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June 27, 2017
DAPtools for Python enables scripted data acquisition on a GNU/Linux desktop system with a Data Acquisition Processor (DAP) board. Python: Julien Tromeur/Shutterstock.com; Penguin: Julien Tromeur/Shutterstock.com; Monitor: Goldenarts/Shutterstock.com
Data Acquisition for Desktop Python under Linux

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Suggested Caption: DAPtools for Python enables scripted data acquisition on a GNU/Linux desktop system with a Data Acquisition Processor (DAP) board.

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June 23, 2016
Troubleshoot your DAPL software and optimize the use of your DAP systems with new software tools. Motion blur train road background: Syaheir Azizan/Shutterstock.com
Article Features New Ways to Troubleshoot and Optimize Your DAP Systems

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Suggested Caption: Troubleshoot your DAPL software and optimize the use of your DAP systems with new software tools.

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June 8, 2016
Use Python and DAP systems for high-performance data acquisition, including audio applications. Python: Julien Tromeur/Shutterstock.com; Audio speaker: Andrii_M/Shutterstock.com
New Article Explains Using DAP Systems with Python for High-Performance Data Acquisition

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Suggested Caption: Use Python and DAP systems for high-performance data acquisition, including audio applications.

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May 18, 2016
DAPtools 6.30 software improves Data Acquisition Processor integration on a Windows 10 system.
DAPtools 6.30 Data Acquisition Software Released

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Suggested Caption: DAPtools 6.30 software improves Data Acquisition Processor integration on a Windows 10 system.

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April 28, 2016
DAPtools for Python integrates the flexibility of Python with the real-time rigor of DAPL.
New Data Acquisition Support for Python

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Suggested Caption: DAPtools for Python integrates the flexibility of Python with the real-time rigor of DAPL.

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April 7, 2016
One command applies embedded digital filtering to multiple data channels on an xDAP system.
One Command Applies Digital Filtering to Multiple Signal Channels

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Suggested Caption: One command applies embedded digital filtering to multiple data channels on an xDAP system.

March 24, 2016
Real time acquisition with generic systems: Accel64 for Linux v1.00 supports 32-bit and 64-bit platforms.
New "Accel64 for Linux" Software Supports 64-Bit Systems

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Suggested Caption: Real time acquisition with generic systems: Accel64 for Linux v1.00 supports 32-bit and 64-bit platforms.

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March 10, 2016
Wave Synchronization Module aligns measurements to local power frequency.
Wave Tracking Simplifies Load Harmonic Measurements

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Suggested Caption: Wave Synchronization Module aligns measurements to local power frequency.

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March 3, 2016
Real time acquisition on generic platforms: Accel32 for Linux v.3.0 supports GNU/Linux 4.xx kernels.
New "Accel32 for Linux" Software Supports 4.xx Kernel

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Suggested Caption: Real time acquisition on generic platforms: Accel32 for Linux v.3.0 supports GNU/Linux 4.xx kernels.

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February 18, 2016
Wave Synchronization Module locks data streams to a reference time signal.
Data Acquisition Synchronization Module Released

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Suggested Caption: Wave Synchronization Module locks data streams to a reference time signal.

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August 25, 2015
Accel32 for Linux 2.00 software enables DAP board control from generic GNU/Linux distributions.
New Accel32 for Linux Software Supports 3.xx Kernel

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Suggested Caption: Accel32 for Linux 2.00 software enables DAP board control from generic GNU/Linux distributions.

July 30, 2015
DAPtools 6.20 with DAPstudio software running on a Windows 10 system, with a compatible xDAP data acquisition hardware system.
Data Acquisition Software Supports Windows 10 Users

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Suggested Caption: DAPtools 6.20 with DAPstudio software running on a Windows 10 system, with a compatible xDAP data acquisition hardware system.

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December 18, 2013
Use an xDAP system and the Time Base Synchronization module to align data streams from multiple stations.
Data Acquisition Synchronization Module Released

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Suggested Caption: Use an xDAP system and the Time Base Synchronization module to align data streams from multiple stations.

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November 14, 2012
xDAP system supports Windows 8 release
DAPtools Software Provides Windows 8 Support

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Suggested Caption: DAPtools 6.10 with DAPstudio software running on a Windows 8 system, with an xDAP data acquisition hardware system.

October 8, 2012
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Digital Anti-Aliasing Module Released

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Suggested Caption: Digital filtering in the Anti-Alias Multichannel Module provides superior anti-alias performance for the xDAP data acquisition platform.

April 16, 2012
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Rotating Machinery Analysis Module Released

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Suggested Caption: Broaden your engine testing capabilities with the new Rotating Machinery Analysis Module software and xDAP data acquisition hardware systems.

