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16-Bit, 200 kS/s, Multifunction DAQ Device with 8 SE Simultaneous Analog Inputs

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For increased sample rate at the same price, consider the USB-1608FS-Plus or USB-1608G Series. Compare the USB-1608FS Series with the USB-1608G Series.

16-bit resolution

External digital trigger input

8 single-ended analog input channels

Up to 200 kS/s overall throughput (max 50 kS/s for any channel)

8 digital I/O

One 32-bit event counter

Simultaneous sampling (1 A/D converter per input)


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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Prices shown are in U.S. dollars for orders placed within the U.S. For international orders, please contact one of our distributors in your area.
USB-1608FS USB-based multifunction DAQ device with 8 SE simultaneous analog inputs, 16-bit resolution, 200 kS/s sampling, and 8 digital I/O
$399.00 Add to cart
Other Options
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
USB-1608G USB-based 16-channel, 250 kS/s data acquisition device with eight digital I/O, two 32-bit counter inputs, and one timer output
$399.00 Add to cart
USB-1608GX-2AO USB-based 16-channel, 500 kS/s continuous sampling data acquisition device with two analog outputs, eight digital I/O, two 32-bit counter inputs, and one timer output
$799.00 Add to cart
USB-1608GX USB-based 16-channel, 500 kS/s continuous sampling data acquisition device with eight digital I/O, two 32-bit counter inputs, and one timer output
$599.00 Add to cart
USB-1616FS USB-based analog and digital I/O device with 16 simultaneous sampling, 16-bit analog inputs, a counter, and 8 digital I/O lines
$969.00 Add to cart
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 out of 5 by 4 reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Good device Very good device - I'm using it with LabView - data acquisition is very simple. Specs are average but for many applications device is quite good. It's a pity that analog inputs doesn't have BNC connectors... February 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great specs, low-noise, works as advertised I used the USB-1608FS as a wide-range load cell digitizer where the 16 bit dynamic range and noise specs were critical. Including the sensor my preamp and my anti-alias active filter I achieved at least 14 bits of noise-free data. The data sheet spec is 14.5 bits so the spec is accurate (or even conservative) I was able to resolve the weight of a 25 cent piece with a 250lb.full scale range for the load cell (+-10V range on the A/D). Another review complained about sensitivity to "external noise". That was not my experience with this module. I assume the problem was noise on the applied signal and possibly cabling problems / high source resistance causing pickup into the high input impedance (100 Megohms) of this module. Even on the +-10V input range of this module 1 LSB is 0.3mV so you need to be careful with noise on your signal, noise pickup on your cabling and probably use an anti-aliasing filter if you need 14 bit noise-free results. If you just need 12 bits of noise free data you can be more casual. I was very satisfied with this module. August 1, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Very Good low-cost general purpose multifunction I/O card I use this product for a lot of portable applications where I can temporarily connect and A/D and do tests. The only downside so far is that it will disconnect if used with a USB hub. This is a real problem in permanent installations when you have the unit randomly disconnecting and then you have to run InstaCal to reset the configuration. March 26, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Good but noisy Pros, Easy to set up and use. No need to external power source. Cons, The user manual can be a bit more detailed. Very sensitive to external noise March 26, 2013
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After you install the Universal Library from the MCCDAQ CD, example folders will be created on your hard drive. The help file is named ULHELP.CHM, and is located here: “C:\Program Files\Measurement Computing\DAQ” Assuming you are using VB2005 or newer, and assuming your O/S is newer than XP, the folder will be located here:
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The bus-powered USB-1608FS from Measurement Computing adds a low-cost, 8-channel, 16-bit analog interface to any USB port. The USB-1608FS provides one A/D converter per channel, allowing simultaneous sampling over all 8 inputs.

The USB-1608FS offers continuous single-channel sample rates up to 50 kS/s, and multiple-channel continuous sampling rates up to 100 kS/s total. A burst mode is also provided which allows an overall throughput of 200 kS/s for up to 32K total samples. Input ranges of ±10 V, ±5 V, ±2 V and ±1 V are software selectable, and each channel may be set at any of the four ranges, independent of other channels.

The combination of the USB-1608FS 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
Range, Bipolar: -10 to 10, -5 to 5, -2 to 2, -1 to 1
Resolution: 16 bit
Sample Rate: 200 kS/s
Digital I/O
Number of Channels: 8
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® 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
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.