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Digilent Analog Discovery is a new mixed-signal test and measurement tool that targets the needs of students in undergraduate engineering classes
The Analog Discovery works with the free Waveforms(TM) software that offers intuitive interfaces to the oscilloscope, waveform generator and other instruments, as well as advanced features like Fourier transforms, Bode plots, and cross-instrument triggering. A parts kit and a large collection of freely-posted teaching and learning materials are also available to help students. The parts kit contains a solderless breadboard, jumper wires, more than 150 passive components, more than 20 IC's from Analog Devices, and an assortment of diodes, transistors, and other devices. Teaching and learning materials include a free on-line text book with exercises and design projects, a series of 40 video lectures suitable for a university-based Circuits class, tutorials, and reference designs and projects.
Studies have shown that students learn more, learn faster, and retain information longer when they have access to portable design kits they can use at home to augment lectures, homework, and lab-based projects. University professors recommend the Analog Discovery Design Kit for aspiring engineering students and often incorporate it into their lessons. Kathleen Meehan, an associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University said: "I like the flexibility of Digilent's analog design kits. The department doesn't need to maintain and staff the traditional large laboratory classrooms for my engineering students... Students instead complete experiments after class where and when they want with the analog design kit they purchased at the beginning of the semester. We provide help in the traditional way as well as online videos that give students assistance when they need it - no matter what time of day or night."
The Analog Discovery Design Kit provides a diverse array of opportunities to both professionals and students to decentralize and individualize engineering education. The following links provide further information:
- Digilent and Analog Discovery overview from Clint Cole, President of Digilent:
- Analog Discovery quick start video:
- Analog Discovery information page:
Digilent Analog Discovery Design Kit-Contents and Educational Material
Built around 14-bit, 100 MSPS+ data converters from Analog Devices, the Analog Discovery Design Kit offers:
- Two 100 MSPS, 5 MHz differential oscilloscopes,
- Two 100 MSPS, 5 MHz waveform generators,
- Two fixed power supplies,
- 16-channel logic analyzer,
- 16-channel digital pattern generator,
- Trigger in and trigger out for linking multiple instruments,
- USB cable for power and data transfer,
- Signal probe wires,
- And the freely downloadable WaveForms(TM) Software.
The design kit connects to the PC using the included USB cable, and works seamlessly with Digilent's Waveforms(TM) software that runs on virtually any Windows PC. The educational materials, developed in conjunction with practicing engineers as well as university faculty members, follow pre-existing and time-proven educational tracks, while introducing a much greater emphasis on hands-on learning. The Analog Parts Kit, which includes more than 200 components and more than 20 ICs from Analog Devices, supports all the designs included in the educational materials, and offers enough component diversity to support thousands of additional designs.
Digilent has also forged an agreement with Designsoft, the producer of the popular TINA circuit design and simulation tool, to offer the student edition of TINA to academic customers for just $6.95. By combining TINA's powerful design and analysis software with the Analog Discovery, students and professors can build world-class teaching and learning systems for less than the price of a textbook.
Digilent Analog Discovery Design Kit Available for Sampling and Shipping
Engineering professors may request a sample kit by emailing Digilent directly at services%digilentinc.com.
- Digilent Analog Discovery Kit : USD 199 (Academic pricing: USD 159)
- Analog Parts Kit: USD 59 (USD 49 when purchased with Analog Discovery)
About Analog Devices
Innovation, performance, and excellence are the cultural pillars on which Analog Devices has built one of the longest standing, highest growth companies within the technology sector. Acknowledged industry-wide as the world leader in data conversion and signal conditioning technology, Analog Devices serves over 60,000 customers, representing virtually all types of electronic equipment. Analog Devices is headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts, with design and manufacturing facilities throughout the world. Analog Devices is included in the S&P 500 Index. Please see their company website for more information: www.analog.com.
Digilent is an industry leader in providing academic and research solutions in high-end electronics. Over 1,000 universities, training centers, and research laboratories in more than 70 countries use Digilent products and services. Digilent also provides design and manufacturing services for many leading technology companies including Xilinx, Cypress Semiconductor, and National Instruments.
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