November 3, 2011
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xDAP 7420 Data Acquisition System, Up to 2M Samples per Second per Channel

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Suggested Caption: xDAP 7420 provides high-speed simultaneous sampling and CE-compliant packaging for applications that need highly accurate, simultaneous 16-bit samples on multiple signal channels. The configuration here shows 8 optional BNC signal connection points.

May 19, 2011
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DAPtools 6.0 Software Supports Native 64-Bit Windows Applications

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Suggested Caption: xDAP systems can use DAPtools 6 support for native 64-bit Windows 7 applications, as shown in this sample illustration.

April 27, 2011
USB DAP for High-Speed Simultaneous Sampling: xDAP 7400

xDAP7410

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Suggested Caption: xDAP 7410 provides high-speed simultaneous sampling and is LVD tested and fully CE compliant. The configuration here includes optional BNC signal connection points.

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High-Resolution 1/3 Octave Analysis

xDAP runs with DAPL 3000

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Suggested Caption: DAPstudio displaying 8 full-spectrum audio channels

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DAPL 3000 Operating System Released

xDAP runs with DAPL 3000

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Suggested Caption: Each xDAP system runs with DAPL 3000 onboard.

April 8, 2010
DAPtools 5.0 Supports 64-Bit Windows Systems

MSXB082

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Suggested Caption: DAPstudio runs under Windows 7.

September 9, 2009
Four Channels at Up to 1.25M Samples/Second/Channel: MSXB 082

MSXB082

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Suggested Caption: This new 4-channel signal interface (SI) module from Microstar Laboratories offers you differential inputs, channel-to-channel isolation, channel-selectable gains, simultaneous sampling, and very high data rates – all in a convenient 3U Eurocard B package.

August 17, 2009
USB DAP for High-Speed Simultaneous Sampling: xDAP 7400

xDAP7400

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Suggested Caption: Use any PC laptop with a USB 2.0 port to develop and control a data acquisition system (xDAP 7400) that samples 8 channels simultaneously with 16-bit resolution at 1 million samples per second on each channel.

May 6, 2009
Channel-to-Channel Isolation for 4-20 mA Current Loops: MSXB 081

MSXB081

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Suggested Caption: This new signal interface (SI) module acts as an 8-channel receiver for 4-20 mA current loops with 300 volts (peak) of channel-to-channel isolation. You can acquire data from as many modules as you need by connecting them to Data Acquisition Processor (DAP) boards in networked DAPservers. You then control the system from any PC on the network.

April 15, 2009
Network-Ready Data Acquisition, Channel-to-Channel Isolation: SMS I64

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Suggested Caption: Data acquisition, simultaneous sampling & updating, channel-to-channel isolation – all in a single box : Scalable Modular System SMS I64

February 26, 2009
8-Channel Isolated 4-20 mA Current Loop Transmitter Module: MSXB 074

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Suggested Caption: This signal interface (SI) module from Microstar Laboratories is a loop-powered transmitter for 4-20 mA control systems. SI modules like this, along with 4-20 mA receivers and other input and output modules, can be installed in networked measurement and control systems. A system can have any number of sensors and actuators, and you can control it from a PC.

January 30, 2009
Analog Inputs: Isolated – Simultaneous – Fast: MSXB 080

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Suggested Caption: This new signal interface (SI) module from Microstar Laboratories offers you differential inputs, channel-to-channel isolation, channel-selectable gains, simultaneous sampling, and high data rates – all in a convenient 3U Eurocard B package.

January 13, 2009
Signal Interface Modules – New Products: 2008-2009

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Suggested Caption: New for 2008 from Microstar Laboratories, this range of signal interface (SI) modules prevents ground loops and protects your application against noise with signal isolation included in each module. You save time and money not having to take these steps yourself. The company plans to introduce several new SI modules in 2009.

November 20, 2008
New Receiver for 4-20 mA Current Loop Monitoring: Signal Interface (SI) Module for Data Acquisition

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Suggested Caption: This new signal interface (SI) module acts as a 16-channel receiver for 4-20 mA current loops. You can acquire data from as many of them as you need by connecting them to Data Acquisition Processor (DAP) boards in networked DAPservers. You then control the system from any PC on the network.

October 8, 2008
Network-Ready Data Acquisition: Development Software Preloaded

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Suggested Caption: For a conveniently packaged, network-ready data acquisition system that protects your application from local and network-related delays, and that lets you start development right away, take a look at the new DAPserver 500 from Microstar Laboratories.

