Offset On the First Point of My Hardware Analog Triggered Acquisition with My 6110/6111/6115/6120/6122/6123/6132/6133/6143 Board

Updated May 4, 2020

Reported In

Hardware

  • PCI-6110/6111
  • PCI-6110

Issue Details

The first point of my acquisition always has a larger offset than the rest of the data.   For instance, if the trigger level is set to 1 V, I could get 1.27 V as the first point.  The offset appears regardless of whether the trigger channel is one of the channels in the channel list or PFI0.  I've tried different signal frequencies and shapes as well as different sample rates, buffer sizes and hysteresis values, and I always get the same offset.

Solution

The analog trigger circuitry on the S Series device is responsible for the offset.  A given signal runs through the Analog Trigger Comparator (ATC) before running through the Analog to Digital Converter (ADC) as seen in figure below.
As you can see, a signal going through ATC, then through the ADC will actually be adjusted to a different value in order to account for gain error in the amplifier.  There are also inherent gain and offset errors in the ATC circuitry which are not calibrated out. If you need accurate analog triggering with a S Series board, you can use analog events or conditional retrieval to accomplish it in software.  Refer to the links below for more information on how to do this.