PC Interfacing and Data Acquisition

PC Interfacing and Data Acquisition

Techniques for Measurement, Instrumentation and Control

1st Edition - July 17, 2000

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  • Author: Kevin James
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080513652

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A practical guide to programming for data acquisition and measurement - must-have info in just the right amount of depth for engineers who are not programming specialists. This book offers a complete guide to the programming and interfacing techniques involved in data collection and the subsequent measurement and control systems using an IBM compatible PC. It is an essential guide for electronic engineers and technicians involved in measurement and instrumentation, DA&C programmers and students aiming to gain a working knowledge of the industrial applications of computer interfacing. A basic working knowledge of programming in a high-level language is assumed, but analytical mathematics is kept to a minimum. Sample listings are given in C and can be downloaded from the Newnes website.

Key Features

  • Practical guidance on PC-based acquisition
  • Written for electronic engineers and software engineers in industry, not academics or computer scientists
  • A textbook with strong foundations in industry


Electronic engineers/technicians using PCs for measurement and instrumentation applications (process control, testing etc.). Data acquisition and control programmers in industry. PC interfacing - university and advanced hobbyist projects

Table of Contents

  • The PC as a platform for data acquisition
    Software considerations
    Sensors and interfacing
    Sampling, noise and filtering
    The interrupt system
    Data transfer
    Parallel busses
    Serial communications
    Scaling and linearization
    Basic control techniques
    Example projects
    Appendix A: Adaptor installation reference
    Appendix B: Character codes
    Appendix C: References

Product details

  • No. of pages: 448
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Newnes 2000
  • Published: July 17, 2000
  • Imprint: Newnes
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080513652

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Kevin James

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Programmer and consultant in the field of data acquisition and control.

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