Measures Unexpected Voltages on NI-9215

Updated Sep 12, 2019

Reported In

Hardware

  • NI-9215

Issue Details

I am using an NI-9215 module to measure the  voltage signals and see the input data on a waveform chart. Seeing the data, it seems the signals has some offset and noise.  

 

Solution

There is a possibility to solve the issue by rewiring like expalining below: 

 

Differential Voltage Signal 

 

For grounded differential signals, connect the positive voltage signal to AI+ and the negative signal to AI–. For the NI USB-9215 with screw terminal, connect the signal reference to the COM terminal. 

 


 

For floating differential signals, the voltage source may go outside of the common-mode signal range of the NI USB-9215 with screw terminal. If the voltage source is outside of the common-mode range, data read by the NI USB-9215 is not accurate. To keep the voltage source within the common-mode range, connect the negative lead of the signal to COM through a 1 MΩ resistor. The NI USB-9215A with BNC has internal circuitry that keeps the voltage source within the common-mode range. 

 


 

 

Single-Ended Voltage Signal 

 

Connect the positive voltage signal to AI+. Connect the ground signal to AI–. For the NI USB-9215 with screw terminal, you must also connect the ground signal to the COM terminal to keep the common-mode voltage in the specified range.


 

 

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