Like so many electronic test and measurement tools, a logic analyzer is a solution to a particular class of problems. It is a versatile tool that can help you with digital hardware debug, design verification and embedded software debug. The logic analyzer is an indispensable tool for engineers who design digital circuits.

Logic analyzers are used for digital measurements involving numerous signals or challenging trigger requirements.

In this document, we will first look at the digital oscilloscope and the resulting evolution of the logic analyzer. Then you will be shown what comprises a basic logic analyzer. With this basic knowledge you’ll then learn what capabilities of a logic analyzer are important and why they play a major part in choosing the correct tool for your particular application.