NI-RFSA 2.5.2 - Windows 7 32-bit/7 64-bit/Vista 32-bit/Vista 64-bit/XP 32-bit 2 Ratings | 3.50 out of 5 |   Print

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Product Line: RF

Version: 2.5.2

Release date: 03-12-2012

Software type: Driver

Operating system: Windows 7 32-bit; Windows 7 64-bit; Windows Vista 32-bit; Windows Vista 64-bit; Windows XP 32-bit


This software installation provides support for customers using NI RF vector signal analyzers. To program the NI 5661, NI 5663/5663E, or NI 5665, use the NI-RFSA API in all programming languages. To program the NI 5660, use the ni5660 API in LabVIEW and the NI-Tuner and NI-SCOPE APIs in other programming languages. The getting started guide for your device provides information about how to install, configure, test, and begin using an NI RF vector signal analyzer. The NI 5660 has a separate help file from the NI 5661, NI 5663/5663E, and the NI 5665.

New Features

NI-RFSA 2.5.2 includes the following new features:

  • Support for the RF Input Isolation property and the NIRFSA_ATTR_RF_INPUT_ISOLATION attribute
  • Support for the FFT Width property and the NIRFSA_ATTR_FFT_WIDTH attribute
  • Support for the Reference Trigger OSP Delay Enabled property and the NIRFSA_ATTR_REF_TRIGGER_OSP_DELAY_ENABLED attribute

NI-RFSA 2.5 includes the following new features:

  • Support for NI 5665 14 GHz devices
  • Support for the RF Attenuation Step Size property and the NIRFSA_ATTR_RF_ATTENUATION_STEP_SIZE attribute
  • Support for the OSP Data Scaling Factor property and the NIRFSA_ATTR_OSP_DATA_SCALING_FACTOR attribute
  • Support for the Spectrum OSP Sampling Ratio property and the NIRFSA_ATTR_SPECTRUM_OSP_SAMPLING_RATIO attribute
  • Support for the Phase Noise acquisition mode in the NI-RFSA Soft Front Panel (SFP)

NI-RFSA 2.4.5 adds support for LabVIEW 2011 (32-bit) and LabVIEW 2011 (64-bit)

NI-RFSA 2.4.2 includes the following new features:

  • Fixed an issue in which NI-RFSA was falsely reporting temperature sensor errors for the NI PXIe-5603
  • Fixed an issue in which NI PXIe-5603 devices calibrated with a later version of NI-RFSA do not initialize with NI-RFSA 2.4

NI-RFSA 2.4 includes the following new features:

  • Support for NI 5665 3.6 GHz devices
  • Support for LabVIEW 2009 (64-bit) and LabVIEW 2010 (64-bit)
  • Support for Windows 7 and Windows Vista 64-bit user mode
  • Simulation support for NI 5663/5663E and NI 5665 devices
  • Support for the I/Q power edge Reference trigger for NI-TClk
  • Support for configuration list mode DMA

Supported Hardware

The following table shows which hardware products are supported under particular operating systems.

Hardware Product
Windows 7 (32-bit)/
Vista (32-bit)/XP 1
Windows 7 (64-bit)/
Vista (64-bit)
NI PXI-5600
NI PXIe-5601
NI PXIe-5603
NI PXIe-5605
NI PXI-5660
NI PXI-5661
NI PXIe-5663
NI PXIe-5663E
NI PXIe-5665
1 MXI Express and MXI-4 are supported on Windows 7/Vista/XP, but MXI-3 is supported on only Windows XP.

NI–RFSA supports all National Instruments RF signal analyzer devices, except the NI 5660 on RT targets.

Application Development Software

If you are developing applications for the RF vector signal analyzer, you must install at least one of the following application development environments:

  • LabVIEW version 8.6.1, 2009 SP1 (32-bit), 2009 SP1 (64-bit), 2010 SP1 (32-bit), 2010 SP1 (64-bit), 2011 (32-bit), and 2011 (64-bit)
  • LabVIEW Real-Time Module 8.6.1, 2009 SP1, 2010 SP1, or 2011 (not supported with NI 5660)
  • LabWindows™/CVI™ version 8.5.1 or later
  • LabWindows/CVI Real-Time Module 9.0 or later
  • NI-RFSA .NET Class Libraries 1.0
  • If you are running your application on an RT target, 128 MB of memory or more is required.
Note: The NI Spectral Measurements Toolkit must be installed for proper operation of NI RF vector signal analyzers. Install the Spectral Measurements Toolkit after installing NI-RFSA. Refer to the NI RF Vector Signal Analyzer Getting Started Guide for more information about software and hardware installation.


Installation Instructions

Perform the following steps to install NI-RFSA:

  1. Create a temporary folder on your local hard drive and name it NI-RFSA
  2. Download and extract the file into the folder you created in step 1.
  3. To launch the NI-RFSA installer, open the NI-RFSA folder and double-click the autorun.exe program
    or run the command <temporary folder path>\NIRFSA252\autorun.exe.

To conserve disk space you can delete the downloaded .zip file, however it is recommended that you keep the extracted installation files in case you need to add features from the NI-RFSA distribution in the future, or plan to create your own installers using National Instruments development environments.

Note: Installing NI-RFSA on Windows XP systems requires Windows XP Service Pack 2 (32-bit) or later.

Supported hardware

The following devices are supported for use with this download:

  • PXI-5600
  • PXI-5660
  • PXI-5660 with Preamplifier
  • PXI-5661
  • PXIe-5601
  • PXIe-5603
  • PXIe-5605
  • PXIe-5663
  • PXIe-5663E
  • PXIe-5665 14GHz
  • PXIe-5665 3.6GHz

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