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Instrument Control Toolbox

Control and communicate with test and measurement instruments

Instrument Control Toolbox™ lets you connect MATLAB® directly to instruments such as oscilloscopes, function generators, signal analyzers, power supplies, and analytical instruments. The toolbox connects to your instruments via instrument drivers such as IVI and VXIplug&play, or via text-based SCPI commands over commonly used communication protocols such as GPIB, VISA, TCP/IP, and UDP. You can also control and acquire data from your test equipment without writing code.

With Instrument Control Toolbox, you can generate data in MATLAB to send out to an instrument, or read data into MATLAB for analysis and visualization. You can automate tests, verify hardware designs, and build test systems based on LXI, PXI, and AXIe standards. For remote communication with other computers and devices from MATLAB, the toolbox provides built-in support for TCP/IP, UDP, I2C and Bluetooth® serial protocols.

Instrument Connection and Communication

Basic steps to connect, configure, and communicate with your instrument

Direct Interface Communication

Low-level protocols like Bluetooth, TCP/IP, I2C, SPI, and Serial Port (RS-232)

Interface-Based Instrument Communication

Low-level protocols like GPIB, VISA, USB, TCP/IP, and Serial Port

Driver-Based Instrument Communication

Intuitive language-oriented commands with drivers like IVI, VXI plug and play, or generic

Direct Interface Communication in Simulink

Send and receive data in Simulink® models

Hardware Support

Support for third-party hardware