USB data acquisition system introduced
National Instruments has announced the CompactDAQ, a new USB-based modular data acquisition system. The new platform is intended for sensor and electrical measurements on the bench top, in the field and on the production line. The system offers an eight-slot chassis that accepts I/O modules capable of measuring up to 256 channels of electrical, physical, mechanical and acoustic signals in a single system. By combining the plug-and-play simplicity of USB with the performance and flexibility of modular instrumentation, NI CompactDAQ provides fast and accurate measurements in a small, simple and affordable system.
The system features connectivity and signal conditioning for measurements including voltage, temperature, strain, sound and vibration, as well as digital I/O and switching. The modules are hot-swappable and auto-detectable for simplified setup, and offer up to 2,300 Vrms of isolation to ensure PC and user safety. The system delivers four dedicated USB signal streams for synchronous analog and digital I/O for data-intensive applications including sound and vibration, mixed-signal automated test and high-speed data logging.