Low Cost GPIB to USB Controller

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languer
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Low Cost GPIB to USB Controller

Post by languer » Fri May 11, 2018 12:33 am

A while ago I was looking for an inexpensive GPIB to USB controller and found LQ Electronics' "UGPlus USB to GPIB Controller". I purchased it through Amazon and had it up and running within an hour. It is not the most fancy device, but it certainly deserves a look. I don't know if SFE has looked at it, but if they haven't I think it would be great if they took it for a spin. I talk a little more about my experience with it here. I decided to create this post about it to raise awareness that such a thing does exists at an affordable price.

languer
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Re: Low Cost GPIB to USB Controller

Post by languer » Sat May 12, 2018 11:32 am

I am updating the link to my experience with the device to this one as I learned that the previous link requires a login.

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Re: Low Cost GPIB to USB Controller

Post by darrellg » Mon May 14, 2018 10:37 am

According to the results of the recent customer survey (https://www.sparkfun.com/news/2679), 70% of Saprkfun sales are for hobbyist use. Most new test gear uses USB and/or Ethernet interfaces. I don't work for Sparkfun, but those two facts would be strong arguments against carrying anything GPIB related.

languer
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Re: Low Cost GPIB to USB Controller

Post by languer » Mon May 14, 2018 11:16 pm

@darrellg ; You are probably right. Keep in mind though that SFE already carries a GPIB to USB controller. And also that most HAM and used equipment comes with GPIB interface. Two others facts. My main thing was to bring awareness; it took me a few days of searching to stumble into that controller.

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