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Low-Cost, Bus-Powered Multifunction DAQ for USB

12- or 14-Bit, Up to 48 kS/s, 8 Analog Inputs

  • 8 analog inputs at 12 or 14 bits, up to 48 kS/s
  • 2 analog outputs at 12 bits, software-timed
  • 12 TTL/CMOS digital I/O lines
  • One 32-bit, 5 MHz counter
  • Digital triggering
  • Bus-powered
  • 1-year warranty


With recent bandwidth improvements and new innovations from National Instruments, USB has evolved into a core bus of choice for measurement applications. The NI USB-6008 and USB-6009 are low-cost DAQ devices with easy screw connectivity and a small form factor. With plug-and-play USB connectivity, these devices are simple enough for quick measurements but versatile enough for more complex measurement applications.

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Requirements and Compatibility

OS Information

  • Mac OS X
  • Windows 2000/XP
  • Windows 7
  • Windows CE
  • Windows Mobile
  • Windows Vista 32-bit
  • Windows Vista 64-bit

Driver Information

  • NI-DAQmx
  • NI-DAQmx Base

Software Compatibility

  • ANSI C/C++
  • LabVIEW
  • LabWindows/CVI
  • Measurement Studio
  • SignalExpress
  • Visual Basic .NET
  • Visual C#

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Comparison Tables

ProductAnalog InputsInput ResolutionMax Sampling Rate (kS/s)Analog OutputsOutput ResolutionOutput Rate (Hz)Digital I/O Lines32-Bit CounterTriggering
USB-60088 single-ended/4 differential1210212150121Digital
USB-60098 single-ended/4 differential1448212150121Digital

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Application and Technology

The USB-6008 and USB-6009 are ideal for applications where a low-cost, small form factor and simplicity are essential. Examples include the following:

  • Data logging—quick and easy environmental or voltage data logging
  • Academic lab use—student ownership of data acquisition hardware for completely interactive lab-based courses (Academic pricing available. Visit the academic product page for details.)
  • OEM applications as I/O for embedded systems

Recommended Software

National Instruments measurement services software, built around NI-DAQmx driver software, includes intuitive application programming interfaces, configuration tools, I/O assistants, and other tools designed to reduce system setup, configuration, and development time. National Instruments recommends using the latest version of NI-DAQmx driver software for application development in NI LabVIEW, SignalExpress, LabWindows™/CVI, and Measurement Studio software. To obtain the latest version of NI-DAQmx, visit

NI measurement services software speeds up your development with features including the following: 

  • A guide to create fast and accurate measurements with no programming using the DAQ Assistant
  • Automatic code generation to create your application in LabVIEW
  • LabWindows/CVI; SignalExpress; and C#, Visual Studio .NET, ANSI C/C++, or Visual Basic using Measurement Studio
  • Multithreaded streaming technology for 1,000 times performance improvements
  • Automatic timing, triggering, and synchronization routing to make advanced applications easy
  • More than 3,000 free software downloads at to jump-start your project
  • Software configuration of all digital I/O features without hardware switches/jumpers
  • Single programming interface for analog input, analog output, digital I/O, and counters on hundreds of multifunction DAQ hardware devices; M Series devices are compatible with the following versions (or later) of NI application software—LabVIEW, LabWindows/CVI, or Measurement Studio versions 7.x; and SignalExpress 2.x

Every National Instruments DAQ device includes a copy of SignalExpress LE data-logging software, so you can quickly acquire, analyze, and present data without programming. The NI-DAQmx Base driver software is provided for use with Linux, Mac OS X, Windows Mobile, and Windows CE OSs.

Recommended Accessories

The USB-6008 and USB-6009 have removable screw terminals for easy signal connectivity. For extra flexibility when handling multiple wiring configurations, NI offers the USB-600x Connectivity Kit, which includes two extra sets of screw terminals, extra labels, and a screwdriver. In addition, the USB-600x Prototyping Kit provides space for adding more circuitry to the inputs of the USB-6008 or USB-6009.