August 14, 2008
Isolated Analog Inputs and Outputs: Onboard 16-Bit Data Conversion Each Way

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Suggested Caption: An MSXB 085 isolated analog expansion and termination board protects signals from noise and eliminates ground currents. Each board supports sixteen isolated analog inputs and two analog outputs. It can sample signal inputs at 333k samples per second and can update each of its signal outputs at 500k updates per second.

July 16, 2008
Temperature Measurement: When Off-the-Shelf Won't Work

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Suggested Caption: Check out guidelines on the Web on when to use an alternative to off-the-shelf temperature measurement products. A network-ready DAPserver with pre-installed signal-conditioning for thermocouple, thermistor, or RTD products provides a flexible alternative with the software you need preloaded. The icons in the image come from just-published pages on www.mstarlabs.com.

June 25, 2008
Analog Output Isolation: No Ground Loops

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Suggested Caption: When you need to protect your application from ground currents and phase errors, specify the MSXB 075 for isolated analog outputs and simultaneous updates.

June 3, 2008
Isolation Improves Application Performance – New Product Also Eliminates Ground Loops

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Suggested Caption: When signal isolation matters, when eliminating ground loops is important, when compact packaging helps, and when your application has – or could have – many channels, take a look at the MSXB 084 for isolated analog inputs.

March 21, 2008
Control for Hard Cases: Zero-Shaping – PIDZST Command Includes Self-Tuning

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Suggested Caption: PID control action and system response after automatic tuning by PIDZST. Notice the disturbance level of about 100 units compared to the operating level of about 16000 units.

December 11, 2007
Real-Time Applications on a Windows PC – Using an Onboard Real-Time Operating System

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Suggested Caption: You can develop and run a real-time application under Windows. An onboard processor runs a real-time operating system on a DAP board that you control from a Windows application. This lets data flow predictably through a consistent channel architecture that specifies the signal path all the way from a waveform at the sensor or actuator to a stream of digital values on the PC.

October 17, 2007
Event-Based Data Acquisition – Software Triggering Explained

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Suggested Caption: A transient glitch can easily set off a hardware trigger. A software trigger can rely on processing to distinguish real events from noise. The article on the company Web site describes the processing applied to a microphone signal to make this distinction and so provide a reliable trigger.

September 17, 2007
White Paper – Implementing Automatic Controls on a Windows PC

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Suggested Caption: Implementing Automatic Controls Using Data Acquisition Processor Boards

August 29, 2007
Network-Ready Data Acquisition Packaged in a Single Box

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Suggested Caption: For a conveniently packaged, network-ready data acquisition system that protects your application from local and network-related delays, and that lets you start development right away, take a look at the new DAPserver 400 from Microstar Laboratories, shown here controlled from DAPstudio. You can download a full version of DAPstudio at no charge for an unlimited trial. Trying out DAPstudio on your own PC will give you a sense of how quickly and easily you could develop an application based on one or more DAPservers.

June 26, 2007
Analog Outputs with Isolated Grounds – MSXB 076

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Suggested Caption: Specifying the MSXB 076 Analog Output Expansion Board shown here protects your application from two serious potential problems: ground currents and phase errors.

June 14, 2007
Control Loops Adjust to Process Change – Automatically

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Suggested Caption: Before and After Self-Tuning – The red trace shows the plant response to a step disturbance. Before self-tuning, the plant is slow to respond and slow to settle. It takes about 40 controller updates to settle. After self-tuning, the plant responds quickly... and settles in roughly 15 controller updates.

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Suggested Caption: An application based on a single board – like the DAP 5216a/627 – using a basic PID algorithm and optimized for multiple channel operation can be updated at time intervals as short as 0.05 milliseconds on every channel, without ever missing an update.

May 22, 2007
Digital I/O for High Channel Counts – Isolated Ground

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Suggested Caption: The MSXB 078 digital expansion board combines an isolated ground with simultaneous sampling and updating on multiple boards.

April 23, 2007
Data Acquisition: A Useful Resource

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Suggested Caption: The SoundPrint® system uses arrays of sensors connected to DAP boards to measure the energy released when tensioned steel wires fail. Pure Technologies now has installed the system on nine major cable-supported bridges around the world, including the Chesapeake Bay Suspension Bridge in Maryland, the Forth Road Bridge in Scotland, and the Quincy Bayview Bridge in Illinois, shown here.

March 28, 2007
Sensor Signal Conditioning for High Channel Counts

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Suggested Caption: DAPcell synchronizes data acquisition on networked PCs to within a few nanoseconds in this sensor signal-conditioning system package from Microstar Laboratories.

February 2, 2007
A Clear Path to Windows Vista

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Suggested Caption: DAPstudio – like any other Windows application that uses DAPcell – requires no changes to run under Windows Vista.

