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Date: 01-04-12

Analog circuit design kit jointly by ADI and Digilent

Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) and the leading design tool/board vendor Digilent have unveiled two all-in-one analog design kits for electronics engineering students to practice and learn analog circuit design.

This lab tool is claimed to be offered at price range of a textbook where students can purchase a low-cost analog hardware development platform and components, with access to downloadable teaching materials, online support, textbook, reference designs (circuit diagrams) and lab projects to design and implement analog circuits as a supplement to their core engineering curriculum.

The Digilent Analog Discovery Design Kit priced at $99 USD(Around Rupees 5000) and the advanced Digilent Analog Explorer Design Kit priced at $199 USD (Around Rupees 10,000) hep students to build and test analog and also digital circuits using a personal computer without the need for any other equipment.

"Active learning - learning by doing - helps engineering students understand the process of breaking down larger problems into smaller, more easily solved parts without losing the overall understanding of the complete system," said John Robertson, professor, Department of Engineering Technology, College of Technology and Innovation, Arizona State University. "The two new analog design kits from Digilent and Analog Devices set-up quickly and generate lots of data making any PC a 24/7 design studio for engineering students. I believe that students who own design kits and build circuits frequently learn better, retain more and enjoy the experience."
Digilent Analog Design Kits Contents and Educational Material

Each design kit built using analog semiconductor chips from ADI includes:
Digilent Analog Discovery Design Kit
Two 50 MSPS, 5 MHz differential oscilloscopes
Two 50 MSPS, 5 MHz waveform generators
Two fixed power supplies
16-channel logic analyzer
USB-powered (cable included)
Trigger in/trigger out
WaveForms Software
Optional accessory kit available Digilent Analog Explorer Design Kit
Four 100 MSPS single ended oscilloscopes
Two 50 MSPS, 5 MHz waveform generators
Two 12-W programmable power supplies
16-channel logic analyzer
Volt and current meters
Programmable reference voltages
Trigger in/trigger out
Integrated solderless breadboard
Universal AC power adapter and USB cable
Starter analog parts kit included
Optional accessory kit available

Both design kits connect via USB interface to a PC, run Digilent's Waveforms software and are based on earlier, field-tested designs currently in use at colleges and universities worldwide.

"I like the flexibility of Digilent's analog design kits. The department doesn't need to maintain and staff the traditional large laboratory classrooms for my engineering students," said Kathleen Meehan, associate professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. "Instead, students complete experiments after class where and when they want with the analog design kit they purchased at the beginning of the semester. We provide help in the traditional way as well as online videos that give students assistance when they need it - no matter what time of day or night."

The distributors for digilent products in India are:
1. Ajitek Solutions, Plot No. G-22, H.No. 2-3-774, Ganesh Nagar Colony, Nagole, Hyderabad, India 500068, Phone: 099-85588997
2. CoreEL Technologies, #21, 7th Main, 1st Block, Koramangala, Bangalore - 560034, India
Phone: +91-80-4197 0400
3. Tenet Technetronics, #8/14, III floor, MN chambers, PT street, Opp to Pai vista convention hall
Basavangudi, Bangalore 560004, India
Phone: +91-080-42103124

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