PicoScope 9300 Series

USB Sampling Oscilloscopes
With up to 25 GHz bandwidth, the PicoScope 9300 sampling oscilloscopes address digital and telecommunications applications of 10 Gb/s and higher, microwave applications up to 25 GHz and timing applications with a resolution down to 64 fs. Optional 11.3 Gb/s clock recovery, optical to electrical converter or differential, deskewable time domain reflectometry sources (60 ps/7 V) complete a powerful, small-footprint and cost-effective measurement package.

Sampling Oscilloscopes to 25 GHz with TDR/TDT and Optical models

15 to 25 GHz electrical, 9.5 GHz optical, TDR/TDT, 2-channel and 4-channel, compact, portable, USB instruments.

These units occupy very little space on your workbench and are small enough to carry with your laptop for on-site testing, but that’s not all. Instead of using remote probe heads attached to a large bench-top unit, you can position the scope right next to the device under test. Now all that lies between your scope and the DUT is a short, low-loss coaxial cable. Everything you need is built into the oscilloscope, with no expensive hardware or software add-ons to worry about.

Key specifications

  • 15 TS/s (64 fs) sequential sampling
  • Up to 15 GHz prescaled, 2.5 GHz direct trigger and 11.3 Gb/s clock recovery
  • Industry-leading 16-bit 1 MS/s ADC and 60 dB dynamic range
  • Eye and mask testing to 16 Gb/s with up to 223–1 pattern lock
  • Intuitive, touch-compatible Windows user interface
  • Comprehensive built-in measurements, histogramming and editable data mask library
  • Integrated, differential, deskewable TDR/TDT step generator

Typical applications

  • Telecom and radar test, service and manufacturing
  • Optical fiber, transceiver and laser testing
  • RF, microwave and gigabit digital system measurements
  • Radar bands I, G, P, L, S, C, X, Ku
  • Precision timing and phase analysis
  • Digital system design and characterization
  • Eye diagram, mask and limits test to 10 Gb/s
  • Ethernet, HDMI 1, HDMI 2, PCI, SATA, USB 2.0, USB 3.0
  • TDR/TDT analysis of cables, connectors, backplanes, PCBs and networks
  • Optical fiber, transceiver and laser test
  • Semiconductor characterization

Remember: the price you pay for your PicoScope Sampling Oscilloscope is the price you pay for everything – we don’t charge you for software features or updates.

Comparison with the PicoScope 9400 Series SXRTOs

Find out whether a PicoScope 9300 Sampling Scope or a PicoScope 9400 Sampler-Extended Real-Time Scope is best for your application. See a comparison table.

Migrating from the legacy PicoScope 9200 to the PicoScope 9300?
Help me compare

The now broader range of 9300 models and bandwidths is designed to offer high compatibility and upgraded functionality to replace the successful but now obsolete 9200 series of 12 GHz sampling oscilloscopes. A detailed intercomparison and assistance to migration is provided here:

