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High-Performance IEEE-488 GPIB Interface for USB/PCI/PCI Express
Fully compatible with the IEEE-488 standard
Support 32-bit 3.3 V or 5 V PCI bus (LPCI-3488A)
Up to 1.5 MB/s data transfer rates (USB-3488A and LPCI-3488A)
Built-in FIFO for read/write operations
Provide APIs compatible with NI-488.2 driver software*
Support industrial-standard VISA library
Interactive utility for testing and diagnostics
● USB 2.0 compatible
2 M USB cable attached for instrument connection
No external power required
Easy GPIB connectively for laptops
The IEEE-488 standard, also known as GPIB, is a bus interface that
connects instruments with a computer to form an ATE system.
Today, GPIB is still the most popular interface between computer
and instruments. ADLINK’s USB-3488A, LPCI-3488A and
LPCIe-3488A controller interface cards are fully compatible with the
IEEE-488.2 instrumentation control and communication standard
and are capable of controlling up to 14 stand-alone instruments via
IEEE-488 cables (Figure 1)*. The USB-3488A, LPCI-3488A and LPCIe3488A are designed to meet the requirements of high performance
and maximum programming portability.
With APIs that are compatible with NI-488.2* driver software
and VISA support, the USB-3488A, LPCI-3488A and LPCIe-3488A
offer the best compatibility with your existing applications and
instrument drivers. ADLINK has also implemented GPIB interface on
our PXI/PXIe controller product line. (Please refer to page 1-5 ~ 1-10)
ADLINK’s LPCI-3488A with low-profile PCI form factor, supports
both 3.3 V and 5 V PCI buses and can be adapted to most industrial
and desktop computers. A built-in FIFO between the GPIB bus and
PCI controller buffers GPIB read/write operations. The maximum
GPIB transfer rates of LPCI-3488A and USB-3488A up to 1.5 MB/s.
(Figure 2)
*Devices can be connected in linear or star configuration, or a combination of the
two topologies.
Supported Operating System
Windows XP, Windows 7/8 x64/x86
Driver and SDK
Visual Studio.NET/BCB
Ordering Information
High-Performance IEEE-488 GPIB interface for USB
High-Performance IEEE-488 GPIB interface
card for low-profile PCI bus
High-Performance IEEE-488 GPIB interface
card for low-profile PCI Express bus
IEEE-488 standard cable, 1 meter length
IEEE-488 standard cable, 2 meter length
IEEE-488 standard cable, 4 meter length
Product names mentioned herein are used for identification purposes only and
may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
*NI, LabVIEW, and LabWindows CVI are trademarks or registered trademarks
of National Instruments Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and
other countries.
*MATLAB® is Copyright of the MathWorks, Inc.
Up to 14 instruments connected
Maximum 1.5 MB/s data transfer rate (USB-3488A and LCPI-3488A)
Maximum 1.2 MB/s data transfer rate (LPCIe-3488A)
Cable length
-2 meters between each instrument (suggested)
-20 meters total cable length
GPIB Bus Specifications
Data transfer mode: 8 bits parallel
Handshake: 3 wire handshake, reception of each data byte is acknowledged
Visual Studio.NET/BCB
Software Compatibility
Ready : Green for active device
External Indicators
Active : Blinking amber for data transferring
Operating temperature : 0˚C to 55˚C (32˚F to 131˚F)
Storage temperature : -20˚C to +80˚C (-4˚F to 176˚F)
Relative humidity : 5% to 95%, non-condensing
General Specifications
Power requirements
+5 V
(not including connectors)
I/O Connectors
+5 V
250 mA (typical)
190 mA (typical)
300 mA (maximum)
500 mA (maximum)
LPCI-3488A: 120 mm x 64 mm (4.68” x 2.49”)
USB-3488A: 81.7 mm (L) x 66.1 mm (W) x 27.8 mm (H) (3.2” x 2.57” x 1.1”)
GPIB: IEEE-488 standard 24 pin
USB: USB standard series A plug (USB-3488A)
All products and company name listed are trademarks or trade names of their respective companies.
Updated Nov. 23, 2016. ©2016 ADLINK Technology, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All specifications are subject to change without further notice.
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