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DAQmx-Python Analog Input Acquisition and Plot with History

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  • NI-DAQ™mx

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  • Python

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This Python script utilizes the NIDAQmx library to continuously read analog voltage data from channel "Dev1/ai0" of a DAQ device. The script configures the DAQ settings, sets up a circular buffer, and dynamically updates a real-time plot of the acquired analog input signal.

The script reads 50 samples per iteration, updates the circular buffer, and refreshes the plot to display the most recent 5 seconds of data. Exception handling ensures proper cleanup when the user interrupts the program.



Example: DAQmx-Python Analog Input Acquisition and Plot With History (NI 2023)
Author: Davit Danielyan

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import numpy as np
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import nidaqmx
from nidaqmx.constants import AcquisitionType, TerminalConfiguration
from collections import deque
import time

# Configure NI DAQmx settings
task = nidaqmx.Task()
task.ai_channels.add_ai_voltage_chan("Dev1/ai0", terminal_config=TerminalConfiguration.RSE)
task.timing.cfg_samp_clk_timing(rate=1000, sample_mode=AcquisitionType.CONTINUOUS)

# Initialize variables for data storage and plotting
history_length = 5  # seconds
num_samples = int(task.timing.samp_clk_rate * history_length)
time_values = np.linspace(-history_length, 0, num_samples)
data_buffer = deque(maxlen=num_samples)
time_buffer = deque(maxlen=num_samples)

# Create the plot
plt.ion()  # Enable interactive mode for dynamic updating
fig, ax = plt.subplots()
line, = ax.plot(time_values, np.zeros(num_samples))
ax.set_xlabel('Time (s)')
ax.set_ylabel('Voltage (V)')
ax.set_title('Analog Input from Dev1/ai0')


while True:
        new_data = task.read(number_of_samples_per_channel=50)  # Read 50 samples
        timestamp = time.time()

        time_buffer.extend([timestamp] * len(new_data))

        time_diff = np.array(time_buffer) - time_buffer[-1]
        mask = time_diff > -history_length
        plt.pause(0.01)  # Pause to allow the plot to update
    except (KeyboardInterrupt,SystemExit):
        plt.ioff()  # Turn off interactive mode

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