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USB-488

$495.00

IEEE-488.2 GPIB Interface for USB

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Key Highlights

IEEE-488.2 GPIB controller for high-speed USB

880 kB/s maximum transfer rate

Complete Talker/Listener/Controller

Includes GPIB-488 software library for NI LabVIEW™

Supported Operating Systems: Windows® 10/8/7/Vista®/XP SP2, 32-bit or 64-bit

PCI to GPIB IEEE488 interfaces available


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USB-488 IEEE-488.2 GPIB interface for USB
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5/5 January 19, 2015
Very good and performed as well as the PCI expansion card version

I have been using the MC GPIB expansion cards for years. Now with Laptops and many computers with no expansion slots, this is a marvelous alternative. Especially when no software changes are needed.

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From: San Jose, CA
Company Size: 501-1000
Software Used: C++/C#/VB
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3/5 September 07, 2014
lousy way to hide driver software

At the bottom of the stairs, behind the broom-closet door, tucked deeply into an FTP site. Wow.

Job Title: Test Engineer
Industry: Aerospace
Application: ESS
Yes, I recommend this product

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5/5 July 24, 2014
Excellent product to use

We've been using this product on various systems to control the GPIB instruments and so far this product is doing as it is designed for.

Job Title: test engineer
Industry: electronic component
Application: power supply
Yes, I recommend this product

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From: Andover, MA, USA
Company Size: 1001-5001
Software Used: Visual Basic
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5/5 August 01, 2013
Easy and it works!

Very simple driver install and just works! We have been very satisfied with this product, and consistently get good results from multiple units on multiple platforms.

Job Title: Manufacturing Manager
Industry: Electronics Manufacturing
Application: Metrology
Yes, I recommend this product

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From: Milwaukie, OR, USA
Company Size: 1-100
Software Used: C/C++
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5/5 March 19, 2013
Great--but only after a successful set up. If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

I did have difficulty setting up the software initially on two different machines. One was a Lenovo G770, the other a Dell, both laptops. I had different experiences with both machines. Setups were done on Windows XP and 7. Calling customer support was not helpful--I was told it must be a problem with the computers and they had no information to offer. The solution was re-installing the software, a solution suggested by my local neighborhood PC store. This worked. Somehow the first installation attempt did not work. I suggest Customer Support offer this advice to subsequent customers.

Job Title: Principal Design Engineer, Research and Development
Industry: Analog Circuit and System Design
Application: Data collection: Vector Network Analyzers, power supplies, spectrum analyzers, oscilloscopes
Yes, I recommend this product

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From: Newton, MA, USA
Company Size: 1-100
Software Used: MATLAB
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4/5 March 19, 2013
Good GPIB controller

Works good in Windows XP and Windows 7. I will probably purchase more in the future. Just don't see why these things still cost $500.

Job Title: Test Engineering Manager
Industry: Manufacturing
Application: Test
Yes, I recommend this product

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From: MN
Company Size: 101-500
Software Used: Visual Basic
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Product Q & A




Will this work with TestPoint?

Operating System is Windows XP

Job Title: Engineer
Industry: Component Testing
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2 months ago

norrislte Dallas, TX


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TestPoint 7 was released in 2006, and is no longer supported. The USB-488 was released around the same time, and they were tested as compatible with each other back then. Very likely that is still the case.

2 months ago

Measurement Computing

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How can I connect with computer?

I want to install a computer to use this device. but I cant find driver. Where can I download driver of this?

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4 months ago

KIM


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Here is a link to the 488/GPIB software, should you misplace your CD: http://www.mccdaq.com/downloads/GPIB/USB-488%20and%20PCI-488/

4 months ago

Measurement Computing

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Can interface control more than one instrument at a time

I have an application where I need to control a HP sweep generator and a VNA on the same bus. Some USB-GBIB interface's I've heard can on;y control one instrument at a time.

