This digital electronics text focuses on "how to" design, build, operate and adapt data acquisition systems. The material begins with basic logic gates and ends with a 40 KHz voltage measurer. The approach aims to cover a minimal number of topics in detail. The data acquisition circuits described communicate with a host computer through parallel I/O ports. The fundamental idea of the book is that parallel I/O ports (available for all popular computers) offer a superior balance of simplicity, low cost, speed, flexibility and adaptability. All circuits and software are thoroughly tested. Construction details and troubleshooting guidelines are included. This book is intended to serve people who teach or study one of the following: digital electronics, circuit design, software that interacts outside hardware, the process of computer based acquisition, and the design, adaptation, construction and testing of measurement systems.
"...a timely work about how to design and build data acquisition interfacing components to allow the use of microcomputers for a variety of custom-designed data collection and analysis applications." Choice "...a good reference from which to learn about logic design with integrated circuits and microcomputer interfacing." Computing Reviews "...for a course on design of data acquisition systems, this text would provide good laboratory material for a detailed design problem...Serious computer and electronic hobbyists, and those bent on self-instruction, may also find this book very helpful as it contains enough detail to put together a complete 'homegrown' data acquisition system from inexpensive components." Raymond Rusk, Physics in Canada