Versatile Input Phidget, DAQ1400_0

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Reads one 4-20mA, frequency output, PNP/NPN or 5V sensor, and provides 12 or 24V without an external supply.


Most of the sensors sold at Phidgets are simple 0-5V devices that can be read directly from a VINT port. But sometimes, you need a special sensor, be it a 4-20mA pressure sensor or a frequency output flow meter.

The Versatile Input Phidget aims to provide an interface for as many types of sensors as possible while still keeping its compact form and low price point. Listed below are the various options for this adapter:

Power Supply 12V/24V

If you have a sensor that requires more than the typical 5V, this option allows you to generate a 12V or 24V power supply. This power is supplied directly through the VINT port with no need for an external power supply, cutting down on messy power wiring. You can also turn the power off through a command in your program as a power saving and control feature.

Voltage Input 5V


Similar to a VINT port opened in VoltageInput mode, this input will read in a 0-5V signal from a 5V sensor. This input is included primarily for industrial sensors that require a 12V or 24V supply, but still return a 0-5V signal. This input, however, does not support ratiometric sensors. For sensors that only require 5V power, you can just use a VINT Hub or InterfaceKit.


Current Input 4-20mA


This input can interface sensors with a 4-20mA output. These sensors are often used in applications with long wires where a voltage signal would normally drop off due to line resistance and be susceptible to interference. You can also use this input to measure small currents in a circuit, but only in the range of 0.5 to 20mA.

FrequencyCounter Input


Do you have a sensor that outputs a frequency signal, or do you need to count the number of logic-level pulses on a line? With this input, you can count pulses and measure the frequency being output by your sensor up to a maximum 1 MHz. You can also select a cutoff frequency in software to determine when a frequency is considered to be 'zero'.


Digital Input PNP/NPN


For a sensor with a simple output that switches to logic high (PNP), or switches to ground (NPN), this input provides a 10 kΩ internal resistance to pull the line down or up, respectively.

Board Properties

Controlled By


Voltage Sensor

Voltage Resolution

71 μV DC

Sensor Input Impedance

100 kΩ

Input Voltage Min (DC)

0 V DC

Input Voltage Max (DC)

5 V DC

Sampling Interval Max 

60 s/sample

Sampling Interval Min

20 ms/sample

Measurement Error Max

0.03 %

Number of Voltage Inputs


Electrical Properties

Available External Voltage

12 or 24 V DC

Current Consumption (Configured)

8 mA

Current Consumption (Unconfigured)

24 μA

Current Input

Input Current Min

500 μA

Input Current Max

20 mA

Current Measurement Resolution

10 μA

Measurement Error Max

0.1 %

Sampling Interval Max 

60 s/sample

Sampling Interval Min

20 ms/sample

Digital Inputs

Digital Input Type


Number of Digital Inputs


Digital Input Voltage Max

24 V DC

Pull-up Resistance

10 kΩ

Pull-down Resistance

10 kΩ

FrequencyCounter Input

Number of Channels


Input Frequency Max

2 MHz

Frequency Error Max

1 %

Counting Rate Max

1E+06 pulses per second

Physical Properties

Recommended Wire Size

16 - 26 AWG

Operating Temperature Min

-40 °C

Operating Temperature Max

85 °C