USB compatible 8-channel sensor interface | Model 2218

Model 2218 USB compatible 8-channel sensor interface
  • Measures thermocouples, RTDs, strain gauges, thermistors, voltage and resistance
  • Provides complete sensor signal conditioning
  • High-accuracy differential inputs
  • Excellent 50/60 Hz rejection
  • Pulsed excitation minimizes sensor self-heating
  • 4-wire circuits eliminate lead-loss errors
  • Isothermal connectors for high thermocouple accuracy
  • Powered by USB


Model 2218 is a USB-compatible module that interfaces eight sensors to a host computer. It provides excitation for passive sensors and complete signal conditioning for thermocouples, RTDs, thermistors, and strain and pressure gauges. Each channel can be independently configured to measure voltage, resistance, or any supported sensor type. In addition, eight independent digital I/O lines (3.3 V logic) are available for general-purpose use. All GPIOs support edge detection, programmable direction and software-configurable pull-up/pull-down control. The module is USB-powered; no external power supply is required.

2218 block diagram


The module automatically scans the eight sensor channels and produces up to five samples/second per channel. When scanned, a sensor is excited, cold-junction compensated, amplified, digitized, and linearized as required by the sensor type. Samples are automatically converted to appropriate engineering units (e.g., °C, Ω, and V) and sent over USB at a programmable rate so that the host computer never needs to initiate or wait for data conversion.

Smart excitation

Sensoray's exclusive pulsed excitation system provides the ideal stimulus for passive sensors. Excitation is applied only when measuring, thus reducing both sensor self-heating and overall module power consumption. The excitation type and level is automatically reconfigured, on-the-fly, for each channel to optimize sensor stimulation.

Lossless measurement

Each channel has provision for a four-wire connection, enabling it to completely eliminate lead loss errors from RTD, thermistor, and resistor measurements.

Accurate thermocouples

The module eliminates several common sources of thermocouple measurement error. Its novel internal design eliminates module-induced thermal gradients, and a removable cover is provided to insulate thermocouple cold junctions from disruptive thermal transients.


Fully electronic calibration is used to ensure rock-solid performance in high-vibration environments. Factory-programmed calibration data is stored in the module to enable quick and easy installation.

Sensor Connections

Robust, removable screw terminal blocks are provided for all field wire connections. Analog signals connect to a cluster of four terminal blocks along one side of the module; digital signals connect to a single terminal block on the opposite side.


Sensor channels
Number of channels 8
Interface 4-wire (2 excitation, 2 analog input)
Input voltage range Normal operation: ±5 V
Absolute max: ±20 V
Scan rate (per channel) Up to 5 samples/s
Input impedance 1000 MΩ
CMRR 78 db @ 0-60 Hz, min
CMV range ±5V
Supported sensors
Thermocouple J, K, T, S, E, B, N, C, R
RTD Pt 100 α = 385
Pt 100 α = 392
Ni 200 α = 1.098
Ni 1000 α = 4.4
Cu 10 α = 0.039
Thermistor 10 KΩ types 44006 / 44031
Strain gage 120 Ω min
Voltage ranges ±5 V
±500 mV
±100 mV
Resistance ranges 0 to 400 Ω
0 to 4 KΩ
0 to 600 KΩ
Digital I/Os
Number of I/Os 8
Interface 3.3 V CMOS logic
Programmable functions Edge detection, direction, pull-up/down configuration
Interface USB 2.0 high-speed
Input power USB powered, 1.75 W (350 mA @ 5 VDC)
Operating temperature 0 to 70 °C
Storage temperature -25 to 85 °C


File Version Type Size
Model 2218 mechanical drawing1.0.0PDF64 KB

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