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GPIB Network Function:

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External Indicators?

Data Buffer:

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GPIB Network Function GPIB boards can manage and govern bus communications or serve as a bridge between a GPIB device or instrument and a computer bus.
   GPIB Network Function:      The device's role in the GPIB network.
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   Interface       Interfaces use a port or bus to transfer data between the computer to which the GPIB board is connected and another device or instrument. Interfaces are used in systems that do not require controllers. An example of this is a configuration with a talk-only device (talker) that is always connected to one or more listen-only devices (listeners). The use of a talk-only device with a listen-only-device requires an interface and not a controller. 
   Controller       Controllers send commands to all of the devices in a GPIB network in order to manage the data flow. They manage the exchange between talkers and listeners. Controllers are also used to modify a device's status as a talker or listener.  
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GPIB Protocol Compatibility
   GPIB Protocol Compatibility:       
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   IEEE 488.1       Devices are compatible with ANSI/IEEE Standard 488-1975, more commonly known as IEEE 488.1. This standard defines the mechanical, electrical, and protocol specifications for the interconnection of programmable instruments. IEEE 488.1 also specifies that a GPIB network supports a maximum of 14 devices on the bus and a maximum data transfer rate of 1-MBps. 
   IEEE 488.2       Devices are compatible with IEEE 488.2, an enhanced version of the original IEEE 488.1 Standard. Because IEEE 488.1 did not specify issues such as how data should be formatted, how the status of the bus should be reported, and how messages should be exchanged, Tektronix proposed a set of standard formats that became the basis of IEEE 488.2.  Specifically, IEEE 488.2 standardizes data formats, status reporting, error handling, and controller commands. 
   HS488       High Speed 488 (HS488) is a newer, faster protocol developed by National Instruments that accelerates data transfer rates up to 8-MBps using standard GPIB cables. HS488 is a superset of the original IEEE 488.1 standard implemented at the hardware level by an application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC).  
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Connection to Host This is the host computer port through which the GPIB converter connects to the host computer. For example, a GPIB-to-USB converter has a USB cable that connects to the host computer's USB port, and a GPIB cable that connects to the rest of the GPIB network. This allows the USB port in the host computer to communicate with the GPIB instrument or network.
   Device to Connect to GPIB:      Ports used in the host computer to connect the converter.
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   Serial Interface       Serial interfaces can transmit data only 1 bit at a time. Examples include RS232, RS422, and RS485 interfaces. 
   USB       Universal serial bus (USB) is a 4-wire, 12-Mbps serial bus for low-to-medium speed peripheral device connections to personal computers (PC), including keyboards, mice, modems, printers, joysticks, audio functions, monitor controls, etc. The USB design is standardized by the USB Implementers Forum (USBIF), an organization that includes leading companies from the computer and electronics industries. The current USB specification is USB 2.0, which supports data transfer rates of up to 480 Mbps. 
   IEEE 1394 (FireWire®)       IEEE 1394 or FireWire® is an interface standard adopted by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for very fast digital data transfers such as streaming video. IEEE 1394 connectors are used to transmit and receive data among FireWire devices, and are designed to replace external high-speed peripheral connections to personal computers, including hard disks, CD-ROMs, DVDs, graphics cards, high-speed scanners, direct video, monitors, etc. Tiny, robust FireWire connectors will also become important parts of home entertainment, communication, and appliance networks. FireWire is a registered trademark of Apple Computer, Inc.  
   Telephone Line / Modem       Modems enable computers to transmit data over telephone lines. Because computer data is digital and information sent over phone lines is transmitted in analog waves, a modem (modulator-demodulator) is needed to convert between these forms. 
   Wireless       Devices do not need a physical connection for data transmission. They may, for example, use radio frequency (RF) or infrared (IR) communications.  
   Parallel Port       Parallel channels can transfer more than one bit simultaneously. They connect to a computer through a parallel port. Common protocols include standard parallel port (SPP) and enhanced parallel port (EPP). 
   SCSI       Small computer systems interface (SCSI) is an intelligent I/O parallel peripheral bus with a standard, device-independent protocol that allows many peripheral devices to be connected to the SCSI port. A single SCSI bus can drive up to eight devices or units: the host adapter or controller, and seven other devices. Each device is assigned a different SCSI ID, ranging from 0 to 7.  SCSI formats include SCSI-1, SCSI-2, SCSI-3, Wide SCSI, Fast SCSI, Wide Fast SCSI, Ultra SCSI, Ultra2 SCSI, Ultra3 SCI (Ultra160), Ultra 320 SCSI, and Ultra640 SCSI. 
