Handyscope HS5 USB oscilloscope

The unbeatable USB oscilloscope

Base price:  1,051.00

The 500 MSa/s 14 bit dual channel High Resolution Oscilloscope with function generator.

Key specifications

Acquisition system
  • 8, 12, 14, 16 bit resolution, 0.25 % DC vertical accuracy, 0.1 % typical
  • Up to 500 MSa/s sampling, up to 250 MHz bandwidth
  • Up to 32 Mpts memory per channel
  • 20 MSa/s, 14 bit continuous streaming
  • 1 ppm time base accuracy
Arbitrary Waveform Generator
  • 1 µHz up to 40 MHz sine, square, triangular, pulse and arbitrary waveforms
  • -12 to 12 V output (24 Vpp)
  • Up to 64 Mpts , 240 MSa/s, 14 bit arbitrary waveforms
  • Spurious (non harmonic) < -85 dB
  • 8 ns rise and fall time

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Base model:
  • Handyscope HS5-540
  • Handyscope HS5-530
  • Handyscope HS5-220
  • Handyscope HS5-110
  • Handyscope HS5-055

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This powerful high speed USB oscilloscope combines fast sampling up to 500 MSa/s with high resolutions of 12, 14 and 16 bit, a large memory of 64 Mpts and an extremely accurate built-in 40 MHz 14 bit Constant Data Size (CDS) arbitrary waveform generator with 24 V peak to peak output, generating true form signals. The oscilloscope supports continuous streaming measurements up to 20 MSa/s and can be synchronized with other oscilloscopes using the CMI interface to form a multi channel combined instrument with synchronized time base. The CMI interface is available by default on the Handyscope HS5. Optionally, the Handyscope HS5 can be delivered with SureConnect connection test and resistance measurement on each channel.

Do you want to use the Handyscope HS5 (remotely) via a network connection? Transform the Handyscope HS5 to a network oscilloscope using an Instrument Sharing Server with TPISS installed.

The flexibility and quality that the Handyscope HS5 offers is unparalleled by any other oscilloscope and function generator in its class.


The SureConnect connection test feature of the tells you immediately whether your test probe or clip actually makes electrical contact or not. No more doubt whether your probe doesn't make contact or there really is no signal.

Read more about SureConnect View the SureConnect video

Multi instrument synchronisation

The Handyscope HS5 is equipped with a sophisticated CMI synchronization bus, allowing to connect multiple Handyscope HS5s to each other by means of TP-C50H Coupling cable CMIs, to use them as a combined instrument. All instruments will measure at the same sample frequency (0 ppm deviation!). Apart from a synchronization bus, the CMI also contains a trigger bus and a detection bus. The maximum number of instruments is only limited by the number available USB ports.

Read more about multi instrument synchronisation View the CMI interface video

High accuracy

The Handyscope HS5 measures with high resolutions of 14 and 16 bit. A signal measured with the Handyscope HS5 therefore has 256 times more resolution than most standalone oscilloscopes, which usually have a low resolution of 8 or 9 bit. The high resolution of the Handyscope HS5 precision oscilloscope allows for measuring signals with more accuracy, because the quantization error is much lower.

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Large memory

When measuring at high sample rates, a long record length/large memory is necessary to be able to record a complete signal in the acquisition buffer. Where most oscilloscopes have 2.5 kSamples or 100 kSamples memory, the Handyscope HS5 has 32 MSamples memory per channel. This gives the user 300 to 10000 times more memory. An advantage of a large memory is that once-only fast phenomena can be captured completely. For example complete serial communications, like CAN bus signals, can be measured all in one record to be reviewed and analyzed afterwards.

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Low distortion Arbitrary Waveform Generator

The Handyscope HS5 is the first High Resolution USB oscilloscope with built-in 30 MHz low distortion function generator. The built-in Arbitrary Waveform Generator uses CDS signal synthesis technology, developed by TiePie engineering, resulting in the best signal fidelity in its class, generating the true form of your signals. With spurious distortion as low as -85 dB at 100 kHz signal frequency, a very flat amplitude spectrum and a rise time of 8 ns, the low distortion function generator creates signals that approach perfection.

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Oscilloscope and Generator synchronization

The High Resolution USB oscilloscope and the arbitrary waveform generator in the Handyscope HS5 can be easily synchronized by setting the trigger source of the oscilloscope to one or more generator trigger events: start, stop and new period.

