Computer based Instruments

This is a compilation of instruments and test equipment that is compatible with Mac OS X.
Logic Analyzers
Oscilloscopes
Spectrum Analyzers
Signal Generators
Multimeters
Data Acquisition
Others

Logic Analyzers

USB Logic Analyzer, 8 Channel
Up to 100MHz sampling rate (sample period of 10ns up to one sample per 2.55us in 10ns increments). No external clock. Software version 3.06 is solid. Built in protocol decoders: I2C, SPI, UART, Ethernet 802.3 MDIO, LIN sub bus, and CAN bus. Macintosh OS X, Linux, and Windows.
http://www.chronovu.com/

 Logic, a USB Logic Analyzer, 8 Channel
Up to 24MHz sample rate(24MHz. 16MHz, 12MHz, 8MHz, 4MHz, 2MHz, 1MHz, 500KHz, 250KHz, 200KHz, 100KHz, 50KHz, 25KHz). Built in protocol decoders: I2C, Async Serial, SPI, 1-Wire, CAN, I2S, PCM, and UNI/O. Macintosh OS X, Linux, and Windows.
http://www.saleae.com/

Logic16, a USB Logic Analyzer, 16 Channel
Up to 100MHz sampling rate for 2 channels through 12.5MHz sample rate for 16 channels. Built in protocol decoders: I2C, Async Serial, SPI, 1-Wire, CAN, I2S, PCM, UNI/O, Manchester, and MP Mode. Macintosh OS X, Linux, and Windows.
http://www.saleae.com/

Bus Pirate
10Hz to 1MHz logic analyzer and recognizes many protocols. Interfaces as a serial port over USB. 1-Wire, I2C, SPI, JTAG, asynchronous serial (UART), MIDI, PC keyboard, HD44780 LCDs, and generic 2- and 3-wire libraries for custom protocols. Useful for debugging software on evaluation and demo boards. Open source and Open hardware. Macintosh OS X, Linux, and Windows.
http://www.seeedstudio.com/depot/bus-pirate-v3-assembled-p-609.html?cPath=61_68
Documentation: http://dangerousprototypes.com/docs/Bus_Pirate
Software: http://code.google.com/p/the-bus-pirate/
Logic analyzer software (Java): http://www.lxtreme.nl/ols/
Update information: http://dangerousprototypes.com/docs/V2_to_v4_upgrades

Open Workbench Logic Sniffer Low Cost Logic Analyzer
16/32 (200Msps/100Msps) Channel FPGA based logic analyzer with serial/USB interface and Java host software. I. Open source and Open hardware. Macintosh OS X, Linux, and Win.
http://www.seeedstudio.com/depot/preorder-open-workbench-logic-sniffer-p-612.html?cPath=75
sump.org: http://dangerousprototypes.com/docs/Bus_Pirate
Logic analyzer software (Java): http://www.lxtreme.nl/ols/
Java Software: http://www.sump.org/projects/analyzer/client/
RXTX (required for the Java software): http://rxtx.qbang.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
This version of RXTX worked on Mac OS X 10.6: http://rxtx.qbang.org/pub/rxtx/rxtx-2.2pre2-bins.zip

Sigroc
Open source, multi platform software for many logic analyzers and digital oscilloscopes. Including Saleae Logic, EE Elec. XLA/ESLA100, ASIX SIGMA, Openbench Logic Sniffer, Logic Shrimp, Zeroplus Logic Cube, Chronovu LA8, Robomotic BugLogic 3/minilogic, Lcsoft Mini Board, Braintechnology USB-LPS, CWAV USBee SX. Macintosh OS X, Linux, and Windows.
http://sigrok.org/wiki/Main_Page

Logic Sniffer
Open source Java, multi platform software for many logic analyzers. Including Logic Sniffer, BusPirate, LogicShrimp, IRToy and other SUMP-compatible devices. Macintosh OS X, Linux, and Windows.
http://www.lxtreme.nl/ols/

Signalyzer H
Two fully independent and configurable channels provide support for most popular serial protocols (JTAG, SPI, I2C, UART), parallel asynchronous and synchronous interfaces, bit-bang mode. Macintosh OS X, Linux, and Windows.
http://www.signalyzer.com/products/signalyzer-h-series/signalyzer-h2

