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Low-cost access to measurement-quality analogue I/O

National Instruments and QNX Software Systems have announced an OEM evaluation bundle of software and hardware that reduces the barrier to entry for engineers and scientists using graphical system design to create embedded devices that require measurement-quality analogue I/O. The new bundle features a low-cost USB data acquisition device from NI, a single-board computer and drivers as well as evaluation versions of the QNX Momentics development suite, and the NI LabVIEW Microprocessor SDK (software development kit). Using the bundle, engineers and scientists can quickly incorporate data acquisition hardware into their embedded designs.

Linda Campbell, Director of Strategic Alliances at QNX, comments: "Almost all embedded systems involve some degree of analogue-to-digital conversion, and designs that require more precision can greatly increase the complexity of embedded development. The new evaluation bundle from QNX and National Instruments significantly benefits OEMs who are using the QNX Momentics IDE and QNX Neutrino RTOS to design products that require high-quality analogue measurements."

The OEM bundle contains a Power Architecture-based single-board computer with up to 400MHz of processing power and an NI USB-6009 data acquisition device that provides analogue and digital I/O in a low-cost, off-the-shelf unit. The USB-6009 offers eight analogue inputs with 14-bit resolution and a 48kS/s sampling rate and two analogue outputs with 12-bit resolution and a 150kS/s sampling rate for acquiring and generating signals reliably. The included NI Measurement Hardware DDK (driver development kit) features development tools and a register-level programming interface for controlling the NI data acquisition hardware.

Because the bundle is shipped with evaluation versions of the QNX Momentics development suite and the LabVIEW Microprocessor SDK, users can develop their applications using either NI LabVIEW graphical code or C/C++ code.


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