CIGAL Reference Manual, Chapter 7 (Hardware): Measurement Computing Device
usage: init meascomp boardnum nachans arev vrange a0 drev dout bits dports
CIGAL supports data I/O via the low-cost USB port data acquisition devices manufactured by Measurement Computing Inc. using their Universal Library software interface. We have found their USB-1208FS device to be particularly capable and cost-effective.
INIT command arguments:
init meascomp boardnum nachans arev vrange a0 drev dout bits dports defaults: 0 8 0 1/0 2048 0 255 8 1
Boardnum - Unit device number Nachans - Number of Analog input channels 4/8 (see hardware config file: CB.CFG) Arev - Reverse analog data on input Vrange - Analog voltage range: 0= +-5v, 1= +-10v (must be 1 if 8-chan) A0 - Zero volts A/D digital offset Drev - Reverse digital data on i/o Dout - Channel mask indicating digital output bits Bits - Number of channels (bits) per digital ports Dports - Number of digital ports (first port is output)
In order for CIGAL to use this device it must be told to look for it via its init meascomp command. Usually that is done by using the CIGAL Configure(1) program to put the appropriate Init command into the automatic start-up scripts. To do so, simply start CIGAL, enter the configure command, and click yes when asked if you have a Measurement Computing device. (Alternatively you could simply edit your userconfig.imp or sysconfig.imp file if it already exists and manually change the commands in the initialize section.)
Keep in mind that analog input hardware lines are assigned to CIGAL ADC channel numbers in the order that the analog hardware devices were initialized. See ADC(7) for more information.
Connecting analog signals to the MeasComp device
Measurement Computing's USB-1208FS device has 8 analog input lines, which can be configured as 4 differential inputs or 8 single-ended inputs. The default configuration is for 4 differential inputs. The cable connections for each configuration can be seen in 4 channel pin-out and 8 channel pin-out.
Connecting digital signals to the MeasComp device
Measurement Computing's USB-1208FS device has 16 digital lines, which can be configured as inputs or output signals. The default configuration is for 8 input lines (PortA) and 8 output lines (PortB). The connections for digital input and output lines can be seen in pin-out.
The users manual for the USB-1208FS hardware is available from the manufacturer at:
Using Universal Library routines in CIGAL