Beginner Analog Discovery, Module 1

Voltage Instrument

DC Power Supplies

Applying voltage using the Analog Discovery's Voltage instrument to a diode to produce light.

Voltmeter Instrument

Measuring DC Voltages

Utilize the Analog Discovery's Voltmeter instrument to measure voltage in a circuit.

Basic Periodic Signals

Project 1: Waveform Generator

Using the Analog Discovery's arbitrary waveform generator to apply a time-varying signal to an LED to make it flash on and off. This project builds off of the previous Analog Discovery material.

Sinusoids and Swept Signals

Project 2: Waveform Generator

Use the arbitrary waveform generator on the Analog Discovery to apply sinusoidal and swept sinusoidal voltages to a speaker.

Modulated Signals

Project 3: Waveform Generator

Use the arbitrary waveform generator on the Analog Discovery to create frequency modulated signals and apply them to a speaker. This project builds off of the previous Analog Discovery material.

Audio and .wav Files

Project 4: Waveform Generator

Use the Analog Discovery to play back .wav files through the speaker included in the analog parts kit. This project builds off of material presented in previous Analog Discovery projects.

Importing Files and Playing “Scales”

Project 5: Waveform Generator

Use the Analog Discovery's ability to import "custom" waveforms from a file.

Creating Signals from Math and “Beating”

Project 6: Waveform Generator

Use the Analog Discovery's ability to create "custom" waveforms according to a mathematical function.

Basic Waveform Measurement and Display

Project 1: Oscilloscope

Introduces the Analog Discovery's Oscilloscope instrument. Explains the basics of the ways in which voltages are acquired and displayed by the oscilloscope.

Triggered Acquisition

Project 2: Oscilloscope

The Arbitrary waveform generator instrument will be used to apply relatively rapidly varying wave forms to the oscilloscope, and then triggering of the waveform will be used to make the waveform easier to view and analyze.

Measurements and Cursors

Project 3: Oscilloscope

How to use some of the most basic and common oscilloscope tools to simplify the measurement process.

Math Channels

Project 4: Oscilloscope

Introduces the use of the math channel function on the Analog Discovery. This function allows the user to perform a wide variety of mathematical operations, all of which can be applied to the voltages being measured.

XY Plots

Project 5: Oscilloscope

Use the Analog Discovery to plot the voltage-current characteristics of a light emitting diode.

Exporting data

Project 6: Oscilloscope

Export the voltage-current data of a light emitting diode.

Single Sequence Acquisition

Project 7: Oscilloscope

Acquiring vibration data from the piezoelectric sensor from the analog parts kit.


Exporting data

Project 6: Oscilloscope

Exporting data

Project 6: Oscilloscope


It is often useful to make data acquired by the oscilloscope available to other application programs. This process can be easily done using the Analog Discovery™ with the Export function on the oscilloscope.

In this project we will be exporting the voltage-current data of a light emitting diode.



  1. Create the circuit and set up the waveform generator and oscilloscope as described in the Oscilloscope XY Plots project. Your circuit should be set up, and your oscilloscope display should look similar to the display shown at the end of that project, before you begin this project.

Step 1:

A. Identify Desired Waveforms to Export

  1. We will export the diode voltage and current as determined in the fifth Scope project.

  2. The current through the diode is the current through the resistor, I, per the schematic to the right. This current was created as a math channel in the fifth scope project.

  3. The voltage across the diode, V in the schematic, is available as channel 1 of the scope.

B. Open the Export Window

C. Export the Data to a Comma Separated Variable File

The above screenshots are of Digilent WaveForms running on Microsoft Windows 7.

D. Open the file in Microsoft Excel®

  1. If you don't have Microsoft Excel, use any other application program which will read comma separated variable files1.

  2. If you do have Microsoft Excel, open it now, click on File in the menu bar and select Open. The Open dialog box should appear.

  3. Follow the steps below to view the data:
    • In the Open window, navigate to the desired file. You may need to view All Files to see the .csv file.
    • Click Open.
    • Microsoft Excel will now display the data.

Test Your Knowledge!

  1. In the Waveforms Scope instrument, export the same data as tab delimited data. Copy the data to the clipboard. Paste the data into both Excel and Notepad.

  2. Export the data as an image in Portable Network Graphic (*.png) format. Paste the image into a word processing program—such as Microsoft Word®.

  • 1If you don't have software which accepts comma separated variable files, go back to Step C and select Tab Delimited Values (*.txt) in the Type box. Re-export the file and open it using Notepad.
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