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USBee DX Test Pod

The Ultimate Electronic Test Pod - Logic Analyzer, Oscilloscope, Signal Generator and Protocol Analyzer

USBee DX Overview

USB 2.0 Connectivity

Packet analyzer, logic analyzer, oscilloscope and signal generator all in one

Up to 24MHz Sampling

Stream samples to the PC

16 digital channels/ 2 analog channels

Protocol Analyzer for USB , I2C, SPI, Async, CAN, I2S, 1-wire, SM Bus, PS/2 and custom Busses

Small, compact and portable

Resolve Bugs Faster and Easier

The USBee DX Platform delivers the highest level of integration and functionality in the test instrument market. With 2 analog channels and 16 digital I/Os, the USBee DX combines four functions into one; protocol analyzer, logic analyzer, mixed signal oscilloscope and signal generator. Unlike other mixed signal oscilloscopes which charge extra for each serial protocol, the USBee DX includes numerous serial protocols including I2C, SPI, Async, SDIO, 1-wire, I2S, CAN and support even custom protocols.

Mixed-Signal Multi-level Protocol Decoding

Unique to USBee products, protocols and packets are displayed in human readable packet format, having automatically been translated from HEX to your custom description. With a huge sample buffer size using the PC RAM and Advanced Search properties, users can significantly reduce debug time by eliminating chunks of grunt work that would typically chew up man-days or man-weeks of effort, and yet improve bug detection capability. Its portability and low prices allow every engineer or firmware developer to have an USBee DX on their desk.

Windows and Mac Fully Supported

The USBee DX Suite platform works seamlessly on Windows XP through Windows 8.1 as well as Mac OS X under Parallels 9 including Coherence mode as seen below.

Logic Analyzer Features

16 digital input channels

Inputs are 5.5V tolerant

Sampling rates up to 24M sample per second

Data buffer is on the PC for huge sample sizes

Supports 5V, 3.3V, 2.5V and 2V logic levels

Oscilloscope Features

2 analog channels with variable thresholds

Dual 8-bit 40MHz ADCs

Sampling rates ranging up to 24M sample per second

Data buffer is on the PC for huge sample sizes

Measurable Input Voltage Range of -10V to +10V

Packet Analyzer Features

Simultaneously decode multiple busses to extract the data transferred on the signals

I2C, SPI, Async, CAN, 1-Wire, USB, and many other protocols supported

Packets can be filtered and searched based on field contents or lack of content

PacketPresenter takes the decoded byte streams and formats the packets by breaking out the fields you define

Packet data can be exported in a variety of formats including RTF, CSV, TXT, Excel, or Binary file

Custom Protocol Decoders and PacketPresenter definitions let you tailor it to your special bus

Signal Generator Features

16 digital output channels

Generate arbitrary digital waveforms

Create any digital pattern at any frequency up to 24Msps

Data buffer is on the PC for huge sample sizes

External/Internal clocking, looping and triggering of patterns

USBee Features That Accelerate Your Debugging

Four test instruments integrated into one

Packet analyzer, logic analyzer, oscilloscope and signal generator into a single test system

Eliminate wasted time trying to trigger multiple instruments together and correlating an important event to each other

USBee Suite Pro Upgraded Features

The optional USBee Suite Pro software module adds the following features to the platform:

USBee Suite Features Comparison

USBee Suite Standard

USBee Suite Pro






channel display (on units with analog channels)

Logic Analyzer   

channel display

Protocol decoding

In-line USB, I2C, SPI, Async, 1-Wire, CAN, I2S, SM Bus, PS/2, Sync Serial, Parallel and NEC IR Decoders

Custom Decoder

development kit for creating your own decoder


7 Layer Configurable Protocol Decoder displays bus data as packets like your data sheet  

Smart Search

32 level search terms to automatically search through hundreds of millions of samples to pinpoint your problems fast

Smart Markers

Place markers at critical points in your trace for easy measurements and navigation


Fast Pan

Used for quickly viewing decoded bus data by panning left and right



Titles and Sticky Notes allow detailed documentation that is invaluable when sharing trace files


Acquisition Control

Enhanced Run, Single, Normal, Auto modes


Display Modes  

Enhanced display modes with Persist, Vectors, Wide


Analog Channel Scaling

Scaling of slope, offset and units for displaying values in real life terms



Read in ULD data files captured using your USBee DX


Enormous data captures

Since the USBee DX streams the samples to the PC you can capture hundreds on millions of samples

Capture all occurrences of symptoms instead of a single instance. Find obscure bugs that occur rarely

Single trace synchronized view

Packets, waveforms and physical layer voltage in a single window

Allows quick determination whether root cause is software, firmware or hardware

Protocols in Human Readable Format

Instead of displaying packets as HEX values, the HEX values are automatically converted so that you don’t need a datasheet to interpret the function of the packet.

