Digital I/O Fundamentals

Publish Date: Apr 02, 2013 | 37 Ratings | 4.08 out of 5 |  PDF

Overview

As part of the National Instruments Measurement Fundamentals Series, this set of tutorials helps you learn about a specific common measurement application topic through theory explanations and practical examples.

What You Learn
A wide range of systems and applications incorporate digital devices and signals, so advancing your digital fundamental knowledge is important for mastering many of today's test and automation applications. This set of tutorials provides you with essential information about the nature of digital signals, digtial measurements, and the devices used to generate, analyze, and control these signals.

Visit the Test System Development Resource Library to learn how to incorporate these measurements into an automated test system.

Table of Contents

  1. Fundamentals of Digital I/O
  2. Common Terminology and Definitions for Digital I/O
  3. Examples of Digital I/O Applications
  4. Choosing the Correct NI Digital I/O Device for Test, Control, and Design

1. Fundamentals of Digital I/O

Voltage Levels are what define how a device determines a valid logic state (logic high level or logic low level). Learn more »
Logic Families (Single-Ended versus Differential) are groups of logic circuits with standardized voltage levels that constitute a voltage high or low level. All circuits within a logic family are compatible with other circuits within that family because they share the same characteristics.
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Clocked Digital I/O Generation, Acquisition, and Compare are digital operations where binary data is sent or received from a digital device to a device under test (DUT) across multiple pins/channels.
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Termination is an important principle to understand when designing high-speed digital so that you can maximize signal quality and minimize the effects of signal reflections. Learn more »
Industrial Digital I/O Features include isolation, higher voltage levels, programmable power-up states, change-of-state detection, watchdog timers, and industrial certifications. Learn more »

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2. Common Terminology and Definitions for Digital I/O

Digital Definitions

 

Digital Concepts

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3. Examples of Digital I/O Applications

Device Verification/Characterization

 

 

Functional Test Applications

 

Interfacing with Digital Devices

 

Industrial Applications

 

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4. Choosing the Correct NI Digital I/O Device for Test, Control, and Design

National Instruments provides a wide range of digital I/O (DIO) products with different speed, voltage, and timing options to meet the digital needs of your test, control, and design applications. Check out the resources below to determine which product line offers the ideal feature set for your application.

 

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