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Newport serial device communcation

version 1.2 (8.96 KB) by Adriaan Taal
This code is developed to automate your Newport serial devices through MATLAB.


Updated 17 Sep 2020

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This code is developed to automate your Newport serial devices through MATLAB.

It uses a .NET Framework instance. Newport doesnt support matlab, and the link to .NET not that trivial, so maybe by sharing this code I can save a few people some hours figuring it out.

I used a 1936-R powermeter over USB. This code can be generalized to any newport serial device by setting the device ID and installing the corresponding drivers.

How to set up the NEWPORT 1936-R powermeter on MATLAB 64bit
1). Install USB driver 64bit, v5.0.8, can be downloaded from
2). Install Computer interface software 64bit v3.0.4
3). Install .NET Framework (code is tested on 4.7)
4). Power cycle the powermeter before running code
5). Run MATLAB functions on 64 bit

Function NP_USB_connect.m does most of the magic, the other functions just improve conciseness and code readability.

Function NP_SUB_reperror.m is a simple wrapper for reporting succes/fail. Sometimes the device reports error USBDUPLICATEADDRESS even when the code executed just fine.

Adriaan Taal - Columbia University

Cite As

Adriaan Taal (2022). Newport serial device communcation (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2019a
Compatible with any release
Platform Compatibility
Windows macOS Linux

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