32, 64, 96 or 128-Channel, USB Multifunction Analog Input/Output System
The DAQ-PACK Series is a highly integrated multifunction data acquisition and control system. The system offers an ideal solution for adding portable, easy-to-install high-speed analog and digital I/O capabilities to any PC or embedded system with a USB port. It performs signal conditioning such as RC filtering, current inputs, RTD measurement, bridge completion, thermocouple break detection, voltage dividers, small signal inputs, and sensor excitation voltage supply. These units are USB 2.0 high-speed devices, offering the highest speed available on the USB 2.0 bus. It is available with 12 or 16-bit analog to digital converters with speeds capable of up to 500kHz (divided equally by the total number of channels configured for use) for 32, 64, 96, or 128 single-ended or differential analog inputs. Groups of eight channels at a time can be independently software configured to accept 18 different input ranges. A unique, real-time internal calibration system allows the unit to continually compensate for offset/gain errors giving a more accurate reading. Additional features include two 16-bit analog outputs, 16 high-current digital I/O lines, and a programmable 16-bit counter—all packaged in a small, rugged, gold-zinc plated industrial enclosure. The counter can be configured in a variety of modes and has the ability to use external signals to trigger and control the scanning of its analog inputs. The unit is plug-and-play allowing a quick connection whenever you need additional I/O on the convenience of a USB port.
The small, compact, multifunction I/O DAQ-PACK Series units provide the user with everything needed to start acquiring, measuring, analyzing, and monitoring in a variety of applications. These high-density data acquisition and control devices can be used in many current real-world applications such as precision measurement, analysis, monitoring, and control in countless embedded applications.
These units are designed to be used in rugged industrial environments but are small enough to fit nicely onto any desk or testing station. The boards inside are PC/104 sized (3.550 x 3.775 inches, 90mm x 96mm) and ship inside a gold-zinc plated industrial enclosure with an anti-skid bottom. The enclosure is silk-screened with diagrammatic connector pin identification and pin assignments to easily reference and make all signal connections. A DIN rail mounting provision and extended temperature is available for installation in industrial environments.
The boards feature 18 standard analog voltage input ranges (independently configured) and include a data sample buffer.
Analog to digital conversion starts or “A/D starts” are issued one of three ways: Software Start, Timer Start, or External Trigger Start. A/D starts are software configured to be either rising or falling edge. Additionally, A/D starts are software configured to be Single Channel or Scan. Single Channel samples data once from the next consecutive channel within the enabled set. A Scan samples data from all channels within the set at the fastest possible rate.
A fully programmable 8254 16-bit counter is provided with a maximum input frequency of 10MHz. The clock, gate (inputs) and output can be accessed externally for extended functionality. The counter can be configured in a variety of modes and has the ability to use external signals for its inputs.
Advanced calibration models feature a unique real-time internal autocalibration system that allows the card to compensate for offset/gain errors, giving a more accurate reading. To minimize noise, the board offers a technique called oversampling. Additionally, each channel contains its own analog ground pin on the I/O connector which is helpful in reducing noise from external signal sources. The channel-by-channel programmable gain feature enables measurement of an assortment of large and small signals in one scan—all under software control at up to 500kHz. The board’s data buffer and ability to trigger the A/D in real time assures synchronized sampling that is unaffected by other computer operations—an essential requirement for signal, vibration and transient analysis where high data rates must be sustained for short periods of time. More information regarding calibration can be found in the product manual.
Each board shipped from ACCES is factory calibrated as part of the production process using a high-quality 7 digit digital voltmeter (DVM) and an extremely stable voltage reference.
OEM USB/104 Form Factor
The OEM (boards only) version is perfect for a variety of embedded applications. What makes the OEM option unique is that the PCB size and pre-drilled mounting holes match the PC/104 form factor (without the bus connections). This ensures easy installation using standard standoffs inside most enclosures or systems. The board can be added to any PC/104-based stack by connecting it to a USB 2.0 port usually included on-board with embedded CPU form factors such as EBX, EPIC, and PC/104. This is especially important since many newer CPU chipsets do not support ISA and have plenty of USB ports. The DAQ-PACK M Series OEM boards can also be installed using standoffs inside other enclosures or systems. For embedded OEM type applications, an additional micro-fit USB input header is provided in parallel with the type B connector.
High Retention USB Connector
The ever-growing presence of USB in the industrial/military marketplace has driven the need for USB connections to be reliable, dependable, and unfailing. Gone are the days of loose USB connections. A type B USB connector is used on all ACCES USB products which features a high retention design that complies with the class 1, Div II minimum withdrawal requirement of over 3 pounds of force (15 Newtons). This connector has an orange color-coded insulator to quickly differentiate it from standard USB connectors. Using these USB connectors increases reliability in your system and ensures a tight connection. For embedded OEM type applications, an additional micro-fit USB input header is provided in parallel with the type B connector.
