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Migrate system software from GPIB to LAN/LXI

Posted: 05 Feb 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:LAN/LXI  GPIB  I/O 

On the surface, changing system software to use LAN/LXI rather than GPIB for instrument input/output (I/O) may seem like a difficult or lengthy process. It may also seem unnecessary, given the GPIB ports built into many current-generation LXI instruments. Fortunately, compatibility modes and development tools will simplify the transition from GPIB to LXI and help you migrate your system with only modest changes to its software. In most cases those small changes will improve overall system performance—and the speed gains can be dramatic for large-block transfers.

This application note by Agilent is designed to help you manage the shift to LXI from GPIB. Specifically, this note describes relative performance improvements and a migration path that enables those improvements. To compare the relative differences, we assembled an example test system, measured its performance with four different I/O methods, and compiled results that suggest the levels of performance you may see after moving from GPIB to LAN.

View the PDF document for more information.

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