The ADC-11 Data Acquisition Module Goes 12-Bit

09 May 2000
Category: Data Acquisition

PICO TECHNOLOGY’S ADC-11 BOASTS 12 BIT PERFORMANCE WITH 0.5% ACCURACY AND A RESOLUTION OF 0.61 mV

Cambridge, UK - 9 May 2000 - Pico Technology, the PC-based instrumentation specialist, has announced the immediate availability of an improved 12-bit version of its popular 11 channel ADC11 data acquisition module - providing 0.5% accuracy and 0.61 mV resolution.

"Resolution is very important in all data acquisition and test and measurement applications," said Mike Green, Pico Technology’s Managing Director, "and if you’re conditioning an analogue signal, this comes down to the number of bits you’re analysing at the digital end. With 12-bit resolution you can, for example, detect a change as small as 0.5 kg in a tonne."

The ADC-11 connects to the parallel port of a desktop or laptop PC and provides 11 channels of analogue input in a case only slightly larger than a matchbox. One of Pico Technology’s most popular data acquisition products, the ADC-11 (as with other modules in the ADC range) requires no power supply.

Used with PicoLog software (free with the ADC-11), the module replaces costly chart recorders and complicated plug-in data acquisition boards. "By connecting suitable sensors, they can be used to measure temperature, pressure, humidity, light, resistance, current, power, speed, vibration in fact anything that you need to measure," continues Green. "In addition, the ADC-11 features a digital output to power sensors, such as thermistors, simplifying the rapid creation of data-logging applications."

The ADC-11 can record at 10,000 samples per second, so (when used with PicoScope software - also free with the module) it offers all the functions of a conventional oscilloscope or spectrum analyser.