DAQ970A Data Acquisition System + Accessories

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The Keysight Technologies' DAQ970A Data Acquisition System combines precision measurement capability with flexible signal connections for production and development test systems. Three module slots are built into the rear of the instrument to accept any combination of data acquisition or switching modules. The combination of USB data logging and data acquisition features make this instrument a versatile solution for your testing requirements now and in the future. The system measures and converts 12 different input signals, with built-in signal conditioning to minimize external wiring from having to use external or plug-in signal conditioning modules.



Key Features

  • Powerful data logger/acquisition either as stand-alone or part of a test system, from 1 to 120 channels of analogue inputs
  • Modular design with choice of 8 modules, including a solid state multiplexer with up to 450 ch/s scan speed
  • Easy to use and configure front panel, with built-in graphical web interface for easy control anywhere on a network
  • Compatible with BenchVue DAQ software that provides familiar Microsoft Windows interface for test configuration and real-time data display and analysis
  • Measures 12 different input signals: temperatue, RTDs and thermistors; DCV/ACV; resistance; freq. and period; DCI/ACI; diode and capacitance
  • Built-in signal conditioning
  • Built-in 6 ½ DMM based on Keysight's TrueVolt DMM series, with 0004% 1-year DCV accuracy with built-in cold junction reference available
  • LAN and USB connection with USB memory port for additional data storage
  • 50K readings non-volatile memory, including time-stamps Non-volatile storage for five complete instrument states
  • High/Low limits and alarms available on a per-channel basis


Accessories Included

  • DAQM901A -  Test Accessory, 20-Channel Armature Multiplexer Module


20 channel multiplexer (2/4-wire) module for DAQ970A data acquisition system. This is the most versatile multiplexer for general purpose scanning. It combines dense, multi-function switching with 60 channel/second scan rates to address a broad spectrum of data acquisition applications.


  • 4307A -  Test Accessory, J Type , Thermocouple Kit


The 34307A is a Thermocouple Kit, each thermocouple is 180cm (72-inch) long of 20 gauge wire with a PTFE outer jacket and is unterminated. (Each RoadTester will receive 4 thermocouples with screwdriver.)


  • Power Cord: The DAQ970A is rated for 100 - 240 VAC (Mains supply voltage fluctuation is not allowed to exceed ± 10%); Power line frequency 50/60/400 Hz. The unit comes with a 5-15P to C13 power cord. Roadtesters who live in countries outside of North America will need to supply the power cord for their country of residence.


  • Keysight Instrument Control DVD: instrument control software package


  • Supplemental Documents: Compliance Statement, Calibration Due Date Letter, Safety Information, Software/Firmware Addendum, RoHS Addendum, Certificate of Calibration


  • USB Cable


Data Sheet

DAQ970 Data Sheet:  https://literature.cdn.keysight.com/litweb/pdf/5992-3168EN.pdf?id=3001854


DAQ970 Application Notes / White Papers

Fast Thermal Characterization and Testing of Your Electronic Devices:  https://literature.cdn.keysight.com/litweb/pdf/5992-3194EN.pdf?id=3006598


How to Optimize Measurement Speed of Your DAQ:  https://literature.cdn.keysight.com/litweb/pdf/5992-3134EN.pdf?id=3006594


4 Things to Consider When Using a DAQ as a Data Logger:  https://literature.cdn.keysight.com/litweb/pdf/5992-3179ENMY.pdf?id=3006578


DAQ970 Video

DAQ970A Spotlight Video:  https://youtu.be/XP43MBwKWs0?list=PL2XuMA5AwNUz5gPRZ4jA4ZjJIOVQZAPsF

Important Dates

Enrollment Begin: Apr 22 2018

Enrollment Ends: May 24 2019

RoadTesters Selected: June 24 2019

Product Shipped: June 27 2019

RoadTesting Begins: July 5 2019

Reminder/Update Email: August 5 2019*

Submit Reviews By: Sept 5 2019*

*The element14 RoadTest Staff will send this reminder/update email.

**If a RoadTester is unable to meet the deadline, please notify the RoadTest Program Lead, , as soon as possible before the deadline.


