NI Week 2004: 20 multi-function DAQ devices introduced

Austin, TX—National Instruments (NI) released its next generation of multifunction data acquisition (DAQ) products on the first day of its annual NI Week event.


Austin, TX— National Instruments (NI) released its next generation of multifunction data acquisition (DAQ) products on the first day of its annual NI Week event. Based on the newly designed NI-STC 2 system controller chip and NI-PGIA 2 amplifier technology, the new NI M Series multifunction DAQ devices offer breakthroughs in accuracy, as well as faster sampling rates, more I/O channels, and a broad set of expanded features previously unavailable in multi-function DAQ devices.

M Series devices not only lower the cost per I/O channel by more than 30%, but they also reduce overall system costs by minimizing setup time through advanced development tools included in NI-DAQmx measurement services driver software. These 20 devices address low-cost, high-performance and high-accuracy applications.

'In the 10 years since the introduction of the industry-leading NI E Series multifunction DAQ devices, we've collected feedback from thousands of data acquisition customers. The result is our new M Series product line, offering significant enhancements compared to E Series and other multifunction devices,' says Tim Dehne, NI's senior VP of R&D. 'NI-STC 2 consolidates several discrete chips into one ASIC for more performance in a smaller space, and NI-PGIA 2 amplifier technology improves accuracy while lowering the price for our customers.'

M Series devices have a features set that makes them ideal for test, control and sensor measurement applications. The core of each M Series device is the new NI-STC 2 synchronization and timing controller, which allows up to six operations to execute simultaneously at throughput rates up to five times faster than previous DAQ devices. M Series also offers a revolutionary design for calibration at every input range, improving measurement accuracy by up to five times, in addition to extending the recommended calibration interval on most M Series devices to two years. The redesigned NI-PGIA 2 family of programmable gain instrumentation amplifiers dramatically reduces settling time to ensure accurate measurements even at the fastest scanning rates.

In addition, M Series offers up to 32 18-bit analog input channels; four 16-bit analog outputs; two 32-bit counter/timers; and 48 digital I/O lines. Engineers can use the new devices to hardware-time up to 32 of the digital lines up to 10 MHz. Each M Series device includes the latest version of NI-DAQmx measurement services driver software, which delivers easy configuration and a flexible programming interface for NI's LabView Visual Studio .NET and NI's LabWindows/CVI.

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor

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