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NI's New Lowest-Cost USB Devices Deliver Measurement-Quality Data Acquisition

January 182005
NI's New Lowest-Cost USB Devices Deliver Measurement-Quality Data Acquisition
NEWS RELEASE – Jan. 18, 2005 – Scientists, technicians, engineers and students now can take advantage of measurement-quality data acquisition and the convenience of USB plug-and-play technology at a lower cost with the new National Instruments USB-6008 and USB-6009 data acquisition (DAQ) devices.

Starting at just $145, the new USB DAQ devices offer small size and easy connectivity, making them ideal for operations such as data logging and environmental monitoring. They also are useful in academic settings and are inexpensive enough for students to purchase and use in lab experiments. Both devices ship with free, ready-to-run data-logging software that engineers and students can use to begin taking measurements within minutes.

“I won’t consider a data acquisition system unless I can be taking measurements within 60 minutes of opening the package,” said Jim Mayhew, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. “Within 30 minutes of opening the box with the NI USB DAQ product, I was making measurements with it.”

The NI USB-6008 and NI USB-6009 DAQ devices deliver multifunction capabilities with eight channels of 12- or 14-bit analog input, two analog outputs, 12 digital I/O lines and one counter. Both devices draw power from the USB bus, so they do not require an external power supply to operate. They include removable screw terminals for direct signal connectivity, an onboard voltage reference for powering external devices and sensors, a four-layer board design for reduced noise and improved accuracy and overvoltage protection on analog input lines up to ±35 V. In addition to ready-to-run data-logging software, each device includes NI-DAQmx Base measurement services driver software for programming the device in LabVIEW or C.

By combining the simplicity of USB with a low-cost design, National Instruments offers easier and more accessible measurement-quality data acquisition for applications where automated measurements have typically not been an option.

National Instruments DAQ
By integrating commercial PC-based technologies and investing in innovative research and development, NI continues to lower the cost of measurement and control while improving system performance, accuracy and reliability. Readers can learn more about the new USB products as well M Series DAQ, the next generation of multifunction DAQ, at (www.ni.com/daq).

About National Instruments
National Instruments (www.ni.com) is a technology pioneer and leader in virtual instrumentation – a revolutionary concept that has changed the way engineers and scientists in industry, government and academia approach measurement and automation. Leveraging the PC and its related technologies, virtual instrumentation increases productivity and lowers costs through easy-to-integrate software, such as the NI LabVIEW graphical development environment, and modular hardware, such as PXI modules for data acquisition, instrument control and machine vision. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 3,100 employees and direct operations in 41 countries. In 2003, the company sold products to more than 25,000 companies in 90 countries. For the past six years, FORTUNE magazine named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.
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