Terms and Conditions

RoadTest Terms and Conditions: DAQ970A Data Acquisition System + Accessories


These are the terms and conditions which govern the DAQ970A Data Acquisition System + Accessories contest. This Contest requires participants to submit an application indicating their previous experience with this type of equipment/component, information on what they would do to test the equipment/component, and the applicant’s desire to post a thorough review of their experience with images, photos, or other supplemental materials. Participants will be required to meet the Conditions for Participation.  The winners of this RoadTest will receive the item(s) listed below. RoadTest Reviews are due no later than 60 days after the receipt of the item(s). No other prizes are offered.

The Principal terms of the Competition:

The following words and phrases are used in these terms and conditions and have the meanings given to them below.

(RoadTest or Contest)

Key dates:

Applications Close: midnight (GMT) on May 24 2019

Announcement of Winner (estimated): May 31 2019

Prize: DAQ970A Data Acquisition System + Accessories

Additional Prizes: none

Competition Site: https://www.element14.com/community/groups/roadtest?ICID=menubar_resources_roadtest

Site or element14 Community: www.element14.com/community

Judges: members of the element14 community team chosen at the Organiser’s discretion.

Judging Criteria, All of the following which will have equal weighting:

· Demonstrated competence with the technologies including links or descriptions of past projects

· Qualifications as indicated by current job role and/or schooling/vocational training;

· A thorough description of how the prize would be tested;

· Likelihood that the Applicant will blog about the prize and provide a review on element14.com;

· Originality;

· Innovation.

Organiser: Premier Farnell plc (registered in England and Wales under company number 876412) whose registered office is at Farnell House, Forge Lane, Leeds, UK

Conditions for Qualification: in addition to meeting the requirements of these terms, all persons applying to take part in the Contest (each one an Applicant) must:

· Provide a RoadTest application describing what he/she would do if awarded the Prize including similar previous projects, product experience and qualifications

Terms: these terms and conditions which govern the Competition and to which the Organiser reserves the right to make changes from time to time and the latest version of these Terms from time to time will be posted to the Site.

  1. Eligibility
  2. Applications:
  3. Selecting Winners:
  4. Liability:
  5. General:

1.1 Save as set out in these Terms, the Contest is open to any natural or legal person, firm or company or group of natural persons or unincorporated body.

1.2 All Applicants must be aged at least 18 at the time of their application.

1.3 Applicants must not enter the RoadTest if doing so or taking part may:

1.3.1 cause the Organiser and/or themselves to be in breach of any agreement (including but not limited to any contract of employment) to which they are a party or in breach of any law, regulation or rule having the force of law to which the Organiser or the Applicant may be subject or any policy of the Organiser or the Sponsor;

1.3.2 Require the Organiser to obtain any licence, authorisation or permission to deal with the Applicant; or

1.3.3 Be in breach of any policy or practice of their employer. Some employers prohibit or restrict their employees from taking part in competitions such as these or receiving prizes under them and the Organiser respects those policies and practices.

The Organiser reserves the right to disqualify any Application made in breach of these Terms and to reject any Application which it reasonably believes may be or become in breach. The Organiser reserves the right to require evidence in such form as the Organiser may reasonably require of any Applicant’s compliance with any of these Terms and to disqualify any Applicant or Participant who cannot provide such evidence reasonably promptly.

1.4 Multiple applications are not permitted.

1.5 Applications may not be submitted by an agent whether acting on behalf of an undisclosed principal or otherwise.

1.6 The Contest is NOT open to:

1.6.1 Any person or entity who is a resident or national of any country which is subject to sanctions, embargoes or national trade restrictions of the United States of America, the European Union or the United Kingdom;

1.6.2 Any employee, director, member, shareholder (as appropriate) or any of their direct families (parents, siblings, spouse, partner, children) (“Direct Families”) of the Organiser and Sponsors; or

2.1 Each Applicant must fully complete and submit a RoadTest Application by the Application Close.

2.2 By submitting a Registration Form, each Applicant:

2.2.1 Authorises the Organiser to use his or her personal data (as defined in the Data Protection Act 1998) for the purposes of running and promoting the RoadTest;

2.2.2 Authorises the Organizer to copy, reproduce and publish their application should they be accepted as a Participant;

2.2.3 Will be deemed to have read, accepted and agree to be bound by these Terms. Applicants are advised to print and keep safe these Terms;

2.2.4 Authorises the Organiser to copy, reproduce and use the Application and/or Review for the purposes of the RoadTest and as otherwise contemplated by these Terms. The Organiser will not be responsible for any inaccuracy, error or omission contained in any reproduction or use of the Project Blogs.

