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DeviceMake and ModelPrice (USD)Notes
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Decent MultimeterFluke 117$149.99If you're really strapped for cash, get an Extech EX330 for $50, but I recommend you start with a good meter
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Cheap Chinese Saleae Compatible Logic AnalyzerFor examplle, KeeYees USB Logic Analyzer$219.00Buy the Pro models from Saleae, however there are clones of the regular ones
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Universal DebuggerDangerous Prototypes Bus Pirate$39.50
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Cheap breadboardBreadboard ~1660 Points$19.95
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Jumper Wires
Male <-> Female, Female <-> Female, Male <-> Male
$6.99
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Resistor Kit/SetAssorted 1/4 W Resistor Kit$7.95
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Capacitor Kit/SetAssorted Caps including 1uF, 10uF and 47uF$13.68
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Cheap 1 Channel DC SupplyFor Example, DIYmore DP30V5A$33.45There are a bunch of different vendors. They're whitelabeled in China. They tend to be cheaper on Ali Express
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USB-C Powered Soldering Iron w/tipsTS80$100.00You can get them cheaper on AliExpress if you're willing to wait
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Good JTAG ProgrammerSegger J-Link EDU$84.99The EDU is identical to the black, EDU is non-commercial use
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High quality helping handsQuadhands Jumbo Workbench$79.95Size-wise I don't think it makes sense to get anything smaller, nice mix of arms
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Good MultimeterFluke 87V$386.99Eventually you'll want a good 20000 count multimeter
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Digital OscilloscopeRigol MSO5074$999.00I recommend this will get you 350MHz which is the limit of passive probes
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Logic AnalyzerSaleae Logic Pro 16$599.00
The saleae software is really good, and their 16-port Logic Analyzers are very fast. Unfortunately there's a lot of input capacitance, so watch out! It's not uncommon for host and slave not to communicate while the Saleae is attached
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Good Breadboard3M Breadboard$79.64Get ONE expensive breadboard and never look back. These have very low contact resistance as opposed to cheap breadboards.
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FPGA Dev BoardDigilent Arty A7$129.00This is what we use for our trainings
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Programmable 3-Channel SupplyRigol DP832$550.00If you really need 3 channels, becuase you're for example glitching an SoC with multiple supplies, get a 3 channel supply. It will make it way easier to make sure you have a common ground between them.
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Total:$3,499.08
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Want to learn how to properly use all of this lab equipment?
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Take one of our trainings.
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Items are loosely ordered by priority.
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Common question: Why do things repeat or why is the minimal set a subset of the recommended? Honestly, IMHO, if you're doing serious work you should eventually have the cheap versions as well.
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I created a seperate page just for soldering equipment because it's such a big category. If you just need a simple iron to ocassionally solder a wire or two, get the TS80 listed above.
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