USB-201

 

Data Acquisition USB DAQ Device 12-Bit, 100 kS/s

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

The USB-201 USB data acquisition (DAQ) device provides higher sampling speeds compared to similarly priced 12-bit DAQ devices. This device provides analog input, digital, and counter functions. OEM versions are available for embedded applications.

ANALOG Input
Channels Resolution Max Sample Rate
8 SE 12-bit 100 kS/s
Sampling Ranges Isolation
Multiplexed ±10 V
ANALOG Output
Channels Resolution Speed
Digital I/O
Channels Counter/Timers Encoder
8 1
Software Power
OS Support Drivers Power
Windows®, Android™, and Linux® Universal Library™ SW Suite Bus powered


Part Number Description Qty Price
USB-201 Data acquisition USB device with 8 SE analog inputs, 12-bit resolution, 100 kS/s, and 8 digital I/O $99.00
Accessories & Cables
ACC-205 DIN-rail kit for BTH-1208LS, E-1608, E-DIO24, USB-200 Series (excludes OEM versions), and WebDAQ Series (when used with ACC-404 mounting kit)
$31.00
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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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

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89% of new reviewers recommend this product


USB-201
September 18, 2017
Common ground

for the price, its not worth it. No differential mode

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USB-201
April 24, 2017
Great value and performance

I have used multiple MC DAQ products in the past and will continue to purchase as needed. MC offers great value, great performance and quick delivery.

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USB-201
February 27, 2017
have used hundreds of these

no complaints, very durable and reliable

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USB-201
February 14, 2017
USB-201 is everything that the product brochure promised

USB-201 is everything that the product brochure promised

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USB-201
February 13, 2017
Quick solution that works

This DAQ comes with the software needed to make it pretty much a plug and play device. I haven't tried using it with labview or other software but I imagine it can't be that difficult to set up. I have only used the analog channels to read pressure transducer voltages but It works great.

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USB-201
January 23, 2017
robust, fairly low cost AD

used extensively in production environment with very good (low) failure rate

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USB-201
January 09, 2017
Simple, and Customizable

This product comes with an easy to use setup disk to give you all the base libraries to build and customize you own Data Acquisition control system. Also comes with several pre-built program for testing and simple control

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USB-201
October 10, 2016
Great DAQ. Great Price. Should support Python wrapper, though.

If you need something simple, cheap and easy to get up and running, this is a great choice. MC needs to be careful though, as a lot of free or low cost solutions are starting to become available and this DAQ may suffer from the innovators dilemma. While I found an open source python wrapper and manipulated it for my needs, it would be great if MC supported python. The solution I cam up with works really well and python is what everyone is migrating to.

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USB-201
May 16, 2016
Does the job!

I like the Universal library. I just had to make a few changes in my Labview program and all was fine!

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USB-201
July 13, 2015
Drivers work smooth with Windows 7, easy to use.

I have used M and C products for years and this product works seamless with all other data acquisition systems I have in place.

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Can I use the 5V output to power a small relay? Are there code examples in the Android UL to achieve this kind of operation? Thanks in advance for your help!

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  • Industry: Testing
  • Application: Infrastructure pressure testing
6 months ago
BlueGrey Bjorn Montreal, QC


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The digital output bits are capable of driving up to 24 mA. Our UL for Android includes examples that demonstrate how to use the DAQ functions needed for programming your USB-201. We also have ready to run examples that can be downloaded from the Google Play.

6 months ago
Measurement Computing

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I am a bit confused with how the external pacer clock signal is used while acquiring 2 channels of data. I am using a USB-201. Using the onboard clock at 50kHz my signals looks fine. Repeating that with an external 50kHz clock, I seem to be sampling at the wrong speed. Is there more to the external clock than a simple swap? I ultimately need to synch to external rotating equipment, hence the use of the external clock to stay in angular synch with a shaft.

