USB-2408 Series

 

High Precision Thermocouple, Voltage USB Devices

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

The USB-2408 Series of USB data acquisition (DAQ) devices have 24-bit resolution for highly accurate measurements. Features include thermocouple or voltage configuration per channel along with digital and counter functions. Up to two analog outputs are available.

Analog Input
Channels Resolution Max Sample Rate Sampling
16 SE/8 DIFF 24-bit 1 kS/s Multiplexed
Ranges Isolation
±10 V, ±5 V, ±2.5 V, ±1.25 V, ±625 mV, ±312.5 mV, ±156.25 mV, ±78.125 mV 500 VDC ch-host
Sensor
Thermocouple RTD Thermistor Voltage
Yes Yes
Analog Output
Channels Resolution Speed
Up to 2 16-bit Up to 1 kS/s
Digital I/O
Channels Counter/Timers Encoder
8 2/—
Software Power
OS Support Drivers Power
Windows® and Linux® Universal Library™ SW Suite Bus powered


Part Number Description Qty Price
USB-2408 USB-based 24-bit, isolated, 16 SE/8 DIFF temperature and voltage measurement device with 8 digital I/O, and 2 counter inputs
$599.00
USB-2408-2AO USB-based 24-bit, isolated, 16 SE/8 DIFF temperature and voltage measurement device with 8 digital I/O, 2 counter inputs, and 2 analog outputs
$699.00
Thermocouples
745690-J001 J-type thermocouple wire, fiberglass (0 °C to 482 °C, 32 °F to 900 °F) 1 m
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$31.00
745690-J002 J-type thermocouple wire, fiberglass (0 °C to 482 °C, 32 °F to 900 °F) 2 m $31.00
745690-K001 K-type thermocouple wire, fiberglass (0 °C to 482 °C, 32 °F to 900 °F) 1 m $31.00
745690-K002 K-type thermocouple wire, fiberglass (0 °C to 482 °C, 32 °F to 900 °F) 2 m $31.00
745690-T001 T-type thermocouple wire, fiberglass (0 °C to 260 °C, 32 °F to 500 °F) 1 m $31.00
745690-T002 T-type thermocouple wire, fiberglass (0 °C to 260 °C, 32 °F to 500 °F) 2 m $31.00
Software
DAQami™ v4.1 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


4.4 / 5
Ease of Use
4.4 / 5
Value
4.4 / 5
Techincal Support
4.4 / 5

86% of new reviewers recommend this product


USB-2408
March 06, 2017
Excellent choice for my application

I need a system to record temperature, mixer, and pump readings on a pilot mixing system for liquids. This product has worked very well and I obtained the readings that I needed.

  • Job Title: Formulations Chemist
  • Industry: Agricultural chemicals
  • Application: Pilot batch system
  • From: Hampton, Iowa
  • Company Size: 1-100
  • Software Used: DAQami

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USB-2408-2AO
September 12, 2016
Flexible DA Solution

Flexible, easy to use, good documentation. First couple of weeks of use have been flawless.

  • Job Title: Engineering Tech.
  • Industry: Engineering services
  • Application: Testing
  • From: Phoenix, AZ
  • Company Size: 1-100
  • Software Used: DAQami

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USB-2408
August 05, 2016
It works well if you can live with a relatively low acquisition rate (7pps at 8 channels)

The coding coupled with his product is quite outdated. The product says it is "capable" of 1 ks/sec...but in truth, the coupled examples are only good to about 1 channel at a rate of 55points/second. You can go into a "raw mode" and get a theoretically higher value than this, but in truth there is no guarantee your machine will be fast enough, I know I couldn't get close to the max on a decent machine. In this manner, I think this product is severely mis-represented... It is a good A>D board as long as you want to take a few points per second...so it's value isn't as high as one might think when comparing other boards that really can acquire data at this rate. Technical support gave an explanation that in practice the theoretical acquisition rate probably can't be reached under "normal" acquisition. And certainly for 8 bipolar channels, that rate is much less than 1ks/sec... Most of the included VB.NET code examples won't work with this A>D board unless you modify the rate by almost 20... Tracer DAQ (included), for instance, will limit this board to 14Hz for 4 channels...That's hardly 1Ks/s...

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Response from MCC
Measurement Computing,
August 05, 2016
The USB-2408 can indeed sample at an aggregate rate of 1102 Hz, provided that both of the following are true: A) the software calls our AInScan function, which allows a rate to be specified B) all of the channels being sampled are left at the default datarate (better thought of as a filter) setting of 3750 Hz. However, if one or more channels is set for a lower datarate (60 Hz is common) to improve the measurement accuracy, then since the one A/D converter on the board is shared amongst all channels, the aggregate throughput drops to below the lowest datarate setting. Note that the term aggregate is not per-channel, but must be divided by the number of channels used.
  • From: TX
  • Company Size: 5000*
  • Software Used: C++/C#/VB

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Yes, I recommend this product!

