Tuesday, March 15, 2011

How To Control Your Instrument In Labview Without A Driver

In this post I am featuring a video a colleague of mine made showing how to control an instrument with LabVIEW using standard commands for programmable instrumentation (SCPI) directly. The SCPI is sent to the instrument via the virtual instrument software architecture (VISA), which is a I/O API for instruments. Why would you want to do this? This is what you would have to do if you wanted to control an instrument with LabView but the instrument does not have a LabView driver. Another advantage to programming with direct SCPI is it allows you to access all of the instruments low level more technical features that may be hidden from you in the driver. Enjoy!