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Stream Analog Input "jumping" problem

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#1 Iris

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 03:40 PM

I was using the U6 for analog input streaming to measure a DC voltage. But during my experiments, I noticed some "jumps" of the constant voltage reading, meaning the variations between readings can be up to more than 2 quantization steps. So in order to find out the source of this "jumping" problem, I grounded AI0 with the GND pin from the U6 unit. And the expected measurement results should be a constant 0V, however, I got the same type of 3 or 4 quantization levels of jumpsin this GND measurement. I've attached the output of the GND measurement (Pic. 1), and it is very obvious to see in the picture that the readings jump to more than 2 quantization steps quite often. I used the U6 easy Stream.vi from the downloaded package. The streaming had only one AI on, and sampling rate was at 5000KHz. The standard deviation of this specific set of 5000 data points is 0.319mV, and this is typical out of 50 sets of the same measurements. I did a quick FFT on this data (Pic. 2), and I didn't see any dominant frequency component other than the white noise floor. I was wondering what is causing this jumps of more than 2 quantization steps? Or is there anything I can do to solve this "jumping" problem? Thanks!

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#2 LabJack Support

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 03:59 PM

The U6 provides excellent noise levels for 16-bit analog inputs, compared to most 16-bit devices, and U6-Pro provides excellent noise levels for 24-bit analog inputs, compared to most 24-bit devices. But, you do get some noise, which is expected:


Looks like you are using Range=+/-10V and I am guessing you are using the default resolution of 0 which equates to 1. At those settings we note a noise level of +/-3.0 counts:


All your points are in that band except for the 6 outliers, so seems as expected.

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 04:01 PM

Also see Appendix B which is based off command-response measurements, but agrees well with stream data where applicable:


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