Serial Port Instrument Communication

Communicate with instruments that support the serial port interface

Serial communication is the most common low-level protocol for communicating between two or more devices. Normally, one device is a computer, while the other device can be a modem, a printer, another computer, or a scientific instrument such as an oscilloscope or a function generator. For many serial port applications, you can communicate with your instrument without detailed knowledge of how the serial port works. Communication is established through a serial port object, serial, which you create in the MATLAB® workspace. For information about creating the serial object, see Serial Port Object.

Before you can write or read data, both the serial port object and the instrument must have identical communication settings. For information, see Configuring Communication Settings.


binblockread Read binblock data from instrument
binblockwrite Write binblock data to instrument
clear Remove instrument objects from MATLAB workspace
delete Remove instrument objects from memory
disp Display instrument object summary information
fclose Disconnect interface object from instrument
fopen Connect interface object to instrument
fprintf Write text to instrument
fscanf Read data from instrument, and format as text
get Instrument object properties
instrhwinfo Information about available hardware
instrreset Disconnect and delete all instrument objects
propinfo Instrument object property information
set Configure or display instrument object properties
serial Create serial port object
serialbreak Send break to instrument
tmtool Open Test & Measurement Tool
fgetl Read line of text from instrument and discard terminator
fgets Read line of text from instrument and include terminator
flushinput Remove data from input buffer
flushoutput Remove data from output buffer
fread Read binary data from instrument
fwrite Write binary data to instrument
inspect Open Property Inspector
instrhelp Help for instrument object type, function, or property
instrcallback Display event information when event occurs
instrfind Read instrument objects from memory to MATLAB workspace
instrfindall Find visible and hidden instrument objects
instrid Define and retrieve commands that identify instruments
instrnotify Define notification for instrument events
isvalid Determine whether instrument objects are valid
length Length of instrument object array
load Load instrument objects and variables into MATLAB workspace
methods Class method names and descriptions
obj2mfile Convert instrument object to MATLAB code
query Write text to instrument, and read data from instrument
readasync Read data asynchronously from instrument
record Record data and event information to file
save Save instrument objects and variables to MAT-file
scanstr Read data from instrument, format as text, and parse
size Size of instrument object array
stopasync Stop asynchronous read and write operations

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