January 17, 2014. Data Translation has announced a new data-acquisition module that can measure any type of sensor. The DT9829 supports a broad array of sensor types including thermocouples, RTDs, and thermistors for measuring temperature; bridge-based and strain-gage sensors for measuring strain and load cell data, such as torque and pressure; and voltage, current, and resistance for measuring electrical parameters.
Any sensor merely has to be connected at an input and all selections, including any necessary for excitation, cold junction compensation, or bridge completion, are included and supported by QuickDAQ. No other circuitry or external components are necessary.
According to Fred Molinari, president and CEO, “This very accurate module can measure up to eight different sensors on any of the eight channels with no interaction from one to another. The USB module is galvanically isolated from PC ground to preserve measurement integrity and runs off USB power for easy, portable use in the field.”
The module samples at 960 Hz, utilizes a 24-bit sigma-delta ADC to eliminate aliasing, and provides four isolated digital inputs and four open-collector digital outputs for notifications or control. Additional full software support includes comprehensive drivers and interface tools for NI LabVIEW and MATLAB programmers.
The DT9829 is available with two, four, or eight analog inputs with prices starting at $895. OEM versions are also available.