Changing the Digital I/O Logic Levels on a NI 6535/6536/6537

Updated Oct 26, 2020



  • PXIe-6535
  • PXIe-6536
  • PXIe-6537
  • PCIe-6535
  • PCIe-6536
  • PCIe-6537


  • NI-DAQmx

I am trying to send and read data from my DUT which operates at 3.3 V. I would like to change the logic level for my NI 6535/36/37 such that a logic high is set to 3.3 V. How can I change the logic family for my digital I/O task in DAQmx?

Most DAQmx digital I/O boards are made to use with 5 V TTL logic levels. However, some hardware have the capability for a user to change the logic levels to user-defined values such as the NI 6535/36/37 family.

In order to do this in LabVIEW you can use a DAQmx Channel property node and use the property Digital Input » Logic Family or Digital Output » Logic Family as shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1: DAQmx Channel Property Node DI.LogicFamily
Not all DAQmx devices allow users to change the logic levels of the digital channels. The property will not be visible if a device which supports this functionality is not present in your system.

Figure 2: Logic Family property does not appear if supported device is not present in system
In LabWindows/CVI use the DAQmxSetChanAttribute() function. Use the Select Attribute Constant window to specify the device and select Logic Family from the list as shown in Figure 3.

Figure 3: Logic Family Attribute Window in LabWindows/CVI
Use the Select Attribute Value window to select from the constant values representing the available logic families for the device as shown in Figure 4.

Figure 4: Logic Family Attribute Value Window in LabWindows/CVI
In .NET use the LogicFamily property of your DOChannel to configure the logic family as demonstrated below.

DOChannel myChannel = digitalWriteTask.DOChannels.CreateChannel(device,"",
myChannel.LogicFamily = DOLogicFamily.FiveVolts;

If a device which supports a user-configurable Logic Family selection is present in the system, the property will be visible. However, if a DAQmx Channel which includes a device that does not support this feature is wired to this property, error -200452 will occur.

Refer to the device documentation to ensure that your device supports this functionality.