• A MULTICHANNEL DATA ACQUISITION SYSTEM BASED ON PARALLEL PROCESSOR ARCHITECTURES

      Gelhaar, B.; Alvermann, K.; Dzaak, F.; Institute For Flight Mechanics (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1992-10)
      For research purposes on helicopter rotor acoustics a large data acquisition system called TEDAS (Transputer based Expandable Data Acquisition System) has been developed. The key features of this system are: unlimited expandability and sum data rate, local storage of data during operation, very simple analog anti aliasing filtering due to extensive digital filtering, and integrated computational power which scales with the number of channels. The sample rate is up to 50 kHz/channel, the resolution is 16 bit, 360 channels are realized now. TEDAS consists of blocks with 8 A/D converters which are controlled by one transputer T800. The size of the local memory is 4 Mbyte. Any number of blocks (IDAM = Intelligent Data Acquisition Module) can be combined to a complete system. Data preprocessing is done in parallel inside the IDAMs. As for 16 bit systems the analog antialiasing filtering becomes a dominant factor of the costs, delta sigma ADCs with oversampling and internal digital filtering are used. This produces an exact linear phase and a stop band rejection of -90 dB.