USB-CTR-15

USB Digital Counter/Timer Module

Features

  • High-Speed USB 2.0 device, USB 3.0 compatible
  • Fifteen independent 16-bit counter/timers (5 x 82C54-10)
  • Clock, gate and out signals from all 15 channels buffered and accessed via 1 connector
  • PC/104 module size (3.550" by 3.775") and mounting compatibility
  • Standard configuration adaptor pre-configured for event counting, frequency measurement, pulse width measurement, or frequency generation
  • Removable screw-terminal board for easy wiring
  • User wiring adaptor card provided for flexible yet easy counter concatenation/configuration
  • Rugged small-sized (4" x 4" x 1.25") steel enclosure
  • Type B USB connector features industrial strength and high-retention design

FACTORY OPTIONS

  • Extended operating temperature (-40° to +85°C)
  • External power components and AC/DC adapter
  • Screw terminals for power input provide high retention connection
  • OEM (board only) version with PC/104 mounting holes and PCB footprint for added flexibility in embedded applications
  • RoHS Available. Please contact us for ordering information

The USB-CTR-15 is an ideal solution for adding portable, easy-to-install, counter/timer capabilities to any PC or embedded system with a USB port. This board is packaged in a small, rugged, industrial enclosure and features 15 independent 16-bit counter/timers. The unit is a true USB 2.0 device, offering the highest speed available with the USB bus. It is fully compatible with both USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 ports. The unit is plug-and-play allowing quick connect/disconnect whenever you need additional counter/timer devices on your USB port. The USB-CTR-15 can be used for a wide variety of measurement applications including event counting, frequency measurements, position measurement, pulse counting, pulse-width modulation and pulse generation. The OEM version provides just the board without the enclosure or external screw terminal board and is ideal for a variety of embedded OEM applications.

The USB-CTR-15 features five fully-undedicated industry standard 82C54 counter/timer chips. Each 82C54 provides three independent software programmable 16-bit counters. The maximum allowable input frequency is 10 MHz. I/O wiring connections are provided via an industry standard 50-pin IDC connector or via a removable screw terminal adapter board. A User Configuration Adapter board is also provided to assist in wiring the counters together. This allows for flexible yet easy counter concatenation/configuration.

The USB-CTR-15 is designed to be used in rugged industrial environments but is small enough to fit nicely onto any desk or testing station. The board measures just 3.550 by 3.775 inches and ships inside a steel powder-coated enclosure with an anti-skid bottom.

OEM USB/104 FORM FACTOR

What makes the OEM option unique is that its PCB size and mounting holes match the PC/104 form factor (without the bus connections). This allows our rugged counter/timer board to be added to any PCI-104 or PC/104 stack by connecting it to a simple USB port usually included on-board with embedded CPU form factors such as EBX, EPIC, and PC/104 - especially important since many newer CPU chipsets do not support ISA and have plenty of USB ports. Future stacks will be using the extremely fast PCI Express bus which is essentially overkill for simple digital monitoring and control. The USB-CTR-15 OEM board can also be added into many pre-existing standard PC/104 based systems and enclosures. The OEM (board only) version is perfect for a variety of embedded applications. The board's pre-drilled mounting holes allow for installation using standoffs inside most enclosures or systems.

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/104 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 miniature USB input header is provided in parallel with the type B connector.

Applications

  • Home
  • Portable
  • Laptop
  • Education
  • Laboratory
  • Industrial Automation
  • Embedded OEM

ACCESSORIES

The USB-CTR-15 is available with optional cable assemblies, screw termination boards, and an optional external AC/DC power supply.

Drivers and Downloads

List of available Downloads: Software Packages, Drivers, Manuals, and other documents

Information about our Free Software packages:

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 Windows XP through Windows 8.1, including "Server 2008," "Embedded," and "Compact" flavors in both 32-bit and 64-bit 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.

