USB-1608G

 

16-Bit, 250 kS/s, Multifunction USB Data Acquisition Device

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

The USB-1608G high-speed multifunction USB data acquisition (DAQ) device is ideal for low to medium channel count applications, and provides analog, digital, and counter/timer functions. OEM versions are available for embedded applications.

ANALOG Input
Channels Resolution Max Sample Rate
16 SE/8 DIFF 16-bit 250 kS/s
Sampling Ranges Isolation
Multiplexed ±10 V, ±5 V, ±2 V, ±1 V
ANALOG Output
Channels Resolution Speed
Digital I/O
Channels Counter/Timers Encoder
8 2/1
Software Power
OS Support Drivers Power
Windows®, Android™, and Linux® Universal Library™ SW Suite Bus powered

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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 $420.00
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USB-1608G
May 01, 2017
Nice feature with affordable price

This product has good PC integration and more accuracy rate. Perfect for my R&D work

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  • Industry: High voltage engineering testing
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USB-1608G
April 17, 2017
This product's documentation and quality is excellent.

I am very happy with my purchase of the USB-1608G DAQ. It was my first time purchasing a DAQ, and the documentation was very helpful. It was very easy to use with LabVIEW, and the ULx VI software is very good. I will recommend this product and this company in the future.

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USB-1608G
February 20, 2017
Good

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USB-1608G
February 14, 2017
Good device

I initially had some difficulties with the 1608G but I believe these were due to grounding issues. Once set up properly it has worked very well and is stable over temperature compared to previous USB products. Programming (VB6) has followed previous device code so it was easy to upgrade.

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USB-1608G
April 28, 2016
Surprisingly good and very cost effective

I work for a test and measurement company but when I needed a digitizer quickly I looked online and quickly homed in on Measurement Computing's products. I expected it to arrive and be a hassle to setup and use effectively. The opposite was true.

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USB-1608G
January 04, 2016
Great product for great price

This DAQ device is easy to plug-n-play and begin acquiring accurate data with your application. It is inexpensive and very useful. We built a little protective box for ours as the application does not very much.

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USB-1608G
September 16, 2015
Highly versatile

We had an application that needed 16 fast/high resolution 16 bit analog inputs along with some analog outputs and some unique timing requirements. What I found especially interesting are the 2 PWM outputs which are extremely versatile. The PWN output was programmable across the required frequency range and allows user programmable duty cycle. We used the second timer output as the A/D trigger signal (external). These counters even allow one to specify an exact number of pulses to generate or "free running".

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USB-1608G
August 24, 2015
Parts order for the lab

it was a great experience to buy from Measurement Computing we order parts for our lab here in South Florida. Thanks, Jeff

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USB-1608G
June 22, 2015
Easy transition from PCI to USB

Your USB-1608G has made it easy for our company to progress to USB A/D transition. We are now actively supplying your USB A/D as part of the Ariel Performance Analysis System. Thank you for your continued support. Sincerely,

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USB-1608G
February 16, 2015
I was an exception replacement for an older unit.

I purchased this items as a replacement for a USB-1608fs. The program that I had setup for use with the older unit needed very few changes to work with the USB-1608G and I was back to testing in a few minutes. The differential inputs is a very useful upgrade that will allow more flexibility in testing. The analog output will allow for better simulations while developing new test equipment.

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I got a USB-1608G from a coworker, but there is no enclosure. Can these be purchased separately?

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  • Industry: Acoustics
  • Application: Acoustic calibration sampling
1 months ago
Con1234 Boston, MA


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We offer two versions of the USB-1608G Series products. The USB-1608G (w/enclosure and screw terminals) and the USB-1608G-OEM (no enclosure and headers). Unfortunately, there is no enclosure available for the -OEM version since the enclosure used on the USB-1608G version would not give access to the headers to allow for signal connections.

1 months ago
Measurement Computing

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Dear Sir, I tried to generate installer for my labview program based on NI recommendation which can be found @ http://kb.mccdaq.com/KnowledgebaseArticle50609.aspx when I try to install in a PC which does not have both labview and Instacal, the program start well, but not find USB-1608G hardware. even it does not power up the DAQ. What can I do? Regards,

  • Job Title: Electrical Engineeer
  • Industry: Technology
  • Application: Electric Meter
10 months ago
AI AA


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In that FAQ, the created application installer is asked to install our InstaCal driver set. But the end-user must still manually run InstaCal (the user must launch inscal32.exe) so that the USB-1608G hardware is assigned a board number (usually board # 0). If the user cannot locate the file named inscal32.exe, then the InstaCal driver set was not installed properly by your installer.

