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USB-1208FS-Plus

$189.00

12-Bit, 50 kS/s, Multifunction DAQ Device

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8 SE/4 DIFF analog inputs

12-bit resolution

50 kS/s sampling rate

16 digital I/O

One 32-bit counter

Two 12-bit analog outputs

Board-Only OEM Version Available

Software

Support for DAQami, easy-to-use advanced data logging application to acquire,
view, and log data

TracerDAQ® software included for acquiring and displaying data and generating signals

Universal Library includes support for Visual Studio® and Visual Studio® .NET,
including examples for Visual C++®, Visual C#®, Visual Basic®, and Visual Basic® .NET

Universal Library for Android™ includes support and examples for the Android 3.1
platform (API level 12) and later

Example ready-to-run demo apps for Android are available on Google Play

Comprehensive drivers for DASYLab® and NI LabVIEW™

Supported by MATLAB® Data Acquisition Toolbox™

InstaCal software utility for installation, calibration, and testing

DAQFlex open-source software framework

Supported Operating Systems: Windows® 8/7/Vista®/XP SP2, 32-bit or 64-bit; Linux®, Android™, and Mac® platforms supported by the DAQFlex framework

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USB-1208FS-Plus USB-based multifunction DAQ device with 8 SE/4 DIFF analog inputs, up to 12-bit resolution, 50 kS/s, 2 analog outputs, and 16 digital I/O
$189.00 Add to cart
Other Options
USB-1208LS USB-based data acquisition device with eight 12-bit analog inputs, 1.2 kS/s, two analog outputs, and 16 digital I/O lines
$129.00 Add to cart
USB-1408FS USB-based DAQ device with 8 analog inputs, up to 14-bit resolution, 48 kS/s, 2 analog outputs, and 16 digital I/O
$249.00 Add to cart
USB-1208FS USB-based data acquisition device with 8 analog inputs, up to 12-bit resolution, 50 kS/s, two D/A outputs, and 16 digital I/O lines
$189.00 Add to cart
USB-1408FS-Plus USB-based multifunction DAQ device with 8 SE/4 DIFF analog inputs, up to 14-bit resolution, 48 kS/s, 2 analog outputs, and 16 digital I/O
$249.00 Add to cart
BTH-1208LS Wireless DAQ device with 8 SE/4 DIFF analog inputs, 1 kS/s throughput in Bluetooth mode, 2 analog outputs, 8 digital I/O, and one 32-bit counter input channel
$199.00 Add to cart
USB-1608FS-Plus USB-based multifunction data acquisition device with 8 SE simultaneous analog inputs, 16-bit resolution, 400 kS/s sampling, and 8 digital I/O
$399.00 Add to cart
Software
DAQami™ Easy-to-use advanced data logging application to acquire, view, and log data - Download only
$99.00 Add to cart
DASYLab® LITE DASYLab Lite includes all drivers, comes without analysis, limited module count, and includes one Layout Window
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$499.00 Add to cart
DASYLab® BASIC DASYLab Basic includes all drivers, all standard modules (except Signal Analysis and Actions), and one Layout Window $1,299.00 Add to cart
DASYLab® FULL DASYLab Full includes all drivers, all standard modules, 200 Layout Windows, and Control Sequencer $1,799.00 Add to cart
DASYLab® PRO DASYLab Pro includes all drivers, DASYLab Full version, plus all add-on modules (without third-party modules) $2,499.00 Add to cart
DASYLab® RUNTIME DASYLab Runtime allows you to run an existing worksheet application on an additional computer (with compatible hardware configurations) $449.00 Add to cart
DASYLab® UPD Basic DASYLab upgrade to the latest Basic license $259.00 Add to cart
DASYLab® UPD Full DASYLab upgrade to the latest Full license $359.00 Add to cart
DASYLab® UPD Lite DASYLab upgrade to the latest Lite license $99.00 Add to cart
DASYLab® UPD Pro DASYLab upgrade to the latest Pro license $499.00 Add to cart
DASYLab® UPD RT DASYLab upgrade to the latest Runtime license $99.00 Add to cart
TracerDAQ® Pro Out-of-the-box virtual instrument suite with strip chart, oscilloscope, function generator, and rate generator – professional version
$199.00 Add to cart

