Products for USB Sensing and Control

Products for USB Sensing and Control

PHIDGETS Inc.

Unit 1 - 6115 4 St SE
Calgary AB  T2H 2H9
Canada
+1 403 282-7335

VINT Hub Phidget

ID: HUB0000_0

The core of our product line, the USB VINT Hub has 6 VINT ports allowing for endless possibilities for USB sensing and control.

$30.00

Quantity Available: 1000+

Qty Price
5 $28.50
10 $27.00
25 $24.00
50 $21.00
100 $19.50
250 $18.00
500 $16.50
1000 $15.00

If you place an order with Phidgets, it's very likely you'll want a VINT Hub Phidget to tie it all together.

Six Versatile I/O Ports

With a VINT Hub Phidget, you can interface six devices to your computer through a single USB port. Each VINT port can perform one of four roles: Communicating with an intelligent VINT Device, reading a 0-5V Voltage or ratiometric sensor, acting as a digital output, or reading switches as a digital input. Each port has a power and ground pin, so you can also use the ports to gain access to the USB voltage supply directly.

Plug in one of our many VINT-enabled Phidgets that perform a wide variety of functions. Control motors and LEDs, measure temperature or motion, or build a large scale system with many inputs and outputs.

Easy to Use

VINT Devices are 'plug and program': automatically discovered by the Phidget API with the same ease of programming you've come to expect from Phidgets. Each VINT device has a full API with functions and events to make programming a snap.

Analog Sensor Compatible

Sometimes, you just need a few simple analog voltage sensors. Luckily, your collection of Phidget Analog Input sensors is not obsolete; each port on the USB VINT Hub can interface a 0-5V sensor. The VINT Port is backwards compatible with both ratiometric and non-ratiometric Phidget analog sensors.

Digital I/O Mode

In digital output mode, a VINT port can be used to drive LEDs, relays, digital circuits, and other simple electronics. Each port is PWM-enabled, allowing you to dim LEDs to a specific brightness.

Wire a switch or sensor contact directly into a VINT Port, and use the Digital Input mode to read the state of the switch.

If you need more than six inputs or outputs, you can expand by attaching a VINT I/O module. For example, there are VINT digital output modules with 16 outputs, allowing 96 digital outputs on a single VINT HUB Phidget!

Product Specifications

Board
Controlled By USB
Number of VINT Ports 6
Electrical Properties
USB Voltage Min 4.5 V DC
USB Voltage Max 5.3 V DC
USB Speed High Speed
Current Consumption Min 32.5 mA
Available External Current 470 mA
Voltage Inputs
Voltage Input Resolution * 16 bit
Sensor Input Impedance 324 kΩ
Input Voltage Min (DC) 0 V DC
Input Voltage Max (DC) 5 V DC
Voltage Input Noise ± 630 μV DC
Sampling Interval Max 60 s/sample
Number of Voltage Inputs 6 (Shared)
Sampling Interval Min 1 ms/sample
Digital Inputs
Pull-up Resistance 124 kΩ
Low Voltage Max (True) 1 V DC
High Voltage Min (False) 1.8 V DC
Low Voltage Trigger Length Min 3 ms
High Voltage Trigger Length Min 3 ms
Digital Input Voltage Max 5.5 V DC
Digital Input Type Switch (Active Low)
Number of Digital Inputs 6 (Shared)
Digital Outputs
Series Resistance 510 Ω
Digital Output Available Current 8.1 mA
Digital Output Voltage Min 0 V DC
Digital Output Voltage Max 3.3 V DC
PWM Frequency Max 50 kHz
PWM Resolution 0.8 %
Number of Digital Outputs 6 (Shared)
Physical Properties
Operating Temperature Min -40 °C
Operating Temperature Max 85 °C

*Voltage measured with a 10-bit ADC, oversampled to 16-bits.

Software Objects

Channel NameAPIChannel Hub Port
Hub Port - Digital Input Mode
Digital Input DigitalInput 0 0 - 5
Hub Port - Digital Output Mode
Digital Output DigitalOutput 0 0 - 5
Hub Port - Voltage Input Mode
Voltage Input VoltageInput 0 0 - 5
Hub Port - Voltage Ratio Mode
Voltage Ratio Input VoltageRatioInput 0 0 - 5
6-Port USB VINT Hub Phidget
VINT Hub Hub 0  

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DigitalInput C Multiple Download
DigitalInput C# Windows Download
DigitalInput Java Multiple Download
DigitalInput JavaScript Any Download
DigitalInput Objective-C macOS Download
DigitalInput Python Multiple Download
DigitalInput Visual Basic .NET Windows Download
DigitalOutput C Multiple Download
DigitalOutput C# Windows Download
DigitalOutput Java Multiple Download
DigitalOutput JavaScript Any Download
DigitalOutput Objective-C macOS Download
DigitalOutput Python Multiple Download
DigitalOutput Visual Basic .NET Windows Download
VoltageInput C Multiple Download
VoltageInput C# Windows Download
VoltageInput Java Multiple Download
VoltageInput JavaScript Any Download
VoltageInput Objective-C macOS Download
VoltageInput Python Multiple Download
VoltageInput Visual Basic .NET Windows Download
VoltageRatioInput C Multiple Download
VoltageRatioInput C# Windows Download
VoltageRatioInput Java Multiple Download
VoltageRatioInput JavaScript Any Download
VoltageRatioInput Objective-C macOS Download
VoltageRatioInput Python Multiple Download

Product History

Date Board Revision Device Version Comment
June 20170117Product Release
July 20170118USB Bug fix, sometimes can't communicate on attach

Getting Started

Welcome to the HUB0000 user guide! In order to get started, make sure you have the following hardware on hand:


Next, you will need to connect the pieces:

HUB0000 Functional.jpeg
  1. Connect the HUB0000 to your computer with a USB cable.
  2. Connect any sensors, LEDs, or other testing devices to the HUB0000's ports


Now that you have everything together, let's start using the HUB0000!

