Analog Discovery 2 - Getting Started Guide

Analog Discovery 2


Unboxing

Remove and discard the cardboard sleeve.

Remove and discard the cardboard sleeve.


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


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.


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 and Install WaveForms

Digilent's WaveForms application provides a user interface to the Analog Discovery 2. Please download the appropriate WaveForms installer for the operating system (Windows, Linux, Mac) via the WaveForms Resource Center. Then click on the appropriate option below for OS-specific installation instructions.

If WaveForms is already installed, please make sure that it is up to date.

Installing WaveForms : Windows

Open the Executable File

Open the executable file that you downloaded.


Welcome

Launch the WaveForms installer, by clicking on it in the Downloads folder. Upon launching the WaveForms installer, the welcome page will be seen. Click Next.


License Agreement

Read the license agreement on this screen, then, if in agreement to it, click I Agree to continue.


Choose Components

In the “Choose Components” screen, a list is presented of each of the things that can be installed. In order to use the Analog Discovery 2 with the WaveForms application, the Adept Runtime, WaveForms Runtime, and WaveForms Application are required.

  • The Adept Runtime allows WaveForms to communicate with the Analog Discovery 2, Analog Discovery, Analog Discovery Studio, Digital Discovery, and Electronics Explorer Board.
  • The WaveForms Runtime contains a library and device support files needed to run custom applications.
  • The WaveForms Application is the Digilent virtual instrumentation interface.
  • The WaveForms SDK is the software development kit for creating custom applications

Note: Even with all components selected, the WaveForms install does not take much hard drive space (<200MB). Digilent recommends that all components are installed.


Shortcut Options

Click Next.


Choose Install Location

  • You'll need to choose an installation destination or just leave it at the default.
  • Click “Install”.


Installing / Installation Complete

  • WaveForms will be installed as indicated by the progress bar.
  • Click “Next”.


Complete

  • Check or uncheck the boxes to open WaveForms and the readme.
  • Click “Finish”.


Installing WaveForms : Mac

Expand your downloads and open the .dmg file that you have downloaded.

Open the DMG File.


From the desktop, open the WaveForms drive.

Open the New Drive.


Drag the WaveForms icon into the Applications folder.
This will install the following components in Applications:

  • WaveForms Runtime contains a library and device support files needed to run custom applications.
  • WaveForms Application is the Digilent virtual instrumentation interface.
  • WaveForms SDK is the software development kit for creating custom applications


Install Drivers : Only for OS-X 10.13 or earlier

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.


Launch Installer

Double click DigilentFtdiDriver.pkg to open the FTDI Driver Installer.


The OS may block the launch of the driver installer. If this is the case, go into the System Preferences' Security and Privacy page and click Open Anyway.


Introduction

Click Continue.


Read Me

Click Continue.


License

Read the license, then if in agreement, click Continue, then click Agree in the popup.


Destination Select

Pick the users to install the drivers for, then click Continue.


Installation Type

Click Install.


Summary

Once the installation has completed, click Close.

The OS may block the launch of the Waveforms . If this is the case, go into the System Preferences' Security and Privacy page and click Open Anyway.

Installing WaveForms : Linux

First, download the package for the Adept Runtime. This program is required for WaveForms to connect to the Analog Discovery 2 and must be installed prior to installing WaveForms.
For systems using .deb packages, (Ubuntu, Fedora, etc), use the built-in package manager to install the Adept Runtime and then WaveForms - typically, a package manager can be opened by double-clicking on the file in question.

Download Adept Runtime

  • Download the correct version of Adept. The link for Adept downloads is located here.
  • Make sure the version of the Adept install file is the same as WaveForms. I used the 64 bit RPM for WaveForms so I will use the 64 bit RPM for Adept.

Download Adept.


Install Files using built-in Package Manager

Open the Adept File

Open the file you downloaded for Adept in the previous step.

Open the Adept File.


Click Install

Click “Install” on the window that pops up.

