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# TOPICS

Lesson 8
Digital I/O
A. Digital I/O Overview
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A. Digital I/O Overview
B. DAQmx Read and Write for Digital I/O
C. Triggering
Digital Signals
Digital lines on a DAQ device accept and generate TTL
compatible signals
+5.0 V
high
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+0.8 V
0 V
low
+2.0 V
high
indeterminate
Definition of a TTL Signal
Digital Terminology
Bit The smallest unit of data. Each bit is either a 1 or a 0
Byte A binary number consisting of 8 related bits of data
Line One individual signal in a port. Bit refers to the data
transferred. Line refers to the hardware
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transferred. Line refers to the hardware
Port A collection of digital lines (usually four or eight)
Port Width Number of lines per port (usually four or eight)
NI-DAQmx Digital Terminology
Port Notation (specifying a single port)
Dev x / Port y
cDAQ a Mod b / Port c
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Line Notation (specifying single or multiple lines)
Dev x / Port y / Line a
cDAQ a Mod b / Port c / Line m : n
Dev x / Port y / Line a, Dev x / Port y / Line b
Digital Virtual Channel Options
Create a digital channel to
be a port, line or collection
of lines
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Choose to create one
channel for all lines
specified in the channel, or
one channel for each line
specified
Digital Channel Data Formats
Line Formats (Boolean)
One line per channel
Represented by a single Boolean value
Multiple lines per channel
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Represented by a 1D array of Booleans with each element
corresponding to a line in the channel in the order in which they
are specified
Line formats are only provided for single sample read and
writes (multiple samples must use integers)
Digital Channel Data Formats (cont)
Port Format (Integer)
A port organizes individual lines into collection
Represented by a U8 or U32 integer where each line
requires one bit
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requires one bit
Most efficient in terms of space
Waveform Format
Couples channel and timing information to data
Not used for static digital I/O
Line data types are
only available for
and writes
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Reading and writing multiple samples for static I/O is not very practical Use
Read Single Sample, Single Line Channel
Using line format with Read.vi, a single Boolean returned from
reading one sample from a channel with one line
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OR
DAQmx Write VI Digital
Auto Start TRUE for Single Sample
Line data types
are only available
for single sample
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Auto Start FALSE for Multiple Samples
Write Single Sample, Single Line Channel
By default, auto start is true
OR
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OR
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To input digital data from a digital trigger line and display
the state in LabVIEW
Exercise 8-2: Digital Write
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To output digital data and display updates on the DAQ
Signal Accessory
Correlated Digital I/O
Correlated Digital I/O is digital input or output that is correlated
to a clock signal
Not all devices support correlated digital I/O
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Not all devices support correlated digital I/O
CompactDAQ only supports correlated DIO in Slots 1-4
Multifunction boards and CompactDAQ have no digital
timing circuitry
Must import clock from another source
Correlated Digital I/O
Can use correlated digital I/O to create a digital waveform
Waveform can be used to transfer digital data
Digital input can read information from a port
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Exercise 8-3: Correlated Digital Output
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CompactDAQ Only:
Create a clocked waveform of digital data. Use the clock
from an analog output task as the clock source for the
digital waveform.
Quiz
1. Digital Signals are always
between 0 and 5 Volts.
a. True
b. False
2. All devices support clocked
digital I/O.
a. True
b. False
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b. False b. False