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Data Acquisition Solution for Today's Neuroscience.

XDAQ™ is a tailored acquisition solution designed to support the multimodal experimental techniques demanded by today’s neuroscience research. Our products offer improved performance and excellent economic value as compared to our peers. Our hardware is supported by dedicated software applications as well as open-source software ecosystems. XDAQ™ is available in a number of configurations to meet every level of acquisition need.


Integrated, Powerful features

Every XDAQ™ drives a growing list of both hardware and software functionalities to support common research needs in electrophysiology.

Stim & Recording

XDAQ™ can drive total of 16 recording X-Headstages (animals) or 8 switchable stim-record X-Headstages (animals) within the same device, eliminating the need to have dedicated systems for each operation. XDAQ™ can also drive stock headstages from Intan Technologies or Open-Ephys with off-the-shelf adapters making it uniquely adaptable.


XDAQ™ AIO can drive NeuroPixel probes directly without needing to purchase additional equipments like the PXI enclosure (and the required NeuroPixel PXIe card), which can be both expensive and difficult to use. Use the Open-Ephys GUI as you would with the original PXI based solution.


XDAQ™ AIO is designed with 4 built-in, independent, high power LED drivers making running optogenetics experiments much more accessible.

Video Capture

XDAQ™ AIO offers integrated, high-frame-rate, 4K video capture. This integrated multi-camera solution eliminates common synchronization challenges faced by the typical multi-equipment setup.

40Gbps, Low Latency Bus

Every XDAQ™ is now powered by a bidirectional 40Gbps USB-C bus that offers more than enough bandwidth for simultaneous acquisition of thousands of high resolution neural signal and multi-camera 4K video capture. Latency from the Headstage to PC is less than 1ms, opens up additional experimental possibility.

The essential tool chest

Every XDAQ™ drives a growing list of both hardware and software functionalities to support common research needs in electrophysiology.

Impedance Check

XDAQ™, when paired with X-Headstage™, can perform electrode impedance measurement, helpful to assess the electrode performance: baseline thermal noise and stimulus driving capability are highly correlated to electrode impedance.


XDAQ™ with X3SR headstage can perform automated, high quality electroplating of various novel materials such as gold or PeDot to reduce electrode impedance. Constant current as small as 10nA can be used to deposit material in high precision, resulting in higher material quality. Electroplating can be useful to minimize impedance variation, increase charge delivery, and minimize optical or thermal noise.

Short Circuit Analyzer

XDAQ™ can control the Short Circuit Analyzer to check for short circuits in any combination up to 256 channels. This is particularly useful for researchers who build tetrodes that may need plating to reduce impedance. Having the ability to physically check for shorts, in any combination across, the entire electrode takes the guess work away from inferring shorts base purely on impedance values, which are often inaccurate.

System Check

XDAQ™ features several self-test accessory kits to help troubleshooting when things aren’t looking right.

Brainwave simulator: send known signal to the X-Headstage-XDAQ™ for validation.

Z-Tester: dummy probe with arrays of R/C circuits mimics various electrode model. Useful for calibration and verification of impedance measurements.

Stim-Tester: dummy probe with LED arrays connect to each stimulation channels help to visually check for stimulation or to easily visualize the simulation pattern on an oscilloscope.

Debug Headstage: loops back digital signal to check for any signal and signal-path anomalies to allow the Self-Diagnostic software to pin-point any problems.

TTL Out & DAC Pattern Generator: XDAQ™ features a flexible pulse generator engine that can drive output channels, digital or analog, with programmable patterns to interface with other peripherals and equipments.


Which one is right for you?

KonteX provides a family of versatile data acquisition tools tailored for neuroscience. XDAQ™ ZERO is the most accessible entry model in the market: it offers excellent signal quality and fast, low latency communication at highly competitive pricing. XDAQ™ AIO, is the flagship model featuring all-in-one functionalities to meet the needs of many commonly needed research modalities in today’s neuroscience research.

How XDAQ™ connect

We provide an ecosystem of tools and accessories to meet your ever demanding needs.   A comprehensive, out-of-the-shelf set of accessories to make adoption as easy as possible. If existing designs don't work, we work with you to come up with a tailored solution together.

Need more IO port ?

Our XDAQ Expander provides IO expansion module for the XDAQ family. Enables additional IO:

  • 24 Digital IN
  • 24 Digital OUT
  • 6 Analog IN
  • 6 Analog OUT


Designed to Acquire the Purest Signal

Common Noise Sources in Electrophysiology

XDAQ™ is designed for optimal signal acqusition in the micro volt scale. XDAQ™ has improved against all noise sources except for loose pin or bad GND/Ref.

The common niose may come from motion artifacts, power line, connected equipment, environment noise like WIFI, loosing pin contacting, bad GND/reference and PC via USB.

Electrically Isolated Animal Circuit

XDAQ™’s animal ports are electrically isolated from the box. Thus effectively eliminates all noise sources such as power line, PC, equipments, etc coupled to the acquisition system.

Good to Know the TruGround

TruGround is a unique XDAQ™ feature that maintains separated ground nodes and their electrical path. On the animal side, there are unique grounds for signal and earth shield. These ground nodes are also accessible from the ground panel in the back of the XDAQ™. If you regularly build a faraday cage around your implant, try tying the faraday ground to the earth ground, which truly grounds the noise. TruGround makes noise optimization easy and logical.  

Active Motion Artifact Rejection

XDAQ™ when paired with X-Headstage™ that is embedded with the electrode at the craniotomy can acquire neural recording that minimizes noise artifacts from movement, even in situation when the animal directly bangs to the wall.

Tuned to Deliver the Best Electrical Performance

Electrical power inputs are filtered and buffered to deliver a clean, stable power to the system. Sensitive analog signal path is carefully routed and impedance matched for best performance. The DAC and ADC circuits are individually calibrated for precision.

The XDAQ ™' s main board is full of detailed components.

Aluminum to Dissipate the Heat

A fanless design that leverages aluminum enclosure as heat sink to satisfy power demanding circuitries.

a close look of a aluminum case, full of heat-dissipating fins


Works with Intan Headstages & Probes

With an adaptor, you can use your existing RHD/RHS2000 based headstages from Open-Ephys, Intan Technologies, and more.


Core functionalities of XDAQ™(recording and stimulation) can be controlled by open-source software packages from Intan Technologies or Open-Ephys.


Recording and stimulation X-Headstages with the XDAQ can be done using the modified XDAQ-RHX software based on the RHX from Intan Technologies.

XDAQ-OE Plugin

Our XDAQ-OE plugin supports recording headstages using the XDAQ. Plugin can be downloaded directly from the Open-Ephys GUI or download legacy version (based on v0.5.5.4) from our Github.

Radiens Analytics Software Suite by NeuroNexus

Radiens™ is the software suite that supports the entire electrophysiology workflow from data acquisition and control to advanced analytics, algorithms, and visualization.


Our e-ink inspired control software is designed with user-centric philosophy, thus super easy to use. Data plotting is done using GPU accelerated API call so it is super smooth. It is also optimized for 4K screens so you can see the signal all together. Our software is open-source so you can easily adapt to your own workflow. Github coming soon.

Works with the computer with Thunderbolt

With an adaptor, you can use your existing RHD/RHS2000 based headstages from Open-Ephys, Intan Technologies, and more.