2.2.5 Licenses the Organiser to use the intellectual property in the Project (IP) for the purposes of this Contest. As between the Applicant and the Organiser the IP remains owned by the Applicant.

2.2.6 Grants the Organiser the right to use his or her likeness, photographs, logos, trademarks, audio or video recordings without restriction for the purposes of Contest or the promotion of it or the Site;

2.2.7 Agrees to participate positively in all publicity surrounding the Contest;

2.2.8 Agrees to be responsible for all expenses and costs incurred by him or her in preparing for, entering and participating in the Contest (save for any expenses expressly agreed by the Organiser to be borne by it in these Terms);

2.2.9 Confirms that he or she owns all IP used in his or her application or Project or Blogs and indemnifies the Organiser from any claim by a third party that use of any material provided by an Applicant to the Organiser infringes the intellectual property rights of any third party;

2.2.10 Agrees not to act in any way or fail to act in any way or be associated with any cause or group which would have a negative impact on the reputation of the Organiser and/or the RoadTest.

2.3 All applications submitted to this RoadTest must meet the following criteria:

2.3.1 Applicants must be the author, creator and owner of the proposed review idea. Applicants must not submit someone else’s idea;

2.3.2 The proposed application must be reasonably achievable by the within the time constraints of the Contest;

2.3.3 Applications must not include or propose any of the following, the inclusion of which shall render any proposed application ineligible:

(a) Applications which relate to socially taboo topics, such as illicit drug use or sexual gratification;

(b) Applications that are or could reasonably be considered to be illegal, immoral, discriminatory or offensive as determined by the Organiser;

(c) Applications in relation to them which if accepted would infringe or breach any of the policies or terms of access or use of the Site.

2.4 No Application may contain any of the hazardous substances identified by Article 4 of Directive 2002/95/EC of the European Parliament on the Restrictions on the Use of Substances in Electronic and Electrical Equipment ("the Directive") or the use of such hazardous substances in the in any such Project must not exceed the maximum concentration values set out in the Directive.

3.1 Winners will be selected by the Organiser on the basis of the quality of his or her application and its adherence to these Terms.

3.2 The total number of Winners selected will be at least the minimum number set out above but the actual number is at the sole discretion of the Organizer and/or the Sponsor, if applicable.

3.3 The Organiser will use all reasonable efforts to announce the Winners via an update to the RoadTest page by the date listed above.

3.4 Winners agree to take part in all publicity which the Organiser or the Sponsor wishes to use to promote the RoadTest, the Products featured or other Contests with which the Organiser may be connected from time to time.

3.5 Details of the Winners may also be published in the media.

3.6 Winners are responsible for all applicable taxes, duties or other charges payable in relation to any prize.


4.1 The Organiser hereby excludes all and any Liability arising out of the Contest or the acceptance, use, quality, condition, suitability or performance of any Prize, even where that Liability may arise from the Organiser’s negligence.

4.2 Nothing in these Terms will affect any Liability of the Organiser for death or personal injury arising from its negligence, for breach of Part II of the Consumer Protection Act 1987 (in the event that any entrant is entitled to claim rights under the Consumer Protection Act 1987) or for any matter in relation to which it would be illegal for the Organiser to exclude or to attempt to exclude its Liability.

