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NI’s rugged CompactDAQ 4-slot controller enhances measurement accuracy, reduces cost

National Instruments Aust & NZ announces the launch of the CompactDAQ
4-slot controller designed to ensure high accuracy measurements and cost
optimised systems.

Designed to integrate the processor, signal conditioning and I/O into a
single system, the CompactDAQ 4-slot controller enables engineers and
scientists to reduce overall system cost and complexity while increasing
measurement accuracy. The integrated measurement systems reduce the number of components,
connections and wiring needed, facilitating both accuracy and cost savings.

Key features of the CompactDAQ controllers include an Intel Atom dual-core
processor running industry-standard Windows Embedded 7 or NI Linux Real-Time
for ultimate system reliability; hot-swappable removable SD storage eliminating
data storage limits; integrated CAN/LIN port reducing costs; four C Series module
slots to mix and match a variety of I/O types, including AI, AO and DIO to meet
specific application needs; and rugged form factor for use in high shock and
vibration environments as well as temperatures ranging from -40°C to 70°C.

By pairing industry-standard OS options with LabVIEW system design
software, customers can easily port LabVIEW code from existing measurement
systems to these new CompactDAQ controllers. Engineers and scientists can combine
LabVIEW and over 60 sensor-specific I/O modules for CompactDAQ to quickly customise
data acquisition systems to meet their specific
application needs.

According to Stefanie Breyer, director of data
acquisition R&D at NI, the next-generation CompactDAQ controller has been
designed based on customer feedback, making it smaller, less expensive and more
rugged. She adds that customers can leverage the latest Intel Atom 3800
processor within the controller to deploy powerful processing paired with high-accuracy
measurements anywhere.

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