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Edited by the Electronicstalk editorial team Sep 30, 2010

NI's GPIB-ENET/1000 Gigabit Ethernet-to-GPIB controller enables users to share a single GPIB system among many networked users and control several test systems from a single networked host computer.

Along with this release, National Instruments (NI) has launched new instrument control software, including enhanced features in NI Labview 2010, NI Visa 5.0 and new instrument drivers.

GPIB-ENET/1000 performs up to four times faster on large data transfers and up to three times faster on small byte transfers than its predecessor, the NI GPIB-ENET/100.

It comes with a password-protected web interface for easy configuration, is RoHS-compliant and can communicate and be configured through networked computers, as well as control IEEE 488 devices from anywhere on an Ethernet-based (LAN) TCIP/IP network.

GPIB-ENET/1000 can interface with up to 14 GPIB devices that engineers can access from several network hosts via intranet or internet.

It is compatible with 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX and Gigabit networks with maximum GPIB transfer rates of up to 5.6MB/s.

It comes with an external DC power supply, optional rack-mount and DIN-rail/wall-mount hardware and is currently supported on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.

With an intuitive graphical programming interface, support with more than 8,500 instrument drivers and other time-saving configuration and troubleshooting tools, Labview 2010 is designed to make instrument control easier for engineers using GPIB and other instrument control buses such as USB, Ethernet and serial.

Labview 2010 includes an enhanced Instrument Driver Finder (IDFinder) Wizard to help engineers locate instrument drivers and example code on the Instrument Driver Network and install them for immediate use.

Labview and the IDFinder can reduce time to first measurement by helping engineers to get up and running without leaving the Labview environment.

Additionally, with the release of Visa 5.0, a standard for configuring, programming and troubleshooting instrumentation systems, engineers can now launch the IDFinder Wizard directly from Measurement and Automation Explorer (MAX), making it easier to find the drivers.

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