GPIB to LAN converter

Integration of instruments with an Ethernet interface, such as the R&S®OSP open switch and control platform, into a pure GPIB bus system.

Your requirement

For some time now, new measuring instruments are equipped with an Ethernet connection. Many also come with the conventional GPIB interface. But increasingly, instruments are being offered without a GPIB interface.

Users of pure GPIB bus systems are confronted with the problem that these instruments, such as the R&S®OSP switch and control platform, cannot be integrated into an existing system.

Solution

The GPIB to LAN converter from the ICS company makes it easy to integrate the R&S®OSP, or other instruments that only have an Ethernet interface, into an existing GPIB bus system.

Via LAN, any web browser can be used to configure the GPIB to LAN converter. No special software or driver is needed after configuration.

A general prerequisite is that the VXI-11 protocol be used, such as is also used for LXI instruments.

Connecting the OSP to a GPIB bus system with a GPIB to LAN converter
Connecting the R&S®OSP to a GPIB bus system with a GPIB to LAN converter
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The OSP instruments can be controlled and configured via Ethernet or GPIB interface
The R&S®OSP instruments can be controlled and configured via Ethernet or GPIB interface using the supplied R&S®OSP panel software.
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Application

The base units of the R&S®OSP120 and R&S®OSP130 open switch control platform only have the state-of-the-art Ethernet interface. For integration into older systems that use the GPIB bus, the converter is an ideal way to connect the switch and control platform.

The following steps are necessary:

  • Connect the converter to a Windows PC with an Ethernet interface to configure it (for instance, GPIB and TCP/IP address)
  • Set up the configuration and, if necessary, adjust the software (for example, delay time)

(see the supplied converter documentation and Application Note 1SP30)

General GPIB to LAN converter applications
General GPIB to LAN converter applications