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  • Application: machine diagnostics
8 months ago
bartjmcc Portland, OR


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Hello - When using external clock on the USB-200 Series, one A/D sample is taken per rising edge coming in on AICKI. To sample 2 AI channels at 50 KHz each, a 100 KHz clock signal must be applied. Two of our models that come to mind that will sample all/multiple AI channels for each external clock pulse are: The USB-1608G Series (http://www.mccdaq.com/usb-data-acquisition/USB-1608G-Series.aspx)or the USB-1608FS-PLUS (http://www.mccdaq.com/usb-data-acquisition/USB-1608fs-plus.aspx)

8 months ago
Measurement Computing

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14 months ago
Gio


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A pressure sensor or transducer typically converts pressure into an analog voltage signal. The USB-201 supports a fixed +- 10 volt analog input range. So a compatible pressure sensor will support an output voltage somewhere in the +-10 volt range.

14 months ago
Measurement Computing

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I have 8 analog signals generated from current and voltage sensors with range(2.5V+-0.625V). Normally, I am have used current and voltage probes directly to monitor these currents and voltages on oscilloscope(Not from sensors). Then I used the FFT property of oscilloscope. Currently, I don't have these probes due to their cost. Can I collect the data from these sensors and then manipulate them to be used in FFT analysis? Note: My switching frequency is just 6kHz, so 24kHz sampling frequency is fair enough. Regards,

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15 months ago
Jassim67 Iraq


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The USB-201 supports 8 single ended +-10 volt input ranges. Voltage signals within a +-10 volt range are directly compatible. All other signals (current) will require signal conditioning of some sort. For data analysis, I would recommend our DASYLab BASIC graphical programming language. DASYLab BASIC has built in FFT analysis modules that would be perfect for your application.

15 months ago
Measurement Computing

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Are the Analog and Digital grounds physically connected inside the USB-201 to the USB connector 5V GND pin? Does connecting all these grounds to an external ground improve noise immunity? Assuming all the Analog and Digital grounds are connected inside the device, don't I need to connect at least one of these to my common ground?

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18 months ago
Me CT


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The USB-201 does not support USB to field wiring isolation, therefore, the grounds are tied to the USB connectors ground pin. But if I may expand the scope of my answer in that the USB-201 uses a multi-layer PCB. For the purpose of better noise immunity each ground has its own plane but eventually come to a common point. It is not recommended that you mix your ground connections. The AGND is reserved for your analog input signals and the GND reserved for all other ground connections. Connecting all your grounds together could cause ground loops which could introduce noise and signal error. For detailed information on proper signal connections. Please refer to our “Signal Connection Guide”. http://www.mccdaq.com/support/DAQ-Signal-Connections.aspx

18 months ago
Measurement Computing

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I was under the impression that there was a basic acquisition software package that came with this unit so $99 was all that was needed to start acquiring data. When I added to cart, I was offered software options ranging from $99-$1,299. Does the unit come with any free software besides the programming interfaces that I would use to develop my own data acquisition package? I use Intel Fortran 90, can call C if it is in a DLL but it is not easy.

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23 months ago
Charles Grand Lake CO


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Hello Charles - Yes, your order will include software other than the programming libraries that you're referring to. The software application I am referring to is called TracerDAQ. TracerDAQ is an “Out of the Box” virtual instrument application suite with strip chart, oscilloscope, function generator, and rate generator applications. The strip chart allows for logging up to 32K samples per channel per file. You can review the product highlights here: http://www.mccdaq.com/daq-software/tracerdaq.aspx Please contact Sales Engineering if you have any additional questions.

23 months ago
Measurement Computing

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My 4-20 mA transmitter requires a minimum voltage of 11.5 V DC as power supply. Can USB-201 supply this voltage to the transmitter or I need an external power supply for the transmitter?

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31 months ago
Jafar2015


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Hello Jafar2015, The USB-201 will not be able to supply the 11.5 vdc source required for your transmitter. The USB-201 is only capable of supplying a voltage source of 5 volt (100mA). You will need to provide an external excitation source for your transmitter.

