Getting Started Acquiring Data with Digilent Analog Discovery

This example shows you how to acquire voltage data at a rate of 300 kHz. The input waveform is a sine wave (10 Hz, 2 Vpp) provided by an external function generator.

Create a DataAcquisition for a Digilent Device

Discover Digilent devices connected to your system using daqlist.

dq = daq("digilent")
ans =

  1×4 table

    DeviceID                     Description                            Model                  DeviceInfo       
    ________    _____________________________________________    ____________________    _______________________

     "AD1"      "Digilent Inc. Analog Discovery 2 Kit Rev. C"    "Analog Discovery 2"    [1×1 daq.di.DeviceInfo]

dq = 

DataAcquisition using Digilent Inc. hardware:

                     Running: 0
                        Rate: 10000
           NumScansAvailable: 0
            NumScansAcquired: 0
              NumScansQueued: 0
    NumScansOutputByHardware: 0
                   RateLimit: []

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Add an Analog Input Channel

Add an analog input channel with device ID AD1 and channel ID 1. Set the measurement type to Voltage.

ch_in = addinput(dq, "AD1", "1", "Voltage");

Set DataAcquisition and Channel Properties

Set the acquisition rate to 300 kHz and the dynamic range of the incoming signal to -2.5 to 2.5 volts.

ch_in.Name = "AD1_1_in"
rate = 300e3;
dq.Rate = rate;
ch_in.Range = [-2.5 2.5];
ch_in = 

    Index    Type    Device    Channel    Measurement Type          Range              Name   
    _____    ____    ______    _______    ________________    __________________    __________

      1      "ai"    "AD1"       "1"      "Voltage (Diff)"    "-25 to +25 Volts"    "AD1_1_in"

Acquire a Single Sample

Acquire a single scan on-demand, displaying the data and trigger time.

[singleReading, startTime] = read(dq)
singleReading =


    Time     AD1_1_in
    _____    ________

    0 sec    -0.37211

startTime = 


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Acquire Timestamped Data

Acquire a set of clocked data for one second.

[data, startTime] = read(dq, seconds(1));

Plot Acquired Data

plot(data.Time, data.AD1_1_in);
xlabel('Time (s)');
ylabel('Voltage (V)');
title(['Clocked Data Triggered on: ' datestr(startTime)]);