Digilent's Analog Discovery Pro 2230 Aims to Deliver Pro-Grade Oscilloscope Functions in Compact Box

Connecting to WaveForms, or LabVIEW and MATLAB, this display-free oscilloscope punches well above its weight.

Gareth Halfacree
1 month agoDebugging / HW101 / Productivity

Digilent has announced the launch of the Analog Discovery Pro 2230, a mixed-signal oscilloscope (MSO) the company claims is powerful enough for professional engineering projects — and which ties in to the free WaveForms toolkit and software development kit, in addition to LabVIEW and MATLAB.

"The Analog Discovery Pro (ADP2230)™ is a mixed signal oscilloscope (MSO) designed for professional engineers. It features analog inputs, analog output, and digital I/O [Input/Output], with deep memory buffers all operating at up to 125MS/s [Mega-Samples per second]," Digilent writes of its latest launch, brought to our attention by Linux Gizmos.

"Users can both receive and generate digital signals to test and analyze data from various devices," the company continues, "while simultaneously powering those systems with its robust power supply. The feature-packed design allows the ADP2230 to perform the functions of several test and measurement devices and can replace a stack of traditional instruments."

The compact oscilloscope, which lacks a display and instead ties in to the company's WaveForms software running on a separate PC via USB 3.0 Type-C connection, includes two 14-bit ±25V analog inputs with 50MHz bandwidth and a 14-bit ±5V analog output with 15MHz bandwidth, all brought out on BNC connectors. A general-purpose input/output (GPIO) header provides access to 16 3.3V digital IO pins, while there are two programmable power supplies, 0.5-5V and a negative version, providing up to 3W each.

The oscilloscope includes onboard memory offering 64MS per-channel buffering, configurable up to 128MS, and a range of analog and digital trigger modes that can be sourced from the analog or digital channels, the function generator, an external trigger, or a manual trigger button. Internal hardware loopbacks, meanwhile, provide the ability to recapture analog outputs and to output filtered and unfiltered input signals. For those who need more channels, Digilent has confirmed that multiple Analog Discovery Pro 2230s can be linked together.

The Analog Discovery Pro 2230 is now available to order on the Digilent website for $749, including the unit itself, power supply, USB cable, a pair of ×1/×10 probes, and flying wires with label sheet for the GPIO header.

Gareth Halfacree
Freelance journalist, technical author, hacker, tinkerer, erstwhile sysadmin. For hire: freelance@halfacree.co.uk.
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