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Capture Differential Signals

Allow to connect two probes to a differential pair (RS485, CAN, LVDS) and combine in hardware the signals to generate a single data stream.
It would be useful to have invalid or idle states being recorded along with the digital data.
Also the polarity and threshold should be configurable.

  • bm
  • Jul 11 2018
  • Future consideration
  • CoreyMac commented
    July 11, 2018 20:40

    This seems like a requirement given how many protocols seem to be migrating to differential signaling. Many of them seem like they are out of the frequency range of smaller analyzers like this so maybe that matters a little less. RS485 and CAN are the most common differential ones I see... Many devices are so small now that output/line level is the best and least damaging way to sample the signals. Since the Logic series can support > 5V now, this seems a worthy addition.

  • Mark Garrison commented
    July 11, 2018 20:40

    We're definitely keeping this in mind for future hardware generations, as well as possible accessories. The current hardware generation couldn't do this properly though.

  • Empyreal commented
    July 11, 2018 20:40

    ... even 10 baseT signals could be looked at.

  • Guest commented
    May 24, 2019 22:28

    Why is this a hardware issue at all? I mean, true hardware differential signal processing would be valuable but in the meantime, what's wrong with software differential on the raw ADC values?

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    Tim Reyes commented
    May 24, 2019 22:45

    Good point. We do have math functions planned. Would something like this help out?

  • Guest commented
    May 25, 2019 04:37

    Tim, actually yes. That's exactly what I was thinking about. Maybe this thread/idea should be restricted to capturing differential signals in hardware, which it seems would require new hardware.