Generate Standard Waveforms Using the Quick-Control Function Generator
This example shows how to use the Quick-Control Function Generator to generate a standard waveform. To generate an arbitrary waveform, see Generate Arbitrary Waveforms Using Quick-Control Function Generator. Quick-Control Function Generator works with any function generator using an IVI-C driver as long as the instrument and the driver support the functionality. You can follow the basic steps using your particular function generator. This example uses Keysight® VISA, but you can use any vendor's implementation of VISA.
In this example, an electronic test engineer wants to create a simple sine waveform to test the clock operating range of a digital circuit.
Ensure all necessary software is installed. See Quick-Control Function Generator Requirements for the list.
Create an instance of the function generator.
% Instantiate an instance of the fgen. myFGen = fgen();
Discover available resources. A resource string is an identifier to the instrument. You must set it before connecting to the instrument.
% Find resources. availableResources = resources(myFGen)
This returns a resource string or an array of resource strings, for example:
ans = ASRL::COM1 GPIB0::INTFC GPIB0::10::INSTR PXI0::MEMACC TCPIP0::172.28.16.153::inst0::INSTR TCPIP0::172.28.16.174::inst0::INSTR
Set the resource for the function generator you want to communicate with.
myFGen.Resource = 'GPIB0::10::INSTR';
Connect to the function generator.
Specify the channel name from which the function generator produces the waveform.
Configure the function generator.
You can configure any of the instrument’s properties that are settable. Configure the waveform to be a continuous sine wave and then configure various settings as shown.
% Set the type of waveform to a sine wave. myFGen.Waveform = 'sine'; % Set the output mode to continuous. myFGen.Mode = 'continuous'; % Set the load impedance to 50 Ohms. myFGen.OutputImpedance = 50; % Set the frequency to 2500 Hz. myFGen.Frequency = 2500; % Set the amplitude to 1.2 volts. myFGen.Amplitude = 1.2; % Set the offset to 0.4 volts. myFGen.Offset = 0.4;
Enable signal generation with the instrument, for example, output signals.
In this example, the
enableOutputfunction enables the function generator to produce a signal that appears at the output connector.
% Enable the output of signals. enableOutput(myFGen);
When you are done, disable the output.
% Disable the output of signals. disableOutput(myFGen);
After configuring the instrument and generating a signal, close the session and remove it from the workspace.
disconnect(myFGen); clear myFgen;
For a list of supported functions for use with Quick-Control Function Generator, see Quick-Control Function Generator Functions.