Shorten your time to market by integrating world-class National Instruments OEM measurement products into your embedded system design. Board-only versions of NI USB DAQ devices are available for OEM applications, with competitive quantity pricing and available software customization. The NI OEM Elite Program offers free 30-day trial kits for qualified customers. Visit for more information.

Information for Student Ownership

To supplement simulation, measurement, and automation theory courses with practical experiments, NI has developed the USB-6008 and USB-6009 student kits, which include the LabVIEW Student Edition and a ready-to-run data logger application. These kits are exclusively for students, giving them a powerful, low-cost, hands-on learning tool. Visit for more details.

Information for OEM Customers 

For information on special configurations and pricing, call (800) 813-3693 (United States only) or visit Go to the Ordering Information section for part numbers.

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Software Recommendations

NI LabVIEW Full Development System for Windows

  • Fully integrated graphical system design software
  • Support for a wide range of measurement hardware, I/O, and buses
  • Custom, event-driven user interfaces for measurement and control
  • Extensive signal processing, analysis, and math functionality
  • Advanced compiler to ensure high-performance execution and code optimization
  • Includes SSP for professional technical support, online training, and software upgrades

SignalExpress for Windows

  • Quickly configure projects without programming
  • Control over 400 PC-based and stand-alone instruments
  • Log data from more than 250 data acquisition devices
  • Perform basic signal processing, analysis, and file I/O
  • Scale your application with automatic LabVIEW code generation
  • Create custom reports or easily export data to LabVIEW, DIAdem or Microsoft Excel

NI LabWindows™/CVI for Windows

  • Real-time advanced 2D graphs and charts
  • Complete hardware compatibility with IVI, VISA, DAQ, GPIB, and serial
  • Analysis tools for array manipulation, signal processing statistics, and curve fitting
  • Simplified cross-platform communication with network variables
  • Measurement Studio .NET tools (included in LabWindows/CVI Full only)
  • The mark LabWindows is used under a license from Microsoft Corporation.

NI Measurement Studio Standard Edition

  • Customizable graphs and charts for WPF, Windows Forms, and ASP.NET Web Forms UI design
  • Analysis libraries for basic signal generation
  • Hardware integration support with data acquisition and instrument control libraries
  • Project setup wizards to speed up development
  • Support for Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2012/2010/2008

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Support and Services

System Assurance Programs

NI system assurance programs are designed to make it even easier for you to own an NI system. These programs include configuration and deployment services for your NI PXI, CompactRIO, or Compact FieldPoint system. The NI Basic System Assurance Program provides a simple integration test and ensures that your system is delivered completely assembled in one box. When you configure your system with the NI Standard System Assurance Program, you can select from available NI system driver sets and application development environments to create customized, reorderable software configurations. Your system arrives fully assembled and tested in one box with your software preinstalled. When you order your system with the standard program, you also receive system-specific documentation including a bill of materials, an integration test report, a recommended maintenance plan, and frequently asked question documents. Finally, the standard program reduces the total cost of owning an NI system by providing three years of warranty coverage and calibration service. Use the online product advisors at to find a system assurance program to meet your needs.

Technical Support

Get answers to your technical questions using the following National Instruments resources.

  • Support - Visit to access the NI KnowledgeBase, example programs, and tutorials or to contact our applications engineers who are located in NI sales offices around the world and speak the local language.
  • Discussion Forums - Visit for a diverse set of discussion boards on topics you care about.
  • Online Community - Visit to find, contribute, or collaborate on customer-contributed technical content with users like you.


While you may never need your hardware repaired, NI understands that unexpected events may lead to necessary repairs. NI offers repair services performed by highly trained technicians who quickly return your device with the guarantee that it will perform to factory specifications. For more information, visit

Training and Certifications

The NI training and certification program delivers the fastest, most certain route to increased proficiency and productivity using NI software and hardware. Training builds the skills to more efficiently develop robust, maintainable applications, while certification validates your knowledge and ability.

  • Classroom training in cities worldwide - the most comprehensive hands-on training taught by engineers.
  • On-site training at your facility - an excellent option to train multiple employees at the same time.
  • Online instructor-led training - lower-cost, remote training if classroom or on-site courses are not possible.
  • Course kits - lowest-cost, self-paced training that you can use as reference guides.
  • Training memberships and training credits - to buy now and schedule training later.
Visit for more information.

