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USB-1208LS

$129.00

12-Bit, 1.2 kS/s, Multifunction USB Data Acquisition Device

4.4 ratings  4.4   (25 customer reviews) | Write a Review
Product Q&A     3 Questions | 5 Answers     Read all Q&A
Key Highlights
For increased sample rate, consider the USB-1208FS-Plus.

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8 single-ended or 4 differential analog inputs

11-bit SE, 12-bit DIFF resolution

16 digital I/O

One 32-bit external event counter

External trigger input

Two 10-bit analog outputs

View the complete USB-1208FS/LS/1408FS Series

Also available as a Bluetooth™ Device

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

Comprehensive drivers for DASYLab® and NI LabVIEW™

Supported by MATLAB® Data Acquisition Toolbox™

InstaCal software utility for installation, calibration, and testing

Supported Operating Systems: Windows® 8/7/Vista®/XP SP2, 32-bit or 64-bit

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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
Other Options
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
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$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
ratings  (3 reviews)
$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
ratings  (2 reviews)
$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
ratings  (17 reviews)
$399.00 Add to cart
Software
DAQami™ Easy-to-use advanced data logging application to acquire, view, and log data - Download only
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$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
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$1,299.00 Add to cart
DASYLab® FULL DASYLab Full includes all drivers, all standard modules, 200 Layout Windows, and Control Sequencer
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$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)
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$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)
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$449.00 Add to cart
DASYLab® UPD Basic DASYLab upgrade to the latest Basic license
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$259.00 Add to cart
DASYLab® UPD Full DASYLab upgrade to the latest Full license
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$359.00 Add to cart
DASYLab® UPD Lite DASYLab upgrade to the latest Lite license
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$99.00 Add to cart
DASYLab® UPD Pro DASYLab upgrade to the latest Pro license
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$499.00 Add to cart
DASYLab® UPD RT DASYLab upgrade to the latest Runtime license
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TracerDAQ® Pro Out-of-the-box virtual instrument suite with strip chart, oscilloscope, function generator, and rate generator – professional version
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$199.00 Add to cart

Product Reviews

4.4 / 5

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88% of reviewers recommend this product.

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3/5 March 14, 2015
little difference from an arduino uno

Slightly better bit depth (11 vs 10) and greater AI/O range (+-10V vs 5V) than a uno but at 10x the cost. In fact for applications requiring <5V arduino's are superior.

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3/5 February 11, 2015
Difficult to set up, but product works well

This was very difficult to set up to measure pressures from a transducer. Once I figured out the set-up, The product worked great.

Job Title: Assistant Production Control Manager
Industry: Truck body manufacturer
Application: Refrigeration
Yes, I recommend this product

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Software Used: TracerDAQ
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5/5 January 12, 2015
This product has excellent value for the price

Inserting this unit in my Visual basic project was a snap. In one low cost unit I am able to monitor all my critical system voltages as well as reading the digital signals from the system. And it is compact!

Job Title: system engineer/Scientist
Industry: Polymer Chemistry
Application: On-Line polyolefin quality conytrol
Yes, I recommend this product

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From: Boston, MA
Company Size: 1-100
Software Used: C++/C#/VB
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3/5 August 12, 2014
Unclear input filtering, if any

We put this into a setup with 4 differential inputs with content up to ~ 10 MHz and got rather large noisy signals compared to the 1608FS ($399) we are also using. We were hoping to measure just the DC average value of these signals, basically. This is pretty naive, but, since we learned something, figured I would post. To reduce complexity, we pulled the card out and connected up 3 channels directly to a function generator running a 2Vpk-pk sine wave. The fourth went to a power supply (impedance unknown, presumably low). With 1 MHz input waveforms there is considerable noise on the the signals suggesting a lack of filtering. I realize this is a very slow sampling card, but just want to caution users that there is certainly no brick wall filter and maybe no filter at all to stop you from shooting yourself in the foot. We did not see crosstalk to the input connected to the power supply, but we were not looking down in the mud. A better description of the input impedance and crosstalk specs would be a nice add to the datasheet.

Job Title: Principal Reliability Engineer
Industry: Displays
Application: Lab setup
Response from MCC
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August 12, 2014
It is correct that the USB-1208LS does not have input filter(s). However, we do spec the input impedance (122 kOhm). The USB-1208LS is a legacy product, so I would recommend you look at the following newer models where we do spec the input bandwidth: USB-1208HS series, USB-1608G series, USB-200 series, & USB-230 series.
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From: MA
Company Size: 101-500
Software Used: NI LabVIEW
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5/5 February 25, 2014
Simple, straightforward, easy to use

Works great in our HPLC setup, right out of the box

Job Title: Senior Engineer


Yes, I recommend this product

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4/5 February 12, 2014
Easy to control and use with VB6

We use the device to control relays for our functional testing. The device is simple and easy to install and use.

Job Title: Electronic Technician
Industry: Security
Application: Functional Test Fixtures
Yes, I recommend this product

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From: Springfield, MO, USA
Company Size: 101-500
Software Used: Visual Basic
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5/5 January 12, 2014
Great little device. I use it everyday.

Great device. This is the first device I purchased along with Dasylab 12.0. It was easy to setup and use. I have yet to see the limits of its capabilities. I have since then purchased three other modules. Great value.

