Instrument Control Toolbox
This example shows how to use the Quick-Control Function Generator to generate arbitrary waveforms.
Instrument Control Toolbox™ supports communication with instruments through interfaces and drivers. For a complete list of supported hardware, visit the Instrument Control Toolbox product page at www.mathworks.com/products/instrument
In this example we will create and download an arbitrary waveform to an arbitrary waveform generator using Quick-Control Function Generator.
To run this example you need:
An arbitrary waveform generator (This example uses Tektronix® AFG3022B).
VISA software installed on your machine (This example uses Agilent® IO Libraries Version 16.1).
IVI-C drivers for the instruments installed on your machine (This example uses Tektronix® tkafg3k IVI-C driver version 3.2 from the IVI Foundation Driver Registry).
Instrument Control Toolbox™.
We will create an arbitrary waveform that consists of three different
waveforms. Each waveform's properties, including the amplitude and
frequency,will be set in the section below. For each waveform, the
amplitude is in
volts, while the frequency in
When generating signals for a function generator it is important to ensure continuity in the time domain so as to not introduce unintended spectral content in the signal, especially if the waveform is going to be played back repeatedly. To ensure continuity you can define the time vector such that it contains an integral number of cycles of each of the three tones that will compose the synthesized waveform.
timeStep = 0.001; time = 0:timeStep:(1-timeStep);
Parameters for the first waveform
amplitude1 = 0.2; frequency1 = 10;
Parameters for the second waveform
amplitude2 = 0.8; frequency2 = 14;
Parameters for the third waveform
amplitude3 = 0.6; frequency3 = 18;
We will create our three individual waveforms using the
waveform1 = amplitude1*sin(2*pi*frequency1*time); waveform2 = amplitude2*sin(2*pi*frequency2*time); waveform3 = amplitude3*sin(2*pi*frequency3*time);
The arbitrary waveform will be a combination of each of the above listed waveforms.
waveform = waveform1 + waveform2 + waveform3;
Add random noise to the waveform created earlier.
waveform = waveform + 0.3*rand(1,size(waveform,2));
Some function generators require a normalized waveform. In this case the waveform is normalized between -1 to +1.
waveformArray = (waveform./max(waveform))'; plot(waveformArray); xlabel('Samples'); ylabel('Amplitude');
Now that you have your waveform you need to download it onto the function
generator. You will use the Quick-Control Function Generator or
function of the Instrument Control Toolbox™ to do so.
f = fgen;
Discover all the available instrument resources (targets) you can connect
to, using the
ans = ASRL1::INSTR GPIB0::4::INSTR GPIB0::INTFC GPIB1::INTFC PXI0::MEMACC TCPIP0::172.31.57.64::inst0::INSTR TCPIP0::a-m6104a-004598.dhcp.mathworks.com::inst0::INSTR TCPIP0::a-m7054b-340327::inst0::INSTR testresource
Select an instrument you want to communicate with. The resource has to be set before connecting to the instrument.
Because the IP address of the instrument is 172.31.57.64, the
Resource property will be set to the following.
f.Resource = 'TCPIP0::172.31.57.64::inst0::INSTR';
Connect to the function generator.
Specify the channel of the function generator where the waveform would be generated. Here, the waveform would be generated on channel number 1.
Since you will be generating a custom arbitrary waveform, set the
Waveform property to Arb.
f.Waveform = 'Arb';
You are now ready to download the previously generated arbitrary waveform waveformArray to the function generator.
downloadWaveform (f, waveformArray);
Enable the waveform generation.