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LJTick-InBuff

Very low bias current (1pA) input buffer which can directly measure pH sensors and other kinds of weak signals.  Our main LabJack DAQ products (U3, U6, UE9, T7, U12) require somewhere on the order of 10 to 100pA of bias current, so this accessory board can really help users who are trying to measure signals with >10MΩ of source impedance.



  • Only requires 1pA bias current

  • ±10V input range

  • Has pads to optionally install gain resistors

Details

Details

The LJTick-InBuff (LJTIB) is an input buffer tick that allows LabJack devices to directly measure pH sensors and other kinds of weak signals. Our main LabJack DAQ products (U3, U6, UE9, and T7) require somewhere on the order of 10 to 100pA of bias current. This accessory can really help users trying to measure signals with >10MΩ of source impedance. The LJTick-InBuff accomplishes this by adding a Texas Instruments OPA2140 high-precision, low-noise Op Amp inbetween a devices analog input channel and the sensor. Simply connect the LJTick-InBuff to a screw terminal with analog inputs and connect a sensor to the INA or INB screw terminal of the LJTick-InBuff.

  • Only requires 1pA bias current
  • ±10V input range
  • Has pads to optionally install gain resistors

Common Applications

  • Measuring PH sensors.
LJTick-InBuff USB, Ethernet, WiFi Data Acquisition (DAQ) Device voltage Regulation Accessory

Figure 1: LJTick-InBuff

LJTick-InBuff with U3-LV USB Data Acquisition (DAQ) and Control Device

Figure 2: LJTick-InBuff with U3-LV

Screw Terminal Descriptions

VS: This is the same 5 volt output as the VS terminals on the LabJack itself. This is an output terminal, not an input. It can be used to provide 5 volt (nominal) power as needed.

GND: Same as LabJack ground (GND).

INA/INB: These input lines go through the Op Amps to have their signals amplified before being sent to a LabJack device..


LJTick-InBuff Schematic

LJTick-InBuff Schematic

Figure 3: LJTick-InBuff Schematic


Specifications

 


  Product Comparison

U12 U3-LV U3-HV U6 U6-Pro UE9 UE9-Pro T7 T7-Pro
AIN Voltage ±10V 0-2.4V ±10V [1] ±10V ±10V ±5V ±5V ±10V ±10V
Analog Inputs 8 16 16 14 14 14 14 14 14
Effective Resolution [2] 12 bit 12 bit 12 bit 16 bit 22 bit 12 bit 20 bit 16 bit 22 bit
Digital I/O 20 20 16 20 20 23 23 23 23
Logic Level 5V 3.3V 3.3V 3.3V 3.3V 3.3V 3.3V 3.3V 3.3V
Analog Outputs 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Counters 1 Up to 2 Up to 2 Up to 2 Up to 2 Up to 2 Up to 2 Up to 10 Up to 10
USB Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
LJTick Compatible No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Internal Temp Sensor No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yes
Yes Yes
Thermocouple Ready [3] No No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Ethernet No No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Scripting No No No No No No No Yes Yes
Wireless No No No No No No No No Yes
Real-time Clock No No No No No No No No Yes
[1] Can be configured for -10V to +20V range.
[2] According to actual measured data, see related Noise and Resolution (App Note)
[3] If not thermocouple ready, can purchase an amplifier like the LJTick-InAmp, see related Thermocouples (App Note)