Oscium’s LogiScope for iPhone/iPad
100MHz 16 channel logic analyzer. Software includes serial protocol decoding of I2C, SPI, and UART. Inputs are compatible with 2.0v, 2.5v, 3.3v and 5.0v . iPhone and iPad only.
http:// www.oscium.com/

Oscilloscopes

VISA compatible Oscilloscopes
VISA (Virtual Instrument Software Architecture) allows automation of many instruments. National Instruments offers NI-VISA, a driver for VISA compatible instruments.
National Instruments download page (free download, must register):
http://joule.ni.com/nidu/cds/view/p/id/2919/lang/en
Background Information:
http://www.ni.com/white-paper/3513/en
Using Python with VISA (pyVISA):
http://pyvisa.sourceforge.net/
Rigol Technologies Information PDF:
http://beyondmeasure.rigoltech.com/acton/attachment/1579/f-00cd/0/-/-/-/-/file.pdf
See my page with examples of instrument automation.

Rigol Oscilloscopes
Rigol has many oscilloscopes that are OS X compatible with several solutions. For using VISA, see above.
Rigol WFM file viewer in Python: http://www.blaicher.com/2013/03/rigol-oscilloscope-binary-file-parser/
Rigol WFM file viewer from GitHub: https://github.com/mabl/pyRigolWFM

Oscilloscope and arbitrary waveform generator
Two channel Macintosh USB digital storage oscilloscope (2MHz) and a 2MHz DDS arbitrary waveform generator. Macintosh OS X oscilloscope software is supported through SourceForge.
Macintosh OS X, Linux, and Windows.
http://www.syscompdesign.com/
Mac software: http://sourceforge.net/projects/oip

Bitscope Digital Storage Oscilloscope, Logic Analyzer, Spectrum Analyzer
Different models include an Arbitrary Waveform Generator (AWG) and all of them have a Smart POD expansion connector on the front for logic probes and external signal processing modules.  Macintosh OS X, Linux, and Windows.
http://www.bitscope.com/
Mac OS X download here:
http://www.bitscope.net/download/?p=1&i=097
User report here:
http://gasstationwithoutpumps.wordpress.com/2012/12/21/fet-threshold-tests-with-bitscope/

SignalScope
Software solution includes FFT Analyzer, Oscilloscope, Spectrogram, and X/Y Plotter. Each tool in its own window.  Macintosh OS X only.
http://www.faberacoustical.com/products/signalscope/

Hantek DSO-2090 USB Digital Oscilloscope 100MS/S 2ch
Available from several sources, here is an example:
http://www.storeinfinity.com/hantek-dso-2090-pc-usb-digital-oscilloscope-100ms-s-2ch.html
Macintosh OS X software (instructions from 2009):
http://www.chaosgeordend.nl/mt-archives-cg/oss/hantekdso/index.html

LabNation
A Kickstarter project. A open source two channel 100MS/s oscilloscope.  Macintosh OS X, iOS, Linux, Android, and Windows.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/751733865/smartscope-reinventing-the-oscilloscope

Sigrok Universal Logic Analyzer/Oscilloscope Software
Support for 13 different logic analyzers so far, 16 more planned. It is a little bit of a challenge building this project.  Macintosh OS X, Linux, and Windows.
http://sigrok.org/wiki/

Owon Oscilloscopes
Open source support for Owon oscilloscopes.  Macintosh OS X and iOS.
https://github.com/bbum/ow
There is also this project for Linux and UNIX but it has successfully ben built on OS X.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/owondriver/
Here is a user experience:
http://ee07m060.wordpress.com/2009/06/23/reverse-engineering-a-usb-peripheral-driver-for-the-owon-scope/
And: http://www.friday.com/bbum/2013/04/15/os-x-client-software-for-owon-sds7102-digital-storage-oscilloscope/

Tektronix, Agilent, and other instruments
MATLAB has drivers for many instruments.  Macintosh OS X and Windows.
http://www.mathworks.us/matlabcentral/fileexchange/index?term=authorid%3A14113

Spectrum Analyzers

iSpectrum Analyzer – Audio Spectrum Analyzer
Spectrum, Waterfall, and Oscilloscope views. Six bandwidth resolutions. Macintosh OS X only.
http://www.dogparksoftware.com/iSpectrum.html