Analysis, Monitoring, and Control
Available accessories include a wide variety of cables and screw terminal boards for quick and easy-to-use, out of the box, connectivity. Also, a DIN rail mounting provision and gold-zinc mounting plate is available for panel mounting.
Need more isolation?
Isolate your I/O with our USB-ISOLATOR accessory! Tru-Iso™ signal isolation up to 4kV meets EN60601 standards in a rugged industrial-grade, extended temp (-40 to +85°C) package — no connection to power needed! Use with our 1-foot USB cable and avoid tangles. OEM version available, featuring picoblade microfit headers for hassle-free embedded cabling.
ACCES is proud to provide a full suite of software support with every Data Acquisition product. We are committed to supporting the most popular operating systems and platforms for our customers. Currently we are actively supporting XP -> 10, both 32 & 64 bit, including “Server 2008,” “Embedded,” and “Compact” flavors for all plug-and-play products including PCI, PCI Express, USB, and more. Many products continue to ship with support for additional operating systems such as DOS, Windows 95, 98, Me, NT4, and 2000.
Among the software we deliver with our products are sample programs in a wide variety of programming languages. These samples are used to demonstrate the software interfaces to our products — and many can be used as-is in your production environments, or to test functionality of the devices out-of-the-box. We’re currently actively supporting sample programs in Microsoft Visual C#, Visual Basic, Delphi, and Visual C/C++, with many devices including samples in Borland C/C++ 3.1 for DOS. Additionally we provide National Instruments LabVIEW compatible DLLs and many demonstration VIs for our devices.
Drivers for various operating systems are also provided, including active support for Windows XP -> 10 — all in both 32-bit and 64-bit flavors, and including consumer, server, and embedded varieties — as well as the 2.6 and newer Linux kernels and recent OSX / macOS versions. Many products continue to ship with driver support for Windows 95, 98, Me, NT4, and Windows 2000, but support for these operating systems is considered deprecated.
Setup Programs and Utilites
Our Data Acquisition devices also include a graphical setup utility that walks you through the process of configuring any option jumpers or switches on the device, as well as explaining a little about the various connectors present.
Many devices also include utility programs – little tools to make your use of the device easier, such as EWriter, a program that allows you to read and write data in the user-accessible EEPROM locations on all our USB data acquisitition products; or WinRISC, a “Really Incredibly Simple Communications” terminal program that lets you get started instantly with serial devices.
“Register Level” Documentation
Besides all this software in all these languages and operating systems ACCES has a policy of open and transparent development: none of our lowest-level “register” interfaces are hidden from you — we document every register in every bus card, every command in every serial board, and every usb control transfer in every USB Data Acquisition board. These lowest-level interfaces allow you to develop for our products in ANY operating system or language, regardless of our actively supporting it or having a driver for it. We have customers actively developing in ADA, Android, Python, Java, MATLAB, Solaris, and more, just by referring to our complete low-level interface documentation! And we provide the full source code to all of our drivers, regardless of operating system, to give you an even bigger head start in your own development tasks.
No Fees or Royalties
All of this software is provided at no additional charge, and is licensed under any of a variety of flexible — and royalty free — options. Check out our software license explanation if you’d like more information.
ACCES also offers Custom Software Services for our products. Our prices are unbelievably low, often as inexpensive as free! If you need something tweaked to support your needs, or an entire enterprise application developed from scratch, it is definitely worth your time to inquire with us, first.
Further information about available ACCES Software:
Redistributing Windows Drivers
A list of ACCES drivers and the files that compose them under different versions of Windows, so you can easily redistribute ACCES cards and drivers.
USB and Performance
Our USB Data Acquisition products use our “AIOUSB” driver package in Windows and Linux. This driver package includes 32-bit and 64-bit support, and consists of low-level driver components and a high-level API library. This custom interface driver enables our USB devices to achieve 4000 transactions per second, compared to the competitions’ “HID” drivers that cap out around 50 transactions per second. You can read all about the API in the USB Software Reference Manual linked below, and included in every applicable Software Package. (The Linux version of the AIOUSB API is almost identical to the Windows API, and is documented in the aiousb.html file included in the Linux software package.) Like all of our software, full source code is always provided.
ACCES has successfully partnered with Wind River to bring our entire line of USB DAQ boards to VxWorks 7!
Our newly available driver and easy-to-use API-library, including full source and sample code, supports ReNumeration for loading firmware across the USB cable as well as our GenericVendorWrite and GenericVendorRead functions, compatible with our Windows AIOUSB.dll API. Additional AIOUSB API functions are being ported, ask for details!
With our aioUSB.VxWorks library USB DAQ can now be used with the utmost confidence for real-world/real-time/rugged applications. Using VxWorks 7 as the solid foundation, and positive-retention cables in either micro-fit or USB-B-with-screw, as well as rugged steel enclosures and DIN-Rail or PC/104-mounting options, USB is no longer “just for desktops”.