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Versatile Multi Channel oscilloscope software

The Handyscope HS5 is delivered with the versatile Multi Channel oscilloscope software, which transforms the Handyscope HS5 into an oscilloscope, spectrum analyzer, data logger, multimeter and protocol analyzer.

Some of the powerful features of the Multi Channel oscilloscope software are indicated below, for a full description of the Multi Channel oscilloscope software, refer to the Multi Channel oscilloscope software pages.

Quick Setup

To simplify setting up the measurements, the Multi Channel oscilloscope software contains a large number of Quick Setups, for almost any application. A Quick Setup contains the basic settings for a specific measurement as well as additional information regarding the selected Quick Setup, like e.g. how your Handyscope and/or accessories need to be connected. Quick Setups can also contain reference signals. After loading the Quick Setup, that specific measurement can be performed and if needed, small adjustments to the setup can be made.

The Quick Setups are carefully organized in a tree structure, ordered by application. Just a few mouse clicks allow to perform a complex measurement.

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Flexible signal displays

The Multi Channel oscilloscope software scope, spectrum analyzer and datalogger offer an ultimately flexible way to display all aspects of the measured signals. They can have one or more graphs, each displaying one or more signals, where each graph can display different parts of a signal. Graphs can display the signal(s) of your Handyscope in Yt mode, in XY mode or as frequency spectrum, with or without interpolation. Colors of all items in a graph can be set to any required value. Graph dimensions can be adjusted to any required size, graphs can be located in one single window or in separate windows, which can be located anywhere on the desktop.

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Comprehensive Arbitrary Waveform Generator

To generate your test signals, the Multi Channel oscilloscope software also includes a comprehensive Arbitrary Waveform Generator.

An arbitrary waveform generator is an instrument that can generate repetitive or single shot signals. The signals can have a predefined standard shape like a sine wave or a square wave as in a conventional function generator. However, the signals can also have an arbitrary shape, defined by the user. These signals can be created using the Multi Channel oscilloscope software or an external program or can be signals previously measured by the Handyscope and loaded in the generator.

The Multi Channel oscilloscope software generator can be fully synchronized with the Multi Channel oscilloscope software oscilloscope, using the dedicated generator trigger signals, allowing the scope to trigger on the start of the generated signal, on each new period or on the end of the generated signal.

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Unlimited zoom

When measuring at high sample rates, a long record length is a must, otherwise the acquisition buffer is full before the signal is measured. Therefore, our Handyscopes can have up to 256 MSamples record length per channel.

To view all that data conveniently and yet being able to see all details of the signals, the Multi Channel oscilloscope software scope, spectrum analyzer and data logger support sophisticated signal drawing routines with unlimited zooming capabilities. The full signal can be shown on any display size, without loss of information. Yet, you can zoom in to any required level, to see the finest details in the signals. Zooming factors of 1 million of even more are no problem, you can zoom in far beyond sample level.

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High detail spectrum analyzer

The high detail Multi Channel oscilloscope software spectrum analyzer takes full benefit of the deep memory of the high resolution USB Handyscopes. Not only gives the deep memory an incredible low resolution bandwidth of just 7.45 Hz at a frequency span of 500 MHz, it also gives a vertical dynamic range of 140 dB. The fast and powerful FFT routines with many user selectable window functions allow you to see the smallest frequency components in your signals.

The multi display option of the Multi Channel oscilloscope software spectrum analyzer allows viewing multiple parts of the spectrum at the same time, giving a better understanding of the signals that are analyzed.

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More features

To discover more features of the comprehensive Multi Channel oscilloscope software for your Handyscope HS5, visit the Multi Channel oscilloscope software pages for a full description.

Handyscope HS5 specifications

The tables below show detailed specifications of the Handyscope HS5. Jump to acquisition specifications, trigger specifications, function generator specifications or general specifications.

