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Publication Date: 08/1/2008
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Microstar Intros Signal-Conditioning Expansion Board
Signal-conditioning board.
Bellevue, WA — Microstar Laboratories, Inc. has introduced a new board to complement its growing family of isolated analog and digital signal-conditioning expansion boards that make it easy to implement signal conditioning in data acquisition systems. The new board, part number MSXB 084, includes 16 differential analog inputs, with isolation from PC ground.

Analog-to-digital conversion to 16-bit resolution takes place on the board itself, to minimize exposure to noise from other circuits in the system. Each board can acquire data at 333k samples per second. Only digital values are passed to other system components. Eight boards in a 19-in. rack-mountable industrial enclosure can connect to a single DAP board. A PC or DAPserver can control multiple local DAP boards and many more across a network, as a fully synchronized system. MSXB 084 boards share attributes of the new engineering design implemented across the entire signal-conditioning family that the company now produces.

The new boards offer high signal density, they enable high channel counts, and they include FPGAs for flexible control. The boards fit into a backplane in a standard industrial enclosure. Signal connectors are on 3U (100mm high) Eurocard B (220mm deep) boards — Eurocards that often pre-process a signal. Signals connect to a DB37 male connector or to Wago connectors. A backplane connector on each board connects it to a digital backplane factory-fitted into the industrial enclosure. An interface board that also plugs into the backplane sends digitized waveforms to a DAP board controlled from a PC. MSXB 084 boards also fit directly into a DAPserver to form a networked, isolated instrument. Add MSXB 076 and MSXB 078 boards for isolated analog outputs and isolated digital inputs and outputs.

Contact: Microstar Laboratories, Inc., 2265 116th Ave. NE, Bellevue, WA 98004 425-453-2345 fax: 425-453-3199 Web:

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