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PicoScope® 3000 Series - MATLAB® Generic Instrument Driver



07 Nov 2012 (Updated )

MATLAB Instrument Driver for use with PicoScope 3000A/B oscilloscopes

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The MATLAB Generic Instrument Driver allows a user to acquire data from the PicoScope 3000 Series High-Performance Oscilloscopes and control signal generator functionality. The data could be processed in MATLAB using functions from Toolboxes such as the Signal Processing Toolbox.
The driver has been created using Instrument Control Toolbox v3.1.
The PS3000a_MATLAB_IC_Generic_Driver zip file includes the following:

- The MATLAB Generic Instrument Driver
- scripts that demonstrate how to call various functions in order to capture data in block and streaming mode, as well as using the signal generator

The example scripts provided in the zip file have been tested with a subset of the 2 and 4-channel oscilloscope ‘A’ and ‘B’ variants in the current PicoScope 3000 series range:

- PicoScope 3204A & B
- PicoScope 3205A & B
- PicoScope 3206A & B
- PicoScope 3207A & B *

- PicoScope 3404A & B
- PicoScope 3405A & B
- PicoScope 3406A & B

* When used with the USB 3.0 connection.

The driver will work with the analogue channels of the PicoScope 320X MSO variants - a small modification is required for the signal generator.

Please note that the driver will not work with the older PicoScope 3204, 3205, 3206, 3224 and 3424 devices.

The Instrument driver requires dynamic link library (dll) files which can be obtained by contacting and indicating if your version of MATLAB is 32 or 64-bit or by downloading the PicoScope 3000a Software Development Kit (SDK) from

The mex -setup command may need to be run on your PC in order to select a compiler. For MATLAB 64-bit you will need Microsoft Windows 7.1 SDK

The simplest method for installing the USB driver for the oscilloscope is to install the PicoScope 6 software which is also available for free from

Please refer to the ‘MATLAB Instrument Driver for PicoScope 3000 A/B Series Function Guide’ pdf document in the root directory of the zip for further information on installing and running the examples, as well as the functions. The main PicoScope 3000A/B Series Programmer’s Guide in the SDK should also be referred to.

For further information on MATLAB and the Instrument Control Toolbox, please visit:

To view Pico Technology's Hardware Support page, please visit:

Please send any feedback or report bugs to

NOTE: The streaming mode example requires an update - please contact us via e-mail.

Required Products Instrument Control Toolbox
MATLAB release MATLAB 7.14 (R2012a)
Other requirements 32-/64-bit version of MATLAB. Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 or 8.1* Operating System. Latest version of the PicoScope 3000A Software Development Kit (download from * Not Windows RT
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14 Apr 2014 namita

Hello, I am Namita. I working on a project that uses a Picoscope 3424. I looked into the Generic driver above(but it says that it doesn't work with picoscope 3424)I have been trying to find generic driver software to run with it,in order to interface it with Matlab but till now have had no success. Kindly help me out with this problem. Any help would be appreciated.

09 Nov 2012

Update to title and description.

14 Nov 2012

Updated devices that are not supported and note on the new PicoScope 320X MSO devices.

18 Oct 2013

Note regarding streaming mode capture added.

13 Feb 2014

Updated to list PicoScope 3000 Series models supported.

06 Jun 2014

Update to driver and improved block and rapid block examples. Added support for MATLAB 64-bit.

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