Mr DAQ – A Blogger’s Introduction

“A long time ago, in a DAQ system far, far away…”

No, no, too spacey. Let’s try something more “serious”:

“I know what you’re thinking, punk. You’re thinking, ‘Did he take six samples or only five?’ Now to tell you the truth, I forgot myself in all this excitement. But being this is an ADwin Pro-II, the most powerful real-time system in the world and will blow your head clean off, you’ve gotta ask yourself a question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?’…”

Nope, too intense. It’s really hard to find a good introduction! Ah yes, I know:

“My Mama always said, ‘Life was like a box of DAQ boards; you never know what you’re gonna get…”

Never mind, I think I’ll go for a more traditional approach instead.

Before I start my first entry on Adept’s blog, let me introduce myself: my name is… actually irrelevant for the purpose of this blog, so you can call me Mr. DAQ (I was going to go for Ms PacMan, but couldn’t due to copyright infringement). As for my age, well I’m… old enough to use a computer and work with data acquisition. What else? Ah yes, I work at… I think it’s obvious where I work, right? So, after this rather “useless” introduction, you already know my age, where I work and that I’m not yellow, round and eat ghosts!

Anyway, let’s get down to business.

Technology is ever-evolving, never ceases to amaze us and turns tomorrow’s dreams into today’s reality. We see this (r)evolution in everything we use, be it at home or at work. Here at Adept, we try to follow the trends of tomorrow, so that we can bring you solutions today. Our DAQ products are spread over several different industry areas and cater for applications ranging from the simple temperature logger to the powerful real-time processing system.

Having worked in this field for over a decade, I still get this feeling of awe every time I work with a customer in delivering some jaw-dropping solution for their application. Higher resolutions, faster sampling speeds and more processing power make current data acquisition systems much more versatile than compared to systems from two years ago.

The current trend in compact DAQ systems seems to be the inclusion of FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Array) as the core for DAQ boards/modules. Wireless technology is also making its presence felt by replacing the clutter of wiring to/from the sensors and the PC or network they’re connected to.

And what about this wave of ultra-light and portable computers or tablets? It will only be a matter of time before we start seeing test engineers and technicians carrying their tablets to interface a DAQ system and retrieve or view the data. The possibilities are indeed endless, and only limited by our imagination…

I hope to share with you some of these experiences and my thoughts for where this technology is heading. I hope to have an open and candid discussion with you, the readers, to stimulate your thoughts, as well as hear your feedback through the comments you post.

So sit back, relax and enjoy our blog. And keep those comments flowing in! Mr. DAQ has left the building (but “I’ll be DAQ”).

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