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Hardware Support from Instrument Control Toolbox

Control and acquire data from a wide variety of test and measurement equipment including oscilloscopes, signal analyzers and signal generators.

You can use MATLAB® with Instrument Control Toolbox™ as your single software environment to configure, control, acquire, and analyze data from instruments and other devices. Once data is in MATLAB, you can analyze and visualize that data for tasks such as signal processing, statistical analysis, digital filtering, and curve fitting. You can also create graphical interfaces for collecting and analyzing your data and automating tests.

Instrument Control Toolbox supports communication with instruments and devices directly from MATLAB through commonly used communication protocols, instrument standards, and drivers. The toolbox provides a consistent interface to all devices independent of interface, hardware manufacturer, or instrument type.

Manufacturers, instruments and standards supported by Instrument Control Toolbox include:

Interface / StandardManufacturerInstrument Type
BluetoothAgilentArbitrary Waveform Generator
GPIB AnritsuDigital Multimeter
I2CData TranslationFunction Generator
IVIFlukeNetwork Analyzer
PXIKeithley InstrumentsPower Meter
SCPIKikusuiPower Supply
SerialLeCroySignal Analyzer
SPINational InstrumentsSignal Generator
TCP/IPOcean OpticsSpectrum Analyzer
UDPPico TechnologySwitch
USBRohde & SchwarzOther instruments
Other interfaces and standardsTTi 
 VTI Instruments 
 ZTEC Instruments 
 Other manufacturers 
Typical test setup showing Instrument Control Toolbox controlling and communicating with a power supply and oscilloscope. Resulting data is read into MATLAB for analysis and visualization.




Any instrument from any manufacturer provided that the instrument meets one of the following criteria:

  • Supports one of these communication protocols: GPIB, VISA (including VISA-USB), TCP/IP, UDP, or serial
  • Has one of these drivers: IVI, VXIplug&play, or a native MATLAB instrument driver
  • Conforms to the LXI specification

Click on the entries in the table above for more information.