National Instruments Introduces Its Lowest-Priced USB Digital I/O Device

  • April 21, 2005
  • National Instruments Corporation
  • News
NEWS RELEASE– April 13, 2005 – National Instruments today announced its lowest-priced USB digital I/O device with the new NI USB-6501, a full-speed USB 2.0 device ideal for research, academia and lab automation applications. Priced at just $95, the new device includes 24 digital I/O lines and a 32-bit counter. Because of its small size, plug-and-play connectivity and portability, the USB-6501 is practical for a wide range of users, from students and technicians to engineers and scientists. The new device adds to the more than 20 USB-enabled NI hardware offerings.Engineers and scientists can use the 24 digital I/O lines included in the USB-6501 to interface with LEDs, switches, relays and other digital I/O devices. Each digital I/O signal is protected against overvoltage, undervoltage and overcurrent conditions. The NI USB-6501 includes a 32-bit counter and has built-in, removable screw terminals, eliminating the need for additional connectivity accessories. For embedded OEM applications, NI also offers a USB-6501 board-only design with a 36-pin ribbon cable header instead of screw terminals for easy connectivity.Like its multifunction counterparts – the NI USB-6008 and USB-6009 – the NI USB-6501 ships with NI-DAQmx Base driver software, a multiplatform driver for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux that includes a subset of the NI-DAQmx programming interface. Engineers can use NI-DAQmx Base to quickly develop customized data acquisition applications using the NI LabVIEW graphical programming environment or C-based development environments, saving time in system setup and configuration.National Instruments Data AcquisitionBy integrating commercially available silicon and bus technologies with innovative designs, NI data acquisition products continue to improve measurement speed and accuracy while reducing cost for engineers and scientists. NI data acquisition devices are available on the most widely used buses, including PCI, PXI and USB, and work with the industry’s most popular operating systems such as Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. For more information, Contact National Instruments or visit their web site at National InstrumentsNational Instruments 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 PCs and commercial technologies, virtual instrumentation increases productivity and lowers costs for test, control and design applications through easy-to-integrate software, such as NI LabVIEW, and modular measurement and control hardware for PXI, PCI, USB and Ethernet. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 3,400 employees and direct operations in nearly 40 countries. In 2004, the company sold products to more than 25,000 companies in 90 countries. For the past six years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.

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