USB-CTR Series

 

High-Speed Counter / Timer USB Devices

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

The USB-CTR Series of USB counter devices provide high-speed counter/timer operations synchronized with digital I/O functions. Each device features high frequency and scan rates, debounce filtering, and support for multiple counting modes. OEM versions are available for embedded applications.

Digital I/O
Channels Counter/Timers Encoder Inputs
8 Up to 8/4
Software Power
OS Support Drivers Power
Windows® and Linux® Universal Library™ SW Suite Bus powered


Part Number Description Qty Price
USB-CTR04 High-speed counter/timer device with 4 counter I/O, 4 PWM timer outputs, and 8 digital I/O
$375.00
USB-CTR04-OEM High-speed counter/timer board with 4 counter I/O, 4 PWM timer outputs, and 8 digital I/O
$375.00
USB-CTR08 High-speed counter/timer device with 8 counter I/O, 4 PWM timer outputs, and 8 digital I/O
$450.00
USB-CTR08-OEM High-speed counter/timer board with 8 counter I/O, 4 PWM timer outputs, and 8 digital I/O
$450.00
Software
DAQami™ v4.2.1 Data acquisition companion software for acquiring data and generating signals
$49.00
DASYLab® LITE Icon-Based Data Acquisition, Graphics, and Control Software
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$499.00
DASYLab® BASIC Icon-Based Data Acquisition, Graphics, Control, and Analysis Software. Includes standard analysis modules and unlimited module count. - Most Popular $1,299.00
DASYLab® FULL Icon-Based Data Acquisition, Graphics, Control, and Analysis Software. Includes all DASYLab Basic features plus standard modules, 200 layout windows, unlimited module count, and control sequencer. $1,799.00
DASYLab® PRO Icon-Based Data Acquisition, Graphics, Control, and Analysis Software. Includes all DASYLab Full features plus advanced signal analysis and control modules. $2,499.00
DASYLab® RUNTIME DASYLab Runtime allows you to run an existing worksheet application on an additional computer (with compatible hardware configurations) $449.00
TracerDAQ® Pro Out-of-the-box virtual instrument suite with strip chart, oscilloscope, function generator, and rate generator – professional version
$199.00

Product Reviews


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USB-CTR08
June 24, 2014
This module has excellent performance and value.

For our application the USB-CTR08 can replace a VME module that costs over $3,000. We use it in 2 modes: 1) A single-shot preset scaler. For this application Counter 0 is the preset channel, and Counter 0 Output is connected to Counters 1-7 Gate Inputs. Thus when Counter 0 stops all of the other counters stop as well. 2) As a traditional multi-channel scaler (MCS). The data from each counter are collected into time bins. The channel advance to the next time bin can be done either with an internal clock or with an external channel advance connected to the CLKI input. One slight drawback of the module, and a suggestion for a future firmware upgrade is that the CLKI input does not have a "prescale" feature. We often want to divide our external channel advance input by N. For example that input might be stepper motor pulse signals, and we only want to advance the scaler on every 20'th pulse. This can be done with the existing USB-CTR08 by using one of the counter channels as the prescaler, with its Input connected to the external pulse source and it Output connected to CLKI. But this inconvenient because it costs a counter channel, and it is also not possible to use a prescale factor of 1 #i.e. no prescaling# in this configuration.

  • Job Title: Senior Scientist
  • Industry: Academic
  • Application: Synchrotron beamline control
  • From: University of Chicago
  • Company Size: 1001-5001
  • Software Used: C/C++

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Yes, I recommend this product!

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Most modern PCs and laptops support a high power mode (1.5 amp) on one or more of their USB ports. Can the CTR04's firmware be modified to recognize that it is connected to a high power charging port so that more current is available for the VO pin? I wan

  • Job Title: Automation Engineer
  • Industry: Automobile
  • Application: Quality control measurement
34 months ago
OldSparky South Carolina, USA


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Hello - Additional circuitry changes would be required, beyond a firmware change. MCC does not have any current plans to make such changes.

34 months ago
MeasurementComputing

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I am interested in counting voltage pulses of 2-2.2V (20 nS) from a optical photon counting device. Can I count the pulse rate (pulses/Sec) and export the data to excel or suitable software?

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37 months ago
Sudhee


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Hello Sudhee, thank you for your inquiry. Full support for the USB-CTR04/08 can be obtained through our Universal Library for Windows. However, there are some limitations when using TracerDAQ, DASYLab, or LabVIEW. However, it does appear that all but TracerDAQ will support “Pulse Counting” at this time. Please refer to our knowledge base article for the USB-CTR Series for detailed information on supported features of the USB-CTR04/08. http://kb.mccdaq.com/Search.aspx?Keywords=USB-CTR Full support is planned for the near future.

37 months ago
MeasurementComputing

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Is USB-CTR04 a replacement of your old USB-4301? Does it provide the same functionality? Is a detail mechanical drawing available to provide detail dimension information? Thanks.

  • Job Title: President
  • Industry: Machine Vision
  • Application: Factory Automation
38 months ago
DJLee Utah


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Hello DJLee - Thank you for your inquiry. The new USB-CTR04 and USB-CTR08 are not drop-in replacements for our USB-4300 Series. You can review the Data sheet and User’s manual for the new counter devices at: http://www.mccdaq.com/usb-data-acquisition/USB-CTR04.aspx . There is also a mechanical drawing posted at: http://www.mccdaq.com/pdfs/drawings/USB-CTR-Series.pdf Please feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions.

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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
  • Linux® Support for MCC DAQ products
  • Python™ Support for MCC DAQ Products

Optional Software


  • 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

Product Manuals


USB-CTR04
document
 
USB-CTR04-OEM
document
 
USB-CTR08
document
 
USB-CTR08-OEM
document
 

 

Quick Start Guide


DAQami™ v4.2.1
QS-MCCDAQ.pdf
 
DASYLab® LITE
QS-DASYLab-MCCDRV.pdf
 
ULx for NI LabVIEW™
QS ULx for NI LabVIEW.pdf
 

 

Product Videos


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