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Bitscope can be used wherever a DSO / Logic Analyzer might otherwise be used.
However, being a "soft" device, both in terms of its programmable functionality and hardware expansion pods, Bitscope is a rather more versatile device than simply a low cost replacement for a stand-alone test gear.
Designed for hardware and software engineers, Bitscope's open architecture and published design mean that anyone can design pods or software to suit a specific purpose.
Some suggested uses and applications for Bitscope include:
- University science and engineering departments:
- Low cost test equipment option for labs.
- Test bed for student projects and thesis courses teaching micro fundamentals.
- Personal test equipment for engineering students.
- Microcontroller systems design and development:
- Circuit design is made much easier with a DSO and logic analyzer on hand.
- Live programmable circuit analysis can be done with your PC.
- Microcontroller circuit designs are much easier to debug.
- Radio Amateurs and RF applications:
- Use Bitscope's high bandwidth analog data capture for RF circuit analysis.
- Add on PODs or use your PC software to do spectrum analysis.
- Use the built-in GHz prescaller (some models) for frequency measurement.
- Circuit simulation and testing:
- Use your PC to compare Spice simulator data with Bitscope captured real data.
- Program you PC to automate production circuit testing using Bitscope data capture.
- Use Bitscope to analyse bus performance or network activity.
- Data Aquisition:
- Use Bitscope for all sorts of general purpose data acquisition applications.
- The RS-232 and Ethernet models allows deployment in telemetric applications.
- Simultaneously capture analog and logic data from multiple sources.
We have developed a simple but powerful control protocol for Bitscope. Using this protocol and with the full design details of Bitscope available, we hope to encourage others to join us in developing Bitscope's potential applications for whatever purposes people may envisage for it.