A whole day of fumbling, compressed into an action-packed video for your entertainment and convenience.

Today I took a look at the Digilent Analog Discovery 2 for the first time.

If you don't know the Analog Discovery 2, it's an instrument for electronics test and measurement. But it's more than that--or rather, it's all of that. It's also just the type of equipment for software developers entering into the world of hardware development. As you may know, I run the Lean Hardware Workshop, a 6-week program to get software folks making hardware, and I wanted to know if the Analog Discovery 2 is any good.

The Analog Discovery 2 is a small piece of hardware with analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters (and lots of I/O) that sits on your USB port and software turns that hardware into a number of different instruments.

It can be:

  • an oscilloscope
  • waveform generator
  • spectrum analyzer
  • logic analyzer
  • power supply
  • network analyzer (sort of)
  • voltmeter
  • power supply

The hardware tries to be invisible and the real value is made in the software. It's advertised to run on Windows/Mac/Linux and I installed it on Linux.

Check out the video below for the details.