- UEI introduces its biggest product launch since PowerDAQ – its complete family of PXI products including a chassis, CPU card and I/O modules plus all support software. We refer to this turnkey solution as PDXI (PowerDAQ eXtensions for Instrumentation). UEI becomes only the second company to offer such a complete platform, and the first to offer Linux on the PXI platform.
- UEI’s second decade starts with the release of drivers for the hottest new OS for years: Linux; shortly thereafter we release drivers for realtime Linux and other realtime operating systems such as QNX. We also enhance our software offerings with Professor DAQ, an Excel add-in.
- Expanding and enhancing the PCI line, UEI brings out the PowerDAQ II family. Besides improvements in raw performance, the line adds several models including those for:
- True simultaneous sampling
- Analog output
- Digital I/O
- The culmination of several years of development effort takes place with the introduction of the firm’s first PCI-bus cards: the PowerDAQ Series. Based on a Motorola DSP chip to offload the host CPU, they achieve performance unheard of at the time.
- In recognition of the need for an entry-level board, UEI develops and markets the Win-10 Series of cards, which although sold at a budget price spec a throughput of 400 kHz.
- After examining various data-acquisition boards from many manufacturers for the best performance at the best price, Analog Devices Inc selects UEI’s Win Series in a multi-year reseller agreement.
- Keeping pace with the industry trend towards realtime operating environments as an alternative to Windows, UEI ships its WIN-30 drivers for the QNX realtime OS.
- In further refining its hardware, UEI expands the WIN-30 line with:
- 1-MHz simultaneous sampling cards that allow users to set different gains on each input
- An improved analog front end so users can work with as many of the channels on multichannel board as they like without total system throughput dropping
- Released a scheme that allows continuous streaming to disk of data being digitized at 1 MHz. The 1-MHz streaming product is so impressive that Xerox selects it for use in its RGB color scanners.
- The firm relinquishes its role as a distributor and instead decides to start manufacturing its own boards.
- Already at this time showing glimpses of its technical leadership, UEI designs and ships the industry’s first 1-MHz board for Windows 3.1, the WIN-30 Series.
- That line proves quite successful; indeed, TRW Corp becomes one of the first OEMs for that product when it selects the WIN-30 as the basis for the test stands that verify the quality of its automotive airbags.
- The company is founded in 1990 as a distributor of ISA-based data-acquisition boards, selling them directly as well as through major catalog resellers.