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Apr 14, 2016

DAP 5200a - Real-time data acquisition and control


The Microstar Laboratories’ DAP 5200a data acquisition board brings more real-time data acquisition and control applications within the scope of Windows systems. Its on-board 400 MHz processor substantially increases the real-time processing power of the top end of the DAP line. Real-time processing functions include smoothing, filtering, FFT, PID control, and responding to alarm conditions. The DAP 5200a can also scan high-speed data for trigger events in real time to capture pre-trigger as well as post-trigger data.


The Microstar Laboratories’ DAP 5200a data acquisition board brings more real-time data acquisition and control applications within the scope of Windows systems. Its on-board 400 MHz processor substantially increases the real-time processing power of the top end of the DAP line. Real-time processing functions include smoothing, filtering, FFT, PID control, and responding to alarm conditions. The DAP 5200a can also scan high-speed data for trigger events in real time to capture pre-trigger as well as post-trigger data.

The DAP 5200a has a PCI host interface and is capable of high speed data transfers to the host PC. Using bus mastering DMA transfers, the DAP 5200a can transfer data to the host PC at the maximum sampling rate of 1666k samples per second.

The DAP 5200a

  • has an on-board 400 MHz AMD K6-III+ processor
  • comes with 32M of DRAM on-board memory
  • is compatible with other a-Series boards
  • uses a PCI bus for PC-based platforms
  • transfers data to PC at high rates – up to 1666k samples per second
  • allows fast real-time processing
  • offers low latency – 0.1 ms task time quantum – for fast response
  • increases sampling period resolution to 50 ns
  • provides on-board emulation of DSP routines
  • samples or updates the digital section at up to 1.66 million values per second
  • provides 14-bit A/D converter resolution
  • provides the same input and output voltage ranges as the DAP 4200a
  • samples analogue inputs at up to 800k samples per second
  • updates analogue outputs at up to 833k samples per second each
  • has expandable analogue and digital inputs/outputs
  • complies with the EMC Directive 89/336/EEC
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