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IEEE 488 (GPIB) Interfaces and Instruments

Serial to IEEE 488 Converters

Bus extenders


Measurement Computing offers several IEEE 488 (GPIB) based interfaces, controllers, and instruments. Interfaces are available for adding IEEE 488 control from any computer equipped with a serial port. Extender modules are capable of extending the IEEE 488 bus up to 1000 meters.

Please contact info@mccdaq.com for more information on our IEEE 488 product inventory.


Part Number Description Qty Price
Extender488/F IEEE bus extender via fiber-optic (two required)
$1,480.00
PCI-488 IEEE 488.2 standard PCI interface
$545.00
USB-488 IEEE-488.2 GPIB interface for USB
$520.00
Accessories & Cables
C488-1M Cable, IEEE-488, 1 meter
$55.00
C488-2M Cable, IEEE-488, 2 meter
$63.00

Product Reviews


4.6 / 5
Ease of Use
4.4 / 5
Value
3.9 / 5
Techincal Support
3.3 / 5

100% of new reviewers recommend this product


USB-488
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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Yes, I recommend this product!

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USB-488
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
  • From: NC
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Yes, I recommend this product!

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PCI-488
July 29, 2014
Ease of use

I started using this product when it was writing with DOS command. They keep up with the technology.

  • Job Title: Production engineer
  • Industry: Test and scientific instrument
  • Application: research and development
  • From: Sunnyvale, CA, USA
  • Company Size: 1-100
  • Software Used: C/C++

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Yes, I recommend this product!

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USB-488
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
  • From: Andover, MA, USA
  • Company Size: 1001-5001
  • Software Used: Visual Basic

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Yes, I recommend this product!

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USB-488
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
  • From: Milwaukie, OR, USA
  • Company Size: 1-100
  • Software Used: C/C++

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Yes, I recommend this product!

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USB-488
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
  • From: Newton, MA, USA
  • Company Size: 1-100
  • Software Used: MATLAB

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Yes, I recommend this product!

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USB-488
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
  • From: MN
  • Company Size: 101-500
  • Software Used: Visual Basic

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Yes, I recommend this product!

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We bought two kind of these device to create an optic isolation between the pxi chassis 8115 from NI and the measuring devices. The issue is that the extender488/F don't automatically switch in the good mode (local and remote). So the error LED is still blinking.

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25 months ago
Adrien


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I found the issue. The problem was due to a defective GPIB wire. Thanks for you fast answer.

25 months ago
Adrien

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Your description generally indicates a bad fiber optic cable. The required cable should meet the following specifications:

Wavelength: 820 nanometers typical.
Connectors: SMA-905 series.
Required Cable: Duplex 100ìm, 140ìm clad fiber optic.
200MHz-km bandwidth; 6 db/km max. attenuation.
Max. Cable Length: 1000 meters.
Data Rates: 3400 bytes per second typical.

I suggest you contact your local distributor or if in the USA, contact Measurement Computing for technical assistance.

25 months ago
Measurement Computing

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I want to know if this interface is HP compatible.

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12 months ago
Vincent


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Our PCI-488 GPIB controller and our GPIB-488 Software programmers library are compatible with HP hardware. Unfortunately, we are not compatible with their “IO Libraries Suite” for instrument control.

12 months ago
Measurement Computing

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To use this card with Visual Basic 2015 Express to control test equipment, do I need to install the GPIB low-level driver, or is installing NI-VISA sufficient?

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18 months ago
TestDev


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Installation of our GPIB-488 library is required for programming the PCI-488 in Visual Studio.NET. You can download the library here: ftp://ftp.mccdaq.com/downloads/GPIB/USB-488%20&%20PCI-488/

18 months ago
Measurement Computing

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  • Job Title: Software Engineer
  • Industry: manufacturing
  • Application: software
50 months ago
mexter malaysia


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Hi Mexter - Export information is available offline via consultation with our Export Coordinators. You may make such a request via email to: info@mccdaq.com

50 months ago
MeasurementComputing

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i want to codeblocks c++ for connection usb-488 and keithley 2001. how can i use ?

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  • Industry: tubitak
  • Application: code blocks
2 months ago
inanc13 turkey


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We do not offer instrument-specific example code. There is a C example that demonstrates a Fluke 45 meter at the following hard drive location: C:\Users\Public\Documents\GPIB-488\Language Interfaces\C

2 months ago

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Operating System is Windows XP

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  • Industry: Component Testing
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11 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.

11 months ago
Measurement Computing

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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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13 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/

13 months ago
Measurement Computing

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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
14 months ago
Andy123 Richardson, Tx


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

14 months ago
Measurement Computing

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  • Job Title: Test Engineering Manager
  • Industry: manufacturing
  • Application: Test
18 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

18 months ago
Measurement Computing

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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...?

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  • Industry: Automotive
  • Application: Goniometer application
23 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.

23 months ago
Measurement Computing

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

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26 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/

26 months ago
Measurement Computing

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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.

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40 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.

39 months ago
MeasurementComputing

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41 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.

40 months ago
MeasurementComputing

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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,

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47 months ago
CarlG


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

47 months ago
MeasurementComputing

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Extender488/F
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PCI-488
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USB-488
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PCI-488
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USB-488
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