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Dedicated RTD card for PXI platform

Status: Already Implemented
by Member BWP on ‎01-27-2012 10:51 AM

Despite having dedicated RTD cards on other platforms, this doesn't exist on PXI.  The existing bridge input cards have significantly higher sample rates than needed for typical temperature measurements, and it would be nice to have a more economical drop-in option for RTDs that supported more channels.

Provide better Daqmx .NET API documentation

Status: New
by Member KrisJa on ‎08-20-2013 02:53 PM

I use Daqmx a lot for writing .NET based measurement software.


Whereas the API itself is quite decent, the docs are horrible. Accessing them is convoluted at best, requiring the VS help viewer. Almost nothing is available online and decent examples are quite scarce, which will definitely be an issue for absolute beginners...


This definitely deserves some attention!





Currently, DSA devices that use voltage excitation have no method to provide that excitation to a particular device within test panels. The only method to do this would be to create a task in Measurement and Automation Explorer which takes much more time that doing a simple test panels test. This should be a fairly simple addition to the test panels user interface. One could simply have a box to check if they require excitation, and a control to determine the voltage level to provide to the DUT. They currently have this for IEPE devices, and it makes sense that voltage excitation should be the same.

Status: Completed

It has come up a few times from customers, and I wanted to gauge interest and solicit ideas on how this should work.


Currently, with the built-in TDMS logging support, if you want to change to a new file in the middle of logging, you need to stop the task and start again.  For some use cases, this isn't practical (for example,


The question is: How would you like to specify the "new file" behavior and what are your use cases?


For instance, a couple ideas to get the ball rolling:

  1. Add an interval attribute like "Change file after n samples".   We would then auto-increment the file name and change to that file when we have logged "n" samples.
  2. Make file path attribute changeable at runtime.  We have a file path attribute for logging.  The idea here would be to support changing the file path "on the fly" without stopping and starting the task.  The problem here is that it would not suit very well a use case where you want a specific file size.  Additionally, it wouldn't be as easy to use as #1; it would be more flexible though.
  3. (Any additional ideas/use cases?)

Thank you for your input!


Andy McRorie


It has come up a few times from customers, and I wanted to gauge interest and solicit ideas on how this should work.


Currently, with the built-in TDMS logging support, if you want to change to a new file in the middle of logging, you need to stop the task and start again.  For some use cases, this isn't practical (for example,


The question is: How would you like to specify the "new file" behavior and what are your use cases?


What I'm currently thinking (because it seems the most flexible to different criteria and situations) is to simply allow you to set the file path property while the task is running (on DAQmx Read property node).  The only downside I can think of with this approach is that you wouldn't know exactly when we change to the new file.  We could guarantee within (for example) 1 second, but you wouldn't be able to specify the exact size.


Would this be a good solution for you?  Can you think of a better way to specify this behavior?


Would it be possible to update the export wizard in MAX so that the NI-DAQmx Tasks list under Data Neighborhood is listed in alphabetical order?  In the main MAX application the list is in order, so finding tasks that are named with a common prefix is easy.  However, in the export wizard you have to scroll and hope you clicked them all.




Certified LabVIEW Developer

Lead Engineer - LabVIEW

Advanced Development

GE Appliances


T 502-452-3831

F 502-452-0467

D *334-3831


I would like to have an programmable gain amplifier in the analog output path that I can use to adjust the amplitude of an output signal.  In control applications, this would be much better than having to stop a continuous task, reload the data with a new amplitude, and start the task again.


Ideally, for some of my applications, it would be nice to be able to generate a basic waveform scaled to +/- 1V and then have a property that I can write to while the task is running to set the gain.

DAQmx Device events

Status: New
by Proven Zealot on ‎09-11-2009 12:34 PM
While running a test I developed I noticed an odd DAQmx behavior.  After a USB 6212 connection was momentarilly interupted all read and write tasks associated with the device hung until the USB cable was disconnected.  It would have been easy to code around if there was a Dev connection event and a Dev disconnection event that I could use to pause operations and trigger a Device reset.  Since the devices are PnP couldn't the DAQmx API simply make the system hardware connect/disconnect events visable?

