ENGINEERS can now use National Instruments’(NI) ExpressCard-GPIB controller for high-speed instrument control on a laptop computer.
The new controller is the latest NI product for portable GPIB control, which also includes PCMCIA and USB, and further broadens the company's portfolio of instrument control products for the most popular buses and operating systems.
NI ExpressCard-GPIB 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. ExpressCard host slots can accept modules based on either USB 2.0 or PCI Express.
The NI ExpressCard-GPIB controller incorporates a high-performance NI TNT GPIB ASIC and a high-speed USB chip to communicate with GPIB instruments at transfer rates of up to 8MB/s.
The NI ExpressCard-GPIB controller 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 the NI LabVIEW graphical development environment, the NI LabWindows/CVI ANSI C development environment and Microsoft Visual Studio (Visual Basic/C/C++/C#) through NI-488.2 and NI-VISA driver software.