Introduction to Data Acquisition
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At first, data acquisition devices stood alone and were manually controlled by an operator. When the PC emerged, data acquisition devices and instruments could be connected to the computer through a serial port, parallel port, or some custom interface. A computer program could control the device automatically and retrieve data from the device for storage, analysis, or presentation. Now, instruments and data acquisition devices can be integrated into a computer through high-speed communication links, for tighter integration between the power and flexibility of the computer and the instrument or device.