Job Title: Aircraft Technician
Industry: Aerospace
Application: component testing.
Yes, I recommend this product

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From: miami, florida
Company Size: 1-100
Software Used: DASYLab
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4/5 August 28, 2013
Easy to install, use and understand

We have been using this device to measure, collect, record and reproduce the data generated in our R&D lab with great success. But as we needed to use hardware trigger to record the data, we had to get TracerDAQ Pro software to serve our purpose. It is easy to configure, has ample sampling frequency and resolution to serve our purpose. Having multiple channels is quite helpful to us. I wish to use its other capabilities soon.

Job Title: R&D Engineer
Industry: Medical Devices
Application: Replacement of mechanical strip chart recorders
Yes, I recommend this product

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From: Southington, CT, USA
Company Size: 101-500
Software Used: Other
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4/5 August 27, 2013
Awesome value

We have used many MC devices as well as much higher prices competitors and for what we do there is doubt the MC beats out the competition. Why spend so much money then a whole lot more on software when you can use this?

Job Title: Electronics Shop Supervisor
Industry: Education
Application: Mostly custom DAQ applications
Yes, I recommend this product

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From: Ottawa, ON, Canada
Company Size: 1001-5001
Software Used: NI LabVIEW
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5/5 August 27, 2013
quick and easy, works great

Have three of these kicking around- two in constant use plotting signal strength with the free TracerDAQ software and one as a troubleshooting tool. Software is pretty basic but does the job. Installation for all was quick and easy, and we had them up and running in a very short time. Third system is used for troubleshooting- monitor a bunch of signals using a small .net application. Pretty basic but very useful.

Job Title: Manager, R&D
Industry: IP
Application: lab use
Yes, I recommend this product

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Product Q & A




What is the mtbf for this part?

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Industry: Simulation


20 months ago

Larry Tampa, FL, USA


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Hello Larry - MCC does not have MTBF data, nor do we calculate that in-house. We could quote you a fee for outside calculation if you're interested (please contact our Sales department).

20 months ago

MeasurementComputing

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Multifunction - at the same time?

It seems that you can't have a background analog input operation going on and still use the analog output or digital channels. I really didn't expect this. What do we look for in the specs to avoid this in the future?



23 months ago

Mande


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Hello Mande - For customers wishing to do concurrent operations, we are recommending the USB-1208FS-PLUS or the USB-200 series. Here is a comparison table of the features supported in each family: http://www.mccdaq.com/products/1208FS-1408FS-1608FS-Comparison.aspx Here is a knowledge base article that provides further details on the USB-1208LS and concurrent operations: http://kb.mccdaq.com/KnowledgebaseArticle50335.aspx Please feel free to contact us if you need any further information.

12 months ago

MeasurementComputing

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Multiplexing

21 months ago

ElectroMike

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How much often the device needs to be calibrated ? Is need before first use or after some time ?

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Industry: Electronic
Application: production test


24 months ago

ftoffolon Italy


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Before 1st use but doesn't hurt to run a calibration to ensure proper operation.

21 months ago

ElectroMike

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The accuracy specs are warranted at 25 deg C for 1 year from original ship date. The self-calibration in the field does not need to be run to meet the 1 year accuracy specs, unless field conditions are fairly different than 25 deg C.

24 months ago

MeasurementComputing

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Summary
The bus-powered USB-1208LS from Measurement Computing adds a low-cost analog and digital I/O interface to any USB port. Providing eight single-ended or four differential analog inputs with 12-bit resolution, the USB-1208LS offers sample rates up to 1.2 kilosamples/sec (8 kS/s for up to 4000 samples).

The USB-1208LS also offers eight software selectable input ranges, making it ideally suited for a wide assortment of measurements. In addition to the analog inputs, the unit provides two 10-bit analog outputs, one 32-bit counter, and 16 digital I/O lines.

The USB-1208LS is reliable and rugged enough for any DAQ application. If it weren’t, it wouldn’t come with an industry-best limited lifetime warranty and Harsh Environment Program.

The combination of the USB-1208LS and Measurement Computing’s DAQ software suite gives you a complete data acquisition solution that will have you taking measurements in minutes. The device is fully USB plug and play and easy to use. It is powered from the USB port, so no external power connection is ever required.

Analog Input
Number of Channels: 8 SE/ 4 DI
Gain: 1 , 2 , 4 , 5 , 8 , 10 , 16 , 20
Range, Bipolar: -10 to 20V, -10 to 10
Resolution: 12 bit
Sample Rate: 1.2 kS/s
Analog Output
Resolution: 10
Update Rate: 100 S/s
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: Digital I/O , Multifunction , Voltage
Interface List
Interface: USB
Included Software
TracerDAQ&reg; 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&trade; ULx for NI LabVIEW™ Advanced Driver for use with NI LabVIEW™ 2010-2014. Allows quick development of instrumentation, acquisition, and control applications with Measurement Computing hardware devices
Optional Software
DAQami&trade; 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&reg; 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&reg; Support for MCC DAQ Products Linux® Support for MCC DAQ Products Many MCC products are supported under open-source Linux drivers. MCC works closely with the developer to provide professional driver support for many devices including most USB and PCI hardware.
MATLAB&reg; 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&reg; 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.