You can find more information about our VxWorks libraries and services on our Wind River Silver Partner page.
ADC Type Successive approximation
Resolution 12 or 16-bit
Sampling rate (“xx” equals number of channels)
“16-xxA” version 500Ksamples/sec (maximum aggregate)
“16-xxE” version 250Ksamples/sec (maximum aggregate)
“12-xxA” version 500Ksamples/sec (maximum aggregate)
“12-xx” version 250Ksamples/sec (maximum aggregate)
“12-xxE”version 100Ksamples/sec (maximum aggregate)
Number of channels 32, 64, 96, or 128 single-ended or differential (software selectable)
Unipolar ranges 100mV, 200mV, 400mV, 500mV, 0-1V, 0-2V, 0-2.5V, 0-5V, 0-10V (software selectable)
Bipolar ranges ±100mV, ±200mV, ±400mV, ±500mV, ±1V, ±2V, ±0-2.5V, ±5V, ±10V (software selectable)
Signal Conditioning Unipolar ranges 0-1mV, 0-5mV, 0-10mV, 0-20mV, 0-50mV
Bipolar ranges ±1mV, ±5mV, ±10mV, ±20mV, ±50mV
4-20mA or 10-50mA current inputs
Thermocouple break detection
+10V sensor excitation
Calibration Hardware (“xx” equals number of channels)
“16-xxA” version Two on-board references + calibrated real-time output
“16-xxE” version Two on-board references
“12-xxA” version Two on-board references + calibrated real-time output
“12-xx” version Two on-board references
System Calibration Program provided to calibrate entire system
Accuracy Uncalibrated 0.094% Full-Scale (FS)
Calibrated(*) 0.0015% FS
Int Nonlinearity Error 0.0046% FS
No Missing Codes 15 bits
Input impedance 1MΩ
A/D Start Sources Software Start, Timer Start, and External Start Trigger
(rising or falling edge; software selectable)
A/D Start Enable Externally supplied (pulled-up; active-high)
A/D Start Types Single Channel or Scan (software selectable)
Channel Oversampling 0-255 consecutive samples/channel (software selectable)
Overvoltage protection -40 to +55V
Crosstalk -60dB @ 500KHz
(*) To achieve best accuracy, one must calibrate to their own standard
Unipolar Ranges 0-5V*, 0-10V*
Bipolar Ranges ±5V*, ±10V*
Conversion Rate 4kHz per channel
Settling Time 4us typ, 7us max; 1/4 to 3/4 scale to ±2LSBs
Output Current ±25mA per channel
* Factory Options
Lines 16, programmable as inputs or outputs in groups of 8 (pulled-up)
Input voltage Logic low: 0V(min) to 0.8V(max)
Logic high: 2V(min) to 5V(max)
Input current ±20µA (max)
Output voltage Logic low: 0V(min) to 0.55V(max)
Logic high: 2V(min) to 5V(max)
Output current Logic low: 64mA(max) sink
Logic high: 32mA(max) source
Type 82C54 programmable interval counter
Available Counters CTR0 (CTR1/CTR2 dedicated to A/D starts)
Input Frequency 10MHz (max) Int. or ext. supplied (sw select; pulled-up)
Counter size 16-bit
Clock Internal 10MHz or Externally supplied
(software selectable; pulled-up)
Clock Period 100ns (min)
Clock Pulse Width High 30ns (min)
Clock Pulse Width Low 40ns (min)
Gate Externally supplied (pulled-up; active-high)
Output External (pulled-up)
Voltage/Current Same as Digital I/O
Operating Temperature 0° to +70°C, optional -40° to +85°C
Storage Temperature -40° to +105°C
Humidity 5% to 90% RH, without condensation
Enclosure Dimensions (L x W x H) in inches
-32 (channels) 4.680 x 3.660 x 2.820
-64 4.680 x 3.660 x 3.260
-96 4.680 x 3.660 x 3.950
-128 4.680 x 3.660 x 4.640 Power required:
+5V at 320mA typical*
+15V at 39mA
-15V at 21mA typical (per AIMUX-32 board)
Included with your board
The following components are included with your shipment:
Boards installed in gold-zinc plated DAQ-PACK silk-screened enclosure
External, instrument grade power supply
6’ USB cable
Software Master CD (PDF user manual installed with product package)
Printed USB I/O Quick-Start Guide
USB 128 Channel, 12 Bit, 100kHz Analog Input, Two Analog Output Module
USB 128 Channel, 12 Bit, 250kHz Analog Input, Two Analog Output Module
USB 128 Channel, 12 Bit, 500kHz Analog Input, Two Analog Output Module
USB 128 Channel, 12 Bit, 100kHz Analog Input Module