October 31, 2006
Create a User Interface in Minutes – DAPstudio 3.00

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Suggested Caption: DAPstudio 3.00 lets you run applications like this PID tuning simulation from a matrix of user controls that you can quickly set up in a custom window as explained in the text.

September 13, 2006
Scalable 16-Bit Data Acquisition – DAP 5016a/527

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Suggested Caption: You can use DAPstudio, a Windows application, to configure each high-resolution DAP 5016a/527 board in a synchronized network. You then can use DAPstudio to run your data acquisition application from any PC on the network. DAP boards also work with LabVIEW, or with any application that allows DLL calls.

August 30, 2006
Just Add Strain Gauges for Single-Box Solution

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Suggested Caption: DAPserver 200 system with software preloaded and with interface boards installed – ready for up to 32 strain gauges.

July 28, 2006
Simultaneous Sampling on Many Channels – DAP 5380a/526

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Suggested Caption: You can configure any number of synchronized DAP 5380a/526 boards like this one using DAPstudio, a Windows application. You then can run your application, sampling all channels simultaneously, from any PC on a network. DAP boards also work with LabVIEW, or with any application that allows DLL calls.

July 13, 2006
Fast Sampling and High Resolution – DAP 5216a/627

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Suggested Caption: You can configure this high-resolution DAP 5216a/627 board using DAPstudio, a Windows application. You then can use DAPstudio to run your data acquisition application from any PC on a network. DAP boards also work with LabVIEW, or with any application that allows DLL calls.

June 22, 2006
Data Acquisition with Onboard Processing – DAP 5000a/526

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Suggested Caption: The Intel Pentium 233MHz CPU on this DAP 5000a/526 Data Acquisition Processor board runs a real-time OS that you control from Windows.

June 8, 2006
Signal Conditioning and Simultaneous Sampling of Filtered Signals

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Suggested Caption: You now can design filters that roll off at better than 96dB per quarter octave. Download the latest version of DAPstudio measurement software for a free trial and see for yourself. DAPstudio also lets you configure and control any DAP board in a system.

May 23, 2006
Develop a Real-Time Solution – Ship It as a Windows Product

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Suggested Caption: Black Diamond Engineering uses a DAP board in a PC-based instrument that performs in-place diagnosis of control valve problems.

March 30, 2006
DAPstudio PC-Based Measurement Software – Version 2.50 – Waterfall Displays with Rotating Colors

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Suggested Caption: DAPstudio 2.5 displays live data in several formats, each with an optional 3D view. You can download the full version for a free trial, and use it to view any binary data files.

March 9, 2006
MSXB 066 and MSXB 067: Signal Conditioning for Strain Gauges, Load Cells, RTDs, and other Resistive Sensors

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Suggested Caption: The MSXB 067 provides analog signal conditioning for strain gauges, load cells, RTDs, and other resistive sensors with fourth-order lowpass filters on the additional daughterboards, installed in the center, to eliminate alias errors.

October 27, 2005
DAPstudio PC-Based Measurement Software – Version 2.00

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Suggested Caption: You now can develop and run complete PC-based data acquisition systems quickly and easily and display the data in customized alarms, digital volt meters, graphs, and more.

June 23, 2005
MSXB 064 and MSXB 065: Effective Signal Conditioning

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Suggested Caption: The MSXB 065 provides analog signal conditioning for voltage signals with fourth-order lowpass filters on the additional daughterboards, installed on the left, to eliminate alias errors.

May 31, 2005
MSXB 061: High-Density Data Acquisition at US$25 per Differential Input

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Suggested Caption: The MSXB 061 provides 64 differential inputs at a low per-channel cost. This system includes 4 MSXB 061 boards in a half-size enclosure connected to a DAP board: 256 channels of differential input, in a single package.

March 25, 2005
DAPstudio PC-Based Measurement Software – Version 1.5

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Suggested Caption: You now can develop and run complete PC-based data acquisition systems quickly and easily, with multi-terabyte data files supported.

November 24, 2004
DAPstudio PC-Based Measurement Software Speeds Development

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Suggested Caption - Image A: You now can develop and run complete PC-based data acquisition systems quickly and easily in a 3-step process shown in the screenshots here: 1) configure your channels, 2) add processing, 3) then run your application.

Suggested Caption - Image B: DAPstudio makes it easy to add all the onboard processing you require.

March 26, 2003
DAPserver PC-Based Test Products Use Eurocard Channel Architecture

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Suggested Caption - Image A: The Microstar Laboratories DAPserver 200 – preloaded with Linux or Windows and DAPcell network server software, ready for application development

Suggested Caption - Image B: The Microstar Laboratories DAPserver 200 – back view, showing 10-slot Eurocard cage on left, 5 PCI slots on right

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