   Ethernet       Ethernet is a local area network (LAN) protocol that uses a bus or star typology and supports data transfer rates of 10 Mbps. The Ethernet specification is the basis for the IEEE 802.3 standard, which specifies the physical and lower software layers. To handle simultaneous demands, Ethernet uses carrier sense multiple access / collision detection (CSMA/CD) to monitor network traffic. 
   FOUNDATION Fieldbus       The FOUNDATION fieldbus is a serial, all-digital, two-way communication system that serves as a local area network (LAN) for factory instrumentation and control devices. It uses a line or tree topology and distributed data transfer (DDT). In the hierarchy of digital networks, the FOUNDATION fieldbus is on the lower end. 
   ARCNET       Attached resource computer network (ARCNET) is an embedded, high-speed, token-based network technology that provides local area network (LAN) communications between computers. ARCNET relies on a bus or star topology and can support up to 255 nodes. Different versions run at speeds of 1.5 Mbps, 20 Mbps (ARCNET Plus), and 100 Mbps. 
   PROFIBUS®       The process fieldbus (PROFIBUS®) is a popular, open communication standard used in factory automation, process automation, motion control, and safety applications. PROFIBUS is standardized in IEC 71158 and IEC 61784 and is suitable for both fast, time-critical applications and complex communication tasks. PROFIBUS is a registered trademark of PROFIBUS International. 
   DeviceNet       DeviceNet uses controller area network (CAN) network protocol to connect industrial devices such as limit switches, photoelectric cells, valve manifolds, motor starters, drives, and operator displays to programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and personal computers (PCs). 
   SDS       Smart distributed system (SDS) is an advanced bus system for intelligent sensors and actuators using CAN-based technology. SDS uses a single 4-wire cable and can interface up to 64 nodes with a maximum of 126 addresses. Typical applications include packaging and food processing equipment, material handling, conveyor systems, and automated storage retrieval systems. 
   CANbus       Controller area network bus (CANbus) is a high-speed serial data network designed for harsh electrical environments and real-time control applications. It operates at data rates up to 1 Mbps and provides excellent error detection and confinement capabilities. 
   IEEE P1451       IEEE P1451 is a standard designed to produce network-capable, network-independent smart sensors. All transducers are identical, regardless of the target network or fieldbus.  
   INTERBUS-S®       INTERBUS® is a fieldbus network based on the cyclic, serial transmission of input/output data between a master and slave stations. Common versions include INTERBUS-S®, INTERBUS-R®, and INTERBUS-MUX® (MUX). INTERBUS, INTERBUS-S and INTERBUS-MUX are registered trademarks of Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. 
   Seriplex       The Seriplex interface uses a four-wire cable that provides both communication and power. Embedded and non-embedded application specific integrated circuits (ASIC) are used to control the components connected to the bus, and to provide addressing capabilities. Seriplex devices include pushbuttons, contactors, valves, limiters, sensors, and actuators. 
   AS-i       The AS-interface (AS-i) is a network system for the lower field range of the automation level. It is suitable for networking binary actuators and sensors. The use of a special integrated circuit (IC) allows AS-i to be integrated with small devices in a cost-effective manner. 
   Beckhoff I/O       Beckhoff I/O combines open fieldbus protocols with the proprietary Beckhoff bus terminal system. KBUS extension technology facilitates connections between the bus terminal and a large variety of devices. 
   Sensoplex®       Sensoplex® is a master/slave fieldbus system that allows for the direct interconnection of field devices such as sensors and actuators to a controller, via a single coaxial cable. Sensoplex is a registered trademark of Hans Turck GmbH & Co. 
   LON®       LON® is a network interface that provides transfer rates between 10 Kbps and 1.25 Mpbs. LON, a registered trademark of Echelon Corporation, can be used with a PC/104 slot or in a PC/104 computer. 
   Other       Other unlisted interfaces such as FDDI, Token Ring, Sercos, etc. 
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Ports / Throughput
   Number of Ports       The number of channels in the device. A controller with multiple channels can control more than one GPIB network.   
