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USB digital I/O device for $95

Posted: 18 Apr 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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National Instruments (NI) announced what it claims as the lowest-priced USB digital I/O device that is designed for research, academia and lab automation applications. Priced at $95, the new USB-6501, a full-speed USB 2.0 device, includes 24 digital I/O lines and a 32bit counter. Because of its small size, plug-and-play connectivity and portability, this product is practical for a wide range of users, from students and technicians to engineers and scientists, said NI.

Engineers and scientists can use the 24 digital I/O lines included in the USB-6501 to interface with LEDs, switches, relays and other digital I/O devices. Each digital I/O signal is protected against overvoltage, undervoltage and overcurrent conditions. The USB-6501 also has built-in, removable screw terminals, eliminating the need for additional connectivity accessories. For embedded OEM applications, the company offers a USB-6501 board-only design with a 36-pin ribbon cable header instead of screw terminals for easy connectivity.

Like its multifunction counterpartsthe USB-6008 and USB-6009the USB-6501 ships with NI-DAQmx Base driver software, a multiplatform, open-source driver for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux that includes a subset of the NI-DAQmx programming interface. Engineers can also use NI-DAQmx Base to develop customized data acquisition applications using NI's LabVIEW graphical programming environment or C-based development environments, saving time in system setup and configuration.

The USB-6501 adds to the more than 20 USB-enabled NI hardware offerings.

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