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Lecroy, which supplies products for semiconductor, electronic, military and telecommunications applications, has unveiled Logicstudio 16, a logic analyser that brings a new debug experience to the PC.

The Logicstudio 16 hardware provides 16 channels with a high sample rate of 1GS/s and maximum input of up to 100MHz.

The software provides a lively, dynamic waveform display with an intuitive user interface that is claimed to be easily navigated by a few basic mouse clicks.

Logicstudio provides tools for digital debug, including timing cursors, the zooming and panning of waveforms, a persistence display and a history mode that can replay old data captures.

Protocol analysis for I2C, SPI and UART is included to decode waveforms as they are captured and provide the ability to trigger on specific address or data packets on the bus.

Along with all these digital and serial debug capabilities, Logicstudio provides a complete debug toolset.

For engineers or technicians who use a Lecroy Wavejet oscilloscope, the Logicstudio software will interface with the Wavejet, import analogue waveforms from the oscilloscope on the fly and turn the PC into a mixed-signal oscilloscope, providing a view of up to four analogue and 16 digital channels simultaneously.

The Logicstudio software is described as an intuitive environment for digital debug.

By leveraging everyday mouse functions, Logicstudio delivers a simple-to-navigate user interface, making debugging faster and easier, according to the company.

To scroll through the waveforms, the user can just left-click and drag.

To centre the point of interest on the screen, the user double-clicks it; to zoom in for more details, he or she just right-clicks and drags or turns the scroll wheel on the mouse.

Data is captured and displayed at a high rate, which, when combined with the persistence tool and history mode, can quickly help to identify glitches or problems.

A magnifier tool will let the user search longer captures for more details without changing the scale of the main acquisition.

For timing measurements, the user activates a pair of cursors anywhere on the display or snaps them right to an edge of one of the waveforms for precise measurements.

Triggering is an important part of any logic analyser.

First, the Logicstudio trigger can be operated in Auto, Normal or Single modes, as with a modern oscilloscope.

Some USB logic analysers operate in a simple single trigger mode, but Logicstudio provides free running acquisitions with no delays because of data being transferred to the PC.

The amount of triggering types is said to be extensive.

There are simple edge or logic state triggers, but the advanced triggering provides an open environment to build elaborate trigger conditions, logic combinations and qualifiers to capture a range of events.

Logicstudio can capture and display digital and serial signals.

It also provides a communication link to Lecroy’s Wavejet oscilloscope, turning the PC into a mixed-signal debug environment.

The communication from the Logicstudio software to the Wavejet will also be used for configuring the trigger and transferring data, bringing all digital, serial and analogue data to a single display.

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