Click Install.



Open the WaveForms File

Open the file you downloaded to install WaveForms.

Open the WaveForms File.


Click Install

Click Install in the window that pops up.
This will install the following components:

  • WaveForms Runtime contains a library and device support files needed to run custom applications.
  • WaveForms Application is the Digilent virtual instrumentation interface.
  • WaveForms SDK is the software development kit for creating custom applications

Click Install.


Install Files using command line
Alternatively, use the following set of commands in the terminal to install the Adept Runtime and WaveForms from the downloaded packages:
sudo dpkg -i <path to Adept Runtime .deb file>
sudo dpkg -i <path to WaveForms .deb file>
sudo apt-get install -f

For systems using .rpm packages, (Red Hat Linux, etc), use the following set of commands in the terminal to install the Adept Runtime and WaveForms from the downloaded packages:

sudo rpm -i <path to Adept Runtime .rpm file>
sudo rpm -i <path to WaveForms .rpm file>

If WaveForms has already been installed on the system, replace the “-i” flag passed to the rpm command with “-U” to upgrade the existing installation. For technical support with installing WaveForms on various Linux distributions, please visit to the Scopes and Instruments section of the Digilent Forum.

Installing WaveForms : Raspberry Pi 4 Model B
This tutorial will guide you through the steps involved in the installation process on a Raspberry Pi 4 Model B after downloading it from the website. We will be using Raspberry Pi 4 Model B 1 GB version in this tutorial. The 2 GB and 4 GB versions of the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B also work with this tutorial.

Download WaveForms

Download the correct installation file for WaveForms for your distribution of Linux. Since we are using a Raspberry Pi 4 Model B with the Raspbian OS, we will choose the Debian flavor of the ARM build.

Select installation file.


Download Adept 2

Download the correct version of Adept 2. Make sure that the version of the Adept install file is the same as WaveForms. We chose the ARM version for WaveForms, so we will use the ARM version of both the Runtime and Utilities for Adept.

Download Adept 2.


Open the Adept 2 File

Open up the file you downloaded for Adept 2 in Step 2.

Open the Adept 2 file.


Click Install

Click “Install” in the window when prompted.

Install.


Open the WaveForms File

Open the file you downloaded to install WaveForms.

Open the WaveForms file.


Click Install

Click “Install” in the window when prompted.

Install WaveForms.


Open WaveForms

Go to your applications and open WaveForms.

Open WaveForms.


Take a Measurement

This section walks through using the Analog Discovery 2 for the first time. An analog output pin is connected to an analog input pin, and a waveform is generated and captured via this simple loopback circuit.

Take a Measurement - Steps

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


Launch WaveForms

Launch WaveForms. Upon launch, WaveForms will automatically detect and connect to the Analog Discovery 2. If the Analog Discovery 2 is not connected to the host computer when WaveForms launches, the Device Manager will be launched. Make sure that the device is plugged in and turned on, at which point it will appear in the Device Manager's device list (1). Click on the device in the list to select it, then click the Select button (2) to close the Device Manager.

Note: “DEMO” devices are also listed, which allow the user to use WaveForms and create projects without a physical device.

Note: The Device Manager can be opened by clicking on the “Connected Device” button in the bottom right corner of the screen (3), or by selecting “Device Manager” from the “Settings” menu at the top of the screen.


Open the "Wavegen" Instrument

Click on its button in the instrument panel on the left side of the screen.


Leave all settings as defaults, and click the green arrow at the top of the window to play the wave.


Open "Scope" Instrument

Go back to WaveForms' “Welcome” tab, and open the “Scope” instrument.


Leave all settings as defaults and click the green play arrow to begin capturing data.


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.


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!


Next Steps

To find reference materials and guides on how to use the Analog Discovery 2 and WaveForms, please visit the Analog Discovery 2 Resource Center.

For technical support, please visit the Scopes and Instruments section of Digilent Forum.