The new part of DAQ dictionary you’ve been waiting for so long is finally out. This time we bring your P and a little bit of Q. Actually, we’ve only got one word with Q, you’ll see.
Phase Alternation Line
The color television coding system generally used for European broadcasting.
Personal computer. Generally applied to computers conforming to the IBM designed architecture.
Peripheral Component Interconnect. A local bus standard developed by in 1992. PCI cards plug into your computer and are configured through software. They do not have jumpers or switches.
Personal Computer Memory Card International Association. The industry group that developed the specification for credit card-sized plug-in cards for laptop computers.
A communication between networked devices in which any device can initiate data transfer.
Proportional gain, integral action time and derivative action time. PID software, for example, compares an analog input value with a setpoint and if there’s a discrepancy outputs an appropriate analog or digital control value, according to the PID calculations.
Piping and instrumentation diagram.
This is a test utility which sends a message to a defined port within your instrument. The instrument replies with a short data message. Virtually every unit on TCP/IP will support this action. If you cannot Ping your instrument, and it is on a TCP/IP network, you will not be able to talk to it.
Programmable Logic Controller.
A relay contact.
The external connector on a device.
Positive Edge Trigger
Data acquisition starts when an input signal changes from a low to a high state.
Positive Temperature Coefficient
An increase in resistance due to an increase in temperature.
The repeatability of a measurement. The ability of an instrument to give the same reading under repeated identical conditions.
A set of rules used in data communications.
A temporary change in voltage of any length.