Electronic Workstation - What does it do? The Electronic Workstation includes a number of PC based instruments in a single, compact benchtop unit: a two channel oscilloscope, spectrum analyzer, signal generator, 8 channel logic analyzer, digital signal generator, and serial communications analyzer. Software for these instruments is included with the unit. The Workstation also includes a power supply +12V(2A) / -12V(0.8A) / 5V(5A) and an 8 channel PC interface which is compatible with Flowcode, Visual Basic, C# and LabView. The connectors to the instruments and I/O are presented on the front panel and a number of connecting leads and a digital multimeter are shipped with the unit. The top of the Workstation has a hinged sloping metal backplane fitted with holes on a 20mm grid which allows you to mount E-blocks boards on top of the unit. An advanced prototyping board, the 'Protostation', is available as an optional extra.
The Electronic Workstation meets all your power and instrumentation needs for electronics education and prototyping in one self contained, easily portable unit.
Electronic Workstation Benefits:
- All of your circuit analysis tools in one box
- Storage for cables and components
- Small desktop footprint
- Ergonomic layout
Electronic Workstation Features:
- Multiple power voltages
- Analog oscilloscope
- Arbitrary waveform generator (HP673, HP756 only)
- Digital analyzer with serial bus decoding
- Customizable PC interface
- Integral USB Hub
The Electronic Workstation is available in three different models, see the table below for a comparison. The price listed on this webpage is for the Basic model, HP673. You can select the higher feature models (HP756 or HP839) from the option drop-down menu at the bottom of this page.
Electronic Workstation Functions
The triple rail power supply has +12V, +5V and -12V outputs with plenty of current on tap for use with motor and actuator circuits. It also simplifies testing dual power rail designs.
The PC based oscilloscope offers many more functions than are available on a budget CRT scope. Each of the two input channels can be displayed at the full size of your PC monitor, and precise readings of voltage, timing,and frequency can be taken with a few mouse clicks. Multiple trigger modes ensure that you will always capture the part of the signal that you need to see. On workstation HP673 and HP756 the oscilloscope also has a signal generator output which can generate fixed or swept tones using your own custom waveforms.
Digital Logic Analyzer
The digital logic analyzer has eight channels, each of which can function as a digital input or output. As well as showing graphs of signals vs. time for each input, it is possible to designate groups of channels to be a variety of serial data buses such as CAN. SPI, I2C etc. The signals on these buses can be decoded and displayed as annotated data, addresses, status and timing information. Capture can be triggered by any combination of low and high levels from any number of inputs, and there is also a socket for external triggering. When used as outputs, the channels can send a user defined sequence of bits, or even replay data recorded via the inputs. A clock output ensures that the circuit under analysis can be perfectly synchronized to the test signals.
The custom PC interface is based around a USB reprogrammable PICmicro microcontroller. This can be programmed using Flowcode, C or Assembly to be a custom test instrument or a controller. The front panel socket can be configured to give access to a wide array of functions, including pulse width modulation, analogue to digital conversion, and serial communication buses. A DLL is supplied which also allows the interface to be used for data acquisition and control with PC software such as Visual Basic, C++ or LabView.
An integral USB hub means that all of these instruments require only one free USB port on your PC; and there is even a spare USB output on the unit for programming microcontrollers or prototyping USB circuitry.
A metal backplane, sloped at an ergonomic angle which allows mounting of PCBs, forms the top panel of the unit. The 20mm grid of M3 holes is compatible with the E-blocks range of products. A hinge at the rear allows access to the internal storage area; this has ample space to store the power supply, cables and test probes when the unit is not in use.
All of the cables and accessories you require to use the Electronic Workstation instruments are included in the box. The oscilloscope probes are suitable for use with signals up to 60MHz, and have an integral ×1/×10 range switch. The micro gripper PCB probes are narrow and flexible enough to attach to high density IC pins, and can be stacked incredibly close together.
A pack of clip-on plastic pillars allows E-blocks to be securely attached to the metal backplane.
|Quantity ||Description |
|1 ||Universal power supply |
|1 ||IEC Mains cable (UK plug as standard) |
|1 ||USB A to USB B cable |
|2 ||Oscilloscope probes |
|10 ||Micro gripper PCB probe leads |
|25 ||Backplane mounting pillars |
|1 ||Multimeter |
|1 ||Software CD-ROM |
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