The Analog Discovery, Now Even More Portable


One of the best features of the Analog Discovery and Analog Discovery 2 is that they both are so portable that they are small enough to fit into a pocket. However, you need a laptop to run WaveForms 2015 and get data over USB.

Unfortunately laptops do not tend to fit in pockets.

When I take the Analog Discovery 2 places like ASEE, and ECEDHA table space is generally never enough for all the demos we want to run. With 11 tools, the Analog Discovery 2 enables a lot of cool demos. However I always thought it would be amazing if we could run it off of a small processor board and display WaveForms 2015 on a little display. Then we could maximize our table space and bring more awesome demos.

Well, if you happen to have a Zybo or have been planning to buy one but needed a compelling reason, look no further! Now you can run WaveForms 2015 on a Zybo… no laptop required!

You’ll need a Zybo and Micro SD card, an Analog Discovery, Analog Discovery 2, or EE Board, A Powered USB hub, HDMI or VGA monitor, mouse and keyboard.

Basically, you are going to turn your Zybo into a computer that can run WaveForms 2015.

The full instructions on how to do this are located in this Instructable created by user Laszlo AttilaK, (if you are a frequent visitor of our forums, that name might sound familiar).

In short, the tutorial has you copy a Linux image, device tree, and bootfiles onto an SD card. Copy the bitfile to the SD card.

Connect up the Zybo to the monitor, keyboard and mouse, and start Linux.

Next you’ll download and install Adept to connect to Digilent devices, and WaveForms 2015 to run on your Zybo.

Then you have an even more portable Analog Discovery!

Stay tuned to our blog for more neat projects and updates.

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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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