Rated 4.9 out of 5 by 16 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Can you say "EASY" to setup and use... Fastest and easiest to setup and get running of all the DAQ settings I have used. July 1, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Very good device with great support I originally bought a different product from MCC that was not compatible with the DAQAmi software due to my own error. Upon this realization, I contacted MCC to see how large of a restocking fee I would have to pay to get the device I really intended to. $0 - zip - nada. Both technical support and customer service were excellent and I got the correct device, in this case a USB-1208FS-Plus that I could use with the DAQAmi software in just a few days. This particular product is on the low end of the line as far as features and price, but is way more than enough for the project I am using it with. I also own a USB 1608 card for other higher resolution tasks and have been very happy with it as well, but for the price, it was worth buying the 1208FS-Plus so I wouldn't have to constantly switch out wiring. So far it has performed very well for measurement task for both float and pressure readings, as well as digital readings (using the analog inputs due to a limitation in DAQAmi). I hope that someday DAQAmi supports more cards and digital inputs as well, but for now, I'm getting all the data I need with very little issue at all. Price vs. function is great! June 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Very reliable solution I have used this product for the last 7 years and put it in most of my designs. I find it to be reliable and it offers a lot of "bang" for the buck. It is easy to install and just as easy to put into an automaton routine. March 25, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by An excellent DAQ board with infinite possibilities... My name's Mandy Concepcion, pres. & senior developer at Automotive Diagnostics & Publishing. After doing extensive development on the 1208FS-Plus board from MCC, here are my thoughts. There are 3 main components to the 1208FS-Plus board and all other MCC boards, the Universal Library, the cb.cfg file and Instacal. The UL are the DLL calls made in code to control any MCC board. It is universal to all MCC boards and "Extremely Easy to Use" (my words). Instacal is is a small program the makes a configuration file cb.cfg for the 1208FS-Plus os any other MCC board. You then include the cb.cfg file on your software deployment. The 1208FS-Driver is Rock-Solid and in extensive testing hasn't crashed yet. But, above all, since the UL is the same for all MCC boards, the speed of development and ease of use is superb and fast. There's little learning curve for anyone developing with the UL from MCC. The only thing that changes between boards are the IO Port calls for example, as in the 1208FS-Plus has 16 IO and another board may have 8. Other than that, if you develop for one board it the same as for another. If you're interested in deploying your software, then the cb.cfg file can be easily configured for multiple different boards on the same PC/Laptop. Also, if you're interested in deploying your software, MCC makes it easy to sanitize the driver installation so that it's silent and Logoless. In resume, the USB1208FS-Plus board and software platform is very easy to use and rock solid. PS. Tech-Support is also unlike most other companies. They answer the phone, the engineers are sharp and the service is on target. So expect a solid response from MCC. March 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Absolutely excellent technical support I purchased a 100 Lb load cell and a usb 1208LS daq for a stress strain rubber tester I was building. The load cell and the daq worked well but as I was using an led/phototransister counting holes in a take up reel for the length measurement, the 1208 LS did not work. Consulting with the tech support I realised that I needed the 1208 FS which had a clock input to work. I returned the 1208 LS for a full refund (including shipping) and recieved the 1208 FS which is working perfectly. February 4, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by The product is very useful, but can be better. The biggest problem for us is that there is no way to start and stop logging with this product using some triggering like from one of the analog signal when it is above threshold to start logging and when this analog signal is below threshold to stop recording. That's why the size of the files and the amount of the recorded files can take several GB memory during about 1 month monitoring of our equipment while the equipment is runing about 20% of the time. The currently possible triggering in s/w can just start the recording, but unable ever to stop it. Thanks. February 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great product, adds lots of flexibility, integrates easily We added this unit to our automated measurement products to allow users to add their own sensing devices to our system with out having to make any software changes. Our system supports input from any of the devices inputs and records it along with measurements from our system. All information is automatically logged together in a single file. Customers love the flexibility. It was straight forward for our software team to integrate support for this device and it saved us from having to add support for an unpredictable number of sensors. August 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Very easy to use, great support, low cost I have been very pleased with our use of the USB-1208FS-Plus. It has just the functionality we need at a very reasonable cost. Documentation is very good - lots of good examples. Telephone tech support was fantastic. I will definitely consider MCC for future DAQ needs. August 29, 2013
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i need some thing to read current directly so I can see current results on my pc. I was wondering if this converter does that or not. thanks for your help in advance.
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The USB-1208FS-PLUS can read and control only voltages directly. To read current with an analog input, the user must provide their own external shunt resistor.
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An analog output is a voltage. To measure the current that this voltage is sourcing, you would need to add a current to voltage transducer (perhaps as simple as a resistor inline with the load, though I prefer an IC like the Touchstone Semiconductor TS1100 sensor) then connect this transducer output to one of the analog inputs. You will have to scale the measured voltage to provide the correct current reading. You have to realize that the analog output from the USB-1208 has a limited current range. To drive large loads, you will need additional external circuitry.
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To read current you need to pass "Current" through something, like a resistor. Then all you do is read the voltage drop across the resistor and done.
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This is a device which reads voltage, but don't worry, you might be $0.20 away from a solution. Since V=IR and you have an I, all you need to do is add a known R and you'll measure a proportional V. You've got a few things to watch out for, but nothing too big, assuming you're trying to measure low current.

