Analog Discovery Studio: A portable circuits laboratory for every student

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What is the Analog Discovery Studio?

The Analog Discovery Studio is a fully functional, portable test and measurement device that can turn any cross-functional space into a pop-up electronics laboratory. Equipped with 13 instruments, including an Oscilloscope, Logic Analyzer, Spectrum Analyzer, Waveform Generator, and more; the Analog Discovery Studio provides an entire stack of bench-top instruments with a convenient, replaceable, and breadboardable interface, perfect for enabling student learning anywhere.

Studio Learning

With lab spaces decreasing and student enrollment increasing, many institutions are choosing studio learning as a supplement to traditional laboratories, creating a need for a portable test and measurement bench that can support all types of circuits projects. With an Analog Discovery Studio, students can continue their hands-on learning in the library, office hours, a tutoring center, a classroom, at home or even in a coffee shop. 

The Analog Discovery Studio supports hands-on learning for any student, and is available with free Mac, Linux, and Windows compatible software, WaveForms. 

The Analog Discovery Studio in use

Portable Design

The Analog Discovery Studio is designed to be a compact alternative to a stack of benchtop equipment. Its durable enclosure measures 1.25 x 9.25 x 7.5 inches and fits on a bench, desktop, or backpack. Students can access the Oscilloscope and Waveform Generators via breadboardable MTE cables, or industry standard BNC cables, and the Logic Analyzer, Pattern Generator, and Triggers can be accessed via MTE cables. 

Circuits or designs can be built on the included, magnetically connected Breadboard Canvas and conveniently swapped out or removed for transit, making the transition from working in the lab to working at home as seamless as possible. The Breadboard Canvas also includes power supply outputs controlled by physical switches, common I/O built-in, and a large breadboardable surface. The Breadboard Canvas and the cost-optimized Blank Canvas can be purchased separately in the event that an extra is needed, or if the breadboards wear out. 

The Analog Discovery 2 is an alternative option to the Analog Discovery Studio if a pocket-sized or USB-powered device is needed. 

For a Getting Started Guide, Reference manual and other documentation, view the Support Materials Tab. 

The Analog Discovery Studio and Breadboard Canvas in use

What is WaveForms?

WaveForms is the free software application for the Analog Discovery Studio and enables use of the available analog and digital instruments. The software has been refined by customer feedback for over 10 years and features a computer and laptop friendly user interface that has the feel of traditional benchtop software. The Analog Discovery Studio communicates with WaveForms via a USB connection to your computer, allowing users to capture, record, analyze, and generate mixed signal and mixed domain waveforms. WaveForms can be downloaded and installed in under 60 seconds and can be tested without hardware using its demo mode feature. In addition to the use of instruments in the application, the WaveForms application has a script editor tool, which allows custom scripting of the instrument in JavaScript. WaveForms is designed to be run on a laptop or desktop computer and is Mac, Windows, and Linux compatible.

The following instruments are available in the WaveForms application for the Analog Discovery Studio:

  • Oscilloscope
  • Waveform Generator
  • Power Supplies
  • Voltmeter
  • Data Logger
  • Logic Analyzer
  • Pattern Generator
  • Static I/O
  • Spectrum Analyzer
  • Network Analyzer
  • Impedance Analyzer
  • Protocol Analyzer

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For even more customization potential, the WaveForms Software Development Kit (SDK) can be used to create custom applications and scripts in Python, C, and additional languages. The Analog Discovery Studio is also compatible with LabVIEW and the MathWorks MATLAB Data Acquisition Toolbox. 

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Analog Inputs:

  • Used in the Oscilloscope, Network Analyzer, Spectrum Analyzer, Voltmeter, Impedance Analyzer, and Data Logger
  • Two analog input channels, accessible through BNC or MTE connectors
  • Channel type: differential (with MTE) or single-ended (with BNC)
  • Analog bandwidth with BNC cables: 30+ MHz @ 3dB
  • Analog bandwidth with MTE flywires: 9 MHz @ 3dB
  • Input range ±25 V (±50 V diff)
  • Input protected to ±50 V
  • 14-bit resolution
  • Operate at 100 MS/s

Power Supplies:

  • 12 volt supply: 12V ±5%; 0.2 Amps max
  • -12 volt supply: -12V ±5%, 0.2 Amps max
  • 5 volt supply: 5.0V ±5%; 1.0 Amps max
  • 3.3 volt supply: 3.3V ±5%; 1.0 Amps max
  • V+ and V- rails: 1V to 5V (V+), and -1V to -5V (V-)
    • Maximum power output: 2.1W for each supply
    • Maximum current output: 700mA for each supply.
  • Note: Remove the protective foam from underneath the Breadboard Canvas before using the power supplies

 Analog Outputs:

  • Used in the Waveform Generator and Network Analyzer
  • Two arbitrary waveform generator channels, accessible through BNC or MTE connectors
  • AC amplitude (max): ±5 V
  • Analog bandwidth (BNC or MTE connectors: 8 MHz @ 3dB)
  • Operate at 100 MS/s

Product Compliance:

  • HTC: 8471809000
  • ECCN: EAR99

Digital Inputs and Outputs:

  • Used in the Logic Analyzer, Pattern Generator, Protocol Analyzer, and Digital I/O
  • Channels: 16
  • Input logic standard: LVCMOS (1.8/3.3V, 5V tolerant)
  • Output logic standard: LVCMOS (3.3V, 12mA)


Analog Discovery Studio (410-384):

  • Analog Discovery Studio
  • Breadboard Canvas
  • 15 V 2.4 A power supply
  • USB A to B cable
  • A set of Analog Discovery Studio MTE Cables

 Analog Discovery Studio Bundle contents (471-031):

  • Analog Discovery Studio
  • Breadboard Canvas
  • 15 V 2.4 A power supply
  • USB A to B cable
  • A set of Analog Discovery Studio MTE Cables
  • Two BNC to mini-grabber cables
  • A set of two BNC to oscilloscope probes

The resource center for the Analog Discovery Studio is the central hub of technical content for the device, and contains everything to get started and reduce mean time to test. This includes a Getting Started Guide, documentation, Tutorials on each instrument, example projects and a link to technical support. 

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  • 5
    Very good

    Posted by profpoochie on 19th May 2020

    the product is good

  • 5
    Very good

    Posted by profpoochie on 10th May 2020

    very portable and good product. Nice service

  • 4
    Analog Discovery Studio

    Posted by Abdie Tabrizi on 29th Apr 2020

    I got this unit to do a few online lab demos in my class. I am pretty happy with the unit. The cost is a bit too much. One improvement would be to include some (perhaps 20) jumper wires. I also made a comment about the case that is designed for this unit. It is too small if one also purchases the test leads. This box needs to be deeper or longer to accommodate these wires.

  • 5
    I would recommend the ADS for educational institutions

    Posted by Digilent Customer on 26th Jul 2019

    "I would recommend the ADS for educational institutions, because it provides a more consistent platform that’s easier to work with." Full Review:

  • 3
    No support for MacOS Mojave--really?

    Posted by Gregory Stobbs on 6th Jul 2019

    I want to like the Analog Discovery Studio product, but there appears to be no support for the current MacOS (Mojave). **Digilent Representative Reply** Hello Gregory, Thank you for submitting your review of the Analog Discovery Studio! WaveForms is compatible with the most recent version of MacOS. There was an error in documentation.

  • 5
    Very convenient in Electronic Hobby use

    Posted by Amrat Chawla on 18th Jun 2019

    Analog Discovery Studio is really one of the best product I purchase online, any electronics beginner who wish to Lear, Experiment, Try electronics circuit, this is MUST BUY