Portable Data Acquisition System

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Portable Data Acquisition System

Compact, Lightweight & Intelligent Portable Data Acquisition System

The SmartCorder® DDX-100 is a compact, lightweight and all-in-one extremely portable data acquisition system. As the successor of the Dash series, the DDX-100 includes everything needed to acquire, visualize, analyze and store data in one device. Weighing just 18.5 lbs. (8.6 kg), it is AstroNova’s lightest all-in-one system.

  • 200 kS/s per channel max sample rate
  • Up to 48 channels, expandable to 480 with Daxus
  • On-board signal processing reduces post-processing with no latency
  • GPS, IRIG, NTP synchronization
  • AC or rechargeable battery operation
  • Automate common tasks with Python or LabVIEW
  • 500 GB standard or optional 1.6 TB solid-state drive

Product Overview

The SmartCorder® DDX-100 is the perfect portable data acquisition system for testing, troubleshooting, and monitoring in the field, in the lab, and on the plant floor.

With the DDX-100, users can capture up to 48 channels and record weeks or even months of data at a time. So, for higher channel count applications, the DDX-100 combined with Daxus data distributed data acquisition systems records hundreds of channels of synchronized data.

The DDX-100 comes complete with intuitive software, making it easy for users to get up and running quickly. Moreover, the on-board signal processing allows for real-time calculations, allowing users to save time and make decisions faster.

Equipped with the IHVM-4P input module, the DDX-100 is ideal for power quality measurements. It’s also capable of performing 16 power measurements using only 4 inputs.


The DDX-100 features two slots that accept a variety of input modules. Each system can acquire up to 48 channels with sampling rates up to 200 kS/s per channel or as low as 0.01 samples per second for long term monitoring. The number of channels is expandable to 480 using AstroNova’s Daxus distributed data acquisition platform. Also, synchronize all inputs by sharing clock signals or via GPS or IRIG.

The DDX-100 supports three different sampling rates per channel which allows users to acquire high speed and low-speed data simultaneously, reducing file sizes.

With the ability to create intelligent triggers to start and stop recording based on any input channel, event (e.g. external trigger signal), or specific date and time, users can record only the data they want. Pre and post-trigger buffer sizes are configurable and triggers can be set to automatically re-arm for capturing multiple events, can also be triggered. Data capture manually.

The Utility/DIO port contains alarm outputs and inputs as well as programmable outputs and inputs for external sample clocks, eliminating the need for a separate digital I/O module. Optional interfaces include IRIG for synchronizing data across multiple units, GPS for time and location, and CAN (up to 16 channels). Selecting these options does not require users to surrender a slot for input modules.

Expandable for Increased Capability

The Daxus family of data acquisition systems is designed for compatibility. SmartCorder DDX-100 and Daxus easily integrate to:

  • Increase Channel Counts
  • Provide Networked Recording Capability
  • Record Signals from Multiple Locations
  • Record Dozens of Signals in a Single Application
  • Combine for Distributed Data Acquisition

Channel meters allow users to view any channel as a digital readout, bar meter, moving needle, or analog gauge, making it easy to view current values at a glance. So, users are able to visualize the relationships between inputs by plotting them in XYY plots. Therefore, channel meters and XYY plots can be sized and placed anywhere on the display for easy viewing.


The DDX-100 provides powerful tools to help users analyze data quickly and easily. The built-in digital signal processing (DSP) capabilities allow users to create derived channels, apply custom filters, and perform frequency or counter measurements on a per-channel basis.

The derived channel feature provides users with the ability to create calculated channels based on user-defined equations and up to four input channels.  So it’s easy to calculate derived channels in real-time and display and record along with the original input channels in real-time or review mode.

To aid in analyzing acquired data, cursors provide built-in measurements such as average, Min-Max, Peak-Peak, Slope, RMS, Sum, Std Deviation, and more. Users can also configure Fourier Transform windows for viewing and analyzing frequency content.

Advanced counter and timing functions provide common frequency measurements. They also eliminate the need for a separate counter/timer module, regardless of the input module type. Available functions include frequency, duty cycle, edge separation, quadrature encoder, gated pulse counter, pulse width, and more.

User Notes can also be added during an acquisition and are saved as part of the data file for review.

Data Review allows users to review captured data while still recording. So, the user-defined cursors offer the option to perform measurements in real-time, scope and review modes. Select from standard measurements including average, Min-Max, Peak -Peak, Slope, RMS, and others.

