Product Review: Digital Design Laboratory

By Robert Cong

The Perfect Instrument

When I started my engineering education, the initial class that really intimidated me was my first laboratory class. At the time, I had little experience with test instruments and was overwhelmed by the breadth of the equipment that was available to me. The lab was filled with oscilloscopes, power supplies, spectrum analyzers, electronic loads, high-end multimeters, and much more.

But of all the unfamiliar instruments, there was one I had actually seen before... The Digital Design Lab. This one instrument was the Swiss Army knife of electronics instruments and included a seemingly endless supply of functions from a multiple output DC power supply, to a function generator, a universal counter, a built-in voltmeter, and a solderless breadboard for prototyping. This power combination makes it perfect to build and test circuits in one spot all on one unit.

Digital Design Laboratory
Digital Design Laboratory IDL-800A-R

It's too bad it doesn't come with an oscilloscope, but you can easily have one right on your iPad with the iMSO-104, or in the palm of your hand with the handy handheld digital oscilloscopes. The Design Labs are perfect for workbenches with limited space and also save a good chunk of change when it comes to purchasing multiple pieces of lab equipment.

Digital and Analog Design Laboratory

Digital and Analog Design Laboratory

When it comes to education, design laboratories are a great way to both start and expand the knowledge of electronics and circuitry. If wireless technology is in the curriculum, the RFID Experimental Training Laboratory is the way to go when wanting to learn about radio frequencies and how to develop programs for enhancing both hardware and software.

RFID Experimental Training Laboratory
LEAP LP-2010 RFID Experimental Training Laboratory

Take It A Step Further

Step into the fascinating world of fiber optics and practice with nine different experiments with the Fiber Optics Laboratory Kit. Build a light guide or design your own receiver. This kit includes every fiber optic, opto-electronic and electronic component necessary to complete each project.

Fiber Optic Lab Kit
Industrial Fiber Optic IF-LMH Fiber Optic Lab Kit

The best way to learn just about anything is to be hands-on and dive right into it. It may be intimidating at first, but everything new and unfamiliar always is. Make your mistakes and learn how not to make them again. These labs and kits are designed specifically to do just that, so take your pick, there's plenty to choose from and always something new to learn.

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Velleman LAB2U 3-in-1 Lab Unit: Digital oscilloscope, Function generator and Power supply
Robert is a graduate from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in Electrical Engineering. His interests include sports, movies, music and playing with cool, new gadgets.