@Adam (aeroengineer): I remember seeing and writing about this Red Pitaya Kickstarter project when it had just launched -- I'm delighted to hear that they are doing so well -- hopefully you will be writing a blog or two about the Red Pitaya when you eventually get one in your hands.
@Max, I will be posting a few more posts about this device. There will be one that is focused on the design side of things, what is it, and how did they arrive at the techincal solution, and then one where it is a review of the device itself. As their Community develops, I may also come back and see how that is working.
Rok and his team have been top notch in allowing me to ask quite a few questions.
The specs are in the forst link, but I will go and gather them up and post them in a comment. I am aware of a few other potential applications that might find a home on the Red Pitaya. It has the potential to be a VNA, logic analyzer, and a few others that still need to be coded up. Due to the reconfigurable nature of the device, there are many potential applications.
I would once again encourage you to go to their website and go to the details page as they have much more information there, but here is the sumary. The device has 2 analog inputs and 2 analog outputs that are 14bit and about 50MHz.This compares to most other scopes that are only 8bit resolution. there are also 2 PID control channels. There are also some slower analog input channels that are slower speed, as well as 16 digital io channels.
I may have missed something as I am trying to do this on my phone while I am out of town 😉
Can it be used to speed up the hardware development. like there is a long cycle in hardware development schematics, boards, placing compnents and testing and then proving. Using Red Pitaya the concept can be proven first. One can save some time and cost.
The Red Pitaya early bird price was $299 each and the subsequent price was $359 each (with higher prices for additional features). As of today they have 5x the original target in funding. If they reach strecth objective funding levels then all the units ship with improved specifications.