Digilent OpenScope: Open-Source PICMZ All-in-One Instrumentation Device Available Now Exclusively through Digi-Key

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota, USA - July 10, 2017

Digilent Inc.'s OpenScope: Open-source PICMZ All-in-One Instrumentation device is available for immediate shipment worldwide from Digi-Key Electronics, a global electronic components distributor, the companies announced today.

The OpenScope MZ is a portable multi-function programmable instrumentation module. What does that mean? It is a device that connects to a computer (through Wi-Fi or a USB cable) that allows the user to acquire, analyze, visualize, and control signals from circuits, sensors, and other electronic devices.

"The OpenScope MZ is aligned with Digilent's mission to make high-quality professional instrumentation and tools accessible to all," said Steve Johnson, President of Digilent. "Made possible with Microchip's leading-edge semiconductor technology, Digilent is creating a new family of IoT-ready open instrumentation. OpenScope MZ is the first product of its kind to merge open-source, multi-function instrumentation with Arduino programmability and a wireless, browser-based interface - a truly innovative blend of hardware and software engineering."

All the features of the board are enabled by the powerful Microchip PIC32 MZ Processor, PIC32MZ2048EFG124, including:

  • Two scope channels with 12-bits at 2 MHz bandwidth and 6.25 MS/s max sampling rate
  • One function generator output with 1 MHz bandwidth at 10 MS/s update rate
  • Ten user programmable DIO pins with 25 MHz update rates
  • User programmable power supplies supplying up to 50 mA and ±4 V power
  • USB bus powered or externally powered
  • On-board Wi-Fi
  • Browser-based WaveForms Live multi-instrument software
  • Reprogrammable through Arduino IDE or Microchip MPLAB X IDE

The OpenScope is ideal for applications such as electronics projects, on-the-go troubleshooting, data acquisition, and USB oscilloscopes, among others.

"The OpenScope is completely open source, which means our customers will be able to benefit from having the hardware, firmware, software, and the mechanical specifications available to improve their designs," said David Stein, VP, Global Semiconductor at Digi-Key. "We appreciate the opportunity to work with Digilent to exclusively offer this device to engineers and manufacturers around the world."

For more information about Digilent Inc. and to see their entire product listing, please visit their Supplier Center page on the Digi-Key website.

About Digilent Inc.

Digilent Inc. is a leading electrical engineering products company serving students, universities, and OEM's worldwide with technology-based educational design tools. Based in Pullman, Washington, USA, Digilent designs, manufactures, and distributes its electronic design tools worldwide. Since its founding in 2000, Digilent products can now be found in over 2000 universities in more than 70 countries throughout the world. As a multinational company with offices in the US, Taiwan, China, and Romania, Digilent is able to provide low-cost, expert quality solutions for a variety of customer needs. In addition to its own products, Digilent has OEM design and manufacturing services for leading technology companies including Xilinx, Analog Devices, and Cypress Semiconductor.

About Digi-Key Electronics

Digi-Key Electronics, based in Thief River Falls, Minn., is a global, full-service distributor of both prototype/design and production quantities of electronic components, offering more than six million products from over 650 quality name-brand manufacturers. With over 1.3 million products in stock and an impressive selection of online resources, Digi-Key is committed to stocking the broadest range of electronic components in the industry and providing the best service possible to its customers. Additional information and access to Digi-Key's broad product offering is available at www.digikey.com.