Friday, June 25, 2010

USB-to-GPIB interface adapter

Keithley Instruments has introduced the Model KUSB-488B USB-to-GPIB Interface Adapter. The Model KUSB-488B, which complements Keithley's precision measurement instruments, is priced at $495 USD, which is less than competitive versions, helping test engineers and researchers lower their cost of test, measurement, and ownership.

To minimize the cost associated with switching to a new adapter, the Model KUSB-488B's driver library is fully command-compatible with Keithley's traditional GPIB command set and National InstrumentsTM (NITM) command set, making it plug-and-play compatible with existing applications. The driver library is also compatible with Keithley's PCI-based Model KPCI-488LPA GPIB interface, making it easy to switch from either a PCI or USB approach to GPIB control, protecting users' software investment and lowering their overall cost of test.

The KUSB-488B provides complete support for Windows 2000/XP/Vista. The KUSB-488B also supports industry-standard VISA (Virtual Instrument Software Architecture) libraries to ensure compatibility with applications using VISA. For OEMs, a utility is included to install the driver software silently, bypassing the normal installation so that the driver can be installed with the OEM's software.

The interface ships with 32-bit dynamic link libraries for Application Development Environments (ADEs) running under Windows XP/2000/Vista and drivers for
the most current programming languages, including Microsoft Visual Basic, Visual C++, Visual Studio .NET, Borland Delphi, LabVIEW Version 7.0 and up (VISA and IEEE-488.2), and LabWindows(tm)/CVI Version 7.0 and up (VISA and IEEE-488.2). A diagnostic/interactive tool is included for quick verification of communication between the interface and a GPIB-capable instrument, such as their digital multimeter (DMM), SourceMeter® instruments,
switch mainframes and cards, low level measurement systems, and a wide
variety of other specialized test solutions.

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