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Measure Power on a Keysight® RF Power Meter using the IVI-C Driver

This example shows how to initialize the driver, read a few properties of the driver and make power measurements using Keysight RF Power Meter and output the result in MATLAB®.


This example requires the following:

  • Keysight (Agilent) IO libraries version 17.1 or newer

  • Keysight (Agilent) RF Power Meter IVI version or newer

Enumerate Available IVI-C Drivers On The Computer

This enumerates the IVI drivers that have been installed on the computer.

IviInfo = instrhwinfo('ivi');
ans = 

  Columns 1 through 6

    'Ag33220'    'Ag3352x'    'Ag34410'    'Ag34970'    'Ag532xx'    'AgAC6800'

  Columns 7 through 11

    'AgE36xx'    'AgInfiniiVision'    'AgMD1'    'AgRfSigGen'    'AgXSAn'

  Columns 12 through 13

    'KtRFPowerMeter'    'rsspecan'

Create a MATLAB Instrument Driver and Connect to the Simulated Instrument

% Create the MATLAB instrument driver

% Use icdevice with the MATLAB instrument driver name and instrument's
% resource name to create a device object. In this example the instrument
% is connected by GPIB at board index 0 and primary address 1.
myInstrument = icdevice('KtRFPowerMeter.mdd', 'GPIB0::01::INSTR','optionstring','simulate=true');

% Connect driver instance

Attributes and Variables Definition

% These values are defined in the driver's header file 'KtRFPowerMeter.h'
IVI_ATTR_BASE = 1000000;

Get General Device Properties

Query information about the driver and instrument

DriverIdentification = get(myInstrument,'Inherentiviattributesdriveridentification');
InstrumentIdentification = get(myInstrument,'Inherentiviattributesinstrumentidentification');
Utility = get(myInstrument, 'Utility');
Revision = invoke(Utility, 'revisionquery');
Vendor = get(DriverIdentification, 'Specific_Driver_Vendor');
Description = get(DriverIdentification, 'Specific_Driver_Description');
InstrumentModel = get(InstrumentIdentification, 'Instrument_Model');
FirmwareRev = get(InstrumentIdentification, 'Instrument_Firmware_Revision');

% Print the queried driver properties
fprintf('Revision:        %s\n', Revision);
fprintf('Vendor:          %s\n', Vendor);
fprintf('Description:     %s\n', Description);
fprintf('InstrumentModel: %s\n', InstrumentModel);
fprintf('FirmwareRev:     %s\n', FirmwareRev);
fprintf(' \n');
Vendor:          Keysight Technologies
Description:     IVI Driver for KtRFPowerMeter [Compiled for 64-bit.]
InstrumentModel: E4416A
FirmwareRev:     Sim1.0.9.0

Configure Power Meter

% Perform the default preset on the power meter
InstrumentSpecificSystem = get(myInstrument, 'Instrumentspecificsystem');
invoke(InstrumentSpecificSystem, 'systempreset');
% Wait until all instrument operations complete or until MaxTimeMilliseconds has expired
invoke(InstrumentSpecificSystem, 'systemwaitforoperationcomplete', 20000);
% Disables continuous triggering
AttributeAccessors = get(myInstrument, 'Attributeaccessors');
invoke(AttributeAccessors, 'setattributeviboolean', 'A', KTRFPOWERMETER_ATTR_CHANNELS_ITEM_TRIGGER_CONTINUOUS_ENABLED, 0);
% Get the number of channels available on the instrument
BasicOperation = get(myInstrument, 'Basicoperation');
ChannelCount = get(BasicOperation, 'Channel_Count');
% Get the model number or name reported by the physical instrument
InherentIviAttributesInstrumentIdentification = get(myInstrument, 'Inherentiviattributesinstrumentidentification');
InstrumentModel = get(InherentIviAttributesInstrumentIdentification, 'Instrument_Model');
if (ChannelCount >= 2) && not(strcmpi(InstrumentModel,'N1913A')) && not(strcmpi(InstrumentModel,'N1914A'))
    % Disables continuous triggering
    invoke(AttributeAccessors, 'setattributeviboolean', 'B', KTRFPOWERMETER_ATTR_CHANNELS_ITEM_TRIGGER_CONTINUOUS_ENABLED, 0);
% Enables the POWER REF output
invoke(AttributeAccessors, 'setattributeviboolean', 'A', KTRFPOWERMETER_ATTR_CALIBRATOR_ENABLED, 1);

Make Measurements

% Initiates a measurement on all enabled channels
MeasurementLowLevelMeasurement = get(myInstrument, 'Measurementlowlevelmeasurement');
invoke(MeasurementLowLevelMeasurement, 'initiate');
% Wait until all instrument operations complete or MaxTimeMilliseconds has expired
invoke(InstrumentSpecificSystem, 'systemwaitforoperationcomplete', 10000);
for iLoop = 1:4
    % Specifying an offset to be added to the measured value in units of dB
    invoke(AttributeAccessors, 'setattributevireal64', 'A', KTRFPOWERMETER_ATTR_OFFSET, -10*iLoop);
    % Initiates a measurement
    InstrumentSpecificMeasurement = get(myInstrument, 'Instrumentspecificmeasurement');
    ReadResult = invoke(InstrumentSpecificMeasurement, 'measurementsitemread', '1',50000);
    % Disable the display offset
    invoke(AttributeAccessors, 'setattributeviboolean', '1', KTRFPOWERMETER_ATTR_MEASUREMENTS_ITEM_OFFSET_ENABLED,0);
    % Fetch the result of a previously initiated measurement
    FetchResult = invoke(InstrumentSpecificMeasurement, 'measurementsitemfetch', '1',50000);
    % Enable the display offset
    invoke(AttributeAccessors, 'setattributeviboolean', '1', KTRFPOWERMETER_ATTR_MEASUREMENTS_ITEM_OFFSET_ENABLED,1);
    % Perform a power measurement
    MeasResult = invoke(InstrumentSpecificMeasurement, 'measurementsitemmeasure', '1',50000);
    fprintf('Read result: %.3f, Fetch Result: %g, Measure Result: %g\n', ReadResult, FetchResult, MeasResult);
Read result: 0.000, Fetch Result: 0, Measure Result: 0
Read result: 0.000, Fetch Result: 0, Measure Result: 0
Read result: 0.000, Fetch Result: 0, Measure Result: 0
Read result: 0.000, Fetch Result: 0, Measure Result: 0

Display Any Errors from the Driver

% If there are any errors, query the driver to retrieve and display them.
ErrorNum = 1;
while (ErrorNum ~= 0)
    [ErrorNum, ErrorMsg] = invoke(Utility, 'errorquery');
    fprintf('ErrorQuery: %d, %s\n', ErrorNum, ErrorMsg);
ErrorQuery: 0, No error. 

Disconnect Device Object and Clean Up

% Remove instrument objects from memory.

Additional Information:

This example shows the setup and measuring of power from a RF power meter using the IVI driver. Once the measured data is retrieved from the instrument, MATLAB can be used to visualize and perform analyses on the data using the rich library of functions in the Signal Processing Toolbox™ and Communications Systems Toolbox™. Using Instrument Control Toolbox™, it is possible to automate control of instruments, and, build test systems that use MATLAB to perform analyses that may not be possible using the built-in capability of the hardware.

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