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USB-2408
June 20, 2016
Great product in a small package

We have been using MCC products since the early DAS16 ISA series. The newer modern iterations are at par with products from other manufacturers like NI. With UL and other libraries to integrate with LabVIEW, C++, etc, this is one compelling product. The cost effectiveness also makes it a great buy. I would definitely recommend it for your research and other needs. I wish there were bunch of accessories that will enable building small scale breakout boards.

  • Job Title: Lab Research Engineer
  • Industry: University
  • Application: Research
  • From: Philadelphia
  • Company Size: 1-100
  • Software Used: MATLAB

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Yes, I recommend this product!

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USB-2408
September 21, 2015
Easy to use

This unit is very easy to use, the software is robust and well design. I recommend this product.

  • Job Title: Research scientist
  • Industry: Education
  • Application: Polymers
  • From: Toledo, Ohio
  • Company Size: 101-500
  • Software Used: DAQami

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Yes, I recommend this product!

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USB-2408
April 13, 2015
Easy to use. Configuration has to be more straightforward

I had a hard time trying to use this equipment to meassure temperatures. The information on how to configure it was not easily available for me as a customer. I had to really dig into the available documentation and it wasn't cristal clear at all. You shall make this easier for the customer, and it would make the acceptance of your product better. This configuration shall be easier. Make it a pop up software, something that can't be missed. Make it obvious in your documentation. Simplify this and avoid your customers the hassle. Besides this, it is an easy-to-use, straight forward piece of testing equipment. Wonderful!

  • Job Title: Senior Process Engineer
  • Industry: Medical
  • Application: Testing
  • From: El Paso, TX
  • Company Size: 1001-5000
  • Software Used: DAQami

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Yes, I recommend this product!

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USB-2408
January 19, 2015
nice DAC and good software suite

I haven't test all the functionality/capabilities of this DAC yet, but it works perfectly for my needs. For small voltage measurement, the resolution and accuracy is very good. The software suite is very complete but the GUI of traceDAQ is a little bit basic.

  • Job Title: research engineer
  • Industry: Medical/fitness
  • Application: sensor output measurement
  • From: Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Company Size: 1-100
  • Software Used: TracerDAQ

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Yes, I recommend this product!

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USB-2408-2AO
February 25, 2014
Versatile data acquisition device

Going into my design of a combination mechanical and data acquisition device, I was most concerned about the DAQ part because my background is mechanical. The mechanical portion of the design has been the only part that has given me greif, and the DAQ has worked exactly the way I'd hoped, with less time figuring out how to make it work than I had anticipated.

  • Job Title: Mechanical Design Engineer
  • Industry: Pharmaceutical Filtration
  • Application: Pressure/Voltage measurement
  • From: Saint Paul, MN, USA
  • Company Size: 5000+
  • Software Used: NI LabVIEW

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Yes, I recommend this product!

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USB-2408
February 20, 2014
Simple to use and the tech support was amazing!

I purchased this unit for testing a prototype solar power system in which I need to measure multiple temperatures and pressures. I wanted to write my own dashboard interface in Excel for ease of viewing. After few emails to tech support I was up and running. I showed the system to my investor during an executive update meeting, they were all very impressed.

  • Job Title: CEO/ owner
  • Industry: Alternative Energy
  • Application: Testing system parameters in CSP application
  • From: Cleveland, OH, USA
  • Company Size: 1-100
  • Software Used: Other

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Yes, I recommend this product!

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USB-2408
August 29, 2013
Flexible product - good SW support

Easy to get going. DAQFlex is helpful...written in C#, but I was able to get it going pretty easily using the mono runtime.

  • Job Title: Project Manager
  • From: Saskatoon, SK, Canada
  • Company Size: 1-100
  • Software Used: C/C++

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Our older and apparently outdated system (OMB-DAQ-55) was able to use a Personal Daqview add-in to excel and we liked it. Is this possible to do with this system?

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  • Industry: Environmental
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2 months ago
Dan Warminster, PA


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The USB-2408 is supported by two of our “Out of the Box” applications, DAQami and TracerDAQ. Either application will allow you to acquire and generate data. DAQami and TracerDAQ also support data logging to a file and allow for file conversion to a CSV format, for use within Excel.

2 months ago
Measurement Computing

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11 months ago
c4sper India


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There is no user-accessible offset adjustment on MCC’s thermocouple measurement devices. No offset adjustment should be required to meet specified accuracy for USB-2408 units that have been in service for < 1 year (since factory calibration). If you feel that the temperatures are offset on the order of 1 or 2 deg C, then try preventing excessive airflow over the USB-2408’s screw terminals. An error of 10’s of degrees indicates an incorrect setting for your type thermocouple wire. If the offset error is << 1 deg C, then it is most likely within the overall accuracy spec of the USB-2408, or it could be error in the thermocouple itself or in the standard that you are comparing the USB-2408 to.

