T&M Platform ‘Red Pitaya’ Now In Distribution

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Mouser Electronics now offers the Red Pitaya system, centered on a powerful open-source software development platform for test and measurement applications.

Red Pitaya is an open-source measurement and control tool that can replace many expensive laboratory instruments. The Red Pitaya products are designed to help people learn programming and create designs ranging from simple DIY projects (such as automated lighting and alarm systems) to professional testing equipment.

The Red Pitaya board (available as a standalone board or included in the Red Pitaya Starter Kit and Red Pitaya Diagnostic Kit) packs professional-grade measurement tools in a reconfigurable, open-source software platform that can effectively replace thousands of dollars’ worth of bench equipment.

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The board runs on an FPGA system-on-chip (SoC) with dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor and includes 512MBytes of RAM as well as an SD Card slot. The board features two analog RF inputs with 125MS/s sampling rate and a 14-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC), two analog RF outputs with 14-bit digital-to-analog converter (DAC), Ethernet, USB, and two sets of 26-pin extension connectors.

Red Pitaya includes five basic instrument applications (including an oscilloscope and spectrum analyzer). The board’s connectivity and web interface let users access Red Pitaya functionality from smartphones, tablets, or PCs. Mouser is also now offering the Red Pitaya extension module, which adds compatibility with Arduino shields and Seeed Grove connectors for additional sensing capabilities.

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