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Re2: vrf Old signal generator commands...

Question asked by VRFuser on Sep 17, 2008
Latest reply on Sep 17, 2008 by VRFuser
Stan Bischof (Richard S) <> wrote:
> Douglas Rudrow <> wrote:
> > Greetings all,
> >
> > I've inherited an old program and test setup that uses an H/P 8665A
> > synthesized signal generator.
> wandered by and typed "8665a programming manual"
> into the search and found:
> ... -90078.pdf
> Chapter 4 covers programming,

I should point out that another way to figure out programming needs for instruments is to use the drivers that exist and a little reverse-engineering.

For instance in this case VEE comes with the 8665a ITG driver.
Instantiate a "panel" driver for the instrument, turn on the bus monitor, push buttons and watch commands go by. This will also tell you exactly what the instrument sends back.

Or download the driver source from Agilent web ( ITG drivers are available as source code ) and look at the commands it uses.

This method has two real advantages:
(1) it tells you what the instrument sends
(2) sequences of commands are found quickly-- these can hard
    to ferret out of a manual.



Stan Bischof  Agilent Technologies  707-577-3994

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