Klaus Zietlow has used National Instruments’ LabVIEW to help design a logic analyzer using the Opal Kelly XEM3005 and breakout board, which included Opal Kelly FrontPanel Software Development Kit (SDK).
Zietlow’s entry is the third logic analyzer resulting from the challenge to Design Logic Analyzer in One Day using a Opal Kelly FPGA module and FrontPanel SDK.
The logic analyzer design used National Instruments’ LabVIEW graphical programming environment; Opal Kelly XEM3005 module and breakout board; Opal Kelly FrontPanel API to program the PLL; and Opal Kelly DLL to make the USB calls.
"To meet the timeframe of this challenge, I decided to use LabVIEW tools, with which I am very experienced, with the Opal Kelly modules. I built the logic analyzer around the Opal Kelly RAMTester example code, as a skeleton, which uses the Opal Kelly SDRAM," said Zietlow, Opal Kelly Expert. “With my experience using Opal Kelly products, there was no need to start from scratch. I was able to do the design work professionally and quickly by reusing non-proprietary previous design work and my engineering know-how."
'Klaus’ design was unique in that it used the SDRAM controller from our RAMTester sample to dramatically increase the acquisition memory of the logic analyzer," said Jake Janovetz, president of Opal Kelly. "Klaus' use of LabVIEW was also unique."
Zietlow runs a one-stop shop for electronics design using analog, digital or mixed signals and has a fully-equipped lab where he works on projects ranging from high-speed, high-precision analog, to FPGA embedded multiprocessor designs, to ultra low-power radios.
Design Logic Analyzer in One Day