The purpose of this paper is to present the IEEE 488-1975 standard instrumentation interface bus as a very useful and easy to implement form of data communication system. Also referred to as the GP-IB (General Purpose Interface Bus) or HP-IB (Hewlett-Packard Interface Bus, after the company which holds a patent on the bus and vigorously promoted its adoption as a standard), the bus provides a convenient interface between a computer and a piece of microprocessor controlled equipment. We at Eventide incorporate the interface in all of our products which are capable of computer control because we feel that it is the most convenient and fastest, as well as the most standardized form of computer interface available. Although an in-depth description of the operation of the bus itself will not be included, some insight should be provided into the implementation and application of this interface.
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