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2.7.3.3 - Signal Powered by the LabJack

A typical example of this type of signal is a 3-wire temperature sensor. The sensor has a power and ground wire that connect to Vs and GND on the LabJack, and then has a signal wire that simply connects to an AINx terminal.

Another variation is a 4-wire sensor where there are two signal wires (positive and negative) rather than one. If the negative signal is the same as power ground, or can be shorted ground, then the positive signal can be connected to AINx and a measurement can be made. A typical example where this does not work is a bridge type sensor, such as pressure sensor, providing the raw bridge output (and no amplifier). In this case the signal voltage is the difference between the positive and negative signal, and the negative signal cannot be shorted to ground. An instrumentation amplifier is required to convert the differential signal to signal-ended, and probably also to amplify the signal.