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2.12 - U3-OEM

There is an OEM version of the U3 available (-LV and -HV). It is a board only (no enclosure, no screwdriver, no cable), and does not have most of the through-hole components installed. The picture below shows how the U3-OEM ships by default. Leaving the through-hole parts off makes the OEM board very flexible. Many applications do not need the through-hole parts, but if needed they are much easier to install than uninstall.

Screw-terminals are not installed.  The PCB is designed for 5mm screw-terminals, but 5.08mm should fit also.

The DB15 connector is not installed.

The USB connector is also not installed.

The 2x5 header JTAG is normally installed on the U3 and U3-OEM.  This header is for factory use.  You can use a mating header for physical support purposes, but it should not connect to anything.

As an alternative to the screw-terminals and DB15, the U3 PCB has holes available for standard 0.1” pin-header installation.  Connectors J3 & J4 are 2x5 holes that provide pin-header access to the connections that would normally appear on the left and right screw-terminals. The 2x8 connector J2 provides a pin-header alternative to the DB15 connector. All these connector holes are always present, but J2 is obstructed when the DB15 is installed. The idea is that an OEM can connect ribbon cables to the pin-headers, or even plug the U3 directly to the customers main board designed with mating pin-header receptacles. See Appendix B for connector coordinates on the PCB.

Table 2.12-1. J2 Connector Pin-Headers

1 GND   2 VS
3 CIO0   4 CIO1
5 CIO2   6 CIO3
7 GND   8 EIO0
9 EIO1   10 EIO2
11 EIO3   12 EIO4
13 EIO5   14 EIO6
15 EIO7   16 GND

Table 2.12-2. J3 Connector Pin-Headers

1 FIO4   2 FIO5
3 FIO6   4 FIO7
5 VS   6 GND
7 GND *   8 SPC **
9 VS   10 GND

* SDA on <1.30
** SCL on <1.30

Table 2.12-3. J4 Connector Pin-Headers

1 FIO0   2 FIO1
3 FIO2   4 FIO3
5 VS   6 GND
7 DAC0   8 DAC1
9 VS   10 GND


There are 4 holes for a standard Type-B USB connection (plus a couple large holes for mounting tabs).  Looking at the bottom (solder-side) of the PCB with the USB/LED end of the PCB up, GND (pin 4, black wire) is in the upper-right corner.  Then clockwise it goes Vbus (5 volts, lower-right, pin 1, red wire), D- (lower-left, pin 2, white wire), and D+ (upper-left, pin 3, green wire).  If using a normal Type-B  USB connector, it must be installed on the component side of the PCB.

A normal USB cable has a shield, and the normal Type-B connector connects the cable shield to the mounting tabs on the connector which are then soldered into the large USB mounting holes on the PCB.  If you are not using a normal USB connector, and have a shield in your USB cable, we recommend that the shield be connected to either of the large USB mounting holes on the PCB.


Alternative Power Supply

Generally 5 volt power is provided via the USB connector holes, and usually it is provided from the USB host.  There are few reasons, if any, to power the U3 from anything besides the USB host.  The only valid reason we hear has to do with keeping the U3 powered even when the USB host loses power, which is an unusual requirement in itself since the U3 does not really do anything without a USB host connected.  If you are considering an external supply for reasons related to noise or stability, you are probably "barking up the wrong tree" and should contact [email protected].

The power supply provided by USB is typically 5 volts +/-5% @500 mA.  The basic way to use an alternate supply is connecting it to hole 1 of the USB connector holes, instead of the supply from the USB host.  Or if using a USB cable, cut the red wire inside the cable and connect your positive supply lead to that (also might need a connection of the negative supply lead to the black wire but don't cut it).  You can also connect an external supply to VS/GND screw-terminals (after cutting the red wire in the USB cable), but it is preferable to bring the supply in through the USB connector.

Note that USB ground and the external supply common/negative/ground must both connect to GND on the U3 (which could mean just the ground in the USB cable is needed if the power supply is already connected to that same ground).  Also note that you never want 2 supplies connected directly to each other without any mechanism to prevent one supply from backfeeding the other.



There are many options for the parts that can be installed on these OEM boards, but here are some typical parts available at Digikey.com:

Screw-Terminals (4-pole, 5mm):  Weidmuller 9993300000, Phoenix MKDS 1.5/4.

DB15 (0.318", female):  NorComp 182-015-213R531.

Pin Headers (0.1”):  2x8 => Molex 0010897162, 2x5 => Molex 0010897102.

USB (Type B):  FCI 61729-0010BLF, TE Connectivity 292304-2, Samtec USBR-B-S-S-O-TH (high retention).


OEM-Friendly Installers

OEM-friendly Software Installers (Windows)

To make deploying OEM LabJacks alongside LabJack software easier, there are two options:



We want to solder the U3 Oem module on a circuit board, for this we need the position of the connector J2, J3 and J4.

Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Christian Thees

We provide detailed drawings of the U3 in Appendix B of the U3 User's Guide.

The last drawing in Appendix B is what you are looking for.

Is J3-7 SGND?

No, J3 pin 7 is not SGND. In fact, SGND is not provided on any of the headers. We confirmed this in the schematic.

Thanks for the quick response.

What is the significance for the (1) in GND(1)?

That is a reference to the note below that says that pin used to be SDA on hardware versions <1.30.  Maybe "*" and "**" would be better.



   i want to use labjack u3 pcb to interface with labview in windows 7 environment.....what will be the interfacing steps..?? and what kind of connectors are required....??

1) Install driver available here

2) Get LabView examples here

3) Run example

4) Copy paste the parts of the example you want.

Connecting LabView to a LabJack is pretty easy.

You are welcome to download and view the examples without making any purchases.

i have u3 pcb. i tried to interface it with windows xp through usb port. my system is not recognising the hardware. need suggestion on that...


What does the LED do at power-up?  Also, see the discussion in Section 2.2.

the LEd blinks on power up and then remains off.

Section 1.2 has some troubleshooting steps. For your situation I would jump to step b.


I see that Pin 1 on each of the J2, J3, and J4 headers are denoted by a square pad. Are the rest of the pins numbered in the following way?

10 9
8 7
6 5
4 3
2 1