NI USB-6212 16-Bit, 400 kS/s M Series MIO DAQ, Bus Powered

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  • 16 analog inputs (16-bit, 400 kS/s)
  • 2 analog outputs (16-bit, 250 kS/s); 32 digital I/O (24 for mass termination); two 32-bit counters
  • Bus-powered USB for high mobility; built-in signal connectivity
  • NI Signal Streaming technology for sustained high-speed data streams over USB; OEM version available
  • Compatible with LabVIEW, ANSI C/C++, C#, Visual Basic .NET, and Visual Basic 6.0
  • NI-DAQmx driver software and LabVIEW SignalExpress LE interactive data-logging software
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The NI USB-6212 is a bus-powered USB M Series multifunction DAQ module optimized for superior accuracy at fast sampling rates. It offers 16 analog inputs; 400 kS/s sampling rate; two analog outputs; 32 digital I/O lines; four programmable input ranges (±0.2 V to ±10 V) per channel; digital triggering; and two counter/timers.

The USB-6212 is designed specifically for mobile or space-constrained applications. Plug-and-play installation minimizes configuration and setup time, and direct screw-terminal connectivity keeps costs down and simplifies signal connections. This product does not require external power.

The USB-6212 also features new NI Signal Streaming technology, which gives you DMA-like bidirectional high-speed streaming of data across the USB bus. For more information about NI Signal Streaming technology, view the Resources tab.

Each module features an OEM version. Check the Resources tab or use the left navigation to get pricing and technical information.

Driver Software
NI-DAQmx driver and measurement services software provides easy-to-use configuration and programming interfaces with features such as the DAQ Assistant to help reduce development time. Browse the information in the Resources tab to learn more about driver software or download a driver. M Series devices are not compatible with the Traditional NI-DAQ (Legacy) driver.

Application Software
Every M Series DAQ device includes a copy of NI LabVIEW SignalExpress LE data-logging software, so you can quickly acquire, analyze, and present data without programming. In addition to LabVIEW SignalExpress, M Series DAQ devices are compatible with the following versions (or later) of NI application software—LabVIEW 7.1, LabWindows™/CVI 7.x, or Measurement Studio 7.x. M Series DAQ devices are also compatible with Visual Studio .NET, C/C++, and Visual Basic 6.0.

The mark LabWindows is used under a license from Microsoft Corporation. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries.

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Specifications Summary

Product Name USB-6212
Product Family Multifunction Data Acquisition
Form Factor USB
Part Number 780169-01 , 780107-01
Operating System/Target Windows
DAQ Product Family M Series
Measurement Type Quadrature encoder , Voltage
Isolation Type None
RoHS Compliant Yes
USB Power Bus-Powered
Analog Input
Channels 16 , 8
Single-Ended Channels 16
Differential Channels 8
Resolution 16 bits
Sample Rate 400 kS/s
Max Voltage 10 V
Maximum Voltage Range -10 V - 10 V
Maximum Voltage Range Accuracy 2.71 mV
Maximum Voltage Range Sensitivity 118 µV
Minimum Voltage Range -200 mV - 200 mV
Minimum Voltage Range Accuracy 0.089 mV
Minimum Voltage Range Sensitivity 5.2 µV
Number of Ranges 4
Simultaneous Sampling No
On-Board Memory 4095 samples
Analog Output
Channels 2
Resolution 16 bits
Max Voltage 10 V
Maximum Voltage Range -10 V - 10 V
Maximum Voltage Range Accuracy 3.512 mV
Minimum Voltage Range -10 V - 10 V
Minimum Voltage Range Accuracy 3.512 mV
Update Rate 250 kS/s
Current Drive Single 2 mA
Current Drive All 4 mA
Digital I/O
Bidirectional Channels 32
Input-Only Channels 0
Output-Only Channels 0
Timing Software
Logic Levels TTL
Input Current Flow Sinking , Sourcing
Output Current Flow Sinking , Sourcing
Programmable Input Filters No
Supports Programmable Power-Up States? Yes
Current Drive Single 16 mA
Current Drive All 50 mA
Watchdog Timer No
Supports Handshaking I/O? No
Supports Pattern I/O? No
Maximum Input Range 0 V - 5.25 V
Maximum Output Range 0 V - 3.8 V
Counters 2
Buffered Operations Yes
Debouncing/Glitch Removal Yes
GPS Synchronization No
Maximum Range 0 V - 5.25 V
Max Source Frequency 80 MHz
Pulse Generation Yes
Resolution 32 bits
Timebase Stability 50 ppm
Logic Levels TTL
Physical Specifications
Length 16.9 cm
Width 9.4 cm
Height 3.1 cm
I/O Connector Screw terminals
Triggering Digital

NI USB-6212 Complete Package

Each NI USB-6212 requires:

NI USB-6212

NI USB-6212 and Accessories

NI USB-6212
- 780107-01 Qty $ 1,131 each
- 780169-01 Qty $ 1,131 each
Optional Accessories
Recommended Accessories
Qty $ 65 each
Additional Accessories
Qty $ 58 each
Qty $ 177 each
DIN Rail Mounting Kit - 779689-01
Qty $ 31 each
Compliant Calibration
Qty $ 290 each
Hardware Subtotal: $ 1,131


Note : You should only purchase this device without software if you already own compatible application software. [View Full List]
LabVIEW Full Development System for Windows (English) , 1 year SSP - 776670-35 Qty $ 2,699 each
LabVIEW Application Builder for Windows - 776675-35 Qty $ 999 each
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