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Old 11th August 2013, 12:21 AM   #1
microchannelplate is offline microchannelplate  United States
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I've written new software for the HP 8903. Link below:


It's written in python and open source. I'm posting this in the hopes that it may be useful to someone else.

I know there is already some other HP 8903 control software out there but I wrote new software to support multiple operating systems and to create a plotting style that I preferred (and could be made more configurable by the end-user).

Anyway -- if anyone does use this and runs into issues (or anything) please let me know here (or on github) and I'd be happy to try and help.

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Old 13th August 2013, 01:58 PM   #2
macboy is offline macboy  Canada
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Screenshots please!
Also, you should try to use VISA to interface. Then it will not depend on the type of adapter, it could be PCI, ISA, USB, serial, ethernet, and any brand; it doesn't matter as long as it talks to the VISA system. Your NI brand USB-GPIB definitely does work with VISA. The prologix adapter is unfortunately one of the very few popular adapters that is not VISA compatible.
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Old 15th August 2013, 02:41 AM   #3
microchannelplate is offline microchannelplate  United States
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Thanks! Pyvisa looks great for supporting a ton of GPIB interfaces. It looks easy enough to be compatible with both methods (simple serial devices or via the VISA interface). So I should be able to support both. I'm interested in supporting the Prologix device because it looks like the most affordable interface...

Had a chance to take some screenshots too -- Don't have an amp on the bench at the moment so they are boring shots of the HP 8903 output connected to input. But at least it shows the GUI (which still needs some work).
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