USB-1208FS-Plus

 

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

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

The USB-1208FS-Plus USB data acquisition (DAQ) device is designed for low to medium channel count applications. This device provides analog input along with digital I/O and counter functions. It features 12-bit resolution and two analog outputs. OEM versions are available for embedded applications.

ANALOG Input
Channels Resolution Max Sample Rate
8 SE/4 DIFF 11-bit SE/12-bit DIFF 50 kS/s
Sampling Ranges Isolation
Multiplexed ±10 V (SE)
±20 V, ±10 V, ±5 V, ±4 V, ±2.5 V, ±2 V, ±1.25 V, ±1 V (DIFF)
ANALOG Output
Channels Resolution Speed
2 Up to 12-bit Up to 50 kS/s
Digital I/O
Channels Counter/Timers Encoder
16 1
Software Power
OS Support Drivers Power
Windows®, Android™, and Linux® Universal Library™ SW Suite Bus powered


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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
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Product Reviews


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Value
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USB-1208FS-Plus
November 16, 2015
Great fast reliable product!

I use these units in final assembly functional testers. I like the reliable response from these units, as well as it accuracy.

  • Job Title: Hardware Test Engineer IV
  • Industry: HVAC controls
  • Application: Tester
  • From: Buffalo Grove, IL
  • Company Size: 1001-5000
  • Software Used: C++/C#/VB

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Yes, I recommend this product!

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USB-1208FS-Plus
June 16, 2015
Good Value.

I am evaluating this as a replacement for a USB O-Scope and Bench-top Multi Meter in a Automated test setup. I am still getting it running but so far it has been easy to connect and get measurements. Initial connection to the device is slow, but once connected it runs very fast.

  • Job Title: Senior Manufacturing Engineer
  • Industry: Consumer Electronics
  • Application: Secure Entry
  • From: Denver CO
  • Company Size: 5000*
  • Software Used: C++/C#/VB

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Yes, I recommend this product!

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USB-1208FS-Plus
July 01, 2014
Can you say "EASY" to setup and use...

Fastest and easiest to setup and get running of all the DAQ settings I have used.

  • Job Title: VP Engineering
  • Industry: Hydraulic Systems Manufacturing
  • Application: Systems testing
  • From: Houston, TX, USA
  • Company Size: 1-100
  • Software Used: DASYLab

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Yes, I recommend this product!

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USB-1208FS-Plus
June 11, 2014
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!

  • Job Title: Engineer
  • Industry: Controls
  • Application: Home Project, but also use MCC products at work
  • From: NC, US
  • Company Size: 1-100
  • Software Used: DAQami

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Yes, I recommend this product!

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USB-1208FS-Plus
March 25, 2014
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.

  • Job Title: Senior Design Engineer
  • Industry: Defense and Areospace
  • Application: Functional Test Application
  • From: Florida, USA
  • Company Size: 501-1000
  • Software Used: C/C++

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Yes, I recommend this product!

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USB-1208FS-Plus
March 18, 2014
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.

  • Job Title: President senior developer
  • Industry: automotive diagnostic and repair
  • Application: Most our products
  • From: East Hanover, NJ, USA
  • Company Size: 1-100
  • Software Used: Visual Basic

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Yes, I recommend this product!

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USB-1208FS-Plus
February 04, 2014
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.

  • Job Title: Old and retired
  • Industry: Microwave Electronics
  • Application: F1b model plane flying ( check out wakefield Carrol Allen on You tube)
Response from MCC
, Marketing
February 04, 2014
Hello Carrol – I’m so glad to hear we got you up and running with the USB-1208FS device. Please feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions. You have some very cool plane videos on your site!
  • From: Copake, NY 12516, USA
  • Company Size: 1-100
  • Software Used: Visual Basic

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USB-1208FS-Plus
February 04, 2014
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.

  • Job Title: Application engineer.
  • Industry: Semiconductor OEM
  • Application: RF power supplies.
Response from MCC
, Marketing
February 04, 2014
Hi Mark, Thanks for the feedback. I just had a discussion with some of our Engineers and they might have a work-around to what you're trying to do. I'm having one of my Engineers send you an email this afternoon with some information on this.
  • From: San Jose, CA
  • Company Size: 1001-5001
  • Software Used: DASYLab

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Yes, I recommend this product!

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USB-1208FS-Plus
August 29, 2013
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.

  • Job Title: Project Manager
  • Industry: Test and Measurement
  • Application: Automated RF Field Coverage Measurment and mapping
  • From: Beaverton, OR, USA
  • Company Size: 1-100
  • Software Used: Visual Basic

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Yes, I recommend this product!

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USB-1208FS-Plus
August 29, 2013
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.

  • Job Title: Senior Engineer
  • Industry: engineering R&D, consulting
  • Application: controlling lab equipment
  • From: Enfield, NH
  • Company Size: 1-100
  • Software Used: Other

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Yes, I recommend this product!

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I'm using driver version 1.14.0.0 from 23rd of March 2016. Is there a newer version of the driver? If yes, where can I find it?

  • Job Title: Test Manager
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8 months ago
ellen


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Hello Ellen - No, there are no firmware updates to the USB-1208FS-Plus.

8 months ago
Measurement Computing

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It looks like daqflex's AIQUEUE:CHMODE isn't implemented for this device. Is there another way to change the analog input mode from differential to single ended if we can only use the daqflex interface?

  • Job Title: grad student
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29 months ago
Alex


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The USB-1208FS-PLUS’ hardware architecture does not allow per-channel setting of differential vs. single-ended. This setting must be done on a global basis. If using DAQFlex, the global command is: "AI:CHMODE=SE"

29 months ago
Measurement Computing

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Hi Sir, 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? Best Regards, Shane

  • Job Title: Associate Engineer
  • Industry: Test and Services
  • Application:
37 months ago
Shane Singapore


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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).

37 months ago
MeasurementComputing

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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.

  • Job Title: Research student
  • Industry: Mechanical Engineering
  • Application:
48 months ago
sepehr London, UK


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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. Good Luck!

37 months ago
Sandman13

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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.

40 months ago
Mandy

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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.

47 months ago
DG1947

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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.

48 months ago
MeasurementComputing

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  • Job Title: Engineer
  • Industry: HVAC
  • Application: Lab testing
49 months ago
James North Judson, IN, USA


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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.

40 months ago
Mandy

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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.

41 months ago
Carrol

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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

49 months ago
MeasurementComputing

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  • Universal Library includes support for Visual Studio® and Visual Studio®.NET, including examples for Visual C++®, Visual C#®, and Visual Basic®.NET
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  • 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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  • MATLAB® Support for MCC Products - Software Environment for Data Acquisition, Data Analysis, and Application Development

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