MathWorks (Natick, MA) announced the R2010b release of Data Acquisition Toolbox, which enables engineers and scientists to use National Instruments CompactDAQ data acquisition hardware directly from MATLAB. Data Acquisition Toolbox supports more than 25 CompactDAQ devices, providing access to measurements that include voltage, current, and temperature. The toolbox enables users to acquire data simultaneously from multiple CompactDAQ modules using either background acquisition or foreground acquisition.

With background acquisition, engineers can analyze and visualize data as they collect it. With foreground acquisition, engineers can collect their data in blocks for post analysis in MATLAB. The new application programming interface (API) lets engineers control these devices and acquire data from them using only a few lines of MATLAB code.

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