Baudline
Baudline is a time-frequency browser designed for visualization of the spectral domain. Signal analysis is performed by Fourier, correlation, and raster transforms. Conduct test and measurement experiments with the built in function generator. Play audio files with a multitude of effects and filters. Macintosh OS X, UNIX, Linux, and Windows.
www.baudline.com
Mac software: http://www.baudline.com/download.html
User Experence: http://www.urlme.net/blog/?p=2031

Signal Generators

Oscilloscope and arbitrary waveform generator
Two channel Macintosh USB digital storage oscilloscope (2MHz) and a 2MHz DDS arbitrary waveform generator. Macintosh OS X oscilloscope software is supported through SourceForge.
Macintosh OS X, Linux, and Windows.
http://www.syscompdesign.com/
Mac software: http://sourceforge.net/projects/oip

VISA compatible Signal Generators
VISA (Virtual Instrument Software Architecture) allows automation of many instruments. National Instruments offers NI-VISA, a driver for VISA compatible instruments.
National Instruments download page (free download, must register):
http://joule.ni.com/nidu/cds/view/p/id/2919/lang/en
Background Information:
http://www.ni.com/white-paper/3513/en
Using Python with VISA (pyVISA):
http://pyvisa.sourceforge.net/
Rigol Technologies Information PDF:
http://beyondmeasure.rigoltech.com/acton/attachment/1579/f-00cd/0/-/-/-/-/file.pdf
See my page with examples of instrument automation.

Mac Audio Toolbox
Mac Audio Toolbox is an audio function generator for the Macintosh. Using no additional hardware, you can produce sine, square, triangle, and sawtooth waveforms of any frequency up to 22 kHz, as well as generate noise – both pink and white.  Macintosh OS X only.
http://www.blackcatsystems.com/software/audiotoolbox.html

Audio Test 2.0
Wave types: sine wave, triangle wave, sawtooth wave, square wave, pulse wave, anti-aliased sawtooth wave, anti-aliased square wave, anti-aliased pulse wave, uniform distribution white noise, pink noise, brown noise, and Gaussian distribution white noise. Frequency and amplitude sweeps: fixed, linear , and logarithmic. AppleScript support. Macintosh OS X only.
http://www.katsurashareware.com/pgs/audiotest.html
Purchase it on the App Store

Tone Generator Software
Tone Generator is an easy-to-use program that can be used as a sine wave generator, frequency generator or signal generator that can create audio test tones, sweeps or noise waveforms. Macintosh OSX and Windows.
http://www.nch.com.au/tonegen/index.html

Multimeters

QtDMM Multimeter Logger
QtDMM is a DMM readout software including a configurable recorder. Macintosh OS X and Linux.
http://www.mtoussaint.de/qtdmm.html

VC 840 Recorder
Digital multimeter data recorder. Macintosh OS X only.
http://cw.kolleegium.ch/vc840/

JMM (Java Multi Meter)
Single and automatic reading, Plot display. Alarms can be set. Java for Macintosh OS X, Linux, UNIX, and Windows.
http://agri-vision.nl/CMS/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=13&Itemid=46#Supported
See this page for Java to serial port issues:
http://blog.iharder.net/2009/08/18/rxtx-java-6-and-librxtxserial-jnilib-on-intel-mac-os-x/

Multimeter Data Logging Software
Java software for Digitech QM1538, Digitech QM1537, Digitek DT-9062, Digitek INO2513, Digitech QM1462, PeakTech 3330, Tenma 72-7745, Uni-Trend UT30A, Uni-Trend UT30E, Uni-Trend UT60E, Voltcraft VC 820, Voltcraft VC 840. Macintosh OS X, Linux, and Windows.
http://www.forward.com.au/DataLoggingSoftware/MultimeterDataLoggingSoftware.html

Data Acquisition

LabJack
Several USB, Ethernet, and WiFi connected data acquisition products. Macintosh OS X, Linux, and Windows.
http://labjack.com/
Macintosh OS X software download:
http://labjack.com/support/linux-and-mac-os-x-drivers

National Instruments
Many data acquisition modules and boards. Macintosh OS X, Linux, and Windows.
http://www.ni.com/mac/hardware.htm
Mac OS X software options:
For VISA information, see my PyVISA page here.
http://www.ni.com/white-paper/6909/en/

