VMETRO Introduces Platform Independent API for Vanguard Analyzers

The Application Programming Interface (API) for the Vanguard Analyzer family (PCIe, PCI/PCI-X, XMC, PMC, cPCI and VME) is used to access and control the features of the analyzers from the customer’s application. This API enables Vanguard Analyzer functionality to be incorporated in dedicated applications running on a variety of platforms and using virtually any programming language. Applications include incorporating the Vanguard Analyzer in the system GUI and custom test benches.

The Vanguard API engine is implemented as a TCP/IP based server on the Vanguard Analyzer, using simple ASCII-formatted data for both the requests and the responses. The API is therefore available to every client platform that has TCP/IP support.

Two different client interfaces are available for using the Vanguard API:

  • The Raw ASCII interface transmits RPC requests and responses as simple ASCII-coded strings, while the XML-RPC interface transmits the requests and responses as XML formatted messages.
  • The Raw ASCII interface uses basic TCP/IP socket client/server communication for the transport, while the XML-RPC interface uses HTTP.

VMETRO provides integrators of high-end embedded computer systems with products and services, from development through deployment, with the highest levels of performance, innovation and reliability. The products are based mostly on open standards like VXS, PCI Express, VME, PCI and CompactPCI. Founded in 1986 in Oslo, Norway, and in the US since 1987, VMETRO is the world’s largest manufacturer of bus analyzers for standard buses such as VME, PCI and PCI Express. VMETRO also offers an extensive line of high-performance signal processing solutions, real-time data recorders, PMC I/O controllers and modules for real-time data processing, acquisition and networking. VMETRO has been traded on the Oslo Stock Exchange (Ticker: VME) since 1997. For more information, please visit www.vmetro.com.