Assuming you are trying to measure a 4-20ma signal (very common for process current and you wanted to convert that to a voltage that was compatible with the input of up to 10V, you would simply put a 500 ohm resistor in series with your signal and attach the leads to the device parallel to the resistor. 500ohm is chosen because 20ma*500ohm is 10V, which is the maximum input for the device. Your minimum would be 2V, since 4ma * 500 ohm = 2V, but you can scale the value to the desired units with no problem.

Having said that, if you are trying to measure higher currents #call it 0.5 amps or more) then you have to size both the resistance and the power dissipation of the resistor carefully. P=I^2*R, so if you wanted to measure 2 amps for example scaled to the10V maximum input, you'd need a 5 ohm resistor. Now, calculate the power as 2^2 *5 and you get 20W of dissipation. . . not a small number for typical resistors. Less than 0.5 amps is 5W or less and those resistors are relatively easy to obtain through various local sources. If you start getting to big numbers, though, consider a different method for converting current to voltage.

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The USB-1208FS-Plus supports 8 different software selectable analog input ranges. Accuracy is calculated based on the range so each range has a different accuracy specification based on this criteria. Below is a link to a datasheet that lists the “Absolute Accuracy” for each range (the information you're looking for is on page 5).
http://www.mccdaq.com/PDFs/specs/USB-1208FS-LS-1408FS-Series-data.pdf
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I am using the differtential input with 4096 bits. As I am using only 0 to 5 volts input that reduces it to 2048 bits. So I guess the resolution is 1/2048.
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I've tested it extensively and it matches my Fluke and other meters to within x.xx value or one hundredths of a volt. I have not tested it for a higher accuracy so I don't know from there.
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Acoording to my job scope,I will need a lot of Digital I/O,but this device is providing me with only 16 DIO. Can I extend more ?What is the maximum number of Digital I/O I can get?
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Hello Shane, Thank you for your inquiry. Yes, you can extend your digital I/O count. By simply adding additional USB supported products you can extend your analog and digital capacity. Currently the highest count for a MCC USB digital I/O product is 96 bits (the USB-DIO96H).
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Summary
The USB-1208FS-Plus offers four differential (DIFF) or eight single-ended (SE) analog inputs, two 12-bit analog output channels, 16 DIO channels, and one event counter.

Everything you need to begin acquiring, viewing, and storing data is included, plus comprehensive software support.

Analog Input: The USB-1208FS-Plus provides eight 11-bit SE analog inputs or four 12-bit DIFF analog inputs. The device offers software-selectable analog input ranges from ±1 V to ±20 V in a DIFF configuration, and ±10 V in a SE configuration.

Sampling Rate: When scanning continuously to computer memory (hardware-paced mode), the device has a 50 kS/s maximum sampling rate.

Channel-Gain Queue: The channel-gain queue feature lets you configure a list of channels and gains for each scan. Each channel can have a different gain setting. The gain settings are stored in a channel-gain queue list that is written to local memory on the device.

The USB-1208FS-Plus channel-gain queue list can contain up to eight unique channels in SE mode and up to four unique channels in DIFF mode. The channels can be non-consecutive, but must be listed in increasing order.

Analog Output: The USB-1208FS-Plus offers two 12-bit analog outputs with a range of 0 V to 5 V.

The maximum update rate for the analog outputs depends on several factors, including the speed of your USB port.

When updating continuously from computer memory (hardware-paced mode), the analog output updates at a maximum rate of 50 kS/s per channel.

Digital I/O: The USB-1208FS-Plus provides 16 TTL-level digital I/O lines. Digital I/O can be programmed in 8-bit ports for either input or output.

Pull-Up/Pull-Down Configuration: The USB-1208FS-Plus has a user-configurable internal jumper to configure the digital bits for pull-up (default) or pull-down.

Counter Input: The device supports one 32-bit TTL-level counter that accepts frequency inputs up to 1 MHz.

