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PicoScope® 2000 Series - MATLAB® Generic Instrument Driver



01 Feb 2013 (Updated )

MATLAB Instrument Driver for use with PicoScope 2000 Series oscilloscopes (Beta Release)

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The MATLAB Generic Instrument Driver allows a user to acquire block and streaming data from the PicoScope 2000 Series Oscilloscopes and control in-built 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 v3.6.
The PS2000_Generic_IC_Driver_Beta_Release 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 modes, as well as using the signal generator.

Please note that the streaming mode capture example will return the data on completion of data acquisition.

The example scripts provided in the zip file have been tested with a PicoScope 2204A.

The driver can be used with the Test and Measurement Tool.

The driver will work with the following PicoScope models:

PicoScope 2104 & 2105
PicoScope 2204A & 2205A

The driver should also support the following products which are now obsolete:

PicoScope 2202
PicoScope 2203, 2204 & 2205

Please note that the driver will not work with the PicoScope 2205 MSO, 2206, 2206A, 2207, 2207A, 2208 & 2208 devices.

The Instrument driver requires the dynamic link library (DLL) files provided as part of the PicoScope 2000 Software Development Kit (SDK) in order to connect to and operate the oscilloscope. This can be downloaded for free from

If you have previously installed the PicoScope 6 software, available free from our website, the USB driver for the oscilloscopes will already be installed on your machine. If not, you can use the USB driver installer included in the SDK.

The main PicoScope 2000 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 rate this Instrument Driver package and send any feedback or report bugs to


Interface To Picoscope Analyzer inspired this file.

Required Products Instrument Control Toolbox
Control System Toolbox
Datafeed Toolbox
MATLAB release MATLAB 8.4 (R2014b)
MATLAB Search Path
Other requirements 32/64-bit version of MATLAB. Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8* Operating System. Latest version of the PicoScope 2000 Software Development Kit (download from * Not Windows RT Windows SDK 7.1 for MATLAB 64-bit.
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19 Nov 2013

Beta release updated to support new PicoScope 2204A and 2205A products.

Streaming data capture and Arbitrary Waveform functionality added.

13 Nov 2014

Device properties and functions now organised into groups. Additional example and some minor fixes.

13 Nov 2014

Update to description.

13 Nov 2014

Updated Instrument Driver package uploaded.

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