Oscilloscope – vertical (analog) 9300-15 models 9300-20 models 9300-25 models
Number of channels PicoScope 9341: 4
All other models: 2
Acquisition timing Selectable simultaneous or alternate acquisition
Bandwidth, Full 15 GHz 20 GHz 25 GHz
Bandwidth, Narrow 8 GHz 10 GHz 12 GHz
Pulse response rise time, full bandwidth 23.4 ps (10% to 90%, calculated) 17.5 ps (10% to 90%, calculated) 14.0 ps (10% to 90%, calculated)
Pulse response rise time, narrow bandwidth 43.8 ps (10% to 90%, calculated) 35.0 ps (10% to 90%, calculated) 29.2 ps (10% to 90%, calculated)
Noise, full bandwidth < 1.2 mV RMS typical, < 1.6 mV RMS maximum < 1.5 mV RMS typical, < 2.0 mV RMS maximum < 1.9 mV RMS typical, < 2.5 mV RMS maximum
Noise, narrow bandwidth < 0.7 mV RMS typical, < 0.9 mV RMS maximum < 0.8 mV RMS typical, < 1.1 mV RMS maximum < 1.0 mV RMS typical, < 1.3 mV RMS maximum
Noise with averaging 100 μV RMS system limit, typical
Operating input voltage with digital feedback 1 V p-p with ±1 V range (single-valued)
Operating input voltage without digital feedback ±400 mV relative to channel offset (multi-valued)
Sensitivity 1 mV/div to 500 mV/div in 1-2-5 sequence with 0.5% fine increments
Resolution 16 bits, 40 μV/LSB
Accuracy ±2% of full scale ±2 mV over nominal temperature range (assuming temperature-related calibrations are performed)
Nominal input impedance (50 ±1) Ω
Input connectors 2.92 mm (K) female, compatible with SMA and PC3.5
Timebase (Sequential time sampling mode)
Ranges 5 ps/div to 3.2 ms/div (main, intensified, delayed, or dual delayed)
Delta time interval accuracy For > 200 ps/div: ±0.2% of delta time interval ± 12 ps
For < 200 ps/div: ±5% of delta time interval ± 5 ps
Time interval resolution 64 fs
Channel deskew 1 ps resolution, 100 ns max.
Trigger sources All models: external direct, external prescaled, internal direct and internal clock triggers.
PicoScope 9302 and 9321 only: external clock recovery trigger
External direct trigger bandwidth and sensitivity DC to 100 MHz : 100 mV p-p; to 2.5 GHz: 200 mV p-p
External direct trigger jitter 1.8 ps RMS (typ.) or 2.0 ps RMS (max.) + 20 ppm of delay setting
Internal direct trigger bandwidth and sensitivity DC to 10 MHz: 100 mV p-p; to 100 MHz: 400 mV p-p (channels 1 and 2 only)
Internal direct trigger jitter 25 ps RMS (typ.) or 30 ps RMS (max.) + 20 ppm of delay setting (channels 1 and 2 only)
External prescaled trigger bandwidth and sensitivity 1 to 14 GHz, 200 mV p-p to 2 V p-p 1 to 14 GHz, 200 mV p-p to 2 V p-p
14 to 15 GHz, 500 mV p-p to 2 V p-p
External prescaled trigger jitter 1.8 ps RMS (typ.) or 2.0 ps RMS (max.) + 20 ppm of delay setting
Pattern sync trigger clock frequency 10 MHz to 14 GHz 10 MHz to 14 GHz 10 MHz to 15 GHz
Pattern sync trigger pattern length 7 to 8 388 607 (223− 1)
Clock recovery (PicoScope 9302 and 9321)
Clock recovery trigger data rate and sensitivity 6.5 Mb/s to 100 Mb/s: 100 mV p-p
>100 Mb/s to 11.3 Gb/s: 20 mV p-p
Recovered clock trigger jitter 1 ps (typ.) or 1.5 ps (max.) + 1.0% of unit interval
Maximum safe trigger input voltage ±2 V (DC + peak AC)
Input characteristics 50 Ω, AC coupled
Input connector SMA (F)
ADC resolution 16 bits
Digitizing rate with digital feedback (single-valued) DC to 1 MHz
Digitizing rate without digital feedback (multi-valued) DC to 40 kHz
Acquisition modes Sample (normal), average, envelope
Data record length 32 to 32 768 points (single channel) in x2 sequence
Styles Dots, vectors, persistence, gray-scaling, color-grading
Persistence time Variable or infinite
Screen formats Auto, single YT, dual YT, quad YT, XY, XY + YT, XY + 2 YT
Measurement and analysis
Markers Vertical bars, horizontal bars (measure volts) or waveform markers