Using the HUB0000

Phidget Control Panel

In order to demonstrate the functionality of the HUB0000, the Phidget Control Panel running on a Windows machine will be used.


The Phidget Control Panel is available for use on both macOS and Windows machines. If you would like to follow along, first take a look at the getting started guide for your operating system:


Linux users can follow the getting started with Linux guide and continue reading here for more information about the HUB0000.

First Look

After plugging the HUB0000 into your computer and opening the Phidget Control Panel, you will see something like this:

HUB0000 Panel.jpg


The Phidget Control Panel will list all connected Phidgets and associated objects, as well as the following information:

  • Serial number: allows you to differentiate between similar Phidgets.
  • Channel: allows you to differentiate between similar objects on a Phidget.
  • Version number: corresponds to the firmware version your Phidget is running. If your Phidget is listed in red, your firmware is out of date. Update the firmware by double-clicking the entry.


The Phidget Control Panel can also be used to test your device. Double-clicking on an object will open an example.

VINT Device

When you double click on an VINT Device, a window will open with controls and readouts for that specific class of Phidget. For instructions on how to use this example, find the user guide for that Phidget.


Digital Input

Double-click on a Digital Input object in order to run the example:

HUB0000 DigitalInput Example.jpg


General information about the selected object will be displayed at the top of the window. You can also experiment with the following functionality:

  • This is an active-low device, therefore, it will be true when connected to ground, and false when connected to a high voltage.

Digital Output

Double-click on a Digital Output object in order to run the example:

HUB0000 DigitalOutput Example.jpg


General information about the selected object will be displayed at the top of the window. You can also experiment with the following functionality:

  • Toggle the state of the digital output by pressing the button.
  • Use the Duty Cycle slider to start using pulse-width modulation. Rather than simply switching on or off, you can select a Duty Cycle to limit the power being supplied to a specific level. This allows you to control devices like a dimmer would.

Voltage Input

Double-click on a Voltage Input object in order to run the example:

HUB0000 VoltageInputSensor Example.jpg


General information about the selected object will be displayed at the top of the window. You can also experiment with the following functionality:

  • Modify the change trigger and/or data interval value by dragging the sliders. For more information on these settings, see the data interval/change trigger page.
  • If you have an analog sensor connected that you bought from us, you can select it from the Sensor Type drop-down menu. The example will then convert the voltage into a more meaningful value based on your sensor, with units included, and display it beside the Sensor Value label. Converting voltage to a Sensor Value is not specific to this example, it is handled by the Phidget libraries, with functions you have access to when you begin developing!


Voltage Ratio Input

Double-click on a Voltage Ratio Input object in order to run the example:

HUB0000 VoltageRatioSensor Example.jpg


General information about the selected object will be displayed at the top of the window. You can also experiment with the following functionality:

  • The voltage ratio is reported in Volts per Volt. For example, if the Phidget is providing 5V and the sensor is sending back 2.5V, the ratio will be 0.5V/V.
  • Modify the change trigger and/or data interval value by dragging the sliders. For more information on these settings, see the data interval/change trigger page.
  • If you have an analog sensor connected that you bought from us, you can select it from the Sensor Type drop-down menu. The example will then convert the voltage into a more meaningful value based on your sensor, with units included, and display it beside the Sensor Value label. Converting voltage to a Sensor Value is not specific to this example, it is handled by the Phidget libraries, with functions you have access to when you begin developing!



Technical Details

For more information on the capabilities of the ports on the VINT Hub, see the VINT Primer.

What to do Next

  • Software Overview - Find your preferred programming language here to learn how to write your own code with Phidgets!
  • General Phidget Programming - Read this general guide to the various aspects of programming with Phidgets. Learn how to log data into a spreadsheet, use Phidgets over the network, and much more.
  • Phidget22 API - The API is a universal library of all functions and definitions for programming with Phidgets. Just select your language and device and it'll give you a complete list of all properties, methods, events, and enumerations that are at your disposal.

USB Cables

Use a USB cable to connect this Phidget to your computer. We have a number of different lengths available, although the maximum length of a USB cable is 5 meters due to limitations in the timing protocol. For longer distances, we recommend that you use a Single Board Computer to control the Phidget remotely.

Product Physical Properties
Image Part Number Price Connector A Connector B Cable Length
3017_1 $3.00 USB Type A USB Mini-B 280 mm
3018_0 $5.00 USB Type A USB Mini-B 1.8 m
3020_0 $12.00 USB Type A USB Mini-B 4.5 m
3036_0 $3.50 USB Type A USB Mini-B 600 mm
3037_0 $4.00 USB Type A USB Mini-B 1.2 m

Phidget Cables

Use Phidget cables to connect sensors and VINT devices to this hub. You can solder multiple cables together in order to make even longer Phidget cables, but you should be aware of the effects of having long wires in your system.

Product Physical Properties
Image Part Number Price Cable Length
3002_0 $2.00 600 mm
3003_0 $1.50 100 mm
3004_0 $3.00 3.5 m
3034_0 $1.50 150 mm
3038_0 $2.25 1.2 m
3039_0 $2.75 1.8 m