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Creating and sending an arb using matlab

Question asked by lhornburg Employee on Apr 21, 2010
Latest reply on May 6, 2011 by lhornburg
Attached is a short matlab program that shows you how to open a visa session with an Agilent 33210A, 33220A, or 33250A in matlab and download an arbitrary waveform and output it with the function generator.  The example is a very basic pulse waveform, you can create much more complex waveforms, I just wanted to make a simple example to get people started.


AsciiArb is a sample program that demonstrates how to download an arbitrary waveform
     into instrument volatile memory and play back the same with the configuration below:
     This arb generates a 8192 point pulse waveform, of which the first 400 points define a
     positive pulse from 0 volts to the maximum defined voltage amplitude.

Wave Shape: Arb
Amplitude:     2 Volt Peak to Peak
Offset:          0 Volt
Output Impedance:     50 Ohm
Output: Enabled

This example will work with the Agilent 33210A, 33220A, and 33250A

% clears all variables, closes all open files

clear all; close all; clc;

%opens and creates a visa session for communication with function generator

fgen = visa('AGILENT','TCPIP0::');
set (fgen,'OutputBufferSize',100000);

%Query Idendity string and report
fprintf (fgen, '*IDN?');
idn = fscanf (fgen);
fprintf (idn)
fprintf ('\n\n')

%Clear and reset instrument
fprintf (fgen, '*RST');
fprintf (fgen, '*CLS');

     % Create arb waveform with 8192 points of 0-1 data
     fprintf('Generating Waveform...\n\n')
     for i = 1:1:10        % Set rise time (10 points) */
          z = (i-1)/10;
        y = num2str(z);
        s1 = sprintf(', %s', y);
        rise = [rise s1];
     for i= 11:1:411      % Set pulse width (400 points) */
        y = num2str(1);
        s2 = sprintf(', %s', y);
        width = [width s2];
     for i = 412:1:422   % Set fall time (10 points) */
          z= (422 - i)/10;
        y = num2str(z);
        s3 = sprintf(', %s', y);
        fall = [fall s3];
     for i = 423:1:8192   % Set remaining points to zero */
          y = num2str(0);
        s4 = sprintf(', %s', y);
        low = [low s4];
    %combine all of the strings
    s = [rise width fall low];
    % combine string of data with scpi command
     arbstring =sprintf('DATA VOLATILE %s', s);

     %Send Command to set the desired configuration
     fprintf('Downloading Waveform...\n\n')
     fprintf(fgen, arbstring);
    %make instrument wait for data to download before moving on to next
    %command set
     fprintf(fgen, '*WAI');
     fprintf('Download Complete\n\n')

     %Set desired configuration.
    fprintf(fgen,'VOLT 2'); % set max waveform amplitude to 2 Vpp
    fprintf(fgen,'VOLT:OFFSET 0'); % set offset to 0 V
    fprintf(fgen,'OUTPUT:LOAD 50'); % set output load to 50 ohms
    fprintf(fgen,'FREQ 1000'); %set frequency to 1KHz
    fprintf(fgen,'FUNC:USER VOLATILE');
    fprintf(fgen,'FUNC:SHAP USER');

    %Enable Output
    fprintf(fgen,'OUTPUT ON'); % turn on channel 1 output

% Read Error
fprintf(fgen, 'SYST:ERR?');
errorstr = fscanf (fgen);

% error checking
if strncmp (errorstr, '+0,"No error"',13)
   errorcheck = 'Arbitrary waveform generated without any error \n';
   fprintf (errorcheck)
   errorcheck = ['Error reported: ', errorstr];
   fprintf (errorcheck)

%closes the visa session with the function generator