Extended Warranty

NI offers options for extending the standard product warranty to meet the life-cycle requirements of your project. In addition, because NI understands that your requirements may change, the extended warranty is flexible in length and easily renewed. For more information, visit


NI offers design-in consulting and product integration assistance if you need NI products for OEM applications. For information about special pricing and services for OEM customers, visit


Our Professional Services Team is comprised of NI applications engineers, NI Consulting Services, and a worldwide National Instruments Alliance Partner program of more than 700 independent consultants and integrators. Services range from start-up assistance to turnkey system integration. Visit

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Detailed Specifications

FThe following specifications are typical at 25 °C, unless otherwise noted.

Analog Input

Converter type

  Successive approximation

Analog inputs

  8 single-ended, 4 differential, software selectable

Input resolution

NI USB-6008

  12 bits differential, 11 bits single-ended

NI USB-6009

  14 bits differential, 13 bits single-ended

Max sampling rate (aggregate) 1

NI USB-6008

  10 kS/s

NI USB-6009

  48 kS/s


  512 bytes

Timing resolution

  41.67 ns (24 MHz timebase)

Timing accuracy

  100 ppm of actual sample rate

Input range


  ±10 V


  ±20 V  2 , ±10 V, ±5 V, ±4 V, ±2.5 V, ±2 V, ±1.25 V, ±1 V

Working voltage

  ±10 V

Input impedance

  144 kΩ

Overvoltage protection


Trigger source

  Software or external digital trigger

System noise 3


±10 V range

  5 mVrms


± 20 V range

  5 mVrms

±1 V range

  0.5 mVrms

Absolute accuracy at full scale, single-ended
Range Typical at 25 °C (mV) Maximum over Temperature (mV)
±10 14.7 138
Absolute accuracy at full scale, differential  4
Range Typical at 25 °C (mV) Maximum over Temperature (mV)
±20 14.7 138
±10 7.73 84.8
±5 4.28 58.4
±4 3.59 53.1
±2.5 2.56 45.1
±2 2.21 42.5
±1.25 1.70 38.9
±1 1.53 37.5

Analog Output

Analog outputs


Output resolution

  12 bits

Maximum update rate

  150 Hz, software-timed

Output range

  0 to +5 V

Output impedance

  50 Ω

Output current drive

  5 mA

Power-on state

  0 V

Slew rate

  1 V/μs

Short circuit current

  50 mA

Absolute accuracy (no load)

  7 mV typical, 36.4 mV maximum at full scale
Digital I/O

Digital I/O


  8 lines


  4 lines

Direction control

  Each channel individually programmable as input or output

Output driver type

NI USB-6008

  Open collector (open-drain)

NI USB-6009

  Each channel individually programmable as active drive (push-pull) or open collector (open-drain)



Absolute maximum voltage range

  –0.5 to 5.8 V with respect to GND

Pull-up resistor

  4.7 kΩ to 5 V

Power-on state


Digital logic levels
Level Min Max Units
Input low voltage –0.3 0.8 V
Input high voltage 2.0 5.8 V
Input leakage current 50 μA
Output low voltage (I = 8.5 mA) 0.8 V
Output high voltage
Active drive (push-pull), I = –8.5 mA 2.0 3.5 V
Open collector (open-drain), I = –0.6 mA, nominal 2.0 5.0 V
Open collector (open-drain), I = –8.5 mA, with external pull-up resistor 2.0 V

External Voltage

+5 V output (200 mA maximum)

  +5 V typical, +4.85 V minimum

+2.5 V output (1 mA maximum)

  +2.5 V typical

+2.5 V accuracy

  0.25% max

Reference temperature drift

  50 ppm/°C max

Number of counters



  32 bits

Counter measurements

  Edge counting (falling-edge)

Counter direction

  Count up

Pull-up resistor

  4.7 kΩ to 5 V

Maximum input frequency

  5 MHz

Minimum high pulse width

  100 ns

Minimum low pulse width

  100 ns

Input high voltage

  2.0 V

Input low voltage

  0.8 V
Power Requirements


4.10 to 5.25 VDC

  80 mA typical, 500 mA max

USB suspend

  300 μA typical, 500 μA max
Physical Characteristics


Without connectors


6.35 cm × 8.51 cm × 2.31 cm 

(2.50 in. × 3.35 in. × 0.91 in.)