Automatic measurements Up to 10 at once
Measurements, X parameters Period, frequency, pos/neg width, rise/fall time, pos/neg duty cycle, pos/neg crossing, burst width, cycles, time at max/min, pos/neg jitter ppm/RMS
Measurements, Y parameters Max, min, top, base, peak-peak, amplitude, middle, mean, cycle mean, AC/DC RMS, cycle AC/DC RMS, pos/neg overshoot, area, cycle area
Measurements, trace-to-trace Delay 1R-1R, delay 1F-1R, delay 1R-nR, delay 1F-nR, delay 1R-1F, delay 1F-1F, delay 1R-nF, delay 1F-nF, phase deg/rad/%, gain, gain dB
Eye measurements, X NRZ Area, bit rate, bit time, crossing time, cycle area, duty cycle distortion abs/%, eye width abs/%, rise/fall time, frequency, period, jitter p-p/RMS
Eye measurements, Y NRZ AC RMS, average power lin/dB, crossing %/level, extinction ratio dB/%/lin, eye amplitude, eye height lin/dB, max/min, mean, middle, pos/neg overshoot, noise p-p/RMS one/zero level, p-p, RMS, S/N ratio lin/dB
Eye measurements, X RZ Area, bit rate/time, cycle area, eye width abs/%, rise/fall time, jitter p-p/RMS fall/rise, neg/pos crossing, pos duty cycle, pulse symmetry, pulse width
Eye measurements, Y RZ AC RMS, average power lin/dB, contrast ratio lin/dB/%, extinction ratio lin/dB/%, eye amplitude, eye high lin/dB, eye opening, max, min, mean, middle, noise p-p/RMS one/zero, one/zero level, peak-peak, RMS, S/N
Histogram Vertical or horizontal
Math functions
Mathematics Up to four math waveforms can be defined and displayed
Math functions, arithmetic +, −, ×, ÷, ceiling, floor, fix, round, absolute, invert, (x+y)/2, ax+b
Math functions, algebraic ex, ln, 10x, log10, ax, loga, d/dx, integrate, x2, sqrt, x3, xa, x−1, sqrt(x2 +y2)
Math functions, trigonometric sin, sin−1, cos, cos−1, tan, tan−1, cot, cot−1, sinh, cosh, tanh, coth
Math functions, FFT Complex FFT, complex inverse FFT, magnitude, phase, real, imaginary
Math functions, combinatorial logic AND, NAND, OR, NOR, XOR, XNOR, NOT
Math functions, interpolation Linear, sin(x)/x, trend, smoothing
Math functions, other Custom formula
FFT Up to two FFTs simultaneously
FFT window functions Rectangular, Hamming, Hann, flat-top, Blackman–Harris, Kaiser–Bessel
Eye diagram Automatically characterizes NRZ and RZ eye patterns based on statistical analysis of waveform
Mask tests
Mask geometry Acquired signals are tested for fit outside areas defined by up to eight polygons. Standard or user-defined masks can be selected.
Built-in masks, SONET/SDH OC1/STMO (51.84 Mb/s) to FEC 1071 (10.709 Gb/s)
Built-in masks, Ethernet 1.25 Gb/s 1000Base-CX Absolute TP2 to 10xGB Ethernet (12.5 Gb/s)
Built-in masks, Fibre Channel FC133 (132.8 Mb/s) to 10x Fibre Channel (10.5188 Gb/s)
Built-in masks, PCI Express R1.0a 2.5G (2.5 Gb/s) to R2.1 5.0G (5 Gb/s)
Built-in masks, InfiniBand 2.5G (2.5 Gb/s) to 5.0G (5 Gb/s)
Built-in masks, XAUI 3.125 Gb/s
Built-in masks, RapidIO Level 1, 1.25 Gb/s to 3.125 Gb/s
Built-in masks, SATA 1.5G (1.5 Gb/s) to 3.0G (3 Gb/s)
Built-in masks, ITU G.703 DS1 (1.544 Mb/s) to 155 Mb (155.520 Mb/s)
Built-in masks, ANSI T1.102 DS1 (1.544 Mb/s) to STS3 (155.520 Mb/s)
Built-in masks, G.984.2 XAUI-E Far (3.125 Gb/s)
Built-in masks, USB USB 3.0 (5 Gb/s), USB 3.1 (10 Gb/s)
Signal generator output
Modes Pulse, PRBS NRZ/RZ, 500 MHz clock, trigger out
Period range, pulse mode 8 ns to 524 μs
Bit time range, NRZ/RZ mode 4 ns to 260 μs
NRZ/RZ pattern length 27−1 to 215−1
TDR pulse outputs PicoScope 9311-15 PicoScope 9311-20
Number of output channels 1 2 (1 differential pair)
Output enable Yes Independent or locked control for each source
Pulse polarity Positive-going from zero volts Channel 1: positive-going from zero volts
Channel 2: negative-going from zero volts