Job Title: Engineering
Industry: Contract Manufacturer
Application: RF cable testing


5 months ago

Andy123 Richardson, Tx


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Measurement Computing’s USB-488 offers complete control on up to 14 GPIB instruments.

5 months ago

Measurement Computing

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Is this device and it's drivers compatible with Windows 10

Job Title: Test Engineering Manager
Industry: manufacturing
Application: Test


9 months ago

Andy Minnesota


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Hello - Yes, the drivers for the USB-488 are compatible with Windows 10. Here is a list of compatible operating systems: Windows® 10/8/7/Vista®/XP SP2, 32-bit or 64-bit

9 months ago

Measurement Computing

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Could we use 2 USB-488 on the same machine

Hello, is it possible to use 2 USB-488 on the same PC (I have only 2 instruments to control) or will it cause some sort of conflict in the library... Is it better to use 1 USB-488 and a cable to connect the 2 instruments on the same bus...?

Job Title: Software Engineer
Industry: Automotive
Application: Goniometer application


14 months ago

Francois Quebec, Canada


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Yes it is possible to use multiple controllers on one system. You should have no problem doing so. However, one controller is capable of communicating with up to 14 GPIB devices. Also the number of USB-488 controllers can be limited by the USB power supply of the USB port.

14 months ago

Measurement Computing

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Where is the driver software hidden on the ftp server?

I can't find the - driver software, - programmer reference manual - code examples

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17 months ago

Boris Weinheim, Germany


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Hello Boris - The installation at the link below will install the driver and all documentation and examples: http://www.mccdaq.com/downloads/GPIB/USB-488%20&%20PCI-488/

17 months ago

Measurement Computing

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Can you create a driver to make USB-488 compatible with Windows Virtual PC?

We have 10 of these units in our factory and we need to upgrade our computers to Windows 7. The latest driver doesn't work. National Instruments USB-488 updated their drivers to work with Windows Virtual PC.

Job Title: Test Engineer


31 months ago

Albert


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Hello Albert - Our supported O/S spec for the 488 series has never included Virtual O/Ss. As a result of your posting, MCC has performed some basic testing to confirm the incompatibility. We will investigate possible support in the coming months.

30 months ago

MeasurementComputing

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Is USB-488 compatible with Windows Virtual PC?

Job Title: Test Engineer


32 months ago

Albert Buena Park, CA, USA


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Hello Albert - Thank you for your inquiry. Although Windows Virtual PC is designed to run Microsoft based applications, Measurement Computing’s software applications may not run correctly in a Virtual PC environment.

31 months ago

MeasurementComputing

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Can I use it for sniffing bus traffic

I need to sniff the traffic on my gpib bus. There are a lot of gpib adapters, but it seems as if very few can handle listening to others traffic,



38 months ago

CarlG


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Hi Carl - MCC’s 488/GPIB boards are not able to function as a GPIB bus analyzer.

38 months ago

MeasurementComputing

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Summary
Measurement Computing's USB-488 is a USB-to-GPIB controller module that converts any PC with a USB interface into a full-function, IEEE 488.2 bus controller. The unit performs all of the basic IEEE-488.1 functions such as talker, listener, and system controller. Its IEEE-488.2 controller routines make it fully compliant with the IEEE 488.2 specification. The USB-488 module is a plug-and-play USB peripheral that is supported under Microsoft Windows 2000/XP® operating systems.

The USB-488 Controller is a small module that plugs onto any open GPIB connector. The open GPIB connector can be the open end of a cable stack or on the back of an instrument. Finger size jackscrews secure and hold the USB-488 module in any position.

The USB-488 includes the GPIB-488 software library for Windows® 2000/XP/Vista, and NI LabVIEW™. The library includes National Instruments' style 488.1 'ib' and 488.2 command sets. The driver provides support for 32-bit, Visual Basic® and C/C++ language programs, and is compatible with National Instruments' VISA™ and NI LabVIEW™.

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Interface: USB
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