Amiga GPIB/IEEE-488 card?

From: Carlos Murillo <>
Date: Thu Aug 29 11:29:01 2002

At 09:02 AM 8/29/02 -0500, you wrote:
>I now associate it more with instrumentation only because I work for a large
>research university ;) I used to associate it just with HP computers because
>it was originally HPIB, designed to work with HP machines and their own
>test/scientific equipment; they later opened the spec and it became GPIB,
as I

I don't think it was long after HPIB was introduced that the first
corresponding IEEE standard was issued. I think Tek adopted it
pretty soon. Things were very awkward before HPIB, with GPIO
interfaces, BCD interfaces, instrument-to-parallel printer interfaces
hacked into GPIO interfaces at the controller side... ugly, ugly.

Let's see: It was announced in the October '72 issue of the
HP journal, and immediately submitted to IEC. It was approved by IEC
as a standard at the end of '75, I believe, after some revisions
and signal name changes; I think IEEE 488 is from 1978,
and 488.1 was issued in 1987. But by the end of the 70's
it was definitely a multi-vendor standard for instrumentation.


Carlos E. Murillo-Sanchez
Received on Thu Aug 29 2002 - 11:29:01 BST

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