DAQ on a Stick Strain Gauge with Programmable Chopper Stabilized In Amp


The DAQ on a Stick Strain Gauge with Programmable In Amp is one of a series of reference designs highlighting Renesas' precision products with different microcontrollers. This reference design is a self-contained demo showing a complete signal chain solution using Renesas parts and a Renesas microcontroller. The complete reference design is conveniently housed in a USB stick form factor. This compact design draws power through the USB port and uses a graphical user interface (GUI) to display the real-time voltage readings from a bridge strain gauge or a user supplied sensor. The image to the right shows the data acquisition (DAQ) on a stick connected to an external foil strain gauge.

The image below shows a simplified schematic of the strain gauge design. The design uses Renesas'  ISL28634 programmable instrumentation amplifier (in amp), ISL23328 digital potentiometer, ISL28233 operational amplifiers, ISL43840 dual 4-channel multiplexer (Mux) configured as a differential Mux, ISL21010 4.096V voltage reference, ISL21010 3.3V voltage reference, the ISL26104 24-bit Delta-Sigma converter and the R5F10JBC (RL78/G1C) microcontroller.

Key Features

  • Self-contained demo platform
  • 24-bit ADC with programmable sample rate
  • Zero-drift amplifiers
  • Real-time graphing on a GUI
  • Programmable gains available for user supplied sensors

Software and Tools

The installation application includes the following items:

  • GUI software
  • Desktop shortcut for easy access
  • Quick tutorial video for installing and operating software under “Resources”

Strain Gauge with In Amp Reference Design

DAQ on a Stick with Strain Gauge

Related Products

Programmable Instrumentation Amplifier

Digital Potentiometer

Operational Amplifiers

4.096V Voltage Reference

3.3V Voltage Reference

24-bit Delta-Sigma Converter

4-to-1 Multiplexer

(RL78/G1C) Microcontroller

User Guide

TitleTypeLast Updated DateSize
RTKA-BDGSTKEV1Z Evaluation Board User’s Manual
PDF 10 Jul 2019 1.22 MB


TitleTypeLast Updated DateSize
ISL21010 Datasheet
Micropower Voltage Reference
PDF 19 Apr 2019 3.43 MB
ISL23328 Datasheet
Dual, 128-Tap, Low Voltage Digitally Controlled Potentiometer (XDCP)
PDF 19 Jul 2018 1.17 MB
ISL26102, ISL26104 Datasheet
Low-Noise 24-bit Delta SIgma ADC
PDF 19 Jul 2018 1.31 MB
ISL28233, ISL28433 Datasheet
Dual and Quad Micropower, Chopper Stabilized, RRIO Operational Amplifiers
PDF 19 Jul 2018 1.7 MB
ISL28533, ISL28534, ISL28535, ISL28633, ISL28634, ISL28635 Datasheet
5V, Rail-to-Rail I/O, Zero-Drift, Programmable Gain Instrumentation Amplifiers
PDF 05 Jun 2020 2.21 MB
ISL43840 Datasheet
Low-Voltage, Single Supply and Dual Supply, Dual 4 to 1 Differential Mulitpexer, Analog Switches with Enable
PDF 19 Jul 2018 748 KB
RL78/G1C Data Sheet
PDF 20 Sep 2016 1.49 MB

TitleTypeLast Updated DateSize
RTKA-BDGSTKEV1Z Software Installer
Software installer for the DAQ on a Stick Strain Gauge with Programmable Chopper Stabilized In Amp
EXE 13 Jul 2019 14.92 MB

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Disclaimer: THIS MATERIAL IS PROVIDED “AS-IS” FOR EVALUATION PURPOSES ONLY. RENESAS ELECTRONICS CORPORATION AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES (collectively, “Renesas”) DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND MERCHANTABILITY. Renesas provides evaluation platforms and design proposals to help our customers to develop products. However, factors beyond Renesas' control, including without limitation, component variations, temperature changes and PCB layout, could significantly affect the product performance. It is the user’s responsibility to verify the actual circuit performance.