Getting Started With Analog Discovery 2 (Mac)

Congratulations on your purchase of the Analog Discovery 2! This guide will take you from opening the box, through installation, and all the way to taking your first measurement. This guide covers getting started in Mac*. If this is the wrong operating system, go back to the main Getting Started Guide and select the correct guide.

Nothing but an internet connection! Once you have an Analog Discovery 2, this guide will take you through what's in the box, installation of WaveForms, and taking your first measurement. Then you can get started with any of your embedded projects. However, WaveForms can also be operated in Demo mode. If you don't yet have an Analog Discovery 2, feel free to follow along with this guide and test out WaveForms in demo mode.

What's in the Box?
Step 1:

Remove and discard the cardboard sleeve. Remove and discard the cardboard sleeve.

Step 2:

Open the reusable project box and take out your Analog Discovery 2.

  • Take note of the 30-pin connector, USB B-Micro connector, 2.5mm barrel jack connector for external power, and tough polycarbonate case.

Open the reusable project box and take out your Analog Discovery 2

Step 3:

Remove the accessories from the box.

  • Included with the Analog Discovery 2 are five 6 pin male headers, one USB B-micro cable, one ferrite cable snap on, and one 30-pin flywire assembly.

Remove the accessories from the box.

Step 4:

Take out and discard the cardboard insert.

  • Behind it you will find a handy pin-out diagram that shows how the flywire assembly gives you access to the Analog Discovery 2's features.
  • Without the cardboard insert, your project box can now hold the Analog Discovery 2, its included accessories, and there's even room for more!

Cardboard insert with pinout diagram.

Download WaveForms
WaveForms is the software that configures, calibrates, and controls the Digital Discovery. Through WaveForms you have access to the Digital Discovery's Logic Analyzer, Pattern Generator, Static I/O, programmable power supply, and script editor.

Go to the WaveForms page and download the latest version of WaveForms.

Installing WaveForms
Step 1: Open the DMG File
Expand your downloads and open the .dmg file that you have downloaded.

Open the DMG File.

Step 2: Open the New Drive
A drive named “WaveForms” should have been created on your desktop. Click on it to open.

Open the New Drive.

Step 3: Drag the WaveForms Icon into Applications
In the window that opens, drag the WaveForms icon into the Applications folder icon.
This will install WaveForms in Applications.

Drag the WaveForms Icon into Applications.

Step 4: Open the FTDI Diver Install
Double click the FTDI driver icon to start the installation process.
On MacOS (10.13) Sierra High and older versions the device driver should be installed to support Analog Discovery 1 & 2 and Digital Discovery devices.
On MacOS (10.14) Mojave, the device driver is not required. According to some reports, on new MacBook machines the device is not detected if the driver is installed, so uninstall the driver if the device does not connect.

Open the FTDI Diver Install.

Step 5: Allow the File to be Opened (optional)
Depending on your security settings, you may need to go in and allow the file to be opened.

Allow the File to be Opened (optional).

Step 6: Click Continue
The FTDI driver installer will now open.
Click “Continue”.
Click Continue.

Step 7: Click Continue
Follow the steps and select “Continue” again to proceed.
Click Continue.

Step 8: Read and Accept the License Agreement
Read through the license agreement and select “I agree” to continue with the installation.

Read and Accept the License Agreement.

Step 9: Click Accept
Click “Accept” to confirm that you accept the license agreement.

Click Accept.

Step 10: Pick the User for the Install
Pick the user that you want to install WaveForms for. Click “Continue”.

Pick the User for the Install.

Step 11: Click Install
Click “Install”

Click Install.

Step 12: Click Close
Click “Close” to close the installer.

Click Close.

Step 13: Open the Applications Folder
Open your Applications Folder.

Open the Applications Folder.

Step 14: Open WaveForms
Double click on WaveForms to open the software.

Open WaveForms.

Step 15: Click Open
Click “Open”.

Click Open.

Take a Measurement
Step 1: Plug in Your Analog Discovery 2
Plug the USB B-Micro cable into your computer and Analog Discovery 2.

Plug in Your Analog Discovery 2.

Step 2: Open WaveForms
Click on the WaveForms icon to launch the window. Open WaveForms.

Step 3: Select your Device
When you first plug in your Analog Discovery 2, you will see the Device Manager. Select your device from the given options. If you don't have an Analog Discovery 2, you can also select “Analog Discovery 2 Demo mode”.

Select your Device.

Step 4: Check out the Tools
Note the welcome menu on the left hand side. From this menu you can launch each of the tools.

Check out the Tools.

Step 5: Start the WaveForm Generator
Open the WaveForm Generator, and click “run”.

Start the WaveForm Generator.

Step 6: Start the Oscilloscope
Open the Oscilloscope, and click “run”.

Start the Oscilloscope.

Step 7: Take a Measurement
Plug the yellow wire (Waveform Generator 1) into the orange wire (Oscilloscope Channel 1 positive.) Plug any black wire (ground) into the orange wire with the white stripe (Oscilloscope Channel 1 negative.)

Take a Measurement.

Step 8: View your First Measurement!
Open the Oscilloscope to see your first measurement! To learn more about the tools, please visit our support page.

View your First Measurement!