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Core Equipment 2016-11-26

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Core Equipment - What equipment do you need to get started in electronics

Issue: Draft 02 of 2016_11_26

A list of equipment needed to get into most fields of electronics: linear, digital, power. The equipment needn't be expensive. Also see article 'Core Components'.

An oscilloscope is in it's own category and the decision to buy one very much depends on your objectives. No instrument will teach you more about electronics than an oscilloscope. Just leaning how to...
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I would add to your very nice article, a good starting tool is the analog discovery 2 by digilent. It is a whole test lab in one little box. It is frequency limited, but it does so much. It is like a multi-instrument. If your a student, the student discount makes this thing dirt cheap, it is about $279.00 US for non-students.
  • Two-channel USB digital oscilloscope (1MΩ, ±25V, differential, 14-bit, 100MS/s, 30MHz+ bandwidth - with the Analog Discovery BNC Adapter Board)
  • Two-channel arbitrary function generator (±5V, 14-bit, 100MS/s, 12MHz+ bandwidth - with the Analog Discovery BNC Adapter Board)
  • Stereo audio amplifier to drive external headphones or speakers with replicated AWG signals
  • 16-channel digital logic analyzer (3.3V CMOS and 1.8V or 5V tolerant, 100MS/s)https://reference.digilentinc.com/analog_discovery_2:refmanual#fn__1
  • 16-channel pattern generator (3.3V CMOS, 100MS/s)https://reference.digilentinc.com/analog_discovery_2:refmanual#fn__3
  • 16-channel virtual digital I/O including buttons, switches, and LEDs – perfect for logic training applications
  • Two input/output digital trigger signals for linking multiple instruments (3.3V CMOS)
  • Single channel voltmeter (AC, DC, ±25V)
  • Network analyzer – Bode, Nyquist, Nichols transfer diagrams of a circuit. Range: 1Hz to 10MHz
  • Spectrum Analyzer – power spectrum and spectral measurements (noise floor, SFDR, SNR, THD, etc.)
  • Digital Bus Analyzers (SPI, I²C, UART, Parallel)
  • Two programmable power supplies (0…+5V , 0…-5V). The maximum available output current and power depend on the Analog Discovery 2 powering choice:
    • 250mW max for each supply or 500mW total when powered through USB
    • 2.1W max for each supply when powered by an auxiliary supply. 700mA maximum current for each supply.
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