Austin, TexasLooking for a way to create custom data acquisition systems with low-cost commonly available parts and cables? That's where National Instruments's (NI) latest PCI plug-in comes in. Its PCI-6010, designed to assist original equipment manufacturers to get products to market faster and at lower cost, is billed by NI as a basic product.
In keeping with its role as a basic and low cost approach, quantity packages are available for OEMs needing multiple units, with standard pricing set 40% lower than previous lowest-priced PCI data-acq devices from NI. You can buy fifty boards for about $11,250. That comes to about $225 per board. How low can you go?
The PCI-6010 extends NI's B Series multi-function data-acq devices to 16 single-ended high-Z channels (10-Gohms) of analog input, with 16-bit resolution and a 200-ksample/s sampling rate for a single channel (33.3-ksamples/s when scanning). Inputs can also be set up as eight differential inputs. All are DC co, with ranges including from ±200-mV, ±1-V, and ±5-V. All have ±42-V of over-voltage protection, too.
You also get two short-circuit-proof 16-bit analog output channels, 10 digital lines, and two counter/timers. For I/O connectivity, a 37-pin D-subminiature connector is used; it's compatible with NI's line of cables and connectors.
The PCI-6010 ships with a suite of NI measurement services software, including tools and drivers for connecting VI (virtual instrumentation) software with NI measurement and control hardware. NI measurement services software, built around the company's NI-DAQmx driver software, includes intuitive APIs (application programming interfaces), configuration tools, so-called rapid I/O assistants, and tools to help you reduce system setup and configuration time.
NI's products also work with common application software packages, including LabVIEW, LabWindows/CVI, SignalExpress, and Measurement Studio for Visual Basic, C++ and .NET.
For applications requiring increased performance and accuracy, NI also offers its M Series boards. These include options for high-speed (16-bit resolution and 1.25-Msample/s acquisition speed), high-accuracy (18-bits and 625-ksamples/s), and low-cost (16-bits and 250-ksamples/s). The M Series uses NI's new NI-MCal calibration technique, and the company's NI-STC 2 system controller chip.
For more details, contact Ernest Martinez at National Instruments, 11500 No. Mopac Expwy., Austin, Texas 78759-3504. Phone: (512) 683-0100, or (800) 258-7022. Fax: (512) 683-8411. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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