National Instruments MC-GPIB

@5333.ADF - National Instruments MC-GPIB 488.1 w/ NEC 7210
@5333_2.ADF - National Instruments MC-GPIB 488.2 w/ NAT4882 (VLSI VGT8001)

NI-GPIB.zip Install and drivers disk NT, Win, DOS, still exploring...

National Instruments GPIB FTP site
National Instruments Manuals on FTP site

aix_mc_v33.tar.Z NI-488M AIX Driver version 3.3 for AIX 3.2.x and 4.1.x
mcos2v22.zip  NI-488.2M OS/2 Driver for the MC-GPIB

NI Brochure for MC-GPIB and GPIB-RS/6000
320062.pdf   NI-488M Software Reference Manual, Unix Driver C Library
320277b.pdf Getting Started MC-GPIB and NI-488M Software - AIX
370909a MC-GPIB and NI-488.2M Software for Win
370910a MC-GPIB and NI-488.2M Software for DOS
370948a MC-GPIB and NI-488.2M Software for OS/2

Links for research (Internet Archive)
320738.pdf   MC-GPIB and the NI-488.2 Software for DOS
320739.pdf   MC-GPIB and the NI-488.2 Software for Windows (3.1x)
320608.pdf   MC-GPIB and NI-488.2M for OS/2


488.2 version of MC-GPIB

J1 C24 GPIB port
J2-4 Pads for 5 pin headers
U6 NI 700454-01 Turbo488
U8 VLSI VGT8001-4057
U32 20.0000 NHz osc
W1 Jumper
 Card from Charles Lasitter (already have one, but...)
U8 is also marked NI NAT4882BPL (line on VLSI VGT8001-4057)

W1 - Shield Ground The MC-GPIB board is set at the factory with the jumper in place to connect the logic ground of the MC-GPIB board to its shield ground. This configuration minimizes EMI emissions.

Caution! The MC-GPIB board meets FCC standards with shield ground connected to logic ground. Removing W1 might cause EMI emissions to exceed any or all applicable standards.

If your application requires that logic ground be disconnected from shield ground, place the jumper on one pin only (or you could remove it entirely!)

The NAT4882 controller chip is fully compatible with the IEEE 488.2 standard. The Turbo488 performance-enhancing ASIC boosts GPIB read and write transfers to rates exceeding 1 Mbytes/s.

Setting the Shield Ground Configuration Jumper W1
The MC-GPIB board is set at the factory with the jumper in place to connect the logic ground of the MC-GPIB board to its shield ground. This  configuration minimizes EMI emissions.

If you are installing one MC-GPIB board, the software assigns it as gpib0. If you are installing more than one board, the board in the lowest-numbered slot is gpib0, the board in the next lowest-numbered slot is gpib1, and so on.

MC-GPIB Board Versions

488.1 Board Older National Instruments card distinguished by large rectangular NEC 7210 GPIB controller chip. Assembly numbers are in the format 180XXX-XX. NI-488.1 Software Drivers written for 488.1 boards. This software will also run on 488.2 and TNT boards.

488.2 Board Newer National Instruments card distinguished by large square NAT4882 GPIB (VLSI VGT8001-4057) controller chip. Assembly numbers are in the format 181XXX-XX.
NI-488.2 Software Drivers written for 488.2 and TNT boards. This software is not
compatible with 488.1 boards.


Characteristic Specification

Maximum GPIB Transfer Rates (DOS)
Reads 800 kbytes/s
Writes 1.1 Mbytes/s
Power Requirement +5 VDC 1.0 A Typ  1.6 A Max 


AdapterId 5333 National Instruments MC-GPIB IEEE-488 Interface

I/O Base Address for MC-GPIB
     <"IOBASE 0E00" (0e00-00fff)>, 1E00 (1e00-01fff), 2E00 (2e00-02fff), 3E00 (3e00-03fff), 4E00 (4e00-04fff), 5E00 (5e00-05fff), 6E00 (6e00-06fff), 7E00 (7e00-07fff), 8E00 (8e00-08fff), 9E00 (9e00-09fff), AE00 (ae00-0afff),BE00 (be00-0bfff), CE00 (ce00-0cfff), DE00 (de00-0dfff), EE00 (ee00-0efff), FE00 (fe00-0ffff)

Interrupt Level for MC-GPIB
        <"Int_3">, 5, 10, 11, 15, Not Used

Arbitration Level for MC-GPIB
        <"Level_0">, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, No DMA

Fairness On/Off
   If the adapter will release control of MC bus when it has been using it exclusively.
         <"On">, Off

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