Name the open source logic analyzer, get one free

We’ve been working on an open source logic analyzer prototype with Jack Gassett of the Gadget Factory. Gerbers will go to the board house before the end of this week.

Until now we’ve called this project by the codename ‘SUMP PUMP’, because it’s a data pump for the open source SUMP logic analyzer client. This name is far to clever though, because SUMP infringes on the name of the original project, and it won’t index well in search engines.

We’d like to hear your suggestions for a name for this project. If we choose your name, we’ll send you the final hardware for free. Post your suggestions here, or in the forum.

Some conditions:

  • There’s no limit to the number of suggestions you can make, and you can continue to make suggestions until we announce our choice.
  • If we choose your name suggestion we’ll send you the final hardware for free.
  • To make this legit, we’ll ask you to sign away any rights to the name in exchange for the free hardware.

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  1. Bus Pirate has already become a well Know product/project … since the SUMP PUMP is actually a true BUS pirate:

    Bus Pirate LA

  2. Something from a non-native english speaker :-S

    byte biter
    bitter byte :-)
    open gates (“gates” as in fpga)
    illogic logic
    opsologan (OPen SOurce LOGic ANalyzer)
    LogAn (like this Wolverine resemblance)

  3. Well if you have a bus pirate, perhaps something like

    logic raider
    logic ninja
    dangerous logic
    logic box <- generic works well sometimes
    logic rover

    Im sure theres a ton of clever synonyms out there.

  4. Here’s a list of things off the top of my head. I searched on Google for each, and give the results in parentheses. I ordered them in (What I think is) by usefulness, with the ones already taken by large companies/brands towards the bottom of the list.

    1. Logic Ninja (Nothing specific on Google… Would be nice to contrast against the Bus Pirate.. “Bus Pirate vs the Logic Ninja… Fight!”)
    2. Logic Snoop (Nothing specific on Google.)
    3. Bit Analyst (Nothing specific on Google)
    4. Bit Ninja (Closest result on google is “8-Bit Ninja”)
    5. Bit Pirate (Returns Pirate Bay on Google… “Bit Torrent – Pirate Bay”, etc)
    6. Bit Snoop (Already the name of a Bit Torrent site)
    7. SuperSnoop (Already the name of an IBM Servlet)
    8. Bus Analyst (A common short form for Business Analyst, may not get the best Google results..)
    9. OpenLogic (Drat, taken already by an Open Source Software Support group)

    And the best for last: “Madness? This Is Sparta!!!” (Ok, I jest.)

  5. LA PUMP (Logic Analyzer pump)

    The SWAMP PUMP (derivate of SUMP)

    the pirate analyzer

    Pirate’s firehose

    Sumo pump

    need more?

  6. Two little more :-)

    Mr. Claws (maybe Mr. Probes is more correct, but less funny)
    Oh la la (I like this one, the “Open Hardware Logic Analyzing Logic Analyzer”) :-)

  7. logic spy
    bit spy
    bus spy
    bit peek
    bit catcher
    logic catcher
    bit snatcher
    logic snatcher
    bit insight
    logic insight
    bit police
    logic police
    bit capture
    logic capture
    bit probe
    logic probe
    dangerous probe
    dangerous spy
    dangerous insight
    dangerous view
    dangerous logic analyzer
    dangerous bit

    or some other combination of the above, eg: dangerous bit snatcher

    That’s enough for tonight :)

  8. Need something that allows clear differentiation between the bus pirate and the analyzer.

    monitor pirate
    pirate watch
    bus bandit

    bus vampire

  9. Here are my suggestions:

    Logic Logger
    OLO (for Open LOgic analyzer)
    OLOAN (for Open LOgic ANalyzer)
    OLLO (for Open Logic LOgger)
    O’Log (for Open LOGic analyzer)
    OLOGAN (for Open LOGic ANalyzer)


  10. Mind if I call it… “Bruce” ?

    After all, the unbuffered inputs also will have no pF-ters, which obeys rules #1, 3, 5 *and* 7.