10 months ago
Measurement Computing

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When I open and close the labview project I get "Dependency loaded from new path & .NET assembly changed" warnings. I can not generat .exe and installer for the project.

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  • Industry: Technology
  • Application: Electric Meter
10 months ago
AI AA


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These warnings are because we saved/distribute our VIs in an older version of LabVIEW than you are developing in. Simply re-save the VIs, and then the next time you open your project, you will not get these warnings.

10 months ago
Measurement Computing

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How is the analog ground/analog inputs isolated from the digital ground (and USB shield)? Are they shorted or is there a true isolation between them?

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10 months ago
eebike


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The USB-1608G series provides no ground isolation. The analog and digital circuits each have their own ground planes. This helps with noise reduction in the circuits. However, they eventually come to a single point connection under the ADC. Measurement Computing does offer DAQ products with isolation. Please contact us at 1-800-234-4232 Ext-3 to discuss the options.

10 months ago
Measurement Computing

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Dear Sir, How can I use DAQ Assistant for USB-1608G. Where can I find it? Regards,

  • Job Title: Electrical Engineer
  • Industry: Technologies
  • Application: Electric Meter
10 months ago
AI AA


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Unfortunately, DAQ Assistant will only work with National Instrument’s LabVIEW and NI DAQ products. For help with programming your LabVIEW application using our ULx drivers for LabVIEW, please refer to our KnowledgeBase article “Getting Started with LabVIEW and ULx” here: http://kb.mccdaq.com/Search.aspx?Keywords=Getting%20started%20with%20LabVIEW.

10 months ago
Measurement Computing

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Hi, I'd like to know how one can realize a burst measurement of n<16 channels with Labview and ULx. The ULx help doesn't even mention the burst mode which was proclaimed in the datasheet.

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14 months ago
drr


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Burstmode is not a setting/choice that is supported by ULx. However, specific to the USB-1608G series, note that when external clock mode is used, it mimic burstmode (i.e. all enabled channels are sampled once per clock pulse). So, if you want to use the on-board (internal clock), then the workaround is to instead wire the timer output of the unit over to its external clock input, specify external clock for the AI, and then start the timer output (using ULx’s counter output VIs) at the desired sample rate.

14 months ago
Measurement Computing

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The Retrigger Mode distinguishes the USB-1608G from similar devices e.g. USB-1608FS-Plus. The datasheet of USB-1608G says the Trigger Input is digital but below it states that the Retrigger Mode is sensitive to analog trigger events. Does that mean I can connect an analog trigger source to the TRIG input and set the sampling time via the trigger count such, that each time the a rising edge is detected at the TRIG input, the measurement is done?

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  • Application: Triggered Sampling
15 months ago
joe546 Bavaria


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The trigger on the USB-1608G series accepts only TTL level, digital input (0 to 5 volt logic). The portion of the data sheet that I believe you are referring to describing the “Retrigger” feature… “In retrigger mode, you can set up repetitive analog input trigger events” is referring to the digital trigger event starting your “Analog Input Scan” so as to capture an analog event, triggered by the TRIG input. Unfortunately, you cannot connect an analog trigger signal. However, the “Retrigger” feature will work the way you have described below in that the trigger will rearm itself and wait for the next DIGITAL trigger event to occur to start another acquisition. Excerpt from the ULHELP: Retriggering Use RETRIGMODE with AInScan() to set up repetitive trigger events. Use the ConfigItem option BIADTRIGCOUNT with cbSetConfig() to set the A/D trigger count. When using RETRIGMODE, set the values for the Count argument (cbAInScan()/AInScan()) and the BIADTRIGCOUNT argument (cbSetConfig()/SetAdRetrigCount()) to an integer multiple of the number of channels in the scan. That way, the entire buffer, or the portion of the buffer defined by BIADTRIGCOUNT, will contain updated data.

15 months ago
Measurement Computing

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18 months ago
bduman


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The USB-1608G is not directly compatible with 4-20 mA signals. It lacks the necessary signal conditioning. However, with the use of a low cost, precision 249 ohm resistor placed across the USB-1608G’s +-5 volt differential inputs you can easily create a current shunt which will produce a 1-5 volt drop across the shunt. With 1 volt equal to 4 mA and 5 volts equal to 20 mA.

