Principles of Data Acquisition and Conversion
Data acquisition and conversion systems are used to acquire analog signals, from one or more sources and convert these signals into digital form for analysis or transmission by end devices such as digital computers, recorders, or communications networks. The analog signal inputs to data acquisition systems are most often generated from sensors and transducers which convert real-world parameters such as pressure, temperature, stress or strain, flow, etc., into equivalent electrical signals. The electrically equivalent signals are then converted by the data acquisition system and are then utilized by the end devices in digital form. The ability of the electronic system to preserve signal accuracy and integrity is the main measure of the quality of the system.