31 months ago

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Can I use the counter to count pulses during a gated period.? Also can I plot/log the count of pulses that occurred during the gate. Will/can the count be reset to zero for the next gating period? Thanks

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39 months ago
BigRockr Northern, IL, USA


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Hello BigRockr - Thank you for your inquiry. When I have a discussion about a counter gate I think of an input that allows you to control when the counter is enabled and when it is disabled. In most cases it’s an external input that requires a TTL signal for control and when the gate is pulled high, the counter is enabled and when its pulled low the counter is disabled. Unfortunately, there is no gate control for the USB-201 counter. The event counter when loaded with a value of “0” will increment by one for each pulse it detects. The counter can be “zeroed” by calling the cLoad() function and reloading it with the value of “0”. If you need a counter with a “Gate” function then please look at our USB-CTR04 or USB-CTR08 counter products at the following link: http://www.mccdaq.com/usb-data-acquisition/USB-CTR-Series.aspx Either of these USB-CTR models will support your requirements.

39 months ago
MeasurementComputing

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I am interested in investigating whether the USB-201 could detect a rise in amperage from 10 pA to 100 pA DC. I'm currently using a digital multimeter with a 10 Mohm impedance load and 0.1 nA DC is the limit of detection for this device. The minimum data-

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41 months ago
RBARIZ Tempe, AZ, USA


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Thank you for your inquiry. The USB-201 is a voltage based DAQ device and uses a 12 bit A/D converter. The USB-201 supports a fixed +- 10 volt input range. In order to read a current signal you would have to provide some signal conditioning to convert the current to a voltage. The other important factor is that the USB-201 uses a 12 bit A/D converter and would not be capable of providing enough resolution to read a 0.1 to 100 nA signal.

41 months ago
MeasurementComputing

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when a 5v ttl pulse is received, do you have a solution to output a usb event (such sending out a letter or number value, as if a keyboard press had been made)?

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47 months ago
cogsci


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Digital inputs must be polled via your software program (there is no automatic state recognition by the USB-201 hardware). Once your program decides the state has changed, then it could take action. In summary, MCC does not offer software to perform this task.

47 months ago
MeasurementComputing

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Hello, We have got a mccdaq usb 201 card. We bought it for developing Android application. After trying we see there is no support for Android. Is there a firmware update or another solution for Android support of usb 201. If not do you suggest any othe

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48 months ago
Burak turkey


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In December 2013, MCC released UL for Android ver 1.1, which added Android support for all 4 models in the USB-200 series. More information, and a link to the free download, is available on the following webpage: http://www.mccdaq.com/daq-software/universal-library-android.aspx

42 months ago
MeasurementComputing

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The USB-201 has 2 APIs (DAQFlex and UL). For DAQFlex, we did offer a beta Android support that you could consider now (limited support): http://www.mccdaq.com/daq-software/DAQFlex.aspx However, longer term, we plan to support Android only via our UL API. This Android API is released now for the BTH-1208LS model only, but the USB-201 support is expected in the near future. http://www.mccdaq.com/daq-software/universal-library-android.aspx

48 months ago
MeasurementComputing

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I wish to buy this device to my company and to check if it can answer our needs. (If yes we wish to buy more) I wish to know if: 1) this device with the free pre-released software can give me the max sample rate in all the channels analog/digital? 2) Can

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50 months ago
ranhaber Israel


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Thank you for your inquiry. The USB-201 supports 8 analog input channels with an aggregate sample rate of 100K. The USB-201 also supports 8 digital I/O bits with a maximum update rate that can vary between 33 to 4000 port read/writes. With that said, DAQami only supports analog inputs and can sample all channels at the max sample rate of 100 kS/s divided by the number of channels. If you need to sample both analog and digital inputs then you can use TracerDAQ which is also a free software package offered by MCC. When using TracerDAQ you can sample all 8 analog inputs at the published maximum sample rate of 100 kS/s divided by the number of channels. However, when sampling the digital inputs by themselves or in combination with the analog inputs, the sample rate is reduced to 100 Hz for all inputs. To take advantage of the maximum sample rate for the analog inputs while sampling the digital I/O bits, you could use our Universal Library, ULx for NI LabVIEW, or our DASYLab graphical programming language.

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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

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
  • MATLAB® Support for MCC Products - Software Environment for Data Acquisition, Data Analysis, and Application Development

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