With connectors


8.18 cm × 8.51 cm × 2.31 cm 

(3.22 in. × 3.35 in. × 0.91 in.)

I/O connectors

  USB series B receptacle, (2) 16 position terminal block plug headers


With connectors

  84 g (3 oz)

Without connectors

  54 g (1.9 oz)

Screw-terminal wiring

  16 to 28 AWG

Torque for screw terminals

  0.22–0.25 N · m (2.0–2.2 lb · in.)
If you need to clean the module, wipe it with a dry towel.
Safety Voltages
Connect only voltages that are within these limits.


  ±30 V max, Measurement Category I

Measurement Category I is for measurements performed on circuits not directly connected to the electrical distribution system referred to as MAINS voltage. MAINS is a hazardous live electrical supply system that powers equipment. This category is for measurements of voltages from specially protected secondary circuits. Such voltage measurements include signal levels, special equipment, limited-energy parts of equipment, circuits powered by regulated low-voltage sources, and electronics.

Caution Do not use this module for connection to signals or for measurements within Measurement Categories II, III, or IV.

Safety Standards
This product is designed to meet the requirements of the following standards of safety for electrical equipment for measurement, control, and laboratory use:
  • IEC 61010-1, EN 61010-1
  • UL 61010-1, CSA 61010-1

Note For UL and other safety certifications, refer to the product label or visit, search by model number or product line, and click the appropriate link in the Certification column.

Hazardous Locations
The NI USB-6008/6009 device is not certified for use in hazardous locations.
The NI USB-6008/6009 device is intended for indoor use only.

Operating temperature

(IEC 60068-2-1 and IEC 60068-2-2)

  0 to 55 °C

Operating humidity

(IEC 60068-2-56)

  5 to 95% RH, noncondensing

Maximum altitude

  2,000 m (at 25 °C ambient temperature)

Storage temperature

(IEC 60068-2-1 and IEC 60068-2-2)

  –40 to 85 °C

Storage humidity

(IEC 60068-2-56)

  5 to 90% RH, noncondensing

Pollution Degree (IEC 60664)

Electromagnetic Compatibility
This product is designed to meet the requirements of the following standards of EMC for electrical equipment for measurement, control, and laboratory use:
  • EN 61326 EMC requirements; Minimum Immunity
  • EN 55011 Emissions; Group 1, Class A
  • CE, C-Tick, ICES, and FCC Part 15 Emissions; Class A

Note For EMC compliance, operate this device with double-shielded cables.

CE Compliance
This product meets the essential requirements of applicable European Directives, as amended for CE marking, as follows:
  • 2006/95/EC; Low-Voltage Directive (safety)
  • 2004/108/EC; Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive (EMC)

Note Refer to the Declaration of Conformity (DoC) for this product for any additional regulatory compliance information. To obtain the DoC for this product, visit, search by module number or product line, and click the appropriate link in the Certification column.

Environmental Management

National Instruments is committed to designing and manufacturing products in an environmentally responsible manner. NI recognizes that eliminating certain hazardous substances from our products is beneficial not only to the environment but also to NI customers.

For additional environmental information, refer to the NI and the Environment Web page at This page contains the environmental regulations and directives with which NI complies, as well as other environmental information not included in this document.

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

EU Customers At the end of their life cycle, all products must be sent to a WEEE recycling center. For more information about WEEE recycling centers and National Instruments WEEE initiatives, visit

1 System dependent.
2 ±20 V means that |AI+ – (AI–)| ≥ 20 V. However, AI+ and AI– must both be within ±10 V of GND.
3 System noise measured at maximum sample rate.
4 Input voltages may not exceed the working voltage range.

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