Logic Analyzers, Triggers, and Breadboards Oh My!


Not too long ago I informed the world of the impending passing of our beloved Analog Discovery Original. In that post I highlighted the differences between the Analog Discovery and it’s successor the Analog Discovery 2. I also recently introduced the newest member to Instrumentation, the Digital Discovery. Well, the late Analog Discovery Original, Analog Discovery 2, and Digital Discovery have a few additional relatives, and they have some major differences.

Some differences are obvious, such as the physical design between the Analog Discovery 2 and Electronics Explorer Board. One is a workstation vs a pocket sized tool.

You can see the difference in physical design here.

One designed to provide a workstation, while the other is designed to be taken wherever debugging takes you.

Other differences might be denoted by name, such as the Digital Discovery, which focuses on high speed digital applications only… no analog functionality here.

But their differences are more than mechanical or nominal, each member of this family has it’s own set of specifications and features. These are differences that would be important when deciding which tool is right for you. They are summarized below:

A handy dandy comparison table.

To learn more about each of these tools work, visit the resource centers.


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When I started school I wasn’t interested in any of things I’m passionate about now. In fact originally I started out wanting to study art. But then I decided I didn’t want to have people telling me what to create, so I changed to music. Then I decided I didn’t want to ruin a hobby by making it my career. At the same time my Physics class was teaching a unit on the physics of music, and I thought that was way interesting, so I changed to physics. Then by the time physics was over I decided that the coolest part of physics was electricity and magnetism, and I may as well get a degree that transfers directly into a career. So while all this was happening, I was attending Shoreline Community College, and during that time I found my passion, or rather presented itself repeatedly, until I realized, maybe I should take a hint from the universe. While at community college, I was asked to help at the high school by tutoring chemistry students. Then I was asked to help at the elementary school by being a math Olympiad coach. I continued both because I found I really enjoyed it. I also had an opportunity, and was hired to be a tutor in the Math Learning Center at the Community College, a job I really loved. At the same time I was working as a Nanny, which I had been doing for several years, the main reason because I could and would answer the hard questions the kids asked honestly (i.e. why is the sky blue). I then was recommended by the patrons of the MLC to the transfer tutoring center (private tutoring,) and developed a wait list of students. Through all these opportunities at some point I realized that I loved watching people go from totally lost, to masters of a subject. I was also forced to admit that having all these opportunities continually renewed, I must have been somewhat good at it. So I decided I wanted to teach, which fits with my mission oriented personality. I saw a serious lack of passionate ECE professors in the institutions I attended. At WSU I continued this trend by being ask to TA for computer science and electrical engineering, being a TA for a total of 4 semesters. This continued by getting an amazing opportunity in my first semester at Washington State University to work at Digilent, an educational company. So even if I didn’t want to teach, turns out I can’t avoid it. Luckily it is my main passion.

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