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Analog Discovery 2 + LabView Home Bundle - Review

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Product Performed to Expectations: 9
Specifications were sufficient to design with: 10
Demo Software was of good quality: 10
Product was easy to use: 9
Support materials were available: 10
The price to performance ratio was good: 9
TotalScore: 57 / 60
  • RoadTest: Analog Discovery 2 + LabView Home Bundle
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  • Evaluation Type: Test Equipment
  • Was everything in the box required?: Yes
  • Comparable Products/Other parts you considered: Saleae Logic
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  • Detailed Review:

    The Analog Discovery 2 arrived in it's nice clear plastic case with everything to get started along with the d/l version of Labview 2014.

     

    Waveforms:

     

    The main menu with 13 instrument selections.

     

    The network analyzer with a 10 khz LP filter. AD 2 accurately records it at 10.4 khz.

     

    Testing with the included flywires, resulted in an effective b/w of about 9 mhz, matching Digilents specifications.

    The optional bnc adapter board allows full range capability of the device, sacrificing only differential input to the o-scope.

     

    • Analog bandwidth with Discovery BNC adapter: 30+ MHz @ 3dB, 10 MHz @ 0.5dB, 5 MHz @ 0.1dB (o-scope)
    •                                                                                  12 MHz @ 3dB, 4 MHz @ 0.5dB, 1 MHz @ 0.1dB (wave gen)
    • Analog bandwidth with included flywires: 9 MHz @ 3dB, 2.9 MHz @ 0.5dB, 0.8 MHz @ 0.1dB

     

    O-scope provides accurate measurement with factory calibration settings.

     

    Spectrum analyzer depicting FM and AM modulation input on 500khz carrier signal.

     

    O-scope with FFT window reading 200khz signal.

     

    Accurate power supply output with factory calibration.

     

     

    Impedance circuit testing with multiple functions.

     

     

    Summary:

     

    Previously I reviewed Digilent's Digital Discovery Digilent Digital Discovery with High Speed Adapter - Review and found it to be a very capable

    though specialized device, still needed a bit of fine tuning. With the Analog Discovery 2, a unit that has a long history of development, it really shows

    what a mature product can do. I found little that couldn't be done with this device that any technician would need in a very portable device.

    The Waveforms software is fully utilized to it's extent and I could find very little to improve on. As stated before, the bnc adapter is really a must have to

    get the most out of this unit.


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