Samples

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

Drivers for various operating systems are also provided, including active support for Windows 8.1, 8.0, 7, and XP — all in both 32-bit and 64-bit flavors, and including consumer, server, and embedded varieties — as well as the 3.x and 2.6 Linux kernels and recent OSX 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..

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.


Custom Software

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.


Available Reference Manuals

Available Software Downloads

Available Datasheets


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.

Specifications


Counter/Timers

  • Type: 82C54-10 programmable interval counters
  • Output Drive:
    • 2.0 VDC min., source 32 mA
    • 0.55 VDC max., sink 64 mA
  • Maximum Input Frequency: 10MHz
  • Input Gate: TTL/CMOS compatible
  • Clock: On-board, 10 MHz crystal-controlled clock
  • Active Count Edge: Negative edge
  • Minimum Clock Pulse Width: (input characteristic) 30 ns high, 40 ns low
  • Minimum Divisor: divide-by-2
  • Maximum Divisor: divide-by-65536 (16-bits, load value "0")
  • Timer Range: 16 bits

Bus Type

  • USB2.0 high-speed (480 Mb/s)
  • circa 4000 transactions per second

Power

  • Basic unit: 60mA typical (no load); 12mA with max counter transitions
  • +5 VDC from the USB bus or external power supply depending on user configuration
The USB bus is specified to provide 500 mA to most desktop environments. This gives you 440 mA available (500mA -60mA = 440mA). If using more than a total of 500mA, use optional 9 VDC (on board voltage regulator outputs +5 VDC to card) external power supply and remove VUSB jumper and place jumper on VEXT. Then plug in external power before plugging into USB port . This option will give you a total of 1000mA available.
  • +5V resettable fuse at 0.5A located on connector

Environmental

  • Operating Temperature Range: 0°C. to 70°C
  • Storage Temperature Range: -40°C. to +85°C
  • Humidity: 0 to 90% RH, non-condensing
  • Board Dimension: 3.550 x 3.775 inches
  • Box Dimension: 4.00 x 4.00 x 1.25 inches

Regulatory Compliance

  • This product is designed to be in full compliance with CE requirements.

 
ModelPrice (USD)
USB-CTR-15249.00
USB-CTR-15E224.00
USB-CTR-15-OEM199.00

Ordering Guide
USB-CTR-15Enclosure, module and screw terminal board
USB-CTR-15EEconomy model (no screw terminal board)
USB-CTR-15-OEMBoard only (no enclosure or screw terminal board)
Accessories
STB-50USpring-cage terminal board for 50-pin mating connector. $49
STB-50U KitSpring-cage terminal board kit used for mounting the STB-50U to the enclosure of the USB-CTR-15. Includes STB-50U, cable and specialized mounting hardware. $69
UTBK-50Direct connect 50-pin removable screw terminal board $49
STB-50DIN-rail mountable screw terminal board with latches for 50-pin header $44
MP104-DINDIN-rail mounting provision $19
CAB50F-650-pin ribbon cable with female header connectors, 6 feet long $30
CAB50-6Ribbon cable with 50-pin female edge connector on one end and 50-pin female connector on the other end $30
C104-50F-1250-pin ribbon cable with female headers, 12" long $15
CUSB-EMB-11ft USB Type A to micro-fit OEM header $19
CUSB-EMB-66ft USB Type A to micro-fit OEM header $19
CUSB-EMB-HDR30" USB 1x5 standard header to micro OEM cable $19
CUSB-EMB-HDRM30" USB 1x5 metric header to micro OEM cable $19
CUSB-EMB6" micro-fit to micro-fit embedded OEM cable $19
USB-104-HUBRugged, industrial grade, 4-port high-speed USB 2.0 hub
Options (call for pricing)
-EEconomy module, no screw terminal board
-OEMBoard only model, no enclosure or screw terminal board
-PExternal power components and AC/DC adapter
-STExternal power components & screw terminals for power input (high retention)
-TExtended operating temperature (-40°C to +85°C)
-RoHSRoHS compliant version
 
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