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20-minute video explores the Zynq-based Red Pitaya Programmable Instrumentation Platform’s capabilities

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Martin Lorton, a video blogger in the UK, has just posted a practical, hands-on boot up and test video for the Red Pitaya, a Zynq-based, open-source, programmable instrument platform. Lorton’s video is nearly 20 minutes long and it just scratches the surface of this fascinating product. Lorton received the Red Pitaya from Red Pitaya’s European distributor, RS Components.


The first thing Lorton does is power up the board and measure the current draw from the USB power supply. It’s a low 800mA. He then tests out the Red Pitaya’s oscilloscope and signal generator functions. Lorton says he’s surprised with the oscilloscope application’s excellent, responsive display update rate. He also notes that the oscilloscope app supplied with Red Pitaya is rudimentary and that it’s possible to upgrade the performance through application programming.


In fact, you can create entirely new instruments by taking advantage of the on-board, dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processor and the FPGA—both built into the Red Pitaya’s Zynq All Programmable SoC. One such instrument that’s been developed since the Red Pitaya’s introduction is an LCR meter, which seems to be of great interest to Lorton.


Here’s his video:






Red Pitaya was a successful Kickstarter project. For more information on the Red Pitaya, see these Xcell Daily posts:


Zynq-based Red Pitaya Open Instrumentation Platform blows past $50K Kickstarter funding goal by 5x


The Genesis of the Zynq-based Red Pitaya Open Instrumentation Platform


Zynq-based Red Pitaya Open Instrument Platform + Ultrasound Xcvrs = micron-resolution caliper


Luke Miller meets Zynq-based Red Pitaya open instrumentation platform. Romance involved.


Zynq-based, open-source Red Pitaya instrumentation platform jumps from Kickstarter to mass market