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. Voltage and frequency ranges depends on Red Pitaya model. Required hardware

  • Red Pitaya device

../../_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:STAT BURST');    % Set burst mode to ON
fprintf(tcpipObj,'SOUR1:BURS:NCYC 1');        % Set 1 pulses of sine wave
fprintf(tcpipObj,'SOUR1:TRIG:SOUR EXT_PE');   % Set generator trigger to external
fprintf(tcpipObj,'OUTPUT1:STATE ON');         % Set output to ON

% 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

fclose(tcpipObj) Code - C


C code examples don’t require the use of the SCPI server, we have included them here to demonstrate how the same functionality can be achieved with different programming languages. Instructions on how to compile the code are here -> link

/* Red Pitaya external trigger pulse generation Example */

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

#include "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);
    rp_GenMode(RP_CH_1, RP_GEN_MODE_BURST);
    rp_GenTriggerSource(RP_CH_1, RP_GEN_TRIG_SRC_EXT_PE);

    /* Enable output channel */

    /* 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('SOUR1:BURS:STAT BURST')
rp_s.tx_txt('SOUR1:TRIG:SOUR EXT_PE')
rp_s.tx_txt('OUTPUT1:STATE ON') Code - LabVIEW