Handyscope HS6 DIFF USB oscilloscope

The USB oscilloscope packed with technology

Base price:  937.00

The 1 GSa/s 14 bit quad differential channel High Resolution Oscilloscope.

Key specifications

  • Differential inputs
  • 8, 12, 14, 16 bit resolution, 0.25 % DC vertical accuracy, 0.1 % typical
  • Up to 1 GSa/s sampling, up to 250 MHz bandwidth
  • Up to 256 Mpoints memory per channel
  • Up to 200 MSa/s continuous streaming
  • 1 ppm time base accuracy

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Base model:
  • Handyscope HS6 DIFF-1000
  • Handyscope HS6 DIFF-500
  • Handyscope HS6 DIFF-200
  • Handyscope HS6 DIFF-100
  • Handyscope HS6 DIFF-50

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This powerful USB 3.0 super speed oscilloscope combines fast sampling up to 1 GSa/s with high resolutions of 12, 14 and 16 bit and a large memory of 64 Mpoints on all four channels. The oscilloscope supports continuous streaming measurements up to 200 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 HS6 DIFF. Optionally, the Handyscope HS6 DIFF can be delivered with SureConnect connection test and resistance measurement on each channel. Also, the Handyscope HS6 DIFF can be delivered with SafeGround option. With SafeGround you can switch the differential inputs of the Handyscope HS6 DIFF into single ended inputs with ground protection. It allows to make measurements using standard attenuating probes and protects the scope when a short circuit to ground is created.

Do you want to use the Handyscope HS6 DIFF (remotely) via a network connection? Transform the Handyscope HS6 DIFF to a network oscilloscope using an Instrument Sharing Server with TPISS installed.

SafeGround

SafeGround gives the possibility to use the oscilloscope inputs both as single ended and as differential. When SafeGround is active and you accidentally create a wrong connection that causes a short circuit, SafeGround will disconnect the ground of the input channel without damaging the oscilloscope or PC.

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SureConnect

While measuring, the revolutionary SureConnect connection test feature of the Handyscope HS6 DIFF checks in real time whether your test probe or clip actually makes electrical contact with your test subject.

Read more about SureConnect View the SureConnect video

EMI pre compliance testing

The powerful capabilities of the Handyscope HS6 DIFF - 1000XMESG EMI analyzer give the user the possibility to quickly perform a good EMI compliance test. With this cost effective test, time and money are saved by avoiding extra visits to expensive EMC testing facilities. The supplied EMI probe set TP-EMI-HS6 contains three magnetic field (H field) probes and one electric field (E field) probe. The tripod ensures that the probes can be positioned properly at the object under test.

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Multi oscilloscope synchronisation

The Handyscope HS6 DIFF is equipped with a sophisticated CMI synchronization bus, allowing to connect multiple Handyscope HS6 DIFFs to each other by means of coupling cables, to use them as a combined oscilloscope. All Handyscopes 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 Handyscopes is only limited by the number available USB ports.

Read more about multi oscilloscope synchronisation View the CMI interface video

High accuracy

The Handyscope HS6 DIFF measures with high resolutions of 14 and 16 bit. A signal measured with the Handyscope HS6 DIFF 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 HS6 DIFF 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 kpoints or 100 kpoints memory, the Handyscope HS6 DIFF has up to 256 Mpoints memory per channel, depending on the selected resolution and the number of active channels. When measuring at 14 bit resolution and all four channels, the available memory is 32 Mpoints per channel. This gives the user 300 to 100000 times more memory. An advantage of a large memory is that once-only fast phenomena can be captured accurately or complete serial communication signal blocks can be measured all at once. 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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Bandwidth limit

It seems reasonable to assume that more bandwidth is better, but a wider bandwidth gives more noise. To reduce your noise you can switch on a bandwidth limiter for each channel of the Handyscope HS6 DIFF.

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Versatile Multi Channel oscilloscope software

The Handyscope HS6 DIFF is delivered with the versatile Multi Channel oscilloscope software, which transforms the Handyscope HS6 DIFF 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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Many automatic measurements

The Multi Channel oscilloscope software features many automatic measurements, that can be performed on the measured signals of your Handyscope or on a selection of the measured signals. Using the automatic measurements in the oscilloscope, any detail of your signal is revealed. Two sets of cursors, both horizontal and vertical, can be used to indicate a part of the signal that needs to be examined thoroughly. The automatic measurements include e.g.: Mininum, Maximum, Top-Bottom, RMS, Mean, Variance, Standard deviation, Frequency.