It seems the only indication in MAX that a device is simulated is that under the Devices and Interfaces section, the tiny glyph to the left of the device name is colored yellow instead of being white/transparent.  I end up not remembering what color means what.  It would be useful to add text "Simulated" next to the device name.  It would also help to distinguish simulated devices by having the color of that glyph be green (instead of its current transparent/white) when the device is installed and detected.  Have the color change to red (and keep the existing red X) if had been detected and a device number assigned but is currently not installed/detected.  Then simulated devices being yellow may imply "warning/caution" or "not real".  Perhaps also have a help-hint popup ("Detected" or "Not Detected" or "Simulated") when the mouse hovers over device names.


MAX Simulated Device.jpg

Hardware Idea/requests exchange

Status: Completed
by Trusted Enthusiast on ‎03-09-2010 07:50 AM

It would be nice to have a hardware request forum as well so NI could see the demand for producing hardware for us. 

Just A few things I could use or want:

cDaq counter modules, like a 6602 in cDaq form so I can add more counters to my compact daq module, a lower end crio 'brick', think like a 6009 morphed with a single board rio, something under 1k for simple embedded data logging prototypes.  Maybe support for PIC micros (FPGA is so empowering, more microcontroller programming native to labview would be very nice to add to our toolbox).


would a seperate HW forum be helpful?

Status: Completed
We have a Data Acquisition Idea Exchange now. Please create new posts for individual requests.

When I want to do an installation build of my project, I have to include the whole NI-daqmx into my build in order to insert my (in this case) USB-6251-driver. Thus my install package expands from about 150 MB to more than 1 GB. This is way to much!


It would be nice to be able to choose only the wanted driver (in my example the NI-6251 and the SCC68) in the "adding additional driver's" menu and just add this one to the distribution instead of "adding them all".

Occasionally, I need to create global virtual channels that are used to acquire AC voltage signals. Currently, I just acquire the instantaneous values and take the RMS average in LabVIEW. However, this does not let you calibrate the global virtual channel in MAX (because the acquisition is the instantaneous DC voltage).


It would be nice to have the custom scales allow user customizable LabVIEW programming plug-ins, such as RMS average point by point, so that I can calibrate an AC voltage channel in MAX.

Suggest NI produce an inexpensive (<$100) USB "stick" that has 2 hardware counters on it for optically isolated measurement of encoders, or other high-speed devices. The stick would have a standard connector it for easy wiring of differential encoders with ABZ lines. The device would enable measuring two separate encoders or track two sections of a shaftless drive line that needs to position-follow. One or two DIO lines would be a bonus. This would seem to be a good fit for the industrial machine markets (at the very least). Today you need to buy a multifunction daq for a several hundred dollars if you want two counters.


Contact me with any further questions.



Thank you!


Rick Yahn

QuadTech, Inc.



I am using DAQmx Physical channel controls in user Interface to select the particular DAQ modules.I would like to display only the particular type (AI,DI,AO,DO.....) of modules which is connected in the system.For example i need to display only, DO-NI-9477 cDAQ modules in the physical channel not the other DIO models like NI 9403...IO name filtering option not useful to filter the other models which is same type.


That should be great if NI provides the option for filtering the modules name based on their  product type or user configurable naming (for example, if cDAQ1 device renamed as "DEV1" means user can enter filter the device based on the string "DEV").

Clarifying Single-Ended Measurement Modes

Status: New
by Member SULLutions on ‎05-05-2011 07:13 AM

I rarely have to set up hardware for a new analog measurement and always have to puzzle over the difference between RSE and NRSE modes. I think of the inverting input as the reference, so "Non-Referenced Single-Ended" doesn't make sense to me. And, if I run the AISense line to my remote sensor, isn't that a Referenced Single-Ended measurement?


