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Firetail DAQ launches three new multifunction USB data acquisition devices

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Firetail DAQ  has released three new 1-MHz, 16-bit multifunction USB data acquisition devices, and a cost-saving expansion module for high channel count applications.

The USB-1616HS, the USB-1616HS-2, and the USB-1616HS-4 deliver outstanding performance with synchronous analog, digital, and frequency I/O in one compact package.

The AI-EXP48 plug-in expansion module coupled with any of the USB-1616HS series modules can quadruple the analog input channel count.

The USB-1616HS series modules have a unique, low-latency control output mode, whereby any input—analog, digital, or counter, can control an output—digital, analog, or timer, based on pre-defined limits, including hysteresis.

The outputs are controlled directly from the USB-1616HS series module, and do not require PC intervention. This results in response times that are measured in microseconds instead of milliseconds.

The USB-1616HS series offers extensive trigger options, ranging from analog trigger with 1 µs max latency, to multi-channel triggering, where any combination of analog, digital, and counter input channels can be combined to initiate the trigger. Other trigger modes include digital pattern, level, edge, inside/outside window, and pre- and post-trigger.

USB-1616HS series features:

Analog I/O:

  • 16 single-ended / 8 differential analog inputs (64/32 using the AI-EXP48 expansion module)
  • 16-bit resolution
  • 1-MHz throughput rate
  • 7 programmable input ranges from ±100 mV to ±10 V full scale
  • Any analog input can measure voltage or thermocouples—any TC type on any channel
  • Over-sampling mode, including line-cycle rejection for ultra stable TC and low-level voltage measurements, even in the presence of AC power line noise
  • Two 16-bit, 1-MHz analog outputs (USB-1616HS-2 only)
  • Four 16-bit, 1-MHz analog outputs (USB-1616HS-4 only)
Digital I/O:

  • 24 Digital I/O bits
  • 4 MHz throughput for digital I/O and counter input data
  • 4 counter inputs capable of measuring frequency, period, pulse width, or quadrature encoders up to 20 MHz
  • 2 timer outputs
Synchronous I/O - all analog inputs, analog outputs, digital I/O and counter/timer I/O can occur synchronously, resulting in precise time correlation among all I/O. Low latency control outputs capable of responding to inputs in as fast as 2 µs.

The packaging for the USB-1616HS series is designed to make it easy for the user to use in a variety of applications. Removable screw terminals facilitate attaching and removing without having to re-wire. The modules can be easily DIN-rail mounted for applications where the device is mounted in a rack or with a protective enclosure.

The number of analog input channels on the USB-1616HS series can be quadrupled with the addition of the AI-EXP48 analog input expansion module option, increasing from 8 diff/16 single-ended inputs to 32 diff/64 single-ended inputs.

All of the features of the built-in analog channels are included when the AI-EXP48 is attached, including the ability to measure thermocouples on any input channel. Users can simply plug the AI-EXP48 directly into a USB-1616HS series module, or use an optional cable.

The USB-1616HS series modules ship with an impressive array of software, including the new TracerDAQ, a full-featured, out-of-the-box data logging, viewing, and analysis application; Universal Library; UL for LabVIEW; and InstaCal installation, calibration, and test utility—powerful software solutions for programmers and nonprogrammers alike.

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