A logic analyzer is an electronic instrument which visualizes a set of digital signal across time. It can only display logic levels and their transitions, not analog levels.

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Waverunner 610zi Serial decode

I'm using a LeeCroy WaveRunner 610zi to get the signals from a SPI flash, that contains the BIOS, and the CPU. The waveforms that I get are clean and the noise is acceptable. The WaveRunner has ...
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Testing an A-D converter of an ARM microcontroller

all. I am playing around with a development board that is using an ARM microcontroller and was wondering what would be a short and simple way of testing the A-D converter of the microcontroller. I am ...
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General purpose cpu as logic analyser better / worse than dedicated FPGA implementation

This question relates to building a cheap but capable logic analyzer. I had the idea of using an x86 cpu that was running a program that could fit in the fastest cache that would just read data from a ...
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UART as logic analyzer?

I'd like to reverse-engineer a certain 2-wire digital circuit. I'm looking for the cheapest possible logic analyzer. I don't know the exact frequency of the circuit, but it's sub-1MHz. (Likely in the ...
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Are there logic analyzers for large signals (5+ volts)?

I've used logic analyzers for <5V signals but I'm curious if there are analyzers for larger voltages. Since logic analyzers don't display analog levels, could you use a logic analyzer to check ...
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Bus sniffing on SSDs

Are there typical types of buses used on commercial SSDs that can easily be sniffed using commercial dedicated hardware such logic analyzers? Has anyone had experience sniffing on buses between the ...
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AVR SPI Issue (No data being received from slave)

I am trying to communicate to NRF24L01+ radio module using SPI on ATMega328. When things did not work out, I started analyzing the SPI signals using my logic analyzer. The SPI it set for 1Mhz, MSB ...
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Sniffing a proprietary data line at 47.5V

I need to sniff the physical layer of a proprietary data line with a logic analyser, but my analyser is limited to 5V input. Unfortunately the line runs at 47.5V, which would fry everything. I ...
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Logic analyzer: multiple circuits, one ground

I will receive soon my first logic analyzer but I'm wondering something: There's only one ground on the analyzer. What if I want to measure at the same time two circuits with two separate power ...
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Debugging VGA signal

I have tried to use my Open bench logic sniffer to capture data from a VGA output. I'm pretty sure I understand how the waveform should look, but I not getting consistent data. It feels very shaky to ...
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Analyzing 4-pin data port to determine protocol

I have a Solar controller for my pool, it controls the pump and actuator for routing water onto the roof to heat it up, when required. The controller knows the pool and roof temperatures, as well as ...
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Quartus II - SignalTap II Getting the Period of Sampled Data

I am working on a VHDL project where I am trying to make an LCD controller. I have been trying to get the period of my scaled clocks using Signal Tap, however the time bar does not show the time ...
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Why I cannot see SPI signal properly with oscilloscope?

When I monitor a SPI bus with only one probe, I see such output when data is transferred. I know that I need to use a logic analyzer to monitor the SPI, but I wonder why I see such signal that ...
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5 V to 12 V transceiver chip / hardware

I am looking for a way to connect my logic analyzer (an inexpensive Saleae which is intended for 1.8-5V targets) and a couple of other pieces of analysis equipment to a digital source with signals in ...
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How to use USBee AX logic analyzer under Linux?

I've got clone of USBee AX logic analyzer, to play with one and see if I need a device of such type at all. Unfortunately, I haven't found any Linux software that supports one. I have tried Sigrok, ...
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Using Pickit3 as a logic analyzer

I need to sniff some legacy SPI hardware and at hand have a Pickit3 and lots of PIC18F2550/4550. While there is no project out there that builds a logic analyzer out of a PIC18F2550/4550 (I will be ...
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AVR interrupt service routine not executing as fast as expected (instruction overhead?)

