Today, ICS Electronics announced the release of their updated GPIB Driver for controlling test instruments on Windows 8 operating systems. Designated as 488.2V4, this updated driver fully supports 32 and 64-bit Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems. The 488.2V4 Driver provides full support for 64-bit programs with a true 64-bit DLL for executing 64-bit programs. The new 488.2V4 Driver allows ICS's 488-USB2 USB-to-GPIB Controller, the 488-LPCI PCI GPIB Card and to the 488-PXI PXI GPIB Card to be used in Test and Measurement applications run on PCs with the Windows 8 Operating System.

ICS's 488.2V4 Driver provides a 64-bit program developer with several advantages. First, its 64-bit DLL lets the user run his program completely in the 64-bit address range instead of converting to a 32-bit DLL as some competitors do. Secondly, all utilities like ICS's Explorer and GPIBkybd program are installed in both 64 and 32-bit versions.

The 488.2V4 Driver can be installed on Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems. It will automatically detect the version of the operating system and install the correct lower level drivers and utilities for that operating system. Its GPIB-32.dll is compatible with other GPIB-32.dlls and supports programs written with direct dll calls as well as VISA libraries from Agilent, Kikusui and National Instruments.

The 488.2V4 Driver is now being shipped with all new GPIB Controllers and is available for downloading from ICS's website at