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August 04, 2011

National Instruments Announces Single-Slot Chassis for NI CompactDAQ Platform

By Rajani Baburajan
TMCnet Contributor


National Instruments (News - Alert) (NI) has announced it has expanded the NI CompactDAQ platform with the addition of a single-slot chassis that supports wireless, USB and Ethernet buses.

The new wireless, USB and Ethernet 1-slot chassis can be used with more than 50 C Series modules, giving engineers and scientists the “portability of a data logger with the performance and flexibility of modular measurements,” according to NI officials.

These chassis can be used to build flexible, scalable measurement systems for portable and distributed applications.

The NI cDAQ-9191, cDAQ-9181 and cDAQ-9171 chassis support all NI C Series modules for the NI CompactDAQ platform. They can be used in combination with the existing 4- and 8-slot chassis.

The NI CompactDAQ platform has modules designed for almost any sensor, so it eliminates the fixed functionality of traditional sensor measurement systems.

To make them robust, the chassis are provided with new metal enclosures. The chassis operate in a temperature range of 0 to 55 degrees Celsius and can withstand up to 30 g shock and 3 g vibration, so they are suitable for demanding test applications.

"The addition of the new wireless, USB and Ethernet 1-slot chassis demonstrates our commitment to expanding the NI CompactDAQ modular data acquisition platform," said Kevin Schultz, National Instruments vice president of research and development, in a statement.

Using the 50 plus measurement-specific modules featuring multiple electrical and sensor connectivity options, engineers and scientists can create customized systems specific to the needs of numerous applications. 

Another feature of the chassis is the NI Signal Streaming technology that delivers high-bandwidth capabilities allowing the system to achieve sustained high-speed and bidirectional data streams over USB, Ethernet and wireless buses.

 Zero configuration networking technology simplifies initial setup, eliminating the need for IT involvement in network setup and integration.

NI CompactDAQ chassis comes with NI-DAQmx driver software that allows engineers and scientists to log data for simple experiments or develop a complete test system in NI LabVIEW, NI LabWindows/CVI, ANSI C/C++ or Microsoft (News - Alert) Visual Studio .NET.

Recently, National Instruments also announced LabVIEW 2011, the 25th anniversary version of its award-winning system design software. LabVIEW accelerates the productivity of engineers and scientists who develop and deploy measurement and control systems to solve some of the world's greatest engineering challenges.

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Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by John Lahtinen

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