Comparing Instrument Control Buses

Publish Date: Apr 11, 2012 | 7 Ratings | 3.57 out of 5

As part of the National Instruments Instrument Control Fundamentals Series, this set of tutorials helps you learn about a specific instrument control topic through theory explanations and practical examples.

What You Learn
Many of today’s instrument control applications consist of a broad range of instrument control hardware and bus technologies. Some of these buses include GPIB, serial, USB, Ethernet/LXI, PCI/PCIe, PXI/PXIe and Firewire. This set of tutorials and concept documents provides information on the similarities and differences between these hardware and bus technologies.

To view the complete list of in-depth instrument control tutorials, please return to the Instrument Control Fundamentals Main Page.

Instrument Control Technologies for Any Bus, Any Language
This white paper presents the various hardware and software options available to you, helping you choose the most suitable software and hardware for your application.

The Future for New Bus Technologies in Instrument Control and Connectivity
This paper studies the future for instrumentation systems when GPIB and other buses are combined and the importance of software in maintaining compatibility with previous developments and investments in instrument control.

Bus Technologies to Test and Measurement Systems
This tutorial discusses the technical merits of several bus and platform technologies for use in test and measurement, including GPIB, VME, USB, Ethernet/LAN and LXI, as well as PXI and VXI.

The Impact of New Bus Technologies
Learn how newer bus technologies such as Ethernet, USB 2.0, IEEE-1394, and Cardbus present new opportunities for computer-based measurement and automation systems. In this session, we compare the options and discuss how these bus technologies can impact your application.

Determine Which Bus Works Best for Your Data Acquisition Application
This document will help you learn more about some of the popular buses available for data acquisition systems, including PCI Express, USB, PXI, PCI, Ethernet, PCMCIA, FireWire, and CompactFlash, and educate you on how emerging bus technologies will affect your measurements.

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