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National Instruments unveils ExpressCard-GPIB controller

Posted: 17 Oct 2005     Print Version  Bookmark and Share


National Instruments (NI) disclosed that engineers can now use its ExpressCard-GPIB controller which offers direct control of GPIB instruments from laptop computers with an ExpressCard slot.

ExpressCard is the next-generation laptop interface that comes standard on many new laptop computers, explained NI. ExpressCard host slots can accept modules based on either usb 2.0 or PCI Express.

NI's latest product for portable GPIB control, the ExpressCard-GPIB controller incorporates a high-performance NI TNT GPIB ASIC and a Hi-Speed USB chip to communicate with GPIB instruments at transfer rates of up to 8MBps. This interface is transparent to software applications and drivers so engineers can run existing GPIB applications on the new controller with no changes. The controller comes with NI-488.2 for Windows 2000/XP driver software and a 2m GPIB cable. It works with NI's LabVIEW graphical development environment, NI's LabWindows/CVI ANSI C development environment, and Microsoft Visual Studio (Visual Basic/C/C++/C#) through NI-488.2 and NI-VISA driver software.

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