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Simulating an NI-RFSG Device

    Last Modified: December 19, 2017

    Simulate an NI-RFSG device to develop, modify, and/or test an application without hardware. Using a simulated device to test an application eliminates the risk of hardware damage. Additionally, you can use simulated NI-RFSG hardware to evaluate an NI product for which you do not have hardware.

    Complete the following steps to create and configure a simulated NI-RFSG device using the NI-RFSG instrument driver:

    1. Call Initialize With Options.
    2. Set the option string input. The option string input is composed of the Simulate and Driver Setup keywords, as illustrated in the following example:

      Simulate=1,DriverSetup=Model:model number; BoardType:type


      You must enable simulation (Simulate=1) to simulate any device.

      The following table shows the valid values for model number and type.

      Option Valid Values
      model number 5611, 5650, 5650e, 5651, 5651e, 5652, 5652e, 5653, 5654, 5673E
      type PXI, PXIe

      For PXI/PXIe-5650/5651/5652 modules only, you can use the BoardType:PXI and BoardType:PXIe values to indicate whether a module is PXI or PXI Express, respectively.

    Simulation Examples

    • When simulating a PXIe-5673E, you can use any of the following option string inputs:


      Simulate=1,DriverSetup=Model:5611; AWG:5450; LO:5652e

      Simulate=1,DriverSetup=Model:5611; AWG:5450; LO:5652; loBoardType:PXIe

      (With an external LO) Simulate=1,DriverSetup=Model:5611; AWG:5450; LO:<external>

    • When simulating an PXIe-5650, you can use either of the following option string inputs:


      Simulate=1,DriverSetup=Model:5650; BoardType:PXIe

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