Test & Measurement

MATLAB and Tektronix' scopes get connected

27 February 2002 Test & Measurement

Tektronix and The MathWorks, a developer and supplier of technical computing software, have announced connectivity between Tektronix' mid and high-performance lines of oscilloscopes and The MathWorks flagship software, MATLAB.

Until now, engineers, researchers and scientists have conducted test, measurement and advanced analysis in two separate steps - one being the data acquisition with test equipment and the second being the analysis of that data using various commercial or custom software programs. In response to this market demand, the company's have brought data acquisition and advanced analysis together into one integrated device by developing an interface between Tektronix' Windows-based line of oscilloscopes and The MathWorks' MATLAB analysis environment.

The interface was created by adding support for TekVISA, the Tektronix implementation of the VISA standard, to the MATLAB Instrument Control Toolbox. This is an add-on product to MATLAB for controlling and communicating with instruments. Users who purchase MATLAB and the Instrument Control Toolbox have two options for working with Tektronix' TDS5000 and TDS7000 Series oscilloscopes. The first option is to load MATLAB on the oscilloscope, a typical configuration for a laboratory setting. A second option is to install MATLAB on a separate computer from which one can communicate with the oscilloscope - an option that would appeal to a researcher who works with multiple instruments.

For further information contact Channels Measurement Services, 0800 11 7850.

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