Yesterday, I noticed that at least some on-line documentation now refers to GRSE (Ground Referenced Single-Ended); adding that single letter helps a lot. What about adding another single letter and referring to the other mode as RRSE (Remote Referenced Single-Ended)? One letter could save a lot of people a lot of time.

Built in Tare Function for TEDS load cells.

Status: New
by Member Crocker84 on ‎03-31-2011 03:32 PM

When using TEDS load cells it would be useful to have a built in tare function  The null offset function only offsets the electrical value by the intialy measured amount.  This essentially shifts the calibration curve horizontally only.  The tare function could also shift the calibration curve vertically, in the load direction.  Since two point calibrations don't always create a line that goes through zero, a tare function is needed to get to zero.  Please see the attached VIs.  Also, check out my thread on this subject.


Anti Aliasing Filters for (USB-) DAQ Devices

Status: New
by Member Klaus_M on ‎12-02-2011 08:38 AM


Many users (such as our customers) expect from devices in the mid-price segment like the USB-62xx family a proper input signal handling adapted to the selected input sampling rate.



Include anti-aliasing filters in mid-class hardware,such as the USB-62xx family. As an immediate action, please include at least a warning remark in the user manual of the devices.

Every application with variable sampling rate needs appropriate and adaptable input signal filtering.

Many NI DAQ devices do not contain anti-aliasing filters corresponding to the sampling frequencies (e.g USB-62xx family).

Signals containing higher frequency components than nyquist frequency will be folded to lower frequencies causing wrong spectrum information.

Many applications need different sampling frequency settings but use the same external hardware. In these cases, hardware including filters have to be designed for the highest possible frequency. This situation leads to unrecoverable errors in the frequency spectrum, if input signal components do not meet the nyquist criteria.







labview brick HW

Status: New
by Trusted Enthusiast on ‎10-14-2010 07:51 PM

I would like to see a new line of HW on the lines of the lego NXT brick.

basically something between the sbrio and low end usb daq.

this could be a bare bones arm processor, low to mid end daq (8-32 dio (fpga to make them optional ctrs i2c/spi pwm  or timmed io, a few Ai and AO).  this line is for stand alone robotics or data logging.  lower cost and power and expandablilty than the crio but not requiring a PC (except as a client) like the crio.  This would fill in to the labview everywhere model, and programmed just as the crio with labview RT and FPGA.  The cost of the crio makes it not practical and an overkill for some applications and for the hobbiest/education robotics market, maybe something like the NXT brick but higher end would be nice to see.

Measurement and Automation Explorer MAX's Test Panel's Analog Input provides a quick method to examine a signal and vary acquisition parameters.  It would be useful to be able to zoom the time axis and have a cursor display so that for example noise level or rise time could be looked at in more detail.  The time axis limits can currently be manually overwritten as a way to zoom but that is cumbersome.  Assuming the graph being used in this test panel is built from a standard NI graph, it should have zoom and cursor capability already part of it and thus easily added.




Watchdog Timer Supported DAQmx Device property

Status: New
by Active Participant SteveP on ‎09-14-2011 09:49 PM

A DAQmx Device property "Watchdog Timer Supported" would provide indication of that capability for the selected hardware device.  Few devices (X series being one) have a watchdog timer.  Since they are often used as a means of safeguarding, it is important to know that the selected device supports that function.  Currently, one has to attempt to Create a Watchdog Timer Task and then trap error -200662 which says the device does not support that feature.


Transfer function for simulated hardware

Status: New
by Member PPLLC on ‎07-15-2011 11:19 AM

When a piece of hardware is simulated with MAX, I would like to be able to insert a transfer function or a signal simulating VI to allow me to get a more realistic test of a system. The current default of generating a sine wave for simulated acquisition only lets me test part of the code. If a transfer function, lookup table, or custom vi were able to be substituted for the sine wave generation, then I would be able to test many other facets of a system.

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