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Automotive PicoScopes

When you buy a PicoScope Automotive Oscilloscope you get industry-leading performance that is both affordable and easy to use. With the introduction of the PicoScope 4225 and 4425, all aspects of performance have been improved – but the price remains the same!

Unlike most digital storage oscilloscopes, which typically have 8-bit vertical resolution and poor DC accuracy, Pico automotive oscilloscopes are accurate to 1% and have 12-bit resolution. This gives a vertical resolution of 4000 ‘dots’ compared to the usual 100 or 200 of most other automotive scopes.

As well as the high vertical resolution, Pico automotive oscilloscopes also feature large memory buffers – making it possible for you to capture large, complex signals, automatically trigger on any event and then expand areas of interest to show the fine detail of the signals.

PicoScope automotive oscilloscopes are specifically designed for use only in automotive applications. With features such as high resolution and accuracy, a large memory buffer, and a high-speed USB connection, PicoScope automotive oscilloscopes offer unrivalled performance, and are suitable for use in the most demanding automotive applications.

You can purchase a PicoScope automotive oscilloscope on its own, or as part of an Automotive Diagnostics Kit. These simple to use kits contain everything you need to turn your PC into a powerful automotive diagnostic tool.

PicoScope 4425 and 4225 Diagnostic Scopes

PicoScope 4000 series oscilloscopes are designed to save you time and money by making it easier and quicker to diagnose faults on today’s modern vehicles.

  • 2 or 4 channels
  • Up to 400 MS/s real–time sample rate
  • 20 MHz bandwidth
  • 250,000,000 sample memory
  • ±200 V maximum input
  • Independent floating inputs
  • ConnectDetect® for reliable probing
  • No power supply required
  • USB 2.0 to 3.0 connection for fast screen updates
  • Protected against overloads and short circuits
  • CAN bus and FlexRay compatible
  • Use with any vehicle
  • Easy to use
  • Includes PicoScope Automotive software
  • Free software updates
  • 24 month warranty
  • Free technical support

Faster sampling

The latest PicoScopes can capture signals faster than ever; with sampling rates of up to 400 million samples per second, there is nothing that can escape the scrutiny of PicoScope. It can capture CAN and FlexRay signals, and has the speed to handle future needs as vehicle technology changes.

More memory

As well as capturing faster signals, the PicoScope 4000 series also outperforms other scopes thanks to the 250 million samples of ‘always on’ memory. PicoScope ensures that you can effortlessly capture every detail of the signal. Never again will you miss those hard–to–find intermittent faults.

Higher input range

The high ±200 V input range of the PicoScope 4000 series eliminates the need for external attenuators for most vehicle tests.

Floating inputs

With most oscilloscopes each channel shares the same ground input. In use each channel ground must be connected to chassis ground (battery 0V) otherwise a short circuit can occur.

With the PicoScope 4225 and 4425 each ground input can be floated up to 30 V away from each other. This eliminates the possibility of mistakes and increases measurement flexibility. As an example it is now possible to use a single channel to measure the voltage drop across the cable going from battery positive to the starter motor.


The new PicoScope 4225 and 4425 scopes include a handy feature to detect when you have made a good connection. When you are trying to probe in those difficult to reach places, the new PicoScopes can display the connection status on your big screen ensuring fewer frustrations with poor connections.

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Thanks to the familiar graphical user interface, help files and reference library, using your PicoScope 4000 series diagnostic oscilloscope is as easy as ever. If you’re an existing PicoScope user you can just connect your scope and benefit immediately from the power and performance of your new PicoScope 4000 Series scope. If you’ve never used a PicoScope oscilloscope before you can get started without needing to spend hours reading manuals.

The PicoScope for the new generation of vehicles

The fast sampling speeds, large memory and high bandwidth of the PicoScope 4000 Series means that not only is it suitable for use on all current vehicles, but it will continue to be of use in diagnosing faults with the complex electrical and electronic systems that will be found on new and future generations of vehicles.
Buy your PicoScope 4425 Automotive Oscilloscope online or from your local Pico distributor.

The PicoScope 4225 and 4425 are the most advanced range of PicoScope lab scopes available and can be purchased separately or as part of an automotive kit.


PicoScope 4225 2-Channel Automotive Oscilloscope
2 Channel PicoScope
PP918 - In stock
£499·00 US$823·00 €604,00
PicoScope 4425 4-Channel Automotive Oscilloscope
4 Channel PicoScope
PP919 - In stock
£799·00 US$1,318·00 €967,00

* US Dollar and Euro prices are approximate. Your card will be billed in Pounds Sterling (GBP)

PicoScope 4000 Series Specifications

Oscilloscope Specifications
Variant PicoScope 4225 PicoScope 4425
Bandwidth 20 MHz (10 MHz on ±50 mV range)
Channels 2 4
Vertical resolution 12 bits
Enhanced vertical resolution 16 bits
Accuracy DC Accuracy ±1% of full scale
Sensitivity 10 mV/div to 40 V/div
Input ranges (full scale) ±50 mV to ±200 V in 12 ranges
Input characteristics 1 MΩ in parallel with 24 pF
Input type Floating, BNC connector
Input coupling Software selectable AC/DC
Overvoltage protection ±250 V (DC + AC peak) on single input
Maximum sampling rate (single shot)
1 channel in use
2 channels in use
3 or 4 channels in use

400 MS/s
200 MS/s
100 MS/s
Buffer memory 250 M samples
Waveform buffer Up to 10,000 waveforms
Timebase ranges 100 ns/div to 5000 s/div
Source Any input channel
Basic triggers Auto, repeat, single, none
Advanced triggers Rising edge, falling edge, edge with hysteresis, pulse width, runt pulse, dropout, windowed
Maximum pre trigger delay Up to 100% of capture length
Maximum post trigger delay Up to 4 billion samples
Spectrum Analyser
Bandwidth 20 MHz
Frequency range DC to 20 MHz
Display modes Magnitude, peak hold, average
PC Requirements
Minimum Processor: 1 GHz
Memory: 512 MB
Free disk space: 2 GB
Operating system: 32-bit or 64-bit editions of Windows 8 (not Windows RT), Windows 7, Vista and XP (SP3)
Ports: USB 2.0 compliant port
Recommended Processor: 1.2 GHz
Memory: 1 GB
Free disk space: 2 GB
Operating system: 32-bit or 64-bit editions of Windows 8 (not Windows RT), Windows 7, Vista and XP (SP3)
Ports: USB 3.0 compliant port
Operating environment
Temperature range

0 °C to 40 °C (Operating: 20 °C to 30 °C for quoted accuracy)
5% to 80% RH, non-condensing
Storage environment
Temperature range

-20 to +60°C
5 to 95% RH, non–condensing
Physical Dimensions
Dimensions 190 x 160 x 40 mm (approx 7.5 x 6.3 x 1.6 in)
Weight <900 g (approx 2 lb)
Additional hardware (supplied) USB cable, user manuals, software CD–ROM
PC interface USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible)
Power requirements Powered from USB port
Compliance FCC (EMC), CE (EMC and LVD), RoHS compliant
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

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