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Three in one test and measurement package



Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, Belgian company LabNation has launched SmartScope, an open source USB test equipment package said to be the first such system designed to run on multiple operating systems and platforms.

Chief technology officer Riemer Grootjans said SmartScope is targeted at a new range of users. “Development has been pushed by the appearance of boards like Raspberry Pi and Arduino,” he said. “More people are becoming involved in electronics and they need test and measurement tools. But they’re not designing in things like DDR3, so don’t need GHz performance.”

SmartScope offers oscilloscope, logic analyser and waveform generator functionality in a package measuring 110 x 64 x 24mm. The device, along with probes, wires and cables, will sell for €229.

The oscilloscope provides two analogue channels sampling at up to 100Msample/s and with a -3dB bandwidth of 30MHz. The eight channel logic analyser has a user selectable logic level of 3.3 or 5V DC, while the single channel waveform generator can create arbitrary waveforms with a data rate up to 50Msample/s and an output level from 0 to 3.3V. A four channel digital output generator runs at up to 100Msample/s at either 3.3 or 5V.

Author
Graham Pitcher

Source:  www.newelectronics.co.uk

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