One of the biggest brags of open source is that it reduces the cost of achieving a result to 1/5 or 1/10 of a commercial solution.
Of course, open hardware developers usually don’t include research & development costs. If someone wants to build their own project, the realization that development tools can cost far more than the small project they produce can come as a shock. Why would someone want to spend a thousand dollars on a tool to debug a ten dollar project?
Nathan Willis’ LinuxCon talk comes by way of LWN.net. Details of open source oscilloscopes, logic analyzers and more after the jump.
- Oscilloscopes (three tiers)
- High-range, justified by supporting multiple inputs, higher sample rates, higher sample resolution and larger frequency ranges
- Mid-range, based on PIC microcontrollers, start at $60. A typical example seems to be this one from Sparkfun
- Low-range, based on AVR, can be less than $30. An example is the Nano-DSO ($100)
- There are also open source software oscilloscopes, like xoscillo (USB) and OsciPrime (microphone port)
- Logic Analyzers
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