The measurement results are shown in a special value window that can be positioned anywhere on your computer screen. A convenient toolbar allows you to enable or disable a measurement with a single click. The measurement results can be copied to the clipboard e.g. to use them in reports. When printing the graphs, the cursors and measurements results are also included.

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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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Advanced triggers

To control the advanced trigger capabilities of your Handyscope, the Multi Channel oscilloscope software provides for a convenient trigger properties dialog. It allows to view and set all properties of the trigger, like e.g. trigger source, trigger type, all levels and hystereses and optional time conditions. Additionally, it gives an explanation on the selected trigger type and examples that do cause a trigger (left column) and do not cause a trigger (right column).

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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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Oscilloscope

Analyze fast serial communication protocols

To analyze or debug your serial communications, simply measure the signal(s) transferring the protocol with your Handyscope and have them analyzed and decoded by one of the Multi Channel oscilloscope software protocol analyzers. The decoded information from the serial communications can be shown in tables, in graphs and in the multimeter.

A protocol analyzer is a useful tool when developing a hardware and/or software implementation of a communication bus. It can also be used when debugging device or bus failures.

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24/7 Data logging

Measuring long term signal changes with your Handyscope is done with the Multi Channel oscilloscope software Data logger. The data logger logs your signal, continuously uninterrupted at high speed, 24 hour a day, 7 days a week. Results are immediately shown on the screen and all data can be stored to disk. A convenient toolbar lets you navigate through the stored files to find the important moments in the measurement.

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More features

To discover more features of the comprehensive Multi Channel oscilloscope software for your Handyscope HS6 DIFF, visit the Multi Channel oscilloscope software pages for a full description.

Handyscope HS6 DIFF specifications

The tables below show detailed specifications of the Handyscope HS6 DIFF. Jump to acquisition specifications, trigger specifications or general specifications.

Acquisition system

Number of input channels4 analog
CH1, CH2, CH3, CH4Isolated female BNC
TypeDifferential input
Resolution8, 12, 14, 16 bit user selectable
DC Accuracy0.25 % (0.1 % typical) of full scale ± 1 LSB at 20°C to 25°C
To achieve rated accuracy, allow the instrument to settle for 20 minutes. When subjected to extreme temperatures, allow additional time for internal temperatures to stabilize.
Ranges (full scale)±200 mV
±400 mV
±800 mV
±2 V
±4 V
±8 V
±20 V
±40 V
±80 V
CouplingAC/DC
Impedance2 MOhm / 12 pF ± 1 %
1 MOhm / 20 pF ± 1 % when SafeGround enabled
Maximum voltage200 V (DC + AC peak < 10 kHz)
Maximum Common Mode voltage200 mV to 800 mV ranges : 2 V
2 V to 8 V ranges : 20 V
20 V to 80 V ranges : 200 V
Common Mode Rejection Ratio-47 dB
BandwidthHS6D-1000HS6D-500HS6D-200HS6D-100HS6D-50
-3dB at 75 % of full scale input250 MHz250 MHz250 MHz100 MHz100 MHz
Limit, selectable per channelOff (250 MHz)
150 MHz
100 MHz
50 MHz
Off (250 MHz)
150 MHz
100 MHz
50 MHz
Off (250 MHz)
150 MHz
100 MHz
50 MHz
Off (100 MHz)
75 MHz
50 MHz
25 MHz
Off (100 MHz)
75 MHz
50 MHz
25 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
SafeGroundOptionally available (option G)
Maximum voltage on connection200 V (DC + AC peak < 10 kHz)
Maximum switch off current500 mA
Response time< 100 ns
 
Maximum sampling rateHS6D-1000HS6D-500HS6D-200HS6D-100HS6D-50
8 bit 
measuring one channel1 GSa/s500 MSa/s200 MSa/s100 MSa/s50 MSa/s
measuring two channels500 MSa/s200 MSa/s100 MSa/s50 MSa/s20 MSa/s
measuring three or four channels200 MSa/s100 MSa/s50 MSa/s20 MSa/s10 MSa/s
12 bit 
measuring one channel500 MSa/s200 MSa/s100 MSa/s50 MSa/s20 MSa/s
measuring two channels200 MSa/s100 MSa/s50 MSa/s20 MSa/s10 MSa/s
measuring three or four channels100 MSa/s50 MSa/s20 MSa/s10 MSa/s5 MSa/s
14 bit100 MSa/s50 MSa/s20 MSa/s10 MSa/s5 MSa/s
16 bit6.25 MSa/s3.125 MSa/s1.25 MSa/s625 kSa/s312.5 kSa/s
 
