Digilent Analog Discovery 3

Digilent Analog Discovery 3 is a portable USB-powered test and measurement device incorporating a digital oscilloscope, logic analyzer, waveform generator, pattern generator, and more. This device with an upgraded USB-C® connection is lightweight and small enough to fit in a pocket/backpack, making it an exceptional companion for any engineer. The Analog Discovery 3 allows engineers access to two powerful features in waveForms, i.e., the Finite-Impulse Response (FIR) filter and the Proportional Integral Derivative (PID) controller. The Analog Discovery 3 can be used in the lab, field, or even at home, as it is powerful enough to replace a stack of equipment.


The Analog Discovery 3 has access to all the adapters and accessories from its previous version. These accessories, like the transistor tester, impedance analyzer, and breadboard adapter, are available optionally.


WaveForms is the free software application for the Analog Discovery 3 that enables the use of available analog and digital instruments. The user-friendly interface has the feel of traditional benchtop software. The hardware devices communicate with WaveForms via a USB connection to allow users to capture, record, analyze, and generate mixed signals and mixed domain waveforms. Additionally, the WaveForms application exhibits a script editor tool that allows custom scripting of the instrument in JavaScript. The WaveForms is designed to be run on a laptop or desktop computer and is Windows, Mac, and Linux compatible. 

The WaveForms Software Development Kit (SDK) can create custom applications and scripts in Python, C, and additional languages for more customization potential. The Analog Discovery 3 is also compatible with LabVIEW and the Digilent Toolbox for compatibility with MathWorks' MATLAB Data Acquisition Toolbox.


  • Oscilloscope:
    • Two differential channels with 14-bit resolution at up to 125MS/s per channel with a ±25V input range, 30+ MHz bandwidth with BNC Adapter
    • User-configurable input filters and lock-in amplifier
    • FFT, Spectrogram, Eye Diagram, XY Plot views, and more
  • Arbitrary waveform generator:
    • Two channels with 14-bit resolution at up to 125MS/s per channel with a ±5V output range, 12MHz bandwidth with BNC Adapter
    • Standard waveforms, amplitude and frequency modulated signals, direct playback from analog inputs, custom waveforms, and more
  • Programmable power supplies:
    • 0.5V to 5V and -0.5V to -5V variable power supply ranges
    • Up to 800mA per channel when used with an auxiliary power source
  • Logic analyzer and pattern generator:
    • 16 digital I/O channels at up to 125MS/s per channel
    • Individually-configurable 3.3V digital inputs and outputs, 5V tolerant inputs
    • SPI, I²C, UART, CAN, JTAG, ROM logic, custom protocols, and more
  • Additional software instruments:
    • Spectrum analyzer, network analyzer, and impedance analyzer
    • Protocol Analyzer, virtual digital I/O such as buttons, switches, and LEDs
    • Data logging, voltmeter, and in-app scripting
    • SDK for hardware control in C, C++, Python, and other languages
    • Support for LabVIEW and MATLAB
  • Product compliance:
    • HTC: 8471809000
    • ECCN: 3A992.a

Kit Contents

  • Analog Discovery 3
  • One plastic project box
  • One USB-C® to USB-C™ programming cable
  • One 2x15 flywire signal cable assembly
  • 5-pack of 6-pin male headers
  • 30-pin flywire labels
Digilent Analog Discovery 3

Typical Connections

Digilent Analog Discovery 3


Published: 2023-06-14 | Updated: 2023-07-11