4.3 Subject to 4.2, neither the Organiser, any parent company nor any subsidiary of the Organiser or such parent company or any of their directors, officers and employees (together referred to in these terms and the ‘Associates’) makes any guarantee, warranty or representation of any kind, express or implied, with respect to this Competition or the Prizes potentially available under it. Neither the Organiser nor any of its Associates shall be responsible for any Liability that may arise out of or in connection with person’s participation in this Competition, the claiming, redemption or value of any prizes under it, the use or enjoyment of such prizes or any events or circumstances arising out of or in connection with any of them. Any implied warranties of condition, merchantability or suitability or fitness for purpose of any of them are hereby expressly excluded. Wherever used in these Terms, ‘Liability’ shall mean any and all costs, expenses, claims, damages, actions, proceedings, demands, losses and other liabilities (including legal fees and costs on a full indemnity basis) arising directly or indirectly out of or in connection with the matter concerned.

5.1 The RoadTest is organised and sponsored by the Organiser. The Organiser reserves the right to delegate all or any of its powers, rights and obligations arising in relation to the RoadTest to any Associate and certain such rights and powers are assumed by the Organiser on behalf of itself and each Associate. Reference to “Organiser” shall be deemed to include reference to each Associate.

5.2 The RoadTest may be terminated at any time if there are, in the sole opinion of the Organiser, an insufficient number of entries, or if the Applications are not of an appropriate standard for a competition of this nature. The Organiser has the right to cancel or suspend the RoadTest at any time due to circumstances outside its reasonable control.

5.3 The Organiser shall have the sole discretion to disqualify (without correspondence or right of appeal) any Applicant it considers to be adversely affecting the process or the operation of the RoadTest or to be in breach of these Terms or to be acting in a disruptive manner or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other Applicant or Participant.

5.4 The Organiser has the right to amend or add to these Terms from time to time. Revised Terms and Conditions will be posted on the Contest Site and it is a condition of entry to the RoadTest that Applicants agree to comply with these Terms and, if appropriate, such Terms as amended from time to time.

5.5 Headings are for convenience only and do not affect the interpretation or construction of these Terms and Conditions.

5.6 These Terms and the operation of the Contest shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English Law and any claim or matter arising under these Terms shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

Comment List
  • I'd like to think all the roadtesters for doing great jobs.


    100% of the roadtest reviews posted before the deadline.


    Music to my ears.


    I appreciate your participation in the element14 community.





  • I read enough of the user manual to learn how to set up basic thermocouple measurements.

    The Road Test kit came with four J type thermocouples.  I connected three to the multiplexer and inserted the multiplexer into the body of the DAQ970A.


    The instrument powered up with an ERR code indicating the inserted multiplexer module did not match the module that was stored in memory.  No worries, a quick reconfiguration and a reset of the system clock put everything in order.  I hooked up a network cable and started BenchVue with the DAQ application running.  Within a few minutes I had a strip chart logging the temperatures of the three thermocouples at a 1 second interval.  Super easy to configure.


    My plan is to have the first part of my review (user experience) up in week or two.

    In the background I am acquiring components for a solar PV upgrade that will be the basis for the second part of my review (application testing).

    The upgrade includes addition of a second 80W PV panel, an upgrade from PWM charge control to MPPT charge control, an upgrade from modified sine to pure sine inverter, and replacement of a 12 year old lead acid battery with a new Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) battery.

  • The DAQ970A arrived this evening and, in a separate shipment two days ago, the DAQM901A 22 channel relay multiplexer and thermocouple kit arrived.

    The temptation to turn it on and start playing is high, but I'm going to re-read at least the quick start portions of the user manual first.


    I am very much looking forward to exploring this instrument and reporting my findings to the community.

  • Gratz winners, looking forward to the reviews.

  • A stellar line-up of road testers - congratulations - I'm keen to see the blogs...

  • Many thanks for selecting my application, I am super stoked to be able to test out the DAQ970A on behalf of the element14 community. Hopefully, I can do it justice.


    Kind regards.

  • Congratulations!  This is a very good group of tester for this very fine product.  I look forward to some very good reviews.

  • This is great news! Thanks for the opportunity.

  • I am excited to have been selected for this Road Test and to be in such good company with two other fine Road Testers!

    I have a test plan that involves a solar PV upgrade that I think should exercise many of the interesting capabilities in the DAQ970A.


    Looking forward to getting this Road Test started!