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Generic Drivers: Overview

Generic drivers allow the Instrument Control Toolbox™ software to communicate with devices or software that do not use industry-standard drivers or protocols.

Typical cases, but not the only possibilities, are instruments that offer access through a COM interface (where the instrument can be accessed as an ActiveX® object from the MATLAB® workspace), that use proprietary libraries, or that use custom MEX-files.

Because the generic nature of this feature does not lend itself to detailed discussion of specific instructions that work in all cases, the following sections of this chapter use an example to illustrate how to create and use a MATLAB generic instrument driver: