SCPI (Standard Commands for Programmable Instruments)

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SCPI (Standard Commands for Programmable Instruments) is a standard that defines a language for communicating with instruments based on messages. The majority of the GPIB instruments use the SCPI but also RS-232, Ethernet, VXI, PXI may use it. Several measurement instrument manufacturers have adopted this standard as HP / Agilent for example, allowing some communication uniformity between several devices.

Some examples of SCPI commands:

  • Instrument identification querry: *IDN?
  • Instrument reset: RST
  • Measure querry: MES?