  11. The Bus Herder
    The Bus Whacker
    The Bus Hacker
    The Bus Whisperer
    The Bus Station
    The Bus Stalker
    The Bus Pervert
    The Word Whacker
    The Word Whisperer
    The Rosetta Probe
    The Open Window
    Logic Lizard Larry

    Someone… please make me stop…!

  12. Hydralyzer (Ref., Lernaean Hydra, Greek many-headed serpent)
    Karnaugh (tribute to Maurice Karnaugh)
    Boole (tribute to George Boole)
    Axiom (Boolean law or property)
    KMapper (as in Karnaugh maps)

  13. How about “freeThena”? Free as in freedom and thena as in the shortening of the name Athena, the Greek Godess known for her logic?

  14. I’m putting forward “Medusa”. Here’s why I like it:

    1. the image of Medusa – a head with lots of snakes for hair – kinda bizzarely fits with a logic analyser
    2. Medusa was a bad-ass individual, and I reckon this fits with the dangerous prototypes image
    3. Medusa+logic search seems free in google

      1. and also suggest “Man’O’War” like the jellyfish, a bad-ass tentacled mofo. as a bonus, it goes with the pirate theme as that was the name of the biggest and most badass wooden ships ever

  15. The problem is that Bus Pirate is already an established name. You don’t want people to have to Google “bus pirate xxxxxx” when they can easily distinguish between two products. Make two lines of product, the bus pirate — which already has its own model types, and something similar to bus pirate — which will undoubtably have its own models and revisions.

    This way your products share a similar name as if they work together (which is why I suggested logic ninja — its a play on “pirate” with ninja, and the bus is replaced by logic). If a company makes a bus pirate and a logic ninja it seems clever and gives an image… that and you double your search terms :)

  16. > that and you double your search terms

    You mean, like when Coke named their first diet cola “Tab”? They eventually figured out that “Diet Coke” was easier to market to existing customers.

    “Bus Pirate” has become a recognizable brand name, so it makes sense to create a product line around it, especially since they’ll share functionality and the SUMP interface. It also creates an easy path for future similar products.

    Leave the other similar/related names for use by compatible clones, like with the Arduino.

  17. How about: LoGiPeeL

    You could have a nice logo with some orange peel or maybe an onion with many layers. Peeling back the mysteries behind your creation (or someone else’s) with the help of GPL hardware?


  18. a Logic Analyzer does not really ‘pirate’ nor ‘ninja’ signals. It’s supposed to be a ‘non-detected’ multi-signal ‘watcher’ that is used to determine the state of the hardware in the time domain. The output function is commonly called a pattern generator

    with that said, some suggestions,

    System Sleuth
    State Spy
    Logic Spook
    Logic Mole

  19. Or something like Logic Detective…. Logic P.I. — sounds like a lame tv series :) Bus Scope? LogicScope? iLogic? hahaha just think of something lame, it will catch on anyway! I still love Logic Ninja :) Bus goes with Pirate as Logic goes with Ninja :D

  20. Parallel Logic
    Bit Trapper
    Bit-Banger (lol)

    Sea/pirate theme:
    Digital Jellyfish
    Bus Crew

  21. WireSquid

    don’t like the bus-name type name and you got a nice correspondence to WireShark (Ethernet packet sniffer) there AND a squid since it’s got multiple channels..


  22. ~ Bus Brigand ~

    Measure Island
    Queen Analyzer’s Revenge
    Spanish Measure Fleet
    Sloop Snooper
    The Pirate Code

    And I just like this one: Freebooter

  23. ReconnoBox

    Because it’s a very economical (similar to econobox) logic analyzer and it performs reconnaissance functions.

    ReconnBox could work too, but doesn’t have the same back story.

    Digital Olfactory
    Bit Bandit
    Bus Rider

  24. Bus sniffer?

    Sorry, that’s all I got. I would like this one to win, but I prefer Bus Ninja too.

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