Autodata Division Of Acurex Expands Data Acquisition Capabilities

The MDAS 7000 Data Acquisition System, recently acquired by the Autodata Division of Acurex Corporation from TransEra Corporation of Provo, Utah, combines high-speed acquisition rates, large channel capacity, and extensive process analysis capability at an affordable price.

The MDAS 7000 is highly modular and can be configured for almost any application. There are over 30 I/O cards that include standard analog and digital plus antialiasing, thermocouple, RTD, bridge, relay outputs and stepper motor control. There are three standard communication interfaces, RS- 232, RS-422 and GPIB (IEEE-488). Using the Motorola 68000 M processor, operating at 10 mHz, and a high-speed D/A converter, scanning speeds of 200,000 samples/sec are possible, with a single channel burst mode of 625,000 samples/second. The MDAS 7000 offers disk and tape drive options that store acquired data directly in a streaming mode. This allows uninterrupted acquisition of large quantities of data at the fastest possible rates. The onboard mass storage of data can be in the form of DOS compatible floppy disks, up to 80 megabytes of hard disk, and/or digital tape. Two MBytes of on-board RAM is also available. The raw or reduced data can be directly sent to a graphic display, plotter or host computer.

A powerful software language, TBASIC, is available to simplify data manipulation and signal analysis. This special engineering BASIC was developed for MDAS and is especially useful in developing custom application software. TBASIC offers extensive graphic routines and computational capabilities to make easy work of data analysis. TB ASIC's integrated GPIB syntax makes intelligent instrument control easy. It also supports all the popular 3rd party IEEE-488 controller cards.

The addition of this product line expands Autodata's current data acquisition capabilities into industrial testing laboratories as well as automotive, aerospace, and research testing environments.

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