The MATLAB Generic Instrument Driver allows a user to acquire data from the PicoScope 3000 Series High-Performance Oscilloscopes and control signal generator functionality. The data could be processed in MATLAB using functions from Toolboxes such as the Signal Processing Toolbox.
The driver has been created using Instrument Control Toolbox v3.1.
The PS3000a_MATLAB_IC_Generic_Driver zip file includes the following:
- The MATLAB Generic Instrument Driver
- scripts that demonstrate how to call various functions in order to capture data in block and streaming mode, as well as using the signal generator
The example scripts provided in the zip file have been tested with a subset of the 2 and 4-channel oscilloscope ‘A’ and ‘B’ variants in the current PicoScope 3000 series range.
The driver will work with the analogue channels of the PicoScope 320X MSO variants - a small modification is required for the signal generator.
Please note that the driver will not work with the older PicoScope 3204, 3205, 3206, 3224 and 3424 devices.
The Instrument driver requires the dynamic link library (dll) files provided as part of the PicoScope 3000a Software Development Kit (SDK) in order to connect to and operate the oscilloscope. This can be downloaded for free from http://www.picotech.com/software.html
The SDK also includes the installer for the USB driver for the oscilloscopes. The simplest method for installing the USB driver is to install the PicoScope 6 software which is also available for free from the above address.
Please refer to the ‘MATLAB Instrument Driver for PicoScope 3000 A/B Series Function Guide’ pdf document in the root directory of the zip for further information on installing and running the examples, as well as the functions. The main PicoScope 3000A/B Series Programmer’s Guide in the SDK should also be referred to.
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Any feedback on the driver would be appreciated - please e-mail us including the PicoScope model used.
NOTE: The streaming mode example requires an update - please contact us via e-mail.