20-MHz bandwidth multifunction scope for the Raspberry Pi

October 28, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Distributor Farnell element14 has partnered with Australian company BitScope Designs to manufacture BitScope Micro, a full-feature dual channel digital oscilloscope for the Raspberry Pi: this low-cost add-on for the Raspberry Pi is also an eight channel logic analyser, waveform generator, clock generator and spectrum analyser.

The oscilloscope function has a 20 MHz analogue bandwidth and the ability to capture signals of up to 40 Msamples/sec, BitScope Micro also supports frame rates beyond 20 Hz and includes a digital phosphor display. The plug and play BitScope Micro is an entry level oscilloscope that has all the functionality needed to support the maker community, according to element14.

BitScope Micro comes packaged in a single low cost lightweight water resistant test probe. It is fully user programmable and downloads are freely available for Raspberry Pi, Linux, Windows and Macintosh.

BitScope Micro includes 10 mixed signal test clips, a USB cable and input terminators. It uses an industry standard IDC-10 connector for signal I/O. It offers programmable switching levels on two of the logic channels and impedance sensing, multiple ranges and a “macro mode” resolution of 12 bits on both analogue channels. It has standard oscilloscope input impedance (1 MΩ/10 pF) so BNC adapters can be used to connect regular oscilloscope probes.

Chris Godfrey, Global Product Director Test & Tools at Farnell element14, said: “There has long been a requirement in the market for an entry level oscilloscope to support the maker community and Raspberry Pi specifically. This low cost model from BitScope has all the functionality required for a plug and play oscilloscope.”

Eben Upton, CEO at Raspberry Pi, said: “BitScope Micro is one of the most impressive add-ons for Raspberry Pi we've seen. The BitScope team have done a terrific job to optimise their software for Raspberry Pi including the new Model B+.”

Priced at £89.00 or equivalent, BitScope Micro is available from Farnell element14 in Europe.

element14; http://uk.farnell.com/

A webinar with the Managing Director of the company, Bruce Tulloch, takes place on 29th October 2014 at 3pm GMT, more details, and to register, can be found here.