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Small portable device turns any PDA into a data acquisition tool
13 July 2005, Test & Measurement

Engineers and scientists can now turn standard PDAs into customised, portable measurement tools with the new National Instruments CompactFlash data acquisition (DAQ) device. The NI CF-6004 device - which is slightly larger than a standard postage stamp - plugs into any PDA with a CompactFlash slot to create a handheld instrument with the processing and wireless communication capabilities of the latest PDA devices.

The NI CF-6004 is a 14-bit multifunction data acquisition device that plugs directly into a PDA CompactFlash slot to provide up to 200 Ksps single-channel sampling on four analog input channels in a handheld form factor. It also offers four lines of digital I/O for controlling and measuring LVTTL or LVCMOS signals. Engineers can use the NI LabVIEW graphical programming environment for Pocket PC to acquire, analyse and view the data on their PDAs.

Typical applications could include wearable computing and field monitoring and diagnostics, as well as in laboratory and educational settings. Compared to buying several traditional, handheld instruments, valuable space can be saved by using a single PDA with LabVIEW and the NI CF-6004 DAQ device.

For more information contact NI South Africa, 0800 203 199.


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