External Clock: The USB-1208FS-Plus has a bidirectional external clock terminal. When configured for input, A/D conversions can be paced by an external source. The device supports 50 kHz maximum TTL-level input signals. When configured for output, the device paces A/D conversions on a second device.

Analog Input
Number of Channels: 8 SE/ 4 DI
Range, Bipolar: -20 to 20V, -10 to 10, -5 to 5, -4 to 4V, -2.5 to 2.5, -2 to 2, -1.25 to 1.25, -1 to 1
Resolution: 12 bit
Sample Rate: 50 kS/s
Analog Output
Resolution: 12 bit
Number of Channels: 2
Range, Unipolar: 0 to 5V
Digital I/O
Number of Channels: 16
Counter Timer
Counter Inputs: 1
Counter Resolution: 32 bit
Measurement Type
Measurement Type: Voltage Output , Counter , Digital I/O , Multifunction
Interface List
Interface: USB
Included Software
TracerDAQ® TracerDAQ® is an out-of-the-box application that allows data to be generated, acquired, analyzed, displayed and exported within seconds of installing Measurement Computing data acquisition hardware. TracerDAQ offers four different data acquisition applications; a Strip Chart, an Oscilloscope, a Function Generator and a Rate Generator, all of which are accessed via a common, easy-to-use menu page.
InstaCal InstaCal installation, configuration, and test software in one package simplifies these important steps as you turn your PC into a measurement system. Installation detects new hardware and configures your computer and DAQ device. Test routines verify that all the board's features are operating, and will speed you to a quick resolution.
Universal Library Universal Library programming libraries for Windows® Visual Studio® programming languages, and others. A complete function library to simplify the configuration and operation of your measurement board. A single, universal set of functions operates all our products so you only have to learn to use our library once.

ULx for NI LabVIEW™ ULx for NI LabVIEW™ Advanced Driver for use with NI LabVIEW™ 8.5 – 2014. Allows quick development of instrumentation, acquisition, and control applications with Measurement Computing hardware devices
Universal Library for Android Universal Library for Android Software API used to communicate with supported Measurement Computing DAQ devices over the Android™ 3.1 platform (API level 12) and later. The UL for Android includes example projects and detailed documentation to help users develop, install, and run apps on Android-based devices.

DAQFlex DAQFlex is a well-defined protocol that permits the programming of DAQ devices using a simple message-based interface. The DAQFlex protocol greatly simplifies driver and application development, because all DAQ operations are programmed through a common command interface, which is composed of a consistent, extensible firmware interface and an open-source, cross-platform API. DAQFlex is compatible with Windows®, Linux®, and Mac® OS’s and can be used with Android™-based tablets.
Optional Software
DAQami™ DAQami™ gives users an easy-to-use drag-and-drop interface that makes acquiring, viewing, and logging data a quick and simple task. Users simply select a supported device, configure device channels and other analog input options, and then select one or more displays to plot the data. When a DAQami acquisition is run, the program acquires and logs data from the selected channels, and plots the data on the displays for viewing.
DASYLab® Software DASYLab® Software lets you interactively develop PC-based data acquisition applications by simply attaching functional icons. DASYLab offers real-time analysis, control, and the ability to create custom graphical user interfaces (GUIs). What’s more, in contrast to other graphical programming environments, which can require weeks of training to master, DASYLab has a very short user-learning curve. Many applications can be configured in a few minutes, rather than days or weeks.

Linux® Support for MCC DAQ Products Linux® Support for MCC DAQ Products is available in two different ways. MCC provides direct Linux support for our DAQFlex data acquistion products. DAQFlex products support message-based programming for both Windows and Linux. Many MCC products are also supported under third-party Linux drivers. These professional drivers provide support for many MCC products including most USB and PCI hardware.
MATLAB® Support for MCC Products MATLAB® Support for MCC Products – MATLAB® is a software environment for data acquisition, data analysis, and application development. MATLAB supports MCC hardware by using the MATLAB® Data Acquisition Toolbox™. MATLAB supports the data acquisition and analysis process along with interfacing with data acquisition devices and instruments, analyzing and visualizing the data. It also produces presentation-quality reports to share results with others.
TracerDAQ® Pro TracerDAQ® Pro provides four virtual instrument applications used to graphically display and store input data – and generate output signals – within minutes of installing Measurement Computing data acquisition hardware. The applications allow the user to customize appearance, store configurations for future use, save data to a file for export and – with the use of interactive hotspots – change settings while the application is running.