PicoScope 9200 Series

12 GHz USB Sampling Oscilloscopes

At 12 GHz bandwidth the PicoScope 9200 sampling oscilloscopes address digital and telecommunications of 6 Gb/s and higher, microwave applications to 12 GHz and timing applications with a resolution down to 200 fs. The model options can include clock recovery up to 2.7 Gb/s, an 8 GHz optical to electrical converter or a time domain reflectometry pulse source of 120 ps transition time. A powerful, small-footprint and extremely cost-effective microwave measurement solution.

Pico Scope 9200 Specifications

Channels (verctial)
Channels 2 (simultaneous acquisition)
Full DC to 12 GHz
Narrow DC to 8 GHz
Rise time (calculated) 10% to 90%, tR = 0.35/BW
Full bandwidth 29.2 ps
Narrow bandwidth 43.7 ps
Input connectors SMA (F)
ADC resolution 16 bits
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
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)
Maximum input peak power Single-mode (SM) or multi-mode (MM)
Fiber input +7 dBm (1310 nm)
Fiber input connector FC/PC
Input return loss
SM −24 dB, typical
MM −16 dB, typical; −14 dB, maximum
Timebase (horizontal)
Digitising rate DC to 200 kHz maximum
Timebases 10 ps/div to 50 ms/div (main, intensified, two delayed, or dual delayed)
Time interval resolution 200 fs minimum
Data record length 32 to 4096 points maximum per channel in x2 sequence
Delta time interval accuracy
For horizontal scale > 450 ps/div ±0.2% of Delta Time Interval ±15 ps at a temperature within ±3 °C of horizontal calibration temperature.
For horizontal scale = 450 ps/div ±15 ps or ±5% of Delta Time Interval ±5 ps, whichever is smaller at a temperature within ±3 °C of horizontal calibration temperature.
Acquisition modes Sample (normal), average, envelope
Dynamic performance (typical)
RMS noise, maximum
Full bandwidth 2 mV
Narrow bandwidth 1.5 mV
With averaging 100 µV system limit
Trigger sources External direct trigger, external prescaled trigger, internal clock trigger, clock recovery trigger (not 9201A)
Direct trigger bandwidth and
DC to 100 MHz 100 mV p-p
100 MHz to 1 GHz Increasing linearly from 100 mV p-p to 200 mV p-p
Trigger RMS jitter, maximum 4 ps + 20 ppm of delay setting
Prescaled trigger bandwidth and
1 to 7 GHz 200 MV p-p to 2 V p-p
7 to 8 GHz 300 mV p-p to 1 V p-p
8 to 10 GHz typical 400 mV p-p to 1 V p-p
Clock recovery and pattern sync trigger (PicoScope 9211A only)
Clock recovery sensitivity
12.3 Mb/s to 1 Gb/s 50 mV p-p
1 Gb/s to 2.7 Gb/s 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.
Recovered 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)
Modes Step, coarse timebase, pulse, NRZ, RZ
Rise/fall times 100 ps (20% to 80%) typical
Measurement and analysis
Marker Vertical bars, horizontal bars (measure volts) or waveform markers (× 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 characterizes 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.
Display resolution Variable
Display style Dots, vectors, variable or infinite persistence, variable or infinite grey scaling, variable or infinite colour grading
Temperature range (operating) +5 °C to +35 °C
Temperature range (stated accuracy) +15 °C to 25 °C
Temperature range (storage) -20 °C to +50 °C
Humidity range (operating) Up to 85% RH, non-condensing, at +25 °C
Humidity range (storage) 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 (2.3 lb) max.
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 and 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.
Languages English
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
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)
PC connection USB 2.0 (USB 1.1 and USB 3.0 compatible)
LAN connection 10/100 Mb/s (PicoScope 9211A and 9231A only)
Power supply
PicoScope 9201A +6 V DC ±5%. @ 1.9 A max
PicoScope 9211A +6 V DC ±5%. @ 2.6 A max
PicoScope 9221A +6 V DC ±5%. @ 2.3 A max
PicoScope 9231A +6 V DC ±5%. @ 2.9 A max
AC adaptor Mains adaptor supplied for USA, UK, Europe and Australasia
Compliance FCC (EMC), CE (EMC and LVD)
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 2 years (1 year for input sampler)

Oscilloscope models




12 GHz sampling oscilloscope
USB port
LAN port
Clock recovery trigger
Pattern sync trigger
Dual signal generator outputs
Electrical TDR/TDT capability
8 GHz optical-electrical converter
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PicoScope 9201 accessories included

9200 Standard Accessories Kit

• PicoSourceTM9000 software CD
• Quick Start Guide
• Power supply 6V, universal input
• Localised line cord
• USB 2.0 cable, 1.8 m
• SMA / PC3.5 / 2.92 wrench
• Storage and carry case
• TA170 18 GHz SMA(m-f) connector saver adapter
fitted to each input channel


PicoScope 9201 accessories included

9200 Standard Accessories Kit

• PicoSourceTM9000 software CD
• Quick Start Guide
• Power supply 6V, universal input
• Localised line cord
• USB 2.0 cable, 1.8 m
• SMA / PC3.5 / 2.92 wrench
• Storage and carry case
• TA170 18 GHz SMA(m-f) connector saver adapter
• fitted to each input channel


1x 4 GHz Divider Kit, comprising

• 4 GHz 50 ΩSMA(f-f-f) 3-resistor 6 dB power divider
• 30 cm precision coaxial SMA(m-m) cable
• 80 cm precision coaxial SMA(m-m) cable

1x 14 GHz 25 ps TDR Kit

• 18 GHz, 50 ΩSMA(m-m) within series adapter
• 18 GHz, SMA(f) reference short
• 18 GHz, SMA(f) reference load

TA181 10 GHz 3 dB SMA(m-f) attenuator
LAN cable, 1 m