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8/21/2013

The Logic 16 will fit nicely in a purse for ad hoc debugging sessions at wedding receptions and cocktail parties. 
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The Logic 16 will fit nicely in a purse for ad hoc debugging sessions at wedding receptions and cocktail parties.
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BobGroh
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Ok, I am oficially impressed!
BobGroh   8/21/2013 8:29:03 PM
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My first thought was '....yeah, I bet that sucker costs a bit..' The answer is: Nope. It is a bit south of $300.  That is both a nice price point and a lot of capability.

I still remember trying to trouble shoot a 8048 which was having a bit of problem handling a serial RS-232 port (using software decoding, of course)  Oh, yeah, I was using a 454 scope (not storage!).  Sat in a darkened room, running the bad routine time after time as I tried to figure out where I had goofed up (after 3 days, I found my error - a quick change in the code and the problem was fixed and I was a bit smarter).  Anyways what I wouldn't have given for something like the Logic 16.

Now if I could get a 4 channel analog scope with all the goodies (e.g. storage and deep storage, etc).  Wait, I probably can!  Oh, my, the world moves on.

 

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Re: Ok, I am oficially impressed!
Susan Rambo   8/21/2013 9:12:49 PM
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Jack Ganssle is great. He usually knows what's he's talking about.

BobGroh
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Re: Ok, I am oficially impressed!
BobGroh   8/21/2013 11:29:53 PM
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I totally agree.  I've been reading his stuff now for at least a jillion years (ok, a bit of an exaggeration - but probably 20 years or so).

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Re: Ok, I am oficially impressed!
eewiz   8/22/2013 3:25:03 AM
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Awesome. At 300$, its a no brainer. Its good to see some disruptive efforts in  Test and measurement devices. Agilent and others.. watch out!

_hm
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Re: Ok, I am oficially impressed!
_hm   8/22/2013 7:59:37 AM
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It looks impressive. And it will be good at low end debug applications. However, it will be nice to read review/feedback from actual user and applications where they employed this device.

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AKPN   8/22/2013 10:56:17 AM
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Hi,

I have used one of their earlier products which had a 8 channel one and I would say that its definitely value for money.

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Re: Ok, I am oficially impressed!
Max The Magnificent   8/22/2013 12:32:47 PM
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@BobGroh: My first thought was '....yeah, I bet that sucker costs a bit..' The answer is: Nope. It is a bit south of $300.  That is both a nice price point and a lot of capability.

I just checked their website -- as you say, the "Logic16" (with 16 channels) is $299, which is a pretty decent price. But the original "Logic" (with 8 channels) also looks to be very tasty at only $149.

Of course I say "only" ... but I don'tt have a spare $149 lying around at the moment ... on the other hand, I'm going to be needing a logic analyzer for a forthcoming project ... hmmm...

Roba66
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compare to Logicport
Roba66   8/22/2013 1:36:55 PM
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There is a logic analyzer I have been using for several years with 34 channels and up to 500 MHz acquisition. $389


Google "logicport"


I have not found anything that competes with it. It uses an FPGA and has a very good user interface, USB connection. Timing accuracy for comparing across channels is very good and a wide range of switching thresholds are easy to set.

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_hm   8/23/2013 9:22:29 AM
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@AKPN and MAX: Probes and accessories are as essential as LA itself. What kind of probes/accessories are provided with this LA? If they include good kit with it, it may be worth money. If not, price almost becomes double.

 

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Etmax   8/24/2013 3:50:28 AM
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I have their 8 channel version, and it comes with small micro clips as found on Tek logic analysers and the likes. Not only is the product easy to use, there support and backup is unbelievably good. I blew mine up and when I told them how I did it they FedEx'ed a replacement free of charge because they reckoned it shouldn't have failed under those conditions. The interface is a little quirky when compared to standard windoze applications, but it's easy to get used to and it does everything I believed it could plus more. Occasionally I think I want to do xyz. and I go through the options and low and behold it can do it. It has a developers API that allows you to develop instruction decoding although I haven't tried that yet. Anyhow, just brilliant. I've had 2 people so far see what I can do with it and they've ordered one straight away. I can't speak highly enough of the product or the company's support

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