PC Based Instrumentation and Control is a guide to implementing computer control, instrumentation and data acquisition using a standard PC and some of the more traditional computer languages.
Numerous examples of configurations and working circuits, as well as representative software, make this a practical, hands-on guide to implementing PC-based testing and calibration systems and increasing efficiency without compromising quality or reliability. Guidance is given on modifying the circuits and software routines to meet the reader's specific needs.
The third edition includes updated coverage of PC hardware and bus systems, a new chapter on virtual instruments and an introduction to programming and software development in a modern 32-bit environment. Additional examples have been included, with source code and executables available for download from the companion website www.key2control.com.
“Mike Tooley’s book is a good practical introduction on how to use a computer to control and monitor external transducers and sensors. The content of the book fully justifies the author’s claim that it provides sufficient information to make an informed decision on which hardware and software is needed to implement a range of instrumentation and control systems.”
— Mike Button, Media Electronics World, March 2006
Preface; The PC; PC expansion systems; Using the command line interface; Programming; Assembly language programming; BASIC and Visual BASIC programming; C and C++ programming; The IEEE-488 bus; Interfacing; PC instruments; Software packages; Applications; Reliability and fault-finding; Appendix A Glossary of terms; Appendix B SI units; Appendix C Multiples and sub-multiples; Appendix D Decimal, hexadecimal, binary and ASCII table; Appendix E Powers of 2; Appendix F Processor sockets; Appendix G Processor data; Appendix H Common file extensions; Appendix I BIOS error codes; Appendix J Manufacturers, suppliers and distributors; Appendix K Useful websites; Appendix L Bibliography; Appendix M Reference material available from the Web; Index