SCPI Consortium

The Standard Commands for Programmable Instrumentation (SCPI) Consortium was an organization whose members shared a common commitment to develop a common interface language between computers and test instruments. The SCPI Standard is built on the foundation of IEEE-488.2, Standard Codes and Formats. It requires conformance to IEEE-488.2, but is pure software standard. SCPI syntax is ASCII text, and therefore can be attached to any computer test language, such as BASIC, C, or C++. It can also be used with Test Application Environments such as LabWindows/CVI, LabVIEW, MATLAB, Microsoft Visual Studio, or Agilent VEE. SCPI is hardware-independent. SCPI strings can be sent over any instrument interface. It works equally well over GPIB, RS-232, VXIbus or LAN networks.

Integration into the IVI Foundation

The SCPI Consortium voted to become part of the IVI Foundation in late 2002 and the IVI Foundation Board of Directors voted to accept the merger in the spring of 2003. IVI has assumed control of the SCPI specifications and all ongoing work will be accomplished as part of the IVI Foundation.

To view/download SCPI, go to the Specifications page.

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