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Choppy signal ("stairs") from USB-6002

I'm geting a sort of a choppy signal from USB6002. After unsucsessfully trying solving ground problems, I connected just a capacitor with a discharging resistor directrly to the input- the same thing- you can see the "stairs". I also used elementary data readout, without the buffer, still the same thing (the time unit is 100 ms, 200 s total in x axis) Anyone may help?signal.png

import nidaqmx
import time
with nidaqmx.Task() as task:
for i in range(2000):

import pylab as plt

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Some additional details would be helpful,

  • Are you using USB6002 as AO or AI?
  • Graph shows 5mV steps - what is the capture device and configuration
    • Instrument is not evident from the python code
  • What instrument is generating the signal that is captured by the AI?
  • Circuit diagram of the test setup?


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I'm using USB6002 as AI, both RSE or DIFF mode have the same behavior


The signal is generated by the pressure sensor, I replaced it however with the test circuit consisting of capacitor discharged through a resistor (see the circuit below)- I have the same steps.


The USB device is connected to the laptop working on battery- there are no other devices connected there. I dont see any options to configure USB 6002 through NI Daq software.


I used the input now in the DIFF mode- I have the same steps still...

The capacitor was charged by an external power supply, which was then disconected and taken away, as seen on the first plot. The steps ~5 mV are clearly seen on the second plot, which shows the same signal (zoomed view).






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Fig.1. Discharge of a 2200 uF capacitor


Fig. 2 Magnification of recorded signal, see the right scale [V]




 Fig 3. Test diagram


Fig 4. Test circuit

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