Tektronix PEP301 mystery resolved
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Mon Apr 24 12:23:30 CDT 2006
In article <126.96.36.199.20060424123323.405f32fc at pop-server.cfl.rr.com>,
"Joe R." <rigdonj at cfl.rr.com> writes:
> How big is the unit?
Stock IBM PC 386 clone size desktop with a stock monitor and keyboard.
> I've seen a coule of older Tek GPIB controllers
> that were about 1 foot square and an 1 1/2" thick and I'm wondering if
> that's the same as what you have.
It looks like a run-of-the-mill desktop 386 PC.
> Who's GPIB card does it use?
I haven't cracked open the case to check, but the docs refer to it as
a PC2A card and some of the docs apparently contain National
Instrument information, so perhaps its an NI card. It appears that
the Tektronix value-add is all in the software. Frankly, though the
4041 appears easier to configure and program than the PC based one
does based on the docs. On the PC, things are spread out through a
variety of utilities instead of it being a complete end-to-end
environment provided by Tektronix.
However, that's just an impression from the documentation, not from
actually using the unit. For my purposes (setting up an IEEE-488 data
interchange path between Commodore 8050 dual floppy drives and a PC),
the PEP might be a better choice simply because its already housed in
a PC. With the 4041, I'd have to transfer files back to a PC
environment through the serial console port on the 4041.
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