CAPTURE
Can download radon data files from the RAD7 and issue commands to the RAD7 for performing various common tasks. Macintosh OS X and Windows.
http://www.durridge.com/software_capture.shtml

Others

Beagle USB 5000 SuperSpeed USB Protocol Analyzer
USB 3.0 bus monitor that provides real-time interactive capture and analysis of USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 (up to 5 Gbps). Macintosh OS X, Linux, and Windows.
http://www.totalphase.com/products/beagle_usb5000/

Prologix GPIB-Ethernet and GPIB-USB Controllers
Download data and control GPIB bus enabled oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, function generators, power supplies, and any other GPIB instrument seamlessly through USB! Macintosh OS X, Linux, BSD, Windows.
http://prologix.biz/
Software for instrument control:
http://kenai.com/projects/icontrol
GPIB controller available from:
http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/product_info.php?products_id=549
http://sewelldirect.com/Prologix-GPIB-to-Ethernet-LAN.asp

LAN to GPIB Gateway
The 8065 is fully VXI-11 compatible so you can use RPC calls or Java to run the 8065. An internal Web Server lets you change the 8065′s network settings from any web browser. Macintosh OS X, UNIX, Linux, and Windows.
http://www.icselect.com/vxi11_ctlr_ds.html

MultiInspector Spectral Analyzer
MultiInspectorFree is a 31 band spectral analyzer with multitrack functionality. It incorporates a standard third octave frequency analyzer. Center frequencies of the bands are based on the ISO 266:1997 standard (20 Hz to 20 kHz). Macintosh OS X and Windows.
http://www.vertexdsp.com/products_multiinspectorfree.html

AxoGraph X
Data acquisition and analyze time-series data. Has publication quality graphics. Macintosh OS X and Windows.
http://axographx.com/

Reed SD-947
Temperature data logger. Four channels of temperature data logged to a SD card so any OS that can read a SD card works. Macintosh OS X, UNIX, Linux, and Windows.
http://www.reedinstruments.com/ReedInstruments_Temperature.html
Reed instruments Store at Global Test Supply:
Reed Instruments Distributor.

VISA compatible Instruments
VISA (Virtual Instrument Software Architecture) allows automation of many instruments. National Instruments offers NI-VISA, a driver for VISA compatible instruments.
National Instruments download page (free download, must register):
http://joule.ni.com/nidu/cds/view/p/id/2919/lang/en
Background Information:
http://www.ni.com/white-paper/3513/en
Using Python with VISA (pyVISA):
http://pyvisa.sourceforge.net/
Rigol Technologies Information PDF:
http://beyondmeasure.rigoltech.com/acton/attachment/1579/f-00cd/0/-/-/-/-/file.pdf
See my page with examples of instrument automation.

AD Instruments’ LabChart Pro software
Data acquisition software for their modules. Macintosh OS X and Windows.
http://www.adinstruments.com/products/software/research/LabChart-Software/

National Instruments’ NI-VISA
Universal I/O Interface Software. Macintosh OS X and Windows.
http://joule.ni.com/nidu/cds/view/p/id/1520/lang/en
Here is a summary of National Instruments on OS X:
http://hannahsmac.magnet.fsu.edu/labview/LVonMacOSX.html

DAQFlex Data Acquisition software
The DAQFlex framework consists of an Application Programming Interface (API), a message-based command set, and a lightweight, open-source driver that interfaces to select MCC DAQ devices. Macintosh OS X, Linux, and Windows.
http://www.mccdaq.com/press_releases/pr_106.aspx

SPARK and PASPORT
Data collection and computer interface primarily for the education market. Many sensor interfaces. iPad support. SPARKvue for iPad and Android. Capstone for Macintosh OS X and Windows.
http://www.pasco.com/

SonicBirth, a AudioUnit designing application
Includes many signal processing modules. Modules require a host application like Ardour, GarageBand, Ableton Suite, and AudioFinder.  Macintosh OS X only.
http://sonicbirth.sourceforge.net/

Aardvark I2C/SPI Host Adapter
The Aardvark I2C/SPI Host Adapter is a fast and powerful I2C bus and SPI bus host adapter through USB. It allows a developer to interface a desktop computer via USB to a downstream embedded system. Macintosh OS X, Linux, and Windows.
http://www.totalphase.com/products/aardvark_i2cspi/