Faster root cause identification because users can easily follow the sequence of events at the application level, instead of at the byte level

Most Advanced Search in the Market

Search criteria of 32 different sequential events within a qualified time window using attributes such as protocol sequences, analog signal edges, analog signal state and ranges, digital signal state and ranges, digital signal edge and matching field values

Significantly faster debug by searching through 32 million sample points with the most complex search criteria to find the most obscure condition that results in bug or issue

Customizable from the wire to the protocol

Create your own protocol decoders or custom applications that utilize lower level packet data

Supports serial or parallel proprietary protocols not available in standard protocol analyzers, logic analyzers, and mixed signal oscilloscopes (MSO)

PacketPresenter Packet Analyzer

Supercharging the USBee, the PacketPresenter™ displays the bus traffic that is being transmitted between ICs or system components in a graphical, easy to understand packet format that can be customized to your specific design.

With standard logic analyzers, engineers have been accustomed to counting bits, manually decoding protocols, and parsing embedded bus traffic into useable fields. The PacketPresenter does this for you automatically. With the PacketPresenter, counting bits on a logic analyzer is a thing of the past.

The PacketPresenter translates standard logic analyzer traces into graphical communication packets that are easy to read and understand. The PacketPresenter saves you time by automatically extracting the protocol information of interest from raw bus traffic and presenting it in a clear and simple format. You no longer need to count bits or decode waveform traces to find out what your system is saying.

Many existing Protocol Decoders understand only a single protocol. The PacketPresenter, on the other hand, is customizable to fit your custom and unique embedded bus protocol using a simple and intuitive configurable PacketPresenter Definition file. And unique to the USBee, the PacketPresenter gives you a detailed look into how the packet communications on your embedded bus relates to the actual voltage-versus-time waveforms of the bus signals.

Debugging is performed by viewing and analyzing the PacketPresenter output and relating it back to the logic analyzer waveforms and decoded bus traffic for the various types of busses. For example, you can see the PacketPresenter display of HDLC communication packets, and correlate that back to the raw byte stream that was decoded from the ASYNC bus, as well as the voltage versus time waveforms of the bus Tx and Rx lines.

The waveforms show the activity on the signal lines and the Bus Decoders show the data contained on that bus:

Finally, the PacketPresenter parses that data into fields:

The PacketPresenter feature runs alongside the existing bus decoders. It takes the output of raw binary data from the bus decoder and parses the stream according to a PacketPresenter Definition File for the intent of displaying the communications in easily understood graphical displays.

Protocols are defined using a text file, called a PacketPresenter Definition File, which specifies the fields within the protocol and how to display that information on the screen. It is generic enough that you can create your own protocol decoders for your own custom bus types.

Each PacketPresenter Definition File correspond to one single bus type, and the incoming bytes from that bus are inputs for the decoding process. This steam of data is called an incoming Data Stream and it is handled by a Protocol Processor. Each Protocol Processor takes a single incoming Data Stream that is broken into Packets, parsed into Fields and either displayed as a field on the screen, ignored, and/or sent to a new Protocol for further processing (as in an N layer protocol).

Each Protocol Processor defines how to break the stream into Packets, and how to break the Packets into Fields. These Fields can then be displayed or sent to another Data Stream for further processing.

USBee DX Specifications

Feature Specification


Wired Interconnect USB 2.0
Maximum Data Bandwidth 30MB/s

Mixed Signal Oscilloscope (MSO) Logic Analyzer Oscilloscope

Digital Channels 18  (16 Input, T and C)
Analog Channels 2
Max Sample Rate (All channels sampling) 8 Msps
Other Sample Rates 24M - 8D
24M - 1A
16M - 16D
Sample Buffer Depth Uses PC RAM for 100's of millions total samples
Capture Time Example (1MHz I2C register read every 10 msec) 200 seconds
Full Scale Analog Input Range -10V to +10V
ADC Dual 8-bit 40Msps
Digital Input Range -0.5V to +5.5V
Logic Threshold Set for 5V, 3.3V, 2.5V and 2.0V Logic Levels

Serial Packet Analyzer

Protocol Analyzers Included  USB, I2C, SPI, Async, CAN, I2S, 1-Wire, SM Bus, PS/2, Sync Serial, Parallel, Custom Decoder API

Digital Signal Generator

Arbitrary Digital Pattern Channels 16
Output Sample Frequency Up to 24Msps
Number of Output Samples Up to 200M
Digital Output Voltage 0V - Low, +3.3V - High
PWM Controller Channels 8
Other Digital Pattern Features Trigger Out, Remote Controller, Loop, Trigger In, External/Internal Clocking


Data Logger Features Save all channels to file every 200msec
Digital Voltmeter 2 channels
Frequency Counter 8 channels
Pulse Counter 8 channels

The USBee DX Package

The USBee DX comes with the following items:

USBee DX Test Pod

2 sets of oscilloscope leads

One 20 lead 9-inch logic analyzer/signal generator cable set

24 high performance micro grabber test clips

6 foot USB cable

USBee DX Software (downloaded)

USBee Suite Software (downloaded)

USBee DX Suite Manuals (downloaded)

USBee Suite Manuals (downloaded)

PC System Requirements

The USBee DX requires the following minimum PC features:

Pentium or higher processor

Windows® 8, 7, Vista, or XP operating system (32 or 64-bit)

Mac OS X (using Parallels)

One USB2.0 High Speed enabled port. It will not run on USB 1.1 Full Speed ports.

1GBytes of RAM

125MBytes of Hard disk space

Internet Access (for software updates and technical support)