Acquisition system

Number of input channels2 analog
CH1, CH2BNC, female
TypeSingle ended
ResolutionUser selectable in software
Native8, 12, 14 bit
Enhanced16 bit
DC Accuracy0.25 % (0.1 % typical) of full scale ± 1 LSB
 325 µVrms (200 mV range, 12 bit, 50 MSa/s)
90 µVrms (200 mV range, 16 bit, 6.25 MSa/s)
220 µVrms (200 mV range, 12 bit, 50 MSa/s)
70 µVrms (200 mV range, 16 bit, 6.25 MSa/s)
Ranges (Full scale)±200 mV
±400 mV
±800 mV
±2 V
±4 V
±8 V
±20 V
±40 V
±80 V
Impedance1 MΩ / 25 pF ± 1 %
Maximum voltage200 V (DC + AC peak < 10 kHz)
Maximum voltage 1:10 probe600 V (DC + AC peak < 10 kHz)
Bandwidth (-3dB)at 75 % of full scale input
Ch1250 MHz
Ch2100 MHz
AC coupling cut off frequency (-3dB)±1.5 Hz
SureConnectOptionally available (option S)
Maximum voltage on connection200 V (DC + AC peak < 10 kHz)
Resistance measurementOptionally available (option S)
Ranges (Full scale)100 Ω
200 Ω
500 Ω
1 kΩ
2 kΩ
5 kΩ
10 kΩ
20 kΩ
50 kΩ
100 kΩ
200 kΩ
500 kΩ
1 MΩ
2 MΩ
Accuracy1 % of full scale
Response time (to 95%)< 10 µs
Maximum sampling rateHS5-540HS5-530HS5-220HS5-110HS5-055
8/12 bit, measuring one channel500 MSa/s500 MSa/s200 MSa/s100 MSa/s50 MSa/s
8/12 bit, measuring two channels200 MSa/s200 MSa/s100 MSa/s50 MSa/s20 MSa/s
14 bit100 MSa/s100 MSa/s50 MSa/s20 MSa/s10 MSa/s
16 bit6.25 MSa/s6.25 MSa/s3.125 MSa/s1.25 MSa/s625 kSa/s
Maximum streaming rate 1HS5-540HS5-530HS5-220HS5-110HS5-055
8 bit, measuring one channel40 MSa/s40 MSa/s20 MSa/s10 MSa/s4 MSa/s
8 bit, measuring two channels20 MSa/s20 MSa/s10 MSa/s5 MSa/s2 MSa/s
12/14 bit, measuring one channel20 MSa/s20 MSa/s10 MSa/s5 MSa/s2 MSa/s
12/14 bit, measuring two channels10 MSa/s10 MSa/s5 MSa/s2 MSa/s1 MSa/s
16 bit6.25 MSa/s6.25 MSa/s3.125 MSa/s1.25 MSa/s625 kSa/s
MemoryStandard modelXM option
Measuring one channel256 KSamples per channel64 MSamples per channel
Measuring two channels128 KSamples per channel32 MSamples per channel
Sampling clock source 
Accuracy± 0.0001 %
Stability± 1 ppm over 0°C to 55°C
Time base aging±1 ppm/year
ExternalLVDS, on auxiliary connectors
Input range10 MHz ± 1 %
SystemDigital, 2 levels
SourceCH1, CH2, OR, digital external
Generator start, Generator new period, Generator stop
Trigger modesRising edge, Falling edge, Any edge
Inside window, Outside window, Enter window, Exit window
Pulse width
Level adjustment0 to 100 % of full scale
Hysteresis adjustment0 to 100 % of full scale
Resolution0.006 % (14, 16 bits) / 0.025% (12 bits)
Pre trigger0 to selected record length, 1 sample resolution
Post trigger0 to selected record length, 1 sample resolution
Trigger hold-off0 to 63 MSamples, 1 sample resolution
Trigger delay0 to 16 GSamples, 1 sample resolution
Segmented triggerAvailable on models with extended memory option XM, available via LibTiePie SDK
Maximum number of segments1024
Minimum segment length1 sample
Maximum segment length32 M / number of segments
64 M / number of segments measuring one channel
Trigger rearm timeSample frequency dependent, < 700 ns on highest sample frequency
Digital external trigger 
InputExtension connector pins 1, 2 and 3
Range0 to 2.5 V (TTL)
JitterDepending on source and sample frequency
Source = channel≤ 1 sample
Source = external or generator 
Sample frequency = 500 MSa/s≤ 8 samples
Sample frequency < 500 MSa/s≤ 4 samples
Sample frequency ≤ 100 MSa/s≤ 1 sample

Arbitrary Waveform Generator (independent from acquisition system)