18 months ago
Measurement Computing

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19 months ago
lightyear66 Folsom, CA


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The USB-1608G is a multiplexed DAQ device using a single A/D converter. If you need a simultaneous DAQ device, please take a moment to review the following products: USB-1608FS-Plus, USB-1608HS, USB-1602HS, or the USB-1604HS DAQ device.

19 months ago
Measurement Computing

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I have USB-1608GX-2AO DAQ device which I am using with Datawave (Dwavetech.com) Experimenter Workbench. I want to use the Digital I/O to output TTL- like pulses to an Arduino board . When I use the Experimenter Workbench object for digital output to speci

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  • Application: Electrophysiology/Optogenetics
35 months ago
smilway Memorial University of Newfoundland


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You can test the digital output function by running the InstaCal Analog Loopback test. Close your 3rd party program before launching InstaCal – then you choose which digital output bit for it to toggle, and you wire (loopback) it to an analog input channel. You should see a square wave on the screen. The amplitude of the digital output is not adjustable. If the digital output toggles properly in InstaCal, then the issue is with your 3rd party program.

35 months ago
MeasurementComputing

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35 months ago
EEwannabe Calif


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Hello - I believe you are referring to NI’s SignalExpress. MCC’s ULX driver is not compatible with SignalExpress. ULx is compatible with the traditional LabVIEW graphical programming environment.

35 months ago
MeasurementComputing

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I need to measure an analog signal between 5 and 6 volts that needs to be accurate to 0.001 volt. Can the 1608G do this?

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37 months ago
Rhan Massachusetts, USA


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Hello - The USB-1608G will not meet your accuracy requirement of 0.001 volts. The stated accuracy for the +- 10 volt input range is 4075 uV (4.075 mV) and for the +- 5 volt input range is 2266 uV (2.266 mV). To attain a 0.001 volt accuracy you would have to use one of our 24 bit DAQ devices. Like the USB-2404-10. http://www.mccdaq.com/products/product-listing.aspx?oid=1596&r=24 but please do not confuse accuracy with resolution. If you need 0.001 volts of resolution then the USB-1608G will work just fine. Your resolution for the +- 10 volt range would be 0.000305 volts/LSB. I have added a link below to a Knowledge-Base whitepaper on accuracy and resolution. Please do not hesitate to contact MCC with any additional questions. http://kb.mccdaq.com/KnowledgebaseArticle50043.aspx?Keywords=Accuracy

37 months ago
MeasurementComputing

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  • Application: Acquiring temperature data for electrolyzer project
50 months ago
Xamoso Spain


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No. The thermocouple generates a tiny voltage, and even with a 24 bit DAQ there is not enough voltage range on the thermocouple to measure it directly with the USB-1608G. Alternatives are to make a thermocouple pre-amplifier to boost the voltage up to a level where it can be directly read by the DAQ. Also DAQs that do measure thermocouples have internal pre-amplifiers, like the USB-2408 Series DAQ. The DAQs that do measure thermocouples also have an internal reference thermocouple.

43 months ago
zmonkey

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You should get a USB-TC or USB-TEMP for that. They are designed for reading thermocouples, and give temperature directly. Unlike the USB-1608g they compensate for the temperature-dependent voltage drop due to the mismatch between the terminal on the DAQ and the thermocouple wire.

49 months ago
Noxsc

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The USB-1608G was not designed to read thermocouples directly. It lacks 3 things needed: very high gain/amplification, cold junction compensation circuitry, and low pass filtering. Instead choose a product designed with thermocouples in mind, such as the USB-TC or USB-2408.

50 months ago
MeasurementComputing

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Included Software


  • TracerDAQ® for acquiring and displaying data and generating signals
  • InstaCalTM software utility for installing, configuration, and testing
  • Universal Library includes support for Visual Studio® and Visual Studio®.NET, including examples for Visual C++®, Visual C#®, and Visual Basic®.NET
  • ULx for NI LabVIEWTM Library of VIs and example programs to speed your NI LabVIEW development
  • Universal Library for Android® includes support and examples for the Android 3.1 platform (API level 12) and later
  • Linux® Support for MCC DAQ products
  • Python™ Support for MCC DAQ Products

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  • DAQamiTM - data acquisition companion software for acquiring data and generating signals
  • DASYLab®2016 Software lets you interactively develop PC-based data acquisition applications by simply attaching functional icons
  • TracerDAQ®Pro - Out-of-the-box virtual instrument suite with strip chart, oscilloscope, function generator, and rate generator – professional version
  • MATLAB® Support for MCC Products - Software Environment for Data Acquisition, Data Analysis, and Application Development

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