NI GPIB Analyzer Enables Engineers to Debug and Troubleshoot

7/2/2003 - Engineers now can debug and troubleshoot their GPIB systems with the new National Instruments NI-488.2 for Windows Version 2.1 driver software. The driver software features new support for the GPIB Analyzer software on Windows 2000/XP/Me/98.

The GPIB Analyzer software supports the NI PCI-GPIB+ and PCMCIA-GPIB+ devices and is used to monitor the physical state of the GPIB bus, including the eight data lines and the eight bus management lines. The GPIB Analyzer is a low-level debugging tool that pinpoints sources of error with GPIB bus transmissions. The new version of the NI-488.2 software also adds support for PCMCIA-GPIB cards, so engineers can use these cards on systems that also include a PCI-GPIB, GPIB-USB-B or GPIB-ENET/100.

NI-488.2 driver software is an industry-standard for developing GPIB applications. It combines a full suite of development tools to get applications up and running quickly with a high-performance driver to minimize test time. NI-488.2 software increases productivity with innovative technologies and utilities, such as the Getting Started Wizard, the Troubleshooting Wizard, the Interactive Control Utility, GPIB Analyzer software and online help.

NI-488.2 for Windows Version 2.1 works with the following hardware products from NI: PCI-GPIB, GPIB-USB-B, GPIB-ENET/100, PCMCIA-GPIB, PCI-GPIB+ and PCMCIA-GPIB+. It also integrates with a variety of software including NI LabVIEW, LabWindows/CVI and Measurement Studio.

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