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Digilent Inc
Friday, 19 March, 2021

The Digilent Analog Discovery 2 is a USB multi-function instrument that allows users to measure, visualize, generate, record, and control mixed-signal circuits of all kinds.

The Analog Discovery 2 is small enough to fit in your pocket but powerful enough to replace a stack of lab equipment. It comes with the FREE multi-instrument software application, WaveForms. The WaveForms seamlessly connects to Analog Discovery 2 with full Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and Raspberry Pi 4 support. Driven by WaveForms software, Analog Discovery 2 can be configured to work as any one of several traditional instruments including an Oscilloscope, Waveform Generator, Power Supply, Voltmeter, Data Logger, Logic Analyzer, Pattern Generator, Static I/O, Spectrum Analyzer, Network Analyzer, Impedance Analyzer, and Protocol Analyzer.

The Analog Discovery 2 USB multi-function instrument.

Test your design with NI LabVIEW

Engineers and developers can use NI LabVIEW Community Edition and Analog Discovery 2 to test analog and digital circuits. The getting started guide presents how to install and use the Digilent WaveForms VIs LabVIEW package, to control Analog Discovery 2. Demos for controlling the Power Supply, the Digital I/O lines, the Waveform Generator, and the Oscilloscope instruments are included.

Control Analog Discovery 2 in NI LabVIEW.

Debug Motor Control Application with Analog Discovery 2

The WaveForms Software Development Kit (SDK) can be used to create custom tester applications and scripts in Python, C, and additional languages. Digilent provides an example project to demonstrate how to build an automated test to debug motor controllers. In this particular project, multiple motors were used in a system where their functionality directly impacted the safety of the user, so extensive testing was necessary.

Debug Motor Controllers with Analog Discovery 2.

When lab spaces are not always available or convenient, the Analog Discovery 2 is a great choice as a supplement to traditional laboratories. With Analog Discovery 2, it easy for engineers and developers to acquire, visualize, store, analyze, produce, and reuse analog and digital signals.

The Analog Discovery 2 is available via Element14.

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