National Instruments releases myDAQ for engineering students

by CXOtoday Staff    Aug 24, 2010

NI myDAQNational Instruments has partnered with Texas Instruments to provide a portable instrumentation device for students in university engineering courses.

myDAQ enables students to experience engineering without requiring to be in the lab. The device has been designed by National Instruments and features Texas Instruments’ analog circuits including data converters, amplifiers, and interface & power management components.

NI myDAQ hardware integrates with NI LabVIEW graphical development software to help reverse the trend of rising educational costs by giving students hands-on interaction with real analog circuits, sensor measurements, and signal processing for about the price of an engineering textbook.

“Students need exposure to real circuits and hardware, but the problem for engineering professors is trying to meet the increasing cost of providing real electronics with continually tighter budgets,” said Dr. Tony Ambler, chairman of electrical and computer engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. “NI myDAQ is inexpensive enough for every student to have their own, plug it into their laptop at home, in the dorm or in the park, and experiment with the real electronics all around them, without using lab time or lab equipment.”

NI myDAQ also integrates with the NI Multisim circuits’ education environment. The device includes the eight software-based instruments, DMM cables, an audio cable and a reusable storage tray. LabVIEW Student Edition software and Multisim Student Edition software also are available with the device at a discount to students.