This project defines a serial, full-duplex, asynchronous, 9-pin DTE communications port that follows EIA 574 and related standards. Portions of several standards will be referenced along with specific extensions applying to programmable instruments. The resulting draft will apply to point-to-point instrument systems composed of a measurement, stimulus or interconnect device and an instrumentation controller. It may also apply to certain devices outside the scope of the instrument system environment. The document will cover mechanical, electrical and functional requirements of the interface.