GPIB-USB - USB to GPIB converter

GPIB-USB - USB to GPIB converter
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This GPIB-USB controller converts any computer with a USB port into a GPIB Controller or Device. In Controller mode, the GPIB-USB controller can remotely control GPIB enabled instruments such as Oscilloscopes, Logic Analyzers, and Spectrum Analyzers. In Device mode, the GPIB-USB controller converts the computer into a GPIB peripheral for downloading data and screen plots from the instrument front panel. In both modes, the GPIB-USB controller interprets high level commands received from the host computer and performs the appropriate low-level GPIB protocol handshaking.

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  • Low cost GPIB to USB converter
  • Controller mode - remotely control GPIB instruments via USB
  • Device mode - converts PC into GPIB peripheral to enable screen plots and printing
  • Uses Virtual Com port, so can be used with all software capable of sending ASCII to a Com port
  • No GPIB cable needed; controller plugs on to instrument
  • Standard IEEE 488 (Male) connector
  • Compatible with LabVIEW, LabWindows, VEE, TestPoint, DAQFactory
  • Drivers available for Windows, Linux, MAC and Win CE.NET
  • Optional USB Cable
While this GPIB-USB controller provides many of the same features as GPIB-USB controllers from other vendors, it is much easier to use. Prologix GPIB-USB controller provides a virtual serial interface to communicate with instruments, while handling all GPIB protocol details for you. As a result, you can communicate easily with instruments using any terminal program instead of having to write custom programs using the vendor supplied library

The GPIB-USB controller can operate in two modes – CONTROLLER and DEVICE.

Controller Mode

In Controller mode, the GPIB-USB Controller acts as the Controller-In-Charge (CIC) on the GPIB bus. When the controller receives a command over the USB port it addresses the GPIB instrument at the currently specified address to listen, and then returns the received data to the PC.

Controller mode is used to remotely control instruments and to download screen plots by sending plot commands from a host computer.

Device Mode

In Device mode, the GPIB-USB Controller acts as another peripheral on the GPIB bus. In this mode, the controller can act as a GPIB TALKER or GPIB LISTENER only. Since the GPIB-USB Controller is not the Controller-In-Charge while in this mode, it expects to receive commands from a GPIB controller. When Device mode is enabled the GPIB-USB controller configures itself as a GPIB Listener. All data received by the controller over the GPIB port is passed to the USB port without buffering.

Device mode is used to download screen plots from the instrument front panel for rendering using plotter emulation software.


USB Drivers

You can download the USB Drivers for all Windows, Mac OS, Linux

A wide variety of host software may be used to communicate with the GPIB-USB controller

  • Terminal programs – any terminal emulation program such as HyperTerminal, Tera Term Pro, or Minicom can be used to communicate with the controller and instruments connected to it
  • Custom applications – any programming language or environment that provides access to serial ports (if using VCP driver) or allows interfacing to DLL (if using D2XX driver) may be used to develop custom applications. Graphical programming environments like National Instruments LabView and Agilent VEE may be used as well.
  • EZGPIB – an easy to use, programming environment developed by Ulrich Bangert for developing data acquisition applications. Download the manual here and the software here
  • Plotter emulators – plotter emulation applications such as 7470.exe, PrintCapture and Plottergeist can be used to render screen plots downloaded using Prologix GPIB-USB controller.


User Manual >>

USB Drivers >>

Software and Examples >>


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