Brief HistoryHewlett Packard designed the original bus in the 1960's. It was later accepted as a standard in 1978 by IEEE/ANSI as IEEE-488. At the time, it was revolutionary, allowing many convenient applications. An IEEE-488 bus can be configured as a physical star, in-line (linear) or a combination of both.
As with many products in the electronics industry, there are a few different names for the same thing. GPIB (General Purpose Interface Bus), HPIB (Hewlett Packard Interface Bus), and IEEE-488 (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Standard 488) are all common names for this system. Despite its many names and early popularity, IEEE-488 eventually gave way to smaller, lighter, cheaper, and faster interfaces.
TodayIEEE-488 interfaces are typically found in high end, expensive instruments as opposed to lower cost equipment that uses RS232 interfaces.
IEEE-488 Connector Specifications
The IEEE-488 GPIB connector utilizes 24 contacts in a parallel configuration.
IEEE-488 Cable Construction
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