Windmill Software Ltd
Data Acquisition Intelligence

November 2010

The Newsletter for PC-Based Data Acquisition and Control
Issue 148      November 2010
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* Windmill News: Windmill release USB Drivers for 
  Windows 10, 8, 7
* Excel Corner: Debugging Formulae
* Data Acquisition and Control News Roundup

Windmill News: Windmill release USB Drivers for Windows 7

Windmill are pleased to announce that their USB drivers 
are now fully compatible with 64-bit Windows 7.

USB is a popular option for data acquisition for many reasons.

1. With a USB hub you can connect many devices to one 
   socket - letting you easily expand your system should 
   requirements grow.

2. The equipment can obtain power from the USB; it doesn't 
   need to be battery powered or plugged into the wall. 
   This makes USB ideal for portable data acquisition 
   with a laptop.

3. You can plug in and unplug your equipment without 
   switching off your computer or restarting Windows.

4. The USB cable can be up to 5 m long. However, using 
   USB hubs between cables you can reach 30 m.

5. You can use USB devices alongside existing 
   data acquisition equipment.

USB data acquisition units are available from the 
Windmill on-line shop at 
These let you:
- measure temperature, strain, pressure, resistance, 
  voltage and current
- control analogue voltage and current outputs
- switch digital outputs
- monitor digital inputs
- count events

Prices start at just £295 for hardware, drivers and 
Windmill Logging, Charting and Control software. See a 
comparison of USB units at

Excel Corner: Debugging Formulae

You've entered a complicated formula, but it is not 
working as expected.  What is the quickest way to find 
the problem?

Let's use as an example a formula to find the 
average readings per hour:
(See Monitor 80 for details:

Highlight the SUMIF part and press the F9 key.  Excel 
shows you the results for just this part of the formula. 
Now do the same with the COUNTIF part. A quick and easy 
way to see which is causing the problem.

More tips on using Excel are at

DAQ News Roundup

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Sonar device sees through bubble clouds
   Scientists at the University of Southampton have 
   developed a new kind of underwater sonar device 
   that can detect objects through bubble clouds that 
   would effectively blind standard sonar.
   Source: University of Southampton

4.3 million cars in Europe have a telematics device
   According to a new research report from the analyst 
   firm Berg Insight, 4.3 million passenger cars in 
   Europe will have an on-board telematics device at 
   the end of 2010. Stolen vehicle tracking is still 
   the main application, followed by automatic emergency 
   call, driver assistance and motor insurance telematics. 
   Source: BERG Insight

MEMS microphones to map noise pollution
   A wireless array of low-cost Micro Electro Mechanical 
   Systems (MEMS) microphones provide a means of 
   collecting noise data over a widespread area, for 
   the purpose of augmenting the production and 
   validation of noise maps.
   Source: The Engineer

Updated NIST Software Uses Combination Testing to Catch Bugs 
   Researchers at the National Institute of Standards 
   and Technology have released an updated version of a
   computer system testing tool that can cut costs by 
   more efficiently finding flaws.
   Source: NIST

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