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5 August 2014
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Look into the Future
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Look into the Future
 
You can see the future of data acquisition by examining its past and present relationship with computers. The two technologies have worked hand in hand for more than 40 years. In this article, Data Translation CEO Fred Molinari explains how USB, Ethernet, and embedded systems have set the stage to transform data acquisition. New architectures have made it possible to shift from multiplexed inputs to one analog-to-digital converter per channel, allowing engineers to simultaneously measure many channels without interference, even at high speeds. Now the question is: How will powerful onboard processors change the way engineers collect data?
 
 
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The Trusted Leader for Any Measurement
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The Trusted Leader for Any Measurement
National Instruments
 
NI data acquisition products are the most trusted computer-based measurement devices available. NI CompactDAQ systems feature more than 50 measurement-specific modules and complete breadth and depth of I/O.

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Take SCADA Mobile — No Apps Needed
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Take SCADA Mobile — No Apps Needed
 
The Fast/Tools Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system from Yokogawa offers a thin client that can be used on any mobile platform with a browser that supports HTML5. No specialized apps are needed. While the thin client does not have all the functionality of Fast/Tools' rich client, it does allow users to access process data and manage alarms, leveraging touchscreen gesture controls.
 
 
 
 
Spectroscopy Software Goes 'Large'
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Spectroscopy Software Goes "Large"
 
The latest release of WITec software promises to quickly acquire, process, and visualize large data sets, accommodating large-area, high-resolution measurements, and 3D imaging. Leveraging an enhanced architecture, the software can perform a variety of spectroscopy and microscopy techniques, including fluorescence, Raman, luminescence, atomic-force, and scanning-near-field optical microscopy. The release includes the Control FOUR and Project FOUR software tools.
 
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A Virtual Swiss Army Knife
 
How do you overcome a predisposition for physical knobs, dials, and displays? National Instruments' response to this challenge is VirtualBench, a hardware-software combination that converts your tablet or desktop computer into a mixed-signal oscilloscope, function generator, digital multimeter, DC power supply, and digital I/O. VirtualBench allows you to monitor all five instruments at a time and costs about one-third the price of the discrete instruments.
 
 
 
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Multi-channel Acquisition
 
Targeting applications like software-defined radio and scientific/medical imaging, the Kintex 7-based PC768 PCI Express digitizer board from 4DSP captures as many as 16 channels and delivers 250 Msps at 16-bit precision. The PC768 combines 1 GB of SDRAM and 32 GB of flash memory with ample logic and DSP resources, enabling it to avoid the throughput bottlenecks that often plague DSP and GPP-based systems.
 
 
 
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AVANT MI-7008D is a brand new integrated DAQ analyzer from ECON. It brings engineers a brilliant experience for its professional industrial design, robust hardware, and powerful software. The reliability and accuracy of onsite testing becomes available anywhere, everywhere, and at any time.
 
 
 
 
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Designed for densely packed multi-channel applications like medical imaging, automated test equipment, and programmable logic controllers, the LTC2668 16-bit digital-to-analog converter (DAC) from Linear Technology fits 16 channels into a 6 mm square package. Each output can be independently configured for one of five unipolar and bipolar output ranges, and the DAC can drive capacitive loads as high as 1,000 pF.
 
 
 
 
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Dual ADC Caters to Communications
 
The AD9652 16-bit, 310 Msps dual analog-to-digital converter (ADC) from Analog Devices provides digital output bandwidth of 155 MHz and analog input of 650 MHz. With its enhanced input buffer and 16-bit core, the ADC can detect and isolate weak signals in challenging environments. This makes the converter a candidate for high-speed, high-accuracy applications, such as RF test equipment and multi-mode, multi-band, communications receivers.
 
Signal Conditioning Components & Systems . . .
 
Amplifier Support for Multiple Load Cells
 
Providing amplification and signal conditioning for single or multiple load cells, the LCA20 digital signal conditioning amplifier from Mantracourt Electronics features quick setup and one-pass calibration. The amplifier supplies 5 V excitation to 10 350-ohm load cells, 10-point linearization, measurement speeds of 10-80 sps, and RS-232 and RS-485 options for digital communications.
 
 
 
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Improving Piezoresistive Sensor Performance
 
Silicon piezoresistive sensors offer the advantage of low cost but exhibit nonlinearities with respect to temperature. EE Web explains how a family of sensor signal conditioners corrects these errors, limiting them to 1% across a wide operating temperature range. This tutorial demonstrates how to use pulse-width modulation to achieve high noise immunity when transmitting sensor results over long wire runs.
 
 
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Representing the next step in test and measurement, the powerful, intuitive, user-friendly IPEmotion software provides synchronized data acquisition, is easily adaptable to all customer specific requirements, and enables Dataforth's MAQ20 communications module to run an unlimited number of PID loops. It comes in eight languages and is designed specifically for industrial and R&D applications.
 
 
 
 
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