How to Choose Which Beagle USB Protocol Analyzer is Best for Your USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 Projects

The product, test and validations have been defined, the budget approved and the project is scheduled. The next question - which hardware and software tools will best support your project to monitor, capture and analyze the data on the USB 2.0 and/or USB 3.0 bus?

To make a well informed decision, we suggest you ask and answer the following:

  • What kind of measurements do you need?
  • Which software applications save you time and capture the data that you need? Do they operate in real-time? Is the setup fast and easy?
  • What is the long-term value?

You can find answers to these questions in our USB Protocol Analyzer Product Guide , but we are going to make it easier for you.

What kind of measurements do you need?
Overall, Total Phase Beagle analyzers support USB 2.0 downlinks and provide real-time data display, analysis and statistics.

  • For analyzing USB 2.0 and 3.0 (up to 5 Gbps), look into the Beagle 5000 series of protocol analyzers.

 

Beagle USB 5000 v2 SuperSpeed Protocol Analyzer - Ultimate Edition Beagle USB 5000 v2 SuperSpeed Protocol Analyzer - Standard Edition Beagle USB 5000 v2 Protocol Analyzer - USB 2.0 Edition 
 Beagle5000_200  Beagle5000_200 Beagle5000_200
Monitor USB 2.0 and 3.0 simultaneously, up to 5000 Mbs Monitor USB 2.0 and 3.0 up to 5000 Mbs Monitor USB 2.0 up to 5000 Mbs, upgradeable to USB 3.0

 

  • For USB 2.0 only, we suggest the Beagle USB 480 series of analyzers.
  • For the addition of voltage and current measurements, look into the Beagle USB 480 Power Protocol Analyzer.
  • For a lower-cost and low- and full-speed USB analysis, consider the Beagle USB 12 analyzer.

 

Beagle USB 480 Power Protocol Analyzer - Standard Edition Beagle USB 480 Protocol Analyzer Beagle USB 12 Protocol Analyzer
 beagle-480-power-std  beagle480std_200  Beagle USB 12
Monitor USB 2.0 up to 480 Mbs plus voltage and current measurements Monitor USB 2.0 at sustained 480 Mbps bursts with 17 ns resolution and a 64 MB internal buffer Low-cost, monitor USB 2.0 up to 12 Mbps with 21 ns resolution

 

Which software applications save you time and capture the data that you need? Do they operate in real-time? Is the setup fast and easy?

  • The Data Center Software is an easy-to-use free application to trigger, capture, filter and display real-time measurements. Examples of how to use this tool are provided in the software, as well as informative videos and knowledge base articles .

Detailed examples for debugging are also provided in an testimonial by Colin O’Flynn, Quit wasting time debugging USB: Using Total Phase Triggers.

 

Data Center Software Interface with Beagle Protocol Analyzer Figure 1: Data Center Software Interface

 

  • For customized software, you can use the royalty-free Beagle Software API, which supports multiple platforms (Windows, Linux and Mac) and software languages, and comes with program examples that you can use “out of the box” or customize as needed.

What is the long-term value? In addition to the value of fulfilling current requirements, Total Phase provides continuous customer support, and software upgrades.

We hope this answers your questions. If you have other questions about our host adapters or other Total Phase products, feel free to email us at sales@totalphase.com, or if you already own one of our devices and have a technical question, please submit a request for technical support.

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