Generate signal on external trigger Description

This example shows how to program Red Pitaya to generate analog signal on external trigger. Red Pitaya will first wait for trigger from external source and start generating desired signal right after trigger condition is met. Red Pitaya is able to generate signals in range from DC to 50 MHz with output voltage range from -1 to 1 Volt. Generated signal can be observed by an Oscilloscope. Required hardware

  • Red Pitaya
../../../_images/output_y49qDi.gif Code - MATLAB®

The code is written in MATLAB. In the code we use SCPI commands and TCP/IP communication. Copy code to MATLAB editor and press run.

%% Define Red Pitaya as TCP/IP object
clear all
close all

IP= '';            % Input IP of your Red Pitaya...
port = 5000;
tcpipObj=tcpip(IP, port);

%% Open connection with your Red Pitaya
tcpipObj.Terminator = 'CR/LF';

%% Generate

fprintf(tcpipObj,'SOUR1:FUNC SINE');          % Set function of output signal {sine, square, triangle,sawu,sawd, pwm}
fprintf(tcpipObj,'SOUR1:FREQ:FIX 200');       % Set frequency of output signal
fprintf(tcpipObj,'SOUR1:VOLT 1');             % Set amplitude of output signal

fprintf(tcpipObj,'SOUR1:BURS:NCYC 1');        % Set 1 pulses of sine wave
fprintf(tcpipObj,'OUTPUT1:STATE ON');         % Set output to ON
fprintf(tcpipObj,'SOUR1:BURS:STAT ON');       % Set burst mode to ON

fprintf(tcpipObj,'SOUR1:TRIG:SOUR EXT_PE');   % Set generator trigger to external

% For generating signal pulses you trigger signal frequency must be less than
% frequency of generating signal pulses. If you have trigger signal frequency
% higher than frequency of generating signal pulses
% on output you will get continuous  signal instead of pulses

view rawgenerate_burst_trigger_external.m
Code - C

/* Red Pitaya external trigger pulse generation Example */

#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <unistd.h>

#include "redpitaya/rp.h"

int main(int argc, char **argv){

    /* Print error, if rp_Init() function failed */
    if(rp_Init() != RP_OK){
        fprintf(stderr, "Rp api init failed!\n");

    rp_GenWaveform(RP_CH_1, RP_WAVEFORM_SINE);
    rp_GenFreq(RP_CH_1, 200);
    rp_GenAmp(RP_CH_1, 1);

    rp_GenBurstCount(RP_CH_1, 1);
    /* Enable output channel */
    rp_GenMode(RP_CH_1, RP_GEN_MODE_BURST);
    rp_GenTriggerSource(RP_CH_1, RP_GEN_TRIG_SRC_EXT_PE);

    /* Release rp resources */

    return 0;
} Code - Python


import sys
import redpitaya_scpi as scpi

rp_s = scpi.scpi(sys.argv[1])

wave_form = 'sine'
freq = 10000
ampl = 1

rp_s.tx_txt('SOUR1:FUNC ' + str(wave_form).upper())
rp_s.tx_txt('SOUR1:FREQ:FIX ' + str(freq))
rp_s.tx_txt('SOUR1:VOLT ' + str(ampl))
rp_s.tx_txt('SOUR1:BURS:NCYC 2')
rp_s.tx_txt('OUTPUT1:STATE ON')
rp_s.tx_txt('SOUR1:BURS:STAT ON')
rp_s.tx_txt('SOUR1:TRIG:SOUR EXT_PE') Code - LabVIEW