I'm developing a small logic analyzer with 7 inputs. My target device is an ATmega168 with a 20MHz clock rate. To detect logic changes I use pin change interrupts. ...
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RS 232 serial sniffing

We have a task in hand to sniff a RS232 protocol in a certain industrial automation setting (we have been asked to do this legally by the manufacturing company itself). We are planning to send a ...
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Open bench logic sniffer Not working

I am using my openbench logic analyser for the first time in a real project. I am not getting valid captures though. I have the latest client off dangerous prototypes website they recommend for mac. ...
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Scanalogic DIY Logic Analyzer, Extending Sample Time

I just completed my build of the Scanalogic DIY logic analyzer. It's working great, but I am noticing something odd about it. This question will likely only make sense to someone who has used or built ...
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Logic Analyzer Basics

I am buying a second hand logic analyzer (Agilent 1661A) and I see the terminology such as the following: 100MHz State Speed Maximum Conventional Timing Rate: 250 MHz full channel, 500 MHz half ...
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Buspirate Logic Analyzer Mode Issue

I am new to the logic analyzer mode of Bus Pirate, so to play with it i connected channel 3(MOSI) line to the output of an TSOP1708 IR decoder to see if the capture came through. However when I ...
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Logic Analyzer / Oscilloscope Suggestions [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Beginner's logic analyzer? I am a beginner in electronics. Been tinkering with micro controllers for about 2-3 months now. At this point I find the need for a logic ...
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Sampling 133MHz bus with OWLS Logic Analyser

The OWLS specs state that it can operate in two sampling modes: 200Msps captures up to 100MHz waveforms on 16 channels 100Msps captures up to 50MHz waveforms on 32 channels Does this mean that ...
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Which tools do you use to analyze waveform data from simulation or logic analyzer traces?

I need to save Xilinx ChipScope waveforms for later review/analysis with my co-workers. Wikipedia provided a handy list of waveform tools but I am looking for user feedback on some of the strengths ...
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How to hook up an FPGA to a component that has a different power supply?

I recently programmed my FPGA with a logic analyzer core for the purpose of reverse engineering a crappy modem I have. I found on it what I think is either JTAG or TTL-serial pads. There are 4 blank ...
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What is going on with these SPI transmissions?

I just got a Saleae logic analyzer and I'm using it to hack a Guitar Hero drum set. The main board within the drum set talks to another sub-board using SPI. When I tap into the conversation, I see ...
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Why buy protocol analyzer modules for an oscilloscope?

Scopes with logic analyzer inputs often have optional add-on modules that let them decode various serial protocols: SPI, RS-232, I²C, CAN, etc. Tek and Agilent want around US $700 per protocol family ...
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GND/Vss of 2 circuits with independent power supplies, and usage of scope/logic-analyzer

Probably an elementary electronics question. If I would like to trace waveforms from 2 different circuits with independent power supplies, s.a. an RF transmitter which uses a 9V battery and the RF ...
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Noisy data line clears up on wiring up multiple output pins of uC to Logic Analyzer

Some people reading my question might be familiar with a string of questions (latest being this one) where I have been asking about how to decode data from an ISM-band ASK/OOK type RF receiver module. ...
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Using Logic-Analyzer to reverse-engineer ISM-band ASK/OOK encoding, possible?

Is it possible to use a Logic Analyzer (such as this one), to determine the waveform s.t. on the DATA out pin of an ISM-band ASK/OOK (315/433.92MHz) RF module, in turn to decode it's encoding scheme. ...
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Protocol Analyzer in software?

I'm looking for an easy solution to identify data formats, protocols. I have an outdoor temperature - humidity sensor which is connected to my HVAC system. I want to decode the data coming back from ...
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Recommendation for a USB digital simulator

It's becoming quite frequent to me having a new digital subsystem which I want to test in isolation before trying to make a prototype circuit. I've been using the digital analyzer by Saleae for ...
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Is a single channel oscilloscope enough for most purposes?

So I have spent the past two days going through various budget oscilloscopes and checking their specs VS price. Most of the information I have gathered has been from here and I am almost sold on an ...
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Logic Analyser for Mac environment

I am wondering if anyone can recommend a logic analyser for a Apple Mac environment with similar features as the SCANALOGIC 2 PRO around the same price would be great as well. or some thing that is ...
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Openbench Logic Sniffer setup

I finally broke down and bought this board: http://hackaday.com/2010/02/28/open-source-logic-analyzer-2/ It "seems" like it would be really helpful, the problem I'm having is getting it setup, I am ...
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Best tools to debug simple digital circuits?

I am a professional software developer who is used to the luxuries of integrated debuggers. For a while now, I have been experimenting with the Arduino platform. However, I find that attempting to ...
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Passive listening to USB communication

Is it possible to passively listen on low speed USB communication? Suppose I connect a logic analyzer to D+ or D- line, will I see a valid data?
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How to reverse engineer I2C and SPI protocols?

If I have an unkown device which talk I2C or SPI how can I reverse engineer the protocol. Basically I am looking for something similar as snoop or tcpdump. For software Mac is preferred but can also ...