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Java API for VISA Devices

JNA wrapper for VISA DLL and TDS3000 oscilloscope driver using it

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Maybe the best way to give a full description is to explain the history of this project.

This instrument driver project is part of of a non open source data acquisition and analysis project used at Colorado School of Mines, JSeisLab. JSeisLab is a Java port of its predecessor "Spectrum Division for Windows" which is written in VB 6.0.

Related open source projects:
Java API for GPIB devices. Does not support ethernet devices as of this writing (10. Feb. 2013.)
iC: As above.
EPICs / javaIOC: Very complex. Uses XML for instrument drivers. Uses remotetea.
remotetea: Uses VXI which needs installation of a VXI host for some instruments. It is still a good contender to use in Java apps.

I created a 64-bit JNA wrapper with IVI's visa.h version 4.0 as input to JNAerator ( Instrument drivers written in Java can use this wrapper. A 64-bit VISA DLL needs to be installed from an instrument company (e.g. NI, Tektronix).

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  • Java 64-bit VISA API
  • Tektronix TDS3000 series oscilloscope driver in Java
  • NetBeans project with NG unit tests
  • tested and running in several experimental setups at Colorado School of Mines (


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