Pico Technology Announces USB DrDAQ Data Logger for Hobbyists, Teachers and Technicians
USB DrDAQ is a combination scope/data-logger/IO board that offers an amazing collection of 15 channels in a compact, low-cost device that’s perfect for hobbyists, teachers and technicians. It is supplied with full versions of the PicoScope and PicoLog software so that all of its capabilities are ready to use, straight out of the box.
Built onto the circuit board of the USB DrDAQ are microphone, light sensor, RGB LED, oscilloscope and resistance inputs, 4 digital I/O ports, 3 sensor ports, a pH/redox sensor input and a signal generator output. The unit is powered from the USB port so there is no need for an external power supply. USB DrDAQ samples at 1MSa/s and can be used as a single-channel 8-bit 100kHz oscilloscope or spectrum analyzer with the ability to measure voltages up to ±10V.
The USB DrDAQ is a replacement for the well-known parallel-port DrDAQ, which since its release in 2000 has found its way into a wide variety of applications from education to research. The higher transfer rate of USB allows the new USB DrDAQ to act as an oscilloscope for signals at audio frequencies and beyond.
Many new features have been added in the new USB DrDAQ, most notably the combined function generator and arbitrary waveform generator. Also new is the RGB LED, which can display any color of the rainbow and more. Two of the I/O ports have a new pulse-counting function when used as inputs, and a new PWM (pulse-width modulation) output capability. The sensor ports can be used with Pico Technology’s range of temperature, humidity and oxygen sensors for the DrDAQ, or with custom sensors built by the user.
The USB DrDAQ is even supplied with a free Software Development Kit (SDK) with fully documented function calls to control all aspects of the device, so that you can integrate it into your own programs. The kit includes example programs in C, C++, Microsoft Excel and National Instruments LabVIEW. The SDK, PicoScope and PicoLog are compatible with Microsoft Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7.
USB DrDAQ Data Logger
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More information about USB DrDAQ Data Logger can be found at Pico Technology Website