Maximum streaming rate 1HS6D-1000HS6D-500HS6D-200HS6D-100HS6D-50
8 bit 
measuring one channel200 MSa/s2100 MSa/s240 MSa/s20 MSa/s10 MSa/s
measuring two channels100 MSa/s350 MSa/s320 MSa/s10 MSa/s5 MSa/s
measuring three or four channels50 MSa/s425 MSa/s410 MSa/s5 MSa/s2.5 MSa/s
12 bit 
measuring one channel100 MSa/s350 MSa/s320 MSa/s10 MSa/s5 MSa/s
measuring two channels50 MSa/s425 MSa/s410 MSa/s5 MSa/s2.5 MSa/s
measuring three or four channels25 MSa/s512.5 MSa/s55 MSa/s2.5 MSa/s1.25 MSa/s
14 bit 
measuring one channel100 MSa/s350 MSa/s320 MSa/s10 MSa/s5 MSa/s
measuring two channels50 MSa/s425 MSa/s410 MSa/s5 MSa/s2.5 MSa/s
measuring three or four channels25 MSa/s512.5 MSa/s55 MSa/s2.5 MSa/s1.25 MSa/s
16 bit6.25 MSa/s63.125 MSa/s1.25 MSa/s625 kSa/s312.5 kSa/s
  1. On some computers, the highest streaming rates may not be available, due to computer restrictions.
  2. ≤ 40 MSa/swhen connected to USB 2.0
  3. ≤ 20 MSa/swhen connected to USB 2.0
  4. ≤ 10 MSa/swhen connected to USB 2.0
  5. ≤ 5 MSa/swhen connected to USB 2.0
  6. ≤ 3.125 MSa/swhen connected to USB 2.0
Sampling clock source 
InternalTCXO
Accuracy± 0.0001 %
Stability± 1 ppm over 0°C to 55°C
Time base aging±1 ppm/year
ExternalLVDS, on CMI connectors
Input frequency10 MHz ± 1 %
16.369 MHz ± 1 %
 
MemoryStandard modelXM option
8 bit resolution 
Measuring one channel1 Mpts per channel256 Mpts per channel
Measuring two channels512 Kpts per channel128 Mpts per channel
Measuring three or four channels256 Kpts per channel64 Mpts per channel
12, 14, 16 bit resolution 
Measuring one channel512 Kpts per channel128 Mpts per channel
Measuring two channels256 Kpts per channel64 Mpts per channel
Measuring three or four channels128 Kpts per channel32 Mpts per channel
 
Trigger 
SystemDigital, 2 levels
SourceCH1, CH2, CH3, CH4, OR, digital external
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 8 GSamples, 1 sample resolution
Digital external trigger 
InputExtension connector pins 1 and 2
Range0 to 2.5 V (TTL)
CouplingDC
Jitter≤ 1 sample

Multi-instrument synchronization

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

Probe calibration

OutputExtension connector pins 3 (signal) and 6 (ground)
SignalSquare wave
Level-1 V to 1 V
Frequency1 kHz

Interface

InterfaceUSB 3.0 SuperSpeed (5 Gbit/s);
(USB 2.0 HighSpeed compatible)
Network supportYes, via TPISS Instrument Sharing Server

Power Requirements

PowerFrom USB port or external input
Consumption5 VDC 1200 mA max
External powerFrom second USB port or power adapter

Physical

Instrument
Height25 mm (1 inch)
Length170 mm (6.7 inch)
Width140 mm (5.2 inch)
Weight500 g (17.6 ounce)
USB cord length1.8 m (70 inch)

I/O connectors

Channel 1, 2, 3, 4Isolated BNC
USBFixed cable with USB 3.0 type A connector, 1.8 m
Extension connectorD-sub 9 pins female
Power3.5 mm power socket
CMI I/O connectors2 x HDMI type C socket

