The PIL-Box, a new HP-IL <-> PC link solution


This is the annoucement of my new HP-IL <-> PC link solution using my “PIL-Box”.

The PIL-Box is a HP-IL/Serial (RS232 or USB) translator. It uses NO OBSOLETE HP PARTS such as the HP-IL chip or the custom HP-IL pulse transformer. It aims to be an alternative to the old ISA HP-IL board (HP82973A) and to be compatible with most computers/OS that support RS232 or USB.

Some pictures on my HP-IL Web page.

I will present the PIL-Box with more details during the Allschwil meeting next week.


Edited: 25 Oct 2008, 3:11 a.m.



Very interesting, good work! Looking forward to see it working next weekend.



Awesome stuff, JF, can't wait to see it in action!!!




So a new HP 41CX communication device to the PC. It seems there are people helping to drag this tool into the 21st century.

I hope HP is taking note! Probably a whole industry out there waiting to be tapped. New replacement for the HP 41C with backwards adaptability, similar to the HP42S with computer support.

PS I would certainly put an order in for one when you have the process down. Gives us an update from Switzerlands meeting.



Hi there,

Seems like it's going to be a lot to talk about during the meeting!! ;-)

I looks really cool!

See you soon.


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