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PC-Based Instrumentation and Control, 3rd ed.
Author: Mike Tooley
Published by Newnes, an imprint of Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann
ISBN: 0-7506-4716-7

This book is intended to give you enough information to understand PC-based DA and control and choose the necessary hardware and software so you can implement these systems successfully. It's divided into thirteen chapters and has numerous appendices; it also has a companion Web site where you can find all kinds of reference materials.

 Melanie Martella
Melanie Martella

The first two chapters deal with PC basics and I/O expansion systems. Chapter 3 covers the facilities offered by PC operating systems, including DOS and various flavors of Windows. Chapter 4 discusses programming techniques and chapters 5 through 7 are devoted to assembly, BASIC, and C/C++ languages.

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Chapter 8 introduces the IEEE-488 instrument bus, Chapter 9 deals with interfacing analog and digital signals to the PC, and Chapter 10 discusses Virtual Instruments. The final chapters discuss the various popular commercial software packages for specific DA and instrumentation requirements, how to specify the system you need for your particular task, and, finally, reliability and fault tolerance.

The book is clearly written and is blessed with many, many charts, tables, and handy photographs. If you're looking for a good book on PC-based DA, you should check this one out.

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