StandardSine, square, triangle, pulse, noise, DC
Signal characteristics 
Frequency range1 µHz to 40 MHz1 µHz to 30 MHz1 µHz to 20 MHz1 µHz to 10 MHz1 µHz to 5 MHz
Amplitude flatnessRelative to 1 kHz
< 100 kHz±0.1 dB
< 5 MHz±0.15 dB
< 20 MHz±0.3 dB (Amplitude ≤ 11 V (22 Vpp))
< 30 MHz±0.4 dB (Amplitude ≤ 9 V (18 Vpp))
< 40 MHz±1 dB (Amplitude ≤ 7.5 V (15 Vpp))
Spurious (non harmonic) 
< 100 kHz-75 dBc
100 kHz to 1 MHz-70 dBc
1 MHz to 10 MHz-60 dBc
10 MHz to 15 MHz-55 dBc
15 MHz to 20 MHz-45 dBc
20 MHz to 30 MHz-35 dBc
30 MHz to 40 MHz-30 dBc
Frequency range1 µHz to 30 MHz 21 µHz to 30 MHz1 µHz to 20 MHz1 µHz to 10 MHz1 µHz to 5 MHz
Rise/fall time< 8 ns
Overshoot< 1 %
Variable duty cycle0.01 % to 99.99 %
Asymmetry0 % of period + 5 ns (@ 50 % Duty cycle)
Jitter (RMS)< 50 ps
Frequency range1 µHz to 30 MHz 21 µHz to 30 MHz1 µHz to 20 MHz1 µHz to 10 MHz1 µHz to 5 MHz
Nonlinearity (of peak output)< 0.01 %
Symmetry0 % - 100 %, 0.1 % steps
Period100 ns to 1000 s
Pulse width15 ns to 1000 s
Variable edge time8 ns to 1 s
Overshoot< 1 %
Jitter (rms)< 50 ps
Bandwidth (typical)30 MHz
Frequency range0.4 nHz to 30 MHz0.4 nHz to 30 MHz0.4 nHz to 20 MHz0.4 nHz to 10 MHz0.4 nHz to 5 MHz
Maximum sample rate240 MSa/s240 MSa/s200 MSa/s100 MSa/s50 MSa/s
Standard model1 to 256 KiSamples
XM option1 to 64 MiSamples
Rise/Fall time< 8 ns
Nonlinearity (of peak output)< 0.01 %
Settling time< 8 ns to 10 % final value
Jitter (RMS)< 50 ps
Common characteristics 
Number of output channels1 analog, BNC, female
DAC resolution14 bit
Output rangefrequency ≤ 10 MHzfrequency ≤ 20 MHzfrequency ≤ 30 MHzfrequency ≤ 40 MHz
At open circuit-12 to +12 V (24 Vpp)-11 to +11 V (22 Vpp)-9 to +9 V (18 Vpp)-7.5 to +7.5 V (15 Vpp)
Ranges (at open circuit)0.12 V (0.24 Vpp)1.2 V (2.4 Vpp)12 V (24 Vpp)
Resolution12 bit
Accuracy0.4 % of range
DC offset 
Range-12 to +12 V at open circuit
Resolution12 bit
Accuracy0.4 % of range
Noise level 
0.12 V range900 µVRMS
1.2 V range1.3 mVRMS
12 V range1.5 mVRMS
Impedance50 Ω
Overload protectionOutput turns off automatically when overload is applied. Instrument will tolerate a short circuit to ground indefinitely.
WaveformsSine, square, triangle, noise, arbitrary
Count1 to 65535
TriggerSoftware, external
SweepAvailable on models with extended memory option XM
WaveformsSine, square, triangle
TypeLinear, logarithmic
DirectionUp, down
TriggerSoftware, external
System characteristics 
SystemConstant Data Size
Standard model256 KiSamples
Option XM64 MiSamples
Operating modesContinuous, triggered, gated
Maximum sample rateHS5-540HS5-530HS5-220HS5-110HS5-055
 240 MSa/s240 MSa/s200 MSa/s100 MSa/s50 MSa/s
Sampling sourceInternal TCXO
Accuracy±0.0001 %
Stability±1 ppm over 0°C to +55°C
Time base aging±1 ppm/year

Multi-instrument synchronization

Maximum number of instrumentsLimited by number of available USB ports
Synchronization accuracy0 ppm
CMI interface2x, AUX 1, AUX 2
Required coupling cableTP-C50H Coupling cable CMI
Maximum coupling cable length50 cm