USB 128 Channel, 12 Bit, 250kHz Analog Input Module
USB 128 Channel, 12 Bit, 500kHz Analog Input Module
USB 128 Channel, 16 Bit, 250kHz Analog Input, Two Analog Output Module
USB 128 Channel, 16 Bit, 500kHz Analog Input, Two Analog Output Module
USB 128 Channel, 12 Bit, 250kHz Analog Input, Module
USB 128 Channel, 16 Bit, 500kHz Analog Input Module
USB 32 Channel, 12 Bit, 100kHz Analog Input, Two Analog Output Module
USB 32 Channel, 12 Bit, 250kHz Analog Input, Two Analog Output Module
USB 32 Channel, 12 Bit, 500kHz Analog Input, Two Analog Output Module
USB 32 Channel, 12 Bit, 100kHz Analog Input Module
USB 32 Channel, 12 Bit, 500kHz Analog Input Module
DPK 32 Channel, 12 Bit, 250kHz Analog Input Module
DPK 32 Channel, 16 Bit, 250kHz Analog Input, Two Analog Output Module
DPK 32 Channel, 16 Bit, 500kHz Analog Input, Two Analog Output Module
DPK 32 Channel, 16 Bit, 500kHz Analog Input Module
DPK 32 Channel, 16 Bit, 250kHz Analog Input Module
DPK 64 Channel, 12 Bit, 100kHz Analog Input, Two Analog Output Module
DPK 64 Channel, 12 Bit, 250kHz Analog Input, Two Analog Output Module
DPK 64 Channel, 12 Bit, 500kHz Analog Input, Two Analog Output Module
DPK 64 Channel, 12 Bit, 100kHz Analog Input Module
DPK 64 Channel, 12 Bit, 250kHz Analog Input Module
DPK 64 Channel, 12 Bit, 500kHz Analog Input Module
DPK 64 Channel, 16 Bit, 250kHz Analog Input, Two Analog Output Module
DPK 64 Channel, 16 Bit, 500kHz Analog Input, Two Analog Output Module
DPK 96 Channel, 12 Bit, 100kHz Analog Input, Two Analog Output Module
DPK 96 Channel, 12 Bit, 250kHz Analog Input, Two Analog Output Module
DPK 96 Channel, 12 Bit, 500kHz Analog Input, Two Analog Output Module
DPK 96 Channel, 12 Bit, 100kHz Analog Input Module
DPK 64 Channel, 16 Bit, 250kHz Analog Input Module
DPK 96 Channel, 12 Bit, 250kHz Analog Input Module
DPK 64 Channel, 16 Bit, 500kHz Analog Input Module
DPK 96 Channel, 12 Bit, 500kHz Analog Input Module
DPK 96 Channel, 16 Bit, 500kHz Analog Input, Two Analog Output Module
DPK 96 Channel, 16 Bit, 250kHz Analog Input, Two Analog Output Module
DPK 96 Channel, 16 Bit, 250kHz Analog Input Module
DPK 96 Channel, 16 Bit, 500kHz Analog Input Module
Direct Connect for Analog Signals
Screw terminal adapter for use with 37-pin male connector $40
Direct Connect for Digital Signals
Screw terminal adapter for use with 25-pin male connector $50
Cable Connect for Analog Signals
Ribbon cable, male to female 37-pin connectors, 18″ $29
As above except “xx” equals length in inches (add $2 per Ft over 18″)
DIN-rail mountable screw terminal board with male 37-pin connector $39
Cable Connect for Digital Signals
DIN-rail mountable screw terminal board with male 25-pin connector $44
Ribbon cable, male to female 25-pin connectors, 18″ $29
As above except “xx” equals length in inches (add $2 per Ft over 18″)
One foot length SNAP-TRACK with four clips for mounting up to two STB-xx screw terminal boards $20 (6″ version also available for $15.00)
DIN rail mounting provision $19
Panel mounting provision $XX
Custom connectivity component kit for 37-pin D-Sub connector
Custom connectivity component kit for 25-pin D-Sub connectorxx
Signal Conditioning Options (per group of 8 consecutive channels):
Gain of x1, x2, x5, x10, x50, x100, x1000, or ÷2, ÷4, ÷5, ÷8, ÷10, or fully custom ratios
RC filters, 10n usec, or custom
4-20mA or 10-50mA current inputs
+10V sensor excitation
RTD’s (100 Ohm or custom )
Bridge completion, specify bridge type and values
Junction temperature diodes
Thermocouple inputs with cold-junction compensation (CJC) temperature sensor
Voltage divider, specify attenuation level and source impedance
Model Options: (call for pricing)
Boards only version (no enclosure)
Extended Operating Temperature (-40°C to +85°C)
Thermocouple Reference Junction Sensor installed with two DB37 terminal blocks (ADAP37M-MINI)