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USB-8506 Specifications

    Last Modified: December 11, 2018

    This document lists specifications for the USB-8506 1-port and 2-port LIN interface device.


    Warranted specifications describe the performance of a model under stated operating conditions and are covered by the model warranty.

    Characteristics describe values that are relevant to the use of the model under stated operating conditions but are not covered by the model warranty.

    • Typical specifications describe the performance met by a majority of models.
    • Nominal specifications describe an attribute that is based on design, conformance testing, or supplemental testing.

    Specifications are Typical unless otherwise noted.


    Specifications are typical at 0 °C to 55 °C unless otherwise noted.

    Bus Interface


    USB 2.0 High-Speed

    Power Requirements

    USB 2.0, bus-powered device

    Input voltage

    4.5 V min, 5.25 V max

    Working mode current

    500 mA maximum, 200 mA typical (2 ports), 180 mA typical (1 port)

    USB suspend

    2.5 mA maximum


    The protection provided by the USB-8506 can be impaired if it is used in a manner not described in the user documentation.


    La protection apportée par le USB-8506 risque d'être endommagée s'il est utilisé d'une autre façon que celle décrite dans la documentation utilisateur.


    Operating Environment

    Ambient temperature

    0 °C to 55 °C

    Relative humidity

    10% to 90%, noncondensing

    Maximum altitude

    2,000 m (800 mbar) at 25 °C ambient temperature

    Indoor use only.

    Storage Environment

    Ambient temperature

    -20 °C to 70 °C

    Relative humidity

    5% to 95%, noncondensing

    Pollution Degree




    1 port

    8.38 cm x 10.29 cm x 2.49 cm (3.30 in. x 4.05 in. x 0.98 in.)

    2 port

    9.27 cm x 10.29 cm x 2.49 cm (3.65 in. x 4.05 in. x 0.98 in.)


    1 port

    207 g (7.30 oz)

    2 port

    215 g (7.58 oz)

    Cable Length

    Captive USB cable length

    2 m

    I/O Connectors


    Standard Type A plug

    LIN Interface

    9-pin male D-SUB

    Sync Port (only on 2-port variant)

    3-pin Combicon

    LIN Characteristics


    NXP TJA1028

    Max baud rate

    20 kbps

    Battery voltage (VBAT) power requirement (always required)

    Input Voltage

    +8 VDC to +18 VDC

    Typical power consumption from VBAT (tested under VBAT = +12 V)

    Normal mode

    14 mA (with on board termination enabled)

    Standby mode

    7 mA (with on board termination disabled)

    Sleep mode

    290 µA

    Onboard Termination (If Enabled)


    1 kΩ

    Sync Port

    I/O compatibility

    5V TTL compatible

    Number of generic triggers[1]


    Supported Input Time base frequencies

    1 MHz, 10 MHz, and 20 MHz with auto detection

    Supported Output Time base frequency

    1 MHz


    The USB-8506 offers port-to-port (2-port variant) and port-to-USB (both 1 port and 2 port) isolation.

    Isolation Voltage

    Port-to-earth ground


    60 VDC, Measurement Category I


    The COM signals of LIN ports on USB-8506 are not connected to the USB ground. This isolation is intended to prevent ground loops and does not meet UL ratings for safety isolation.

    Maximum Voltage on LIN Ports

    This voltage is the maximum voltage that can be applied or output without creating a safety hazard.

    Connect only the voltages that are within these limits.


    -40 VDC to +40 VDC max, Measurement Category I

    Measurement Category I is for measurement performed on circuits not directly connected to the electrical distribution system referred to as MAINS voltage. MAINS is a hazardous live electrical supply system that powers equipment. This category is for measurements of voltages from specially protected secondary circuits. Such voltage measurements include signal levels, special equipment, limited-energy parts of equipment, circuits powered by regulated low-voltage sources, and electronics.


    Do not connect the USB-8506 to signals or use for measurements within Measurement Categories II, III, or IV.


    Ne connectez pas le USB-8506 à des signaux et ne l'utilisez pas pour effectuer des mesures dans les catégories de mesure II, III ou IV.


    Measurement Categories CAT I and CAT O (Other) are equivalent. These test and measurement circuits are not intended for direct connection to the MAINs building installations of Measurement Categories CAT II, CAT III, and CAT IV.

    Safety Compliance Standards

    This product is designed to meet the requirements of the following electrical equipment safety standards for measurement, control, and laboratory use:

    • IEC 61010-1, EN 61010-1
    • UL 61010-1, CSA C22.2 No. 61010-1

    For UL and other safety certifications, refer to the product label or the Product Certifications and Declarations section.

    Electromagnetic Compatibility

    This product meets the requirements of the following EMC standards for electrical equipment for measurement, control, and laboratory use:

    • EN 61326-1 (IEC 61326-1): Class A emissions; Basic immunity
    • EN 55011 (CISPR 11): Group 1, Class A emissions
    • EN 55022 (CISPR 22): Class A emissions
    • EN 55024 (CISPR 24): Immunity
    • AS/NZS CISPR 11: Group 1, Class A emissions
    • AS/NZS CISPR 22: Class A emissions
    • FCC 47 CFR Part 15B: Class A emissions
    • ICES-001: Class A emissions

    Group 1 equipment (per CISPR 11) is any industrial, scientific, or medical equipment that does not intentionally generate radio frequency energy for the treatment of material or inspection/analysis purposes.


    In the United States (per FCC 47 CFR), Class A equipment is intended for use in commercial, light-industrial, and heavy-industrial locations. In Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand (per CISPR 11) Class A equipment is intended for use only in heavy-industrial locations.


    For EMC declarations and certifications, and additional information, refer to the Product Certifications and Declarations section.

    CE Compliance

    This product meets the essential requirements of applicable European Directives, as follows:

    • 2014/35/EU; Low-Voltage Directive (safety)
    • 2014/30/EU; Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive (EMC)

    Product Certifications and Declarations

    Refer to the product Declaration of Conformity (DoC) for additional regulatory compliance information. To obtain product certifications and the DoC for NI products, visit, search by model number or product line, and click the appropriate link in the Certification column.

    Environmental Management

    NI is committed to designing and manufacturing products in an environmentally responsible manner. NI recognizes that eliminating certain hazardous substances from our products is beneficial to the environment and to NI customers.

    For additional environmental information, refer to the Minimize Our Environmental Impact web page at This page contains the environmental regulations and directives with which NI complies, as well as other environmental information not included in this document.

    Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

    EU Customers  

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    • 1 Each generic trigger can be configured independently as input or output, clock or trigger. Refer to the NI-XNET Hardware and Software Help for details.

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