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Volume 16, Number 1, Page 41 (1977)
Nontopical Issue
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The IBM 5100 and the Research Device Coupler—A personal laboratory automation system

by H. Cole, A. A. Guido
A small laboratory automation system has been developed by using the IBM 5100 Portable Computer in conjunction with the Research Device Coupler. This compact system provides a dedicated, high-level-language computer and a versatile data acquisition and control interface for experiments in which data rates do not exceed 9600 baud. Two experiments exemplify the use of the system. The Research Device Coupler described in this paper is a prototype of the IBM 7406 Device Coupler.
Related Subjects: General Applications