Rise time (20% to 80%) 60 ps guaranteed
Amplitude 2.5 V to 7 V into 50 Ω
Amplitude adjustment 5 mV increments
Amplitude accuracy ±10%
Output amplitude safety limit Adjustable from 2.5 V to 8 V
Output pairing N/A Amplitudes and limit paired or independent
Period range 1 μs to 60 ms
Period accuracy ±100 ppm
Width range 200 ns to 4 μs, 0% to 50% duty cycle
Width accuracy ±10% of width ±100 ns
Deskew between outputs N/A −1 ns to +1 ns typical, in 1 ps increments
Timing modes Step, coarse timebase, pulse
Impedance 50 Ω
Connectors on scope SMA(f) SMA(f) x 2
TDR pre-trigger output
Polarity Positive-going from zero volts
Amplitude 700 mV typical into 50 Ω
Pre-trigger 25 ns to 35 ns typical, adjustable in 5 ps increments
Pre-trigger to output jitter 2 ps max.
TDT system PicoScope 9311-15 PicoScope 9311-20
Number of TDT channels 1 2
Incident rise time (combined oscilloscope and pulse generator, 10% to 90%) 65 ps or less 60 ps or less, each polarity
Jitter 3 ps + 20 ppm of delay setting, RMS, max.
Corrected rise time Min. 50 ps or 0.1 x time/div, whichever is greater, typical
Max. 3 x time/div, typical
Corrected aberrations = 0.5% typical
TDR system PicoScope 9311-15 PicoScope 9311-20
Number of channels 1 2
Incident rise time (combined oscilloscope, step generator and TDR kit, 10% to 90%) 65 ps or less 60 ps or less, each polarity
Reflected step amplitude, from short or open 25% of input pulse amplitude, typical
Reflected rise time (combined oscilloscope, step generator and TDR kit, 10% to 90%) 65 ps or less @ 50 Ω termination 60 ps or less @ 50 Ω termination, each polarity
Corrected rise time Minimum: 50 ps or 0.1 x time/div, whichever is greater, typical.
Maximum: 3 x time/div, typical.
Corrected aberration ≤ 1% typical
Measured parameters Propagation delay, gain, gain dB
TDR/TDT scaling
TDT vertical scale volts, gain (10 m/div to 100 /div)
TDR vertical scale Volts, rho (10 mrho/div to 2 rho/div), ohm (1 ohm/div to 100 ohm/div)
Horizontal scale Time (800 ns/div max.) or distance (meter, foot, inch)
Distance preset units Propagation velocity (0.1 to 1.0) or dielectric constant (1 to 100)
Optical/electrical converter (PicoScope 9321-20)
Bandwidth (−3 dB) 9.5 GHz typical
Effective wavelength range 750 nm to 1650 nm
Calibrated wavelengths 850 nm (MM), 1310 nm (MM/SM), 1550 nm (SM)
Transition time 51 ps typical (10% to 90% calculated from tR = 0.48/optical BW)
Noise 4 μW (1310 & 1550 nm), 6 μW (850 nm) maximum @ full electrical bandwidth
DC accuracy ±25 μW ±10% of full 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 SM: −24 dB typical
MM: −16 dB typical, −14 dB maximum
Temperature range, operating +5 °C to +35 °C
Temperature range for stated accuracy Within 2 °C of last autocalibration
Temperature range, storage −20 °C to +50 °C
Calibration validity period 1 year
Power supply voltage +12 V DC ± 5%
Power supply current 1.7 A max.
Mains adaptor Universal adaptor supplied
PC connection USB 2.0 (compatible with USB 3.0)
LAN connection 10/100 Mbit/s
PC requirements Microsoft Windows XP (SP2 or SP3), Vista, 7, 8 or 10.
32‑bit or 64‑bit versions.
Dimensions 170 mm x 285 mm x 40 mm (W x D x H)
Weight 1.3 kg max.
Compliance FCC (EMC), CE (EMC and LVD)
Warranty 5 years


PicoScope 9301-15 9301-25 9302-15 9302-25 9311-15 9311-20 9321-20 9341-20 9341-25
15 GHz sampling oscilloscope  
20 GHz sampling oscilloscope
25 GHz sampling oscilloscope
2 channels
4 channels
Clock recovery (11.3 Gb/s)
Optical input (9.5 GHz)
Integrated TDR/TDT (60 ps / 2.5 to 7 V)


PicoScope 9301-15 9301-25 9302-15 9302-25 9311-15 9311-20 9321-20 9341-20 9341-25
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*PG900 pulse generator can be used in addition to the built in TDR/TDT source.