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   Max GPIB Data Transfer Rate       The IEEE bus transfer rate, as specified in IEEE 488.1. If the device is HS488 compatible, the data rate is generally higher. 
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Operating System Support
   Operating Systems:      The device has drivers or an interface for specific operating systems.
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   Windows® 7       The card includes the Windows® 7 operating system (Microsoft Corporation). 
   Windows® Vista 64-bit       The card includes the Windows® Vista 64-bit operating system (Microsoft Corporation). 
   Windows® Vista 32-bit       The card includes the Windows® Vista 32-bit operating system (Microsoft Corporation). 
   Windows® XP       The card includes the Windows® XP operating system (Microsoft Corporation). 
   Windows® 2000       Windows® 2000 is a 32-bit operating system from Microsoft® for Intel® x86 uniprocessor and symmetric multiprocessor (SMP) computers. It supports the Windows NT file system and has separate user and kernel modes. Basic versions include Professional, Server, Advanced Server and Limited Edition. Windows and Microsoft are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Intel is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation. 
   Windows® ME       Windows® Millennium Edition (ME) is a 32-bit operating system from Microsoft® that was designed to replace Windows 95 and Windows 98. Windows and Microsoft are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. 
   Windows® NT       Windows® NT is a family of operating systems from Microsoft® that can run on multiple instruction set architectures. Windows and Microsoft are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. 
   Windows® 95/98       Windows® 95 is a 32-bit operating system from Microsoft® that was designed to replace Windows 3.1x and MS-DOS®. Windows 98, the successor to Windows 95, includes an Active desktop® interface. Windows, Microsoft, MS-DOS, and Active desktop are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.  
   Windows® 3.1x       Windows® 3.1x is a family of operating systems from Microsoft® that succeeded Windows 3.0, the first widely popular version of Windows. Windows 3.1x provides a graphical user interface (GUI), but still relies upon MS-DOS®. Windows, Microsoft, and MS-DOS are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. 
   DOS       Disk operating system (DOS) is a command-line user interface and operating system. MS-DOS® is the Microsoft® version of DOS. MS-DOS and Microsoft are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. 
   SunOS®       SunOS® is a UNIX®-based operating system from Sun Microsystems. It runs on Sun SPARC® workstations as well as workstations from other vendors. Sun and SunOS are registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. SPARC is a registered trademark of SPARC International, Inc. 
   MacOS®       MacOS® is the operating system for Apple® Macintosh® and Macintosh-compatible computers. MacOS, Apple, and Macintosh are registered trademarks of Apple Computers, Inc. 
   Solaris®        Solaris® is a UNIX®-based operating environment that includes the SunOS® operating system, a graphical user interface (GUI), and open networking computing (ONC). Solaris and SunOS are trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. 
   LynxOS®        LynxOS® is a real-time operating system (RTOS) based on the open source Linux® operating system. It is used extensively in embedded systems. LynxOS is a registered trademark of LynuxWorks, Inc. 
   UNIX®       UNIX® is a family of multi-user, multi-tasking operating systems that includes SCO, SPARC, and SunOS. UNIX is a registered trademark of The Open Group. 
   QNX®       QNX® is a micro-computer operating system developed by QNX Software Systems to control real-time operations such as assembly lines, position monitors, chemical plants, and industrial robots. QNX® is a registered trademark of QNX Software Systems, Ltd. 
   VxWorks®       VxWorks® is a real-time operating system developed and distributed by Wind River Systems. 
   Linux®       Linux® is an open-source implementation of UNIX® that is used on many platforms, including Intel-based personal computers (PCs), Macintosh computers, SPARC workstations, etc. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. 
   IBM OS/2®       IBM OS/2® is a DOS and Windows® compatible operating system developed originally by Microsoft Corporation and IBM, but sold and managed solely by IBM. 
   NetWare®       NetWare® is a local area network (LAN) operating system developed by Novell Corporation. It runs on many types of LANs, including Ethernet and token ring. 
   Other       Other unlisted operating systems such as pSOS, OS/9, OS/9000, etc. 
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Other Features
   External Indicators?       Devices include external indicators (normally LEDs) for states such as Talk, Listen, Receive, Send, Power, Ready, etc. 
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   Data Buffer       Buffer used for data spooling. 
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   CE / FCC Certified?       Devices meet requirements of the European Union's CE Marking system and/or the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC). 
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