InterfaceUSB 2.0 High Speed (480 Mbit/s);
(USB 1.1 Full Speed (12 Mbit/s) and USB 3.0 compatible)
Network supportYes, via TPISS Instrument Sharing Server

Power Requirements

PowerFrom USB port or external input
Consumption5 VDC 2000 mA max
External powerFrom second USB port or power adapter


Instrument height25 mm (1 inch)
Instrument length170 mm (6.7 inch)
Instrument width140 mm (5.2 inch)
Weight430 g (15 ounce)
USB cord length1.8 m (70 inch)

I/O connectors

Channel 1, 2BNC, female
GeneratorBNC, female
USBFixed cable with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 type A connector, 1.8 m
Extension connectorD-sub 9 pins female
Power3.5 mm power socket
Auxiliary I/O connectors2 x HDMI type C socket

System requirements

PC I/O connectionUSB 1.1, USB 2.0 or newer
Operating systemWindows 10, 32 and 64 bits
Linux (via LibTiePie SDK)

Environmental conditions

Ambient temperature0 to 55°C
Relative humidity10 % to 90 %, non condensing
Ambient temperature-20 to 70°C
Relative humidity5 % to 95 %, non condensing

Certifications and Compliances

CE mark complianceYes
EN 55011:2009/A1:2010Yes
EN 55022:2006/A1:2007Yes
EN 61000-6-1:2007Yes
EN 61000-6-3:2007Yes

Package contents

InstrumentHandyscope HS5
Oscilloscope probes2 x Oscilloscope Probe 1:1-1:10 - HP-3250I
AccessoriesHandyscope / WiFiScope power supply, external power cable for USB port
Softwarefor Windows 10, via website
Driversfor Windows 10, via website
Software Development Kitfor Windows 10 and Linux, via website
Manualsinstrument manual and software user's manuals
color printed and digital, via website

Customer service

TiePie engineering instruments are designed, manufactured and tested to provide high reliability. In the unlikely event you experience difficulties, the TiePie engineering instruments are fully warranted for two years.
This warranty includesAll parts and labor (excluding probes and/or measure leads)
No charge for return shipping
Long-term 7 year support
Upgrade to the latest software at no charge
Optionally availableExtension to five year warranty
  1. On some computers, the highest streaming rates may not be available, due to computer restrictions.
  2. Above 30 MHz not specified.

The Handyscope HS5 is available in 5 different base models:

Order codeMax. sampling speedMax. streaming speedMax. signal frequency AWG
HS5-540500 MSa/s20 MSa/s40 MHz
HS5-530500 MSa/s20 MSa/s30 MHz
HS5-220200 MSa/s10 MSa/s20 MHz
HS5-110100 MSa/s5 MSa/s10 MHz
HS5-05550 MSa/s2 MSa/s5 MHz

Available options for the Handyscope HS5 are:

  • XM: With the extended memory option, 32 Mpts memory per channel is available. Without this option, the models have 128 kpts memory per channel.
  • S: With the SureConnect option, connection test is available on all channels.
  • W5: With the extended warranty option, warranty is five years on parts and labor. Without this option, the models have two years warranty on parts and labor.

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The Handyscope HS5 is delivered with:

Instrument Handyscope HS5
Probe 2x Oscilloscope Probe 1:1-1:10 - HP-3250I
Accessories Handyscope / WiFiScope power supply,
external power cable for USB port
Software for Windows 10, via website
Drivers for Windows 10, via website
Software Development Kit for Windows 10 and Linux, via website
Manuals instrument manual and software user's manuals
color printed and digital, via website
Complete set

Several downloads for the Handyscope HS5 are listed below, including Multi Channel oscilloscope software, drivers and manuals.

Driver & Software

WinUSB driver10.0.0Windows 10 / 11, 64 bit1.71 MB download
Multi Channel software1.45.1Windows 10 / 11, 64 bit, including PDF manual100.35 MB download

Manuals & Documents

Multi Channel software manual 1.08English2.90 MB download
Handyscope HS5 Instrument manual2.39English966.66 kB download
Handyscope HS5 DatasheetEnglish2.40 MB download

Software Development Kit (SDK)

Interfacing the Handyscope HS5 with third party software and developing own software requires the LibTiePie Software Development Kit. Detailed information on the LibTiePie SDK, downloads for Windows and Linux platforms and bindings and programming examples for various programming environments can be found in the LibTiePie pages.