National Instruments Delivers Its Fastest 16-Bit PCMCIA Device

9/18/2002 - Engineers and scientists now can use National Instruments fastest 16-bit PCMCIA data acquisition (DAQ) device to automate their portable measurements. The NI DAQCard-6036E is the first PCMCIA device from NI to offer both 16-bit analog input and analog output. With innovative NI ASIC designs, the device packs the advanced functions and technologies of the company's full-size E Series DAQ devices into the PCMCIA format for less than $1,000 (U.S.).

The device features 16-bit analog input on 16 single-ended or eight differential channels, two 16-bit analog output channels, eight digital I/O lines, and two 24-bit counter/timers. It can digitize input voltages at up to 200 kSamples/s. Engineers can synchronize the device with multiple data acquisition and control devices using the programmable function inputs (PFI). The DAQCard-6036E also features an on-board temperature sensor and temperature drift protection circuitry to ensure measurement accuracy in laptop computers, which can operate at warmer temperatures than desktop PCs. When used with NI SCC portable signal conditioning, the DAQCard-6036E device can connect to a wide range of signal and sensor types. It is ideal for signal acquisition and generation in laboratory research, design verification, and portable data logging applications.

The NI DAQCard-6036E device comes with the latest NI-DAQ driver software, a powerful programming interface that simplifies configuration and measurements. Through NI-DAQ, the DAQCard-6036E device integrates with a variety of application development environments, including NI LabVIEW, LabWindows/CVI, and Measurement Studio, as well as general programming languages, including Microsoft Visual C++ and Visual Basic .NET. In addition to the many example programs included in NI-DAQ, engineers can find more than 1,000 example measurement programs and more than 7,000 knowledge bases on NI Developer Zone to help reduce development time.

National Instruments E Series DAQ devices deliver accurate, reliable measurements for a wide variety of desktop, portable, and networked applications. NI leads the industry movement to 16-bit DAQ devices by combining custom digital ASICs and custom analog input and output design to optimize, control, and enhance the performance of commercial off-the-shelf 16-bit analog to digital and digital to analog converters. NI 16-bit DAQ devices for PXI, PCI, FireWire, and PCMCIA deliver 16 times better resolution and significantly better accuracy at a marginal price difference when compared to 12-bit DAQ products.

About National Instruments
National Instruments leverages commercial technologies, such as industry-standard computers and the Internet, to deliver customer-defined measurement and automation solutions. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 2,900 employees and direct operations in 37 countries. NI increases the productivity of engineers and scientists worldwide by delivering easy-to-integrate software and modular hardware. In 2001, the company sold products to more than 24,000 different companies in more than 60 countries around the world. For the past three consecutive years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.

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