In December, we asked NASA Tech Briefs readers to select the one product from our 12 Products of the Month that you thought was the most significant introduction to the design engineering community in 2011. Thanks to all of our readers who voted, and here are your winners for the 17th Annual NASA Tech Briefs Readers’ Choice Product of the Year:


West Warwick, RI

Dash® MX Data Acquisition System

The Dash MX high-speed, multi-channel system is designed for capturing high-frequency data and transient signals, as well as long-term trending. The standard unit records up to 8 channels of isolated voltage inputs to an internal 320-GB hard drive at sample rates up to 200 KHz per channel.

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Needham, MA

Creo™ Design Software

This suite of scalable, interoperable, open product design applications includes direct 3D CAD design software, PDM software, 2D CAD design software, a 2D routed systems diagramming solution, a 2D conceptual engineering solution, parametric 3D CAD/CAM/CAE software, structural and thermal simulation software, and freehand 2D drawing software.

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altVTI Instruments Corp.

Irvine, CA

EX1200-1538 Multifunction I/O Card

The EX1200-1538 delivers eight channels of independent 1- MHz frequency/32-bit counter inputs, 16 channels of isolated digital I/O, and two channels of isolated analog output (DAC) in a single instrument. The instrument is suited for electronic functional test (ATE) and data acquisition (DAQ) applications including motion or position measurements from rotating shafts, and monitoring the speed of motors or turbines.

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