Beagle USB 5000 SuperSpeed Protocol Analyzer
The Beagle™ USB 5000 SuperSpeed Protocol Analyzer is the world’s most affordable USB 3.0 bus monitor that provides real-time interactive capture and analysis of USB 3.0 and USB 2.0. Macintosh OS X, Linux, and Windows.
http://www.totalphase.com/products/beagle_usb5000/

Ardour Digital audio workstation
Unlimited audio tracks and buses,  non-linear editing with unlimited undo, Anything-to-anywhere signal routing, Unlimited pre- and post-fader plugins, 32 bit floating point audio path. Macintosh OS X and Linux.
http://ardour.org/

BRP-PACU
FFT software. Macintosh OS X only.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/brp-pacu/

Gardner Company DC5-420TH Microscope Camera
2.0 Mega pixels. Macintosh OS X and Windows.
http://www.gardco.com/pages/optical/mc/digital_micro.cfm

Blue Cat Audio
Several audio analysis tools. Macintosh OS X and Windows.
http://www.bluecataudio.com/Products/Category_Analysis/

The MacNauchtan Laboratory
Several math, analysis, and interface tools tools. Tektronixwaves.pl connects to a Tektronix 11403 and reads out three traces. Macintosh OS X only.
ftp://macnauchtan.com/Excel/

Spek – SoftwareAcoustic Spectrum Analyzer
Supports all popular lossy and lossless audio file formats thanks to the FFmpeg libraries. Macintosh OS X and Windows.
http://www.dxzone.com/cgi-bin/dir/jump2.cgi?ID=24754

Logger Pro
Data-collection and analysis software. Macintosh OS X and Windows.
http://www.vernier.com/products/software/lp/
Data acquisition hardware:
http://www.vernier.com/products/interfaces/labpro/
http://www.vernier.com/products/interfaces/labq/

XR5-SE Data Logger
Has 8 multi-range analog inputs, 3 pulse/frequency inputs, and millivolt / thermocouple range options. Includes: Adjustable sensor excitation, status indicators and detachable 20 position screw terminal block. Macintosh OS X and Windows.
http://www.pace-sci.com/data-loggers-xr5.htm

HOBO Data Loggers
Large family of loggers and sensors. Macintosh OS X and Windows.
http://www.onsetcomp.com/

Heka Data Acquisition Systems
Large family of products. Macintosh OS X and Windows.
http://www.heka.com/download/download.html#ec_tools

USB Data Acquisition Module with Relays, Temperature, and Analog/Digital I/O
Low cost USB interface for Relay and data acquisition. Macintosh OS X and Windows.
http://www.canakit.com/4-port-usb-relay-controller.html

DLP-IO8-G 8 channel data acquisition module
Supports analog in, digital in, digital out, and temperature. Macintosh OS X and Windows.
Hardware:
http://www.dlpdesign.com/usb/dlp-io8-ds-v16.pdf
Software from the Mac App Store, download DAQ Plot

USerial – USB to I2C/SPI/GPIO bridge
Open source hardware and software for a USB device to read and drive I2C, SPI and GPIO. Macintosh OS X, UNIX, Linux, and Windows.
http://www.tty1.net/userial/

Nano River Technologies
Nano River Technologies offers four USB boards with SPI (up to 50MB/s), I2C (up to 6MB/s), GPIOs and analog I/O. Macintosh OS X and Windows.
http://www.nanorivertech.com/usb-adapters.html

Voxengo SPAN VST Plug-in
Features Fast Fourier transform spectrum analyzer, Stereo, mid-side, 5.1 spectrum analyzer, Stereo correlation meter, and K level meter. Macintosh OS X and Windows.
http://www.voxengo.com/product/span/

Thermistor
Works with QTI’s precision DirecTemp USB thermometers to gather temperature data in real time. Macintosh OS X only.
From the Mac OS X App Store.
Hardware:
http://www.thermistor.com/productsDirecTemp.php

Image SXM
Image SXM is a version of the public domain image analysis software NIH Image that has been extended to handle the loading, display and analysis of scanning microscope images. Image SXM supports SAM, SCM, SEM, SFM, SLM, SNOM, SPM and STM images from many systems.
http://www.liv.ac.uk/~sdb/ImageSXM/

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