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IVI Driver Support

What is IVI?

The IVI standard is an open driver architecture set of instrument classes and shared software components defined by the IVI Foundation.

What are IVI drivers?

IVI drivers provide increased performance and flexibility to test instrument applications and define advanced features such as instrument simulation, state caching, automatic range checking, and multithread safety.

Benefits of IVI

IVI offers several benefits to test & measurement designers:

  • Provides standard Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to provide fast access to driver functions and reduce the time needed to learn a new LXI instrument
  • Enables simulation of instruments to simplify testing of measurement applications
  • Feature enhanced ease of use in popular Application Development Environments
  • Reduces the time and effort needed to integrate measurement devices into new or existing systems by providing interchangeability

IVI Driver Architecture

The IVI Specifications define two types of drivers, class-compliant drivers and custom drivers. Class-compliant drivers comply with one of the eight instrument classes currently defined by the IVI Foundation (DMM, oscilloscope, arbitrary waveform/function generator, DC power supply, switch, power meter, spectrum analyzer, and RF signal generator) and share a common application-programming interface (API). Custom drivers comply with the IVI architecture but implement a custom API for an instrument that does not fit within one of the instrument classes specified by the IVI Foundation. IVI drivers can be implemented based on one of two architectures – IVI-C (based on the industry-proven VXIplug&play specifications) and IVI-COM.

IVI Architecture