06 September 2007
Category: Data Acquisition
Cambridge, UK, September 2007. Pico Technology releases Linux driver for USB TC-08 thermocouple data logger.
Pico Technology responds to strong customer demand and releases, free of charge, a Linux driver for the USB TC-08 thermocouple data logger.
Due to strong customer demand, Pico Technology has released a beta version of a Linux driver to allow programmers to control the USB TC-08 using their own software. As Linux is widely used in educational and scientific computing, and is open-source and available free of charge, this driver is expected to open up a range of new applications for low-cost, accurate temperature data-logging.
The USB TC-08 is an eight-channel thermocouple data logger with a USB interface. It is packaged in a robust, compact case and draws its power from the USB cable, so it requires no external power supply. It has standard thermocouple connectors that accept all common thermocouple types - B, E, J, K, N, R, S, T - allowing you to measure temperatures in the range -270 to +1820 degrees Celsius with up to 0.5 degree accuracy. The TC-08 has automatic cold-junction compensation, and conversion time is 100 milliseconds per channel.
The driver is supplied in source-code form to allow compatibility with the widest possible range of Linux systems, and is accompanied by example programs in C and C++. It is released under an Open Source licence which allows it to be modified and redistributed.
Please note that this beta release is not fully tested. It can be downloaded from the Pico Labs website. All drivers and documentation from Pico are free of charge.