Users can review data on their PC using the optional DDX Offline Software, with the option to extend and automate analysis. Also, control functions using Python scripting and LabVIEW.


With all data stored locally, users have the option to choose from a 500 GB hard disk drive (standard) or up to a 1.6 TB optional solid-state drive (recommended).

The DDX-100 comes with a built-in Lithium-Ion battery that automatically charges when the system is connected to power. It also provides backup power for continued operation (45 minutes typical) with no loss of data.

Storing derived channels, events and notations, along with measurement data, users can easily reduce post-processing and recall important events. Using the included application software, users can export only the channels or time frames selected to ASCII.

AstroNova provides free AstroVIEW X software for viewing data from any AstroNova data acquisition system. Therefore, viewing on a PC with the option to export to other common file formats is easy.


The SmartCorder DDX-100 software enables users to print data to a PDF file in real-time, scope, or review modes.



IBIV-8IBIV-8 Flexible Input Module

• A simultaneous sampling at up to 100 kS/s/ch
• 5 measurement ranges (+/- 10 V, +/- 2 V, +/- 200 mV, +/- 50 mV, and +/- 20 mV)
• Full 24-bit resolution across the selected measurement range
• High accuracy (+/- 0.03% for 10V, 2V and 200 mV attenuator settings)
• Supports 120, 350, 500, and 1000Ω bridge resistances
• Software selectable internal ¼ and ½ bridge completion (120 and 350Ω) and shunt calibration
• Lemo or D-Sub connector options
• Built-in counter and timer functions
ITCU-16ITCU-16 Thermocouple Input Module

• 16 channel thermocouple and low voltage input module
• Compatible with Daxus DXS-100 and SmartCorder DDX-100 systems
• 300 Vrms, Cat II rated isolation
• Up to 50 S/s/ch (high speed mode)
• Direct connectivity with standard mini-TC connectors
IVHM-4IHVM-4 Isolated High Voltage and Current Input Module

• 4 high voltage inputs (up to 1,000 V)
• Multiple input ranges provide maximum resolution
• Simultaneous sampling up to 200 kS/s/ch
• 16-bit Resolution
• Built-in counter and timer functions
IVHM-4IHVM-4P Isolated High Voltage and Current Input Module

• 4-ch high voltage input module with real-time power calculations
• Compatible with Daxus DXS-100 and SmartCorder DDX-100 systems
• 600 Vrms or DC (Cat III) or 1000V DC (Cat II) rated isolation
• +/- 1,000 Volt maximum input range
• Up to 50 KS/s/ch sampling rate (simultaneous)
• Guarded banana jack inputs
ISEV-4ISEV-4 Isolated Voltage Input Module

• 4 channel isolated high voltage input module
• Compatible with Daxus DXS-100 and SmartCorder DDX-100 systems
• 250 Vrms or 400 V DC (Cat II) rated isolation
• +/- 400 Volt maximum input range
• Up to 200 KS/s/ch sampling rate (simultaneous)
• Built-in counter and timer functions
ISEV-8ISEV-8 High Voltage Module

• 8 isolated voltage inputs (150 Vrms or DC)
• Simultaneous sampling at 100 kS/s/ch or 12.5 kS/s/ch
• 150 VRMS, DC Cat II isolation
• 24-bit resolution
• Convenient BNC connectors
• IEPE support
• 7 measurement ranges
• Built-in hardware-based counter and timer functions
ISEV-4NIDX-16 Non-Isolated Differential Voltage Input Module

• 16 voltage inputs (30 Vrms or ± 40 V DC max) and two voltage outputs (± 10V)
• Simultaneous sampling up to 20 kS/s/ch
• 16-bit resolution
• 0.04% accuracy (10V, 20V, and 40V attenuators)
• Built-in counter and timer functions
• Screw terminal or BNC connections with adaptor
UNIV-4UNIV-4 Universal Input Module

• Four channel isolated universal input module
• Compatible with DXS-100 and DDX-100 data acquisition systems
• 250 VRMS or DC Cat II isolation
• Up to 200kS/s/ch sampling rate (simultaneous)
• Built-in counter and timer functions
• Perform voltage, thermocouple, RTD, and IEPE inputs


    • CAN Bus for Automotive Testing and Other Applications
    • IRIG Time Code for Aerospace Applications
    • GPS Time and Location Stamping for Transportation or Other Applications
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