System requirements

PC I/O connectionUSB 2.0, USB 3.0 or USB 3.1
Operating systemWindows 7/8/10, 32 and 64 bits
Linux (via LibTiePie SDK)

Environmental conditions

Operating 
Ambient temperature20°C to 25°C (10°C to 40°C without specifications)
Relative humidity10 % to 90 %, non condensing
Storage 
Ambient temperature-20°C to 70°C
Relative humidity5 % to 95 %, non condensing

Certifications and Compliances

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

Package contents

InstrumentHandyscope HS6 DIFF
Measure leads4 x Measure lead TP-C812B, Differential BNC -> 4 mm banana plug
Differential attenuator4 x Differential attenuator TP-DA10
Alligator clips, largeAlligator Clip TP-AC80I - Set, 8 large alligator clips
Alligator clips, mediumAlligator Clip TP-AC10I - Set, 8 medium alligator clips
Alligator clips, smallAlligator Clip TP-AC5 - Set, 8 small alligator clips
AccessoriesHandyscope power supply, external power cable for USB port, Probe compensation cable TP-DB9-BNC-30 (only with option SafeGround)
Softwarefor Windows 7/8/10, via website
Driversfor Windows 7/8/10, via website
Manualsinstrument manual and software user's manuals
color printed and digital, via website

Optional Accessories

Optional accessories for the Handyscope HS6 DIFF need to be ordered separately
Oscilloscope probeOscilloscope Probe 1:1-1:10 - HP-3250I, only with SafeGround option G
Measure lead single endedMeasure lead TP-BNCI-100, only with SafeGround option G

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, option W5

The Handyscope HS6 DIFF is available in 5 different base models:

Order codeMax. sampling speedMax. streaming speed
HS6-DIFF-10001 GSa/s200 MSa/s
HS6-DIFF-500500 MSa/s100 MSa/s
HS6-DIFF-200200 MSa/s40 MSa/s
HS6-DIFF-100100 MSa/s20 MSa/s
HS6-DIFF-5050 MSa/s10 MSa/s

Available options for the Handyscope HS6 DIFF are:

  • XM: With the extended memory option, up to 256 Mpoints memory per channel is available. Without this option, the models have up to 1 Mpoints memory per channel.
  • E: With the EMI option, the Handyscope HS6 DIFF is turned into a high accuracy EMI pre compliance tester. The EMI option includes the EMI probe set TP-EMI-HS6.
  • S: With the SureConnect option, connection test and resistance measurement are available on all channels.
  • G: With the SafeGround option, the differential inputs can be switched to single ended inputs, with a protection against shorts circuits to ground.
  • 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.

The EMI option requires a Handyscope HS6 DIFF - 1000 in combination with at least options XM and G.

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The Handyscope HS6 DIFF is delivered with:

Carry case Carry case BB391
Instrument Handyscope HS6 DIFF
Measure leads 4 x Measure lead TP-C812B, Differential BNC -> 4 mm banana plug
Differential attenuator 4 x Differential attenuator TP-DA10
Alligator clips, large Alligator Clip TP-AC80I - Set, 8 large alligator clips
Alligator clips, medium Alligator Clip TP-AC10I - Set, 8 medium alligator clips
Alligator clips, small Alligator Clip TP-AC5 - Set, 8 small alligator clips
Accessories Handyscope power supply, external power cable for USB port, Probe compensation cable TP-DB9-BNC-30 (only with option SafeGround)
Software for Windows 7/8/10, via website
Drivers for Windows 7/8/10, via website
Manuals instrument manual and software user's manuals
color printed and digital, via website
Complete set

Several downloads for the Handyscope HS6 DIFF are listed below, including Multi Channel oscilloscope software, drivers and manuals.

Driver & Software

DescriptionVersionRemarksSize
USB driver8.1.9Windows 10, 32 and 64 bit3.80 MB download
Multi Channel software1.42.6Windows 10, 32 and 64 bit, including PDF manual67.44 MB download

Manuals & Documents

DescriptionVersionRemarksSize
Multi Channel software manual 1.07English4.86 MB download
Handyscope HS6 DIFF Instrument manual2.27English1.15 MB download
Handyscope HS6 DIFF DatasheetEnglish3.40 MB download

Software Development Kit (SDK)

Interfacing the Handyscope HS6 DIFF 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.