11 months ago
Measurement Computing

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The specs say that the device supports open circuit detection in thermocouple measurements. It also says that when using thermocouples, differential measurements are recommended. What I need though is single-ended measurements on all 16 channels at the most sensitive range PLUS an ability to detect open circuit conditions on all inputs. I would be using the LabVIEW API. Do the device and LV API support this requirement? Also the same question applies to your 2416 device (32 single-ended channels). Thanks!

  • Job Title: Consultant
  • Industry: Measurement Automation
  • Application: Voltage measurements using heat flow sensors
16 months ago
Cepera Waltham, MA


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The lowest input range supported on the USB-2408 and USB-2416 is +- 0.078125V. You can select any of the supported inputs ranges when in single ended or differential mode. Open circuit detection is only supported when in thermocouple mode.

16 months ago
Measurement Computing

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We have USB-2408 , Instacal setup for 8 differential inputs and tested ok , however in DASYLAb 13 , it shows only 2 Analog Inputs (Modules/Inputs-Outputs/Driver). Did we miss anything ? Thanks

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19 months ago
VH Torrance


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Hello VH - Be sure to not have InstaCal and DASYLab open at the same time. The result may be that channel settings made in InstaCal are not picked up by DASYLab. Drag the Analog Input module, from the MCC-DRV module list, to the worksheet. Double click on it, and note that this module defaults to one channel. Double click on additional channels at the top (to turn a blue channel icon to orange). The result, after you close the window, will be additional channel terminals appearing on the right side of the module icon.

19 months ago
Measurement Computing

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After we bought and received the USB2048 box and DAQami software. After my colleague Vuong play around with it with DAQami software and he found out the amount of data that we need to collect may not be sufficient if we use DAQami. So he is thinking to upgrade our DaisyLab Rev.10 to Rev.13 as you mentioned. How much to upgrade our Daisy Lab fron Rev.10 to Rev.13?. Is it possible to give us the credit of $49 since the DAQami canot be used in our application? Please advise.. Thanks.

  • Job Title: Electrical Engineer
  • Industry: Flashlight
  • Application: Testing for Battery Charging and Discharging
20 months ago
JP Torrance, CA


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Hello JP – the Upgrade price to go from DASYLab Version 10 to Version 13 would depend on which version of DASYLab you currently own (Lite, Basic Full, Pro) Please give us a call to discuss this upgrade. Yes, we will give you the $49 credit that you spent on DAQami towards a DASYLab upgrade.

20 months ago
Measurement Computing

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Can software handle 2 x USB-2408 simultaneously ? If yes, How many USB-2408 I can run on a PC system. Else I I need to use 1x USB-2416. Thanks.

  • Job Title: Electrical Engineer
  • Industry: Flash Light
  • Application: Charger Profile, Voltage/Currents vs. Time
20 months ago
JP Torrance CA


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Hello JP, Yes, you can use 2 or more USB-2408s on a single PC to increase your channel count. Each USB-2408 will require its own USB port. Below are the software packages that will support multiple USB devices: TracerDAQ PRO, Universal Library for Windows, UL for Android, ULx for NI LabVIEW, and DASYLab. Based on our discussion yesterday, you have DASYLab BASIC v10. My recommendation would be to upgrade your current license to v13. Your other options would be to upgrade to TracerDAQ PRO or use one of the supplied programming libraries and develop your own custom program. At this time DAQami only supports 1 USB device so if your desire is to use DAQami then you will need to purchase the USB-2416.

20 months ago
Measurement Computing

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1. USB2408: Does the price $599.00 include Software as specified ? 2. Can we use this equipment to measure current by using the differential inputs across a small resistor such as 0.002Ohms, then I = (V1-V2)/0.002 A Thanks.

  • Job Title: Electrical Engineer
  • Industry: Flash Light
  • Application: Battery Charger Profile, V (Charging voltage) / I (Charged Current)
20 months ago
JP Torrance, CA


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Yes, the $599.00 price for the USB-2408 includes our MCC DAQ CD which includes InstaCal, TracerDAQ (virtual Instrument suite), the Universal Library for Microsoft .NET, the UL for Android , and our ULx drivers for NI LabVIEW. Yes, with the use of a shunt resistor you can measure current using the USB-2408. For example if we were to assume that you have a 4-20mA input signal you could use a 250 ohm shunt resistor which would create a voltage drop of 1-5 volts with 1 volt equal to 0.004A and 5 volts equal to 0.020A. To calculate your resistance value simply use Ohms law (I = E/R).

