Data acquisition involves gathering signals from measurement sources and digitizing the signals for storage, analysis, and presentation on a PC. Data acquisition systems come in many different PC technology forms to offer flexibility when choosing your system. You can choose from PCI, PXI, PCI Express, PXI Express, PCMCIA, USB, wireless, and Ethernet data acquisition for test, measurement, and automation applications. Read this white paper to learn the key components when building a basic data acquisition system.