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Python: TBS Simple Plot

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Python: TBS Simple Plot

Post by Carl M » June 28th, 2016, 6:08 pm

Slight modification of the Python: MDO Simple Plot to accommodate TDS2k, TPS2k and TBS1k series oscilloscopes.

This code example provides meaningful output (i.e. a scaled waveform plot) as simply as possible without bad practices. It is useful for testing the installation and configuration of a Python environment for development of remote instrument control code. It demonstrates best practice event status checking, command synchronization, waveform acquisition, waveform data transfer, waveform scaling, and waveform plotting using Python 3.5 and PyVISA v1.8 and Matplotlib v1.5.1. Default setup and auto-set are compromises for convenience. Because the exercised features are fairly universal to Tektronix oscilloscopes, this example should work across a wide range of models without any modification.

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# tbs simple plot
# python v3.x, pyvisa v1.8
# should work with TDS2k, TPS2k, and TBS1k series

# replaced 'wfmoutpre' with 'wfmpre' (see mdo simple plot)

import time # std module
import visa # http://github.com/hgrecco/pyvisa
import pylab as pl # http://matplotlib.org/
import numpy as np # http://www.numpy.org/

visa_address = 'ASRL1::INSTR'

rm = visa.ResourceManager()
scope = rm.open_resource(visa_address)
scope.timeout = 10000 # ms
scope.encoding = 'latin_1'
scope.read_termination = '\n'
scope.write_termination = None
scope.write('*cls') # clear ESR


Connect probe to oscilloscope Channel 1 and the probe compensation signal.

Press Enter to continue...

scope.write('*rst') # reset
t1 = time.perf_counter()
r = scope.query('*opc?') # sync
t2 = time.perf_counter()
print('reset time: {} s'.format(t2 - t1))

scope.write('autoset EXECUTE') # autoset
t3 = time.perf_counter()
r = scope.query('*opc?') # sync
t4 = time.perf_counter()
print('autoset time: {} s'.format(t4 - t3))

# io config
scope.write('header 0')
scope.write('data:encdg RIBINARY')
scope.write('data:source CH1') # channel
scope.write('data:start 1') # first sample
record = int(scope.query('wfmpre:nr_pt?'))
scope.write('data:stop {}'.format(record)) # last sample
scope.write('wfmpre:byt_nr 1') # 1 byte per sample

# acq config
scope.write('acquire:state 0') # stop
scope.write('acquire:stopafter SEQUENCE') # single
scope.write('acquire:state 1') # run
t5 = time.perf_counter()
r = scope.query('*opc?') # sync
t6 = time.perf_counter()
print('acquire time: {} s'.format(t6 - t5))

# data query
t7 = time.perf_counter()
bin_wave = scope.query_binary_values('curve?', datatype='b', container=np.array)
t8 = time.perf_counter()
print('transfer time: {} s'.format(t8 - t7))

# retrieve scaling factors
tscale = float(scope.query('wfmpre:xincr?'))
tstart = float(scope.query('wfmpre:xzero?'))
vscale = float(scope.query('wfmpre:ymult?')) # volts / level
voff = float(scope.query('wfmpre:yzero?')) # reference voltage
vpos = float(scope.query('wfmpre:yoff?')) # reference position (level)

# error checking
r = int(scope.query('*esr?'))
print('event status register: 0b{:08b}'.format(r))
r = scope.query('allev?').strip()
print('all event messages: {}'.format(r))


# create scaled vectors
# horizontal (time)
total_time = tscale * record
tstop = tstart + total_time
scaled_time = np.linspace(tstart, tstop, num=record, endpoint=False)
# vertical (voltage)
unscaled_wave = np.array(bin_wave, dtype='double') # data type conversion
scaled_wave = (unscaled_wave - vpos) * vscale + voff

# plotting
#pl.step(scaled_time, scaled_wave)
pl.plot(scaled_time, scaled_wave)
pl.title('channel 1') # plot label
pl.xlabel('time (seconds)') # x label
pl.ylabel('voltage (volts)') # y label
print("\nlook for plot window...")

print("\nend of demonstration")
Please discuss.
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Carl M
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Re: Python: TBS Simple Plot

Post by Carl M » May 31st, 2017, 11:18 am

i've made a small update. immediately after creating the instrument object (which implicitly connects) the default parameters work but aren't technically correct.

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scope.encoding = 'latin_1' # default 'ascii'
scope.read_termination = '\n' # default None
scope.write_termination = None # default '\r\n'
i also moved '*CLS' up to be the first command. writing *CLS to the instrument immediately after connecting prevents any cached events or messages causing inconsistent behavior.
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