Digilent Inc.’s OpenScope: Open-source PICMZ All-in-One Instrumentation device is available for immediate shipment worldwide from Digi-Key Electronics, a global electronic components distributor, the companies announced yesterday.
The OpenScope MZ is a portable multi-function programmable instrumentation module. What does that mean? It is a device that connects to a computer (through Wi-Fi or a USB cable) that allows the user to acquire, analyse, visualise, and control signals from circuits, sensors, and other electronic devices.
“The OpenScope MZ is aligned with Digilent’s mission to make high-quality professional instrumentation and tools accessible to all,” said Steve Johnson, president of Digilent. “Made possible with Microchip’s leading-edge semiconductor technology, Digilent is creating a new family of IoT-ready open instrumentation. OpenScope MZ is the first product of its kind to merge open-source, multi-function instrumentation with Arduino programmability and a wireless, browser-based interface – a truly innovative blend of hardware and software engineering.”
All the features of the board are enabled by the powerful Microchip PIC32 MZ Processor, PIC32MZ2048EFG124, including:
- Two scope channels with 12-bits at 2 MHz bandwidth and 6.25 MS/s max sampling rate
- One function generator output with 1 MHz bandwidth at 10 MS/s update rate
- Ten user programmable DIO pins with 25 MHz update rates
- User programmable power supplies supplying up to 50 mA and ±4 V power
- USB bus powered or externally powered
- On-board Wi-Fi
- Browser-based WaveForms Live multi-instrument software
- Reprogrammable through Arduino IDE or Microchip MPLAB X IDE
The OpenScope is ideal for applications such as electronics projects, on-the-go troubleshooting, data acquisition, and USB oscilloscopes, among others.
“The OpenScope is completely open source, which means our customers will be able to benefit from having the hardware, firmware, software, and the mechanical specifications available to improve their designs,” said David Stein, VP, Global Semiconductor at Digi-Key. “We appreciate the opportunity to work with Digilent to exclusively offer this device to engineers and manufacturers around the world.”