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National Instruments expands NI CompactDAQ platform with single-slot chassis

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National Instruments Aust & NZ  introduces the new single-slot NI CompactDAQ chassis that supports wireless, USB and Ethernet buses to give users the portability of data loggers with the performance and flexibility of modular measurements.  

The NI cDAQ-9191, cDAQ-9181 and cDAQ-9171 chassis support all NI C Series modules for the NI CompactDAQ platform and can be used in conjunction with the existing 4- and 8-slot chassis. With modules designed for almost any sensor, the NI CompactDAQ platform eliminates the fixed functionality of traditional sensor measurement systems and gives engineers and scientists the ability to increase productivity while decreasing overall cost.  

Compared to previous plastic sleeves, the new chassis features metal enclosures to make it more resistant to environmental damage. The chassis operates in a temperature range of 0ºC to 55ºC and can withstand up to 30 g shock and 3 g vibration, making the NI CompactDAQ 1-slot chassis ideal for demanding test applications on the benchtop, in the field or on the production line.  

According to Kevin Schultz, National Instruments Vice President of Research and Development, the addition of the new wireless, USB and Ethernet 1-slot chassis expands the NI CompactDAQ modular data acquisition platform. The chassis can be used with more than 50 C Series modules making it possible for engineers and scientists to build flexible, scalable measurement systems for portable and distributed applications.  

More than 50 measurement-specific modules featuring multiple electrical and sensor connectivity options can be combined with any chassis to create customised systems specific to the needs of numerous applications.

NI Signal Streaming technology delivers high-bandwidth capabilities that make it possible 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 technical involvement in network setup and integration.

Going beyond the basic device driver, the NI-DAQmx driver software included with each NI CompactDAQ chassis delivers increased productivity and performance. With NI-DAQmx, engineers and scientists can log data for simple experiments or develop a complete test system in NI LabVIEW, NI LabWindows/CVI, ANSI C/C++ or Microsoft Visual Studio .NET.  

A consistent API means that an application developed for an NI CompactDAQ wireless chassis will work with an NI CompactDAQ USB or Ethernet chassis without any modifications to the software. In addition, all new NI CompactDAQ chassis now support the new controller area network (CAN) C Series module for optimal communication across various networks.

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