And, finally, has the time come to pronounce the General-Purpose Interface Bus (GPIB) death, as some observers are saying? "This is something I hear since 20 years", Bachmayr explains. "But if you listen to the customers, it is alive and well, and it will live on for decades." Nevertheless, alternatives to the venerable data bus, a development of HP back in the sixties, are looming. "Ethernet would be a good candidate, in particular in connection with LXI. And also USB is gaining significance".