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Quick-Control Function Generator Requirements

You can use the Quick-Control Function Generator for any function generator that uses an underlying IVI-C driver. However, you do not have to directly deal with the underlying driver. This easy-to-use function generator, or fgen, is used for simplified fgen control and waveform generation.

Create the Quick-Control Function Generator object using the Instrument Control Toolbox™ fgen function. It simplifies controlling function generators and performs arbitrary waveform generations without dealing with the underlying drivers.

You can use the Quick-Control Function Generator for any function generator that uses an underlying IVI-C driver. However, you do not have to directly deal with the underlying driver. This fgen object is easy to use.

The documentation examples use a specific instrument, a Tektronix® AFG 3022B function generator. This feature works with any instrument that has IVI-C fgen class drivers. You can follow the basic steps, using your particular instrument.

To use the Quick-Control Function Generator for an IVI-C fgen, ensure the following software is installed. Most components are installed by the Instrument Control Toolbox Support Package for National Instruments VISA and ICP Interfaces. To install the support package, see Install the National Instruments VISA and ICP Interfaces Support Package.

  • Windows® 64-bit platforms

  • VISA shared components (installed by the support package)

  • VISA (installed by the support package)

    Note, the examples use Agilent® VISA, but you can use any vendor’s implementation of VISA.

  • National Instruments® IVI® compliance package NICP 4.1 or later (installed by the support package)

  • Your instrument’s device-specific driver. If you do not already have it, go to your instrument vendor's website and download the IVI-C driver for your specific instrument.

You can use instrhwinfo to confirm that the required software is installed.

% Check that the software is properly installed.
instrhwinfo('ivi')

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