20 months ago
Measurement Computing

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Hi, I want to build a small dynamometer for some experiments, now I'm sure that with this DAQ I can connect and meassure force with a load cell, but If i need also displacement measurement? What kind of sensor you recomend for measuring ± 100mm, with a resolution/accuracy of at least 0.1mm. Will this DAQ read displacement from an LVDT?

  • Job Title: FEA Consultor
  • Industry: Automotive, Packaging, Consumer goods
  • Application: Load/Displacement readings
24 months ago
Serchu Buenos Aires, Argentina


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Hello Serchu, Yes, our DAQ devices are compatible with DC based LVDT sensors. Our expertise here at MCC is with our DAQ hardware but the LVDT sensors that I am familiar with generally require a 10 -30 VDC excitation source and output a +- 5 volt or a 4-20 mA signal based on its displacement.

24 months ago
Measurement Computing

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I have an older version of LabView and I wanted to know if this device will work with UL for LabView, not ULx for LabView.

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26 months ago
rhan Cambridge, MA


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The legacy UL for LabVIEW did not support 24 bit A/D data, and thus it cannot be used for voltage measurements on the USB-2408. Temperature measurements do work, so thermocouples could be used. If you can’t update to a newer LabVIEW version, you could make analog measurements by directly calling the cbVIn function in our DLL. Contact our Technical Support folks for more info if needed.

26 months ago
Measurement Computing

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Has anyone had their device successfully work in ULx? I am having some difficulties getting these two software's to talk with each other. Thanks

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  • Industry: Student
  • Application:
28 months ago
Eric


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Hello Eric, There are two likely issues you may be seeing. First there is a known issue, listed in the ULx help file that is specific only to LabVIEW 2009. Secondly, independent of the LabVIEW version: For the USB-2408 and USB-2416, all channels are considered to be “voltage” channels, not temperature channels, even if some of your channels are measuring thermocouples. There is an FAQ on this topic here: http://kb.mccdaq.com/KnowledgebaseArticle50481.aspx

28 months ago
MeasurementComputing

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I would like to see if i can use a tablet instead of a laptop. Most tables only have a Mico-USB.

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29 months ago
Rock California


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Measurement Computing recently released Android (tablet/smartphone) support for several USB products. Unfortunately, the USB-2408 is currently not one of them. You can view all of the Android supported hardware here: http://www.mccdaq.com/daq-software/universal-library-android.aspx

29 months ago
MeasurementComputing

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Hi, I am trying to measure temperature with a type N thermocouple, the USB-2408-2AO DAQ and ULx for LabVIEW. I have selected a voltage input in LabVIEW, diff mode. The voltage measurement is OK (comparison done between the LabVIEW voltage and the DAQami voltage). Still, to obtain a temperature from this voltage, I must consider the cold junction compensation (CJC). The DAQami software does this automatically. How can I perform the CJC using ULx for LabVIEW? Thanks. JV

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5 months ago
JV Sherbrooke, QC


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With LabVIEW closed all the way, configure one or more channels in InstaCal for thermocouple type N, and also set the datarate to 60 Hz (for best noise rejection). Then close InstaCal and launch LabVIEW. Now when you make a voltage measurement on those channels, the data will automatically be returned in Degrees Celsius. i.e. you do not need to know the CJC value, since our driver will perform all the calculations for you.

5 months ago
Measurement Computing

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Hi I'm using this hardware with Dasylab V13 evaluation version. I'd want to realize temperature control and i want to pilot relays with analog output of USB-2408-2AO. I'd want to know if this module support simultaneous input and output. Can you show me some example? Thanks in advance. Kind regards. Paolo

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21 months ago
Paolo Messina, It


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Hello Paolo - please see the below KB article for more information on this topic: http://kb.mccdaq.com/KnowledgebaseArticle50584.aspx

21 months ago
Measurement Computing

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The application would use two pressure transducers 0 -10vdc output. at a fixed point begin to collect data and use the data to display the average within that time slice. Higher resolution is preferable. USB interface to the device. What devices and soft

  • Job Title: Manufacturing Engineer
  • Industry: Hydraulic Motors
  • Application: Quality testing
39 months ago
Chuck Greeneville, TN, USA


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Thank you for your inquiry. I reviewed your question and the USB-2408-2AO will support your application requirements. One thing to note is that the USB-2408 series supports an aggregate sample rate of 1000Hz. So if you need to sample your inputs at a faster rate you will require a different product. The -2AO version also supports 2 analog outputs. However, I do not see a requirement for analog outputs therefore, if you need a faster 24 bit DAQ device our USB-2404-10 would be a good choice. As for software I would recommend that you use our DASYLab graphical programming language. Please feel free to give us a call if you would like to discuss this further.

39 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
  • Linux® 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

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