Windows, which turns your computer into a powerful oscilloscope and spectrum analyzer. The software includes many advanced features, such as automatic measurements, serial decoding and mask limit testing, that are only available as expensive add–ons for most competing scopes. Software updates are free of charge.

A free software development kit (SDK) is also available for those who wish to write their own data–acquisition programs. Example code in a number of languages is included.

The PicoScope 3207A and 3207B USB 3.0 oscilloscopes are on sale now, priced at only £1099 / US$1813 / €1330 and £1199 / US$1978 / €1451 including a set of 2 probes. Ask your local distributor or visit