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Mac-compatible GPIB-USB controller debuts

Posted: 15 Oct 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:GPIB-USB controller  Mac-compatible  PCIe-GPIB/LP controller 

GPIB-USB controller

National Instruments claims the industry's first Mac-compatible GPIB-USB controller as well as a low-profile PCI Express GPIB controller. With the NI GPIB-USB-HS, Mac users now can control their stand-alone instruments from Mac laptops and desktops with the flexibility of a portable GPIB-USB interface.

Additionally, the new NI PCle-GPIB/Low-Profile (LP) controller gives engineers and scientists a high-performance, RoHS-compliant controller that uses approximately 75 per cent less power and is manufactured using 63 per cent less PCB material than previous models. The controller supports both PowerPC and Intel-based Macintosh laptops and desktops and is compatible with the Mac OS X operating system.

"The Mac-friendly NI GPIB-USB-HS helps us set up, debug and run experiments efficiently, so we can concentrate on our measurements and results instead of worrying about data communication and setup issues, which saves us time and manpower in the lab," said Dr. Scott Hannahs, an instrumentation physicist who has used the NI Lab VIEW graphical programming environment on the Mac for many years.

Additionally, NI introduced the new, smaller NI PCIe-GPIB/LP controller for Windows Vista/XP/2000, Mac OS X, Linux and Solaris operating systems. The adoption of today's smaller PCs and gravitation towards PCI Express slots necessitate the invention of smaller controllers. The RoHS-compliant NI PCIe-GPIB/LP offers the same high-performance specifications as its PCI Express predecessor but in a significantly smaller form factor. Using 75 per cent less operating power and manufactured with 63 per cent less PCB material, the NI PCIe-GPIB/LP maintains advanced transfer rates of >1.5 MB/s (IEEE 488.1) and >7.9 MB/s (HS488) for maximum performance.

Both the NI GPIB-USB-HS and the NI PCIe-GPIB/LP controllers can be programmed with the easy-to-use LabVIEW graphical system design platform, the NI LabWindows/CVI ANSI C integrated development environment and NI Measurement Studio software for Microsoft Visual Studio.

Prices are NI GPIB-USB-HS controller priced* from Rs.23,612.82 ($549); €549; ¥64,000; NI PCIe-GPIB/LP controller priced* from Rs.23,612.82 ($549); €549; ¥64,000.

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