Accuracy Specifications for NI USB-6008 and USB-6009

Updated Dec 12, 2017

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Hardware

  • USB-6009
  • USB-6008

Issue Details

The USB-6008 is a 12-bit device, while the USB-6009 is 14-bit.  Why do they have the same analog input accuracy specifications?
 

Solution

The resolution of any analog input device refers to the resolution of the analog to digital converter.  This defines the smallest change that can be detected by the device.  For the USB-6008 and USB-6009, assuming a voltage range of 20 V (+/- 10 V), the smallest changes that can be detected are:


USB-6008:

20V/(2^12)=4.9 mV


USB-6009:

20V/(2^14)=1.2 mV


The accuracy specification indicates that your measurement will fall within a certain value of the actual voltage, and takes into account factors such as noise, temperature drift, and gain and offset errors on the A/D converter. The resolution specification (number of bits) does not affect accuracy directly, but indicates what discrete values you can measure. Both boards have the same accuracy specifications (so the measurements will fall into the same range), but the resolution of the input signal will be four times greater on the 6009.

 

Additional Information

For more information on the difference between accuracy and resolution, refer to the KnowledgeBase article in the related links.

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