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NI-USRP 18.0 Readme

May 2018

This file contains important information about NI-USRP, including installation instructions, new features, a partial list of bugs fixed for NI-USRP 18.0, and known issues.


Overview

New Features

Supported Hardware

System Requirements

Supported Operating Systems

Application Software Support

Installed Software, Documentation, and Examples

Documentation

Accessing VIs and Functions

Finding Examples and Sample Projects

Ethernet Support on USRP RIO Devices

Product Security and Critical Updates

Known Issues

Bug Fixes

Automating the Installation of NI Products

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 10

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 8.1

Legal Information


Overview

This software installation provides support for customers using software defined radio (USRP) devices and software defined radio reconfigurable (USRP RIO) devices, as specified in the Supported Hardware section. To program your USRP or USRP RIO device, use the NI-USRP API or USRP RIO Instrument Design Library (IDL) included in the NI-USRP instrument driver.

The getting started guide for your device provides information about how to install, configure, test, and begin using a USRP or USRP RIO device.

New Features

NI-USRP 18.0 adds support for LabVIEW 2018 (32- and 64-bit).

NI-USRP 17.2 adds support for the USRP-2974 device with LabVIEW Communications System Design Suite 2.0.

NI-USRP 17.1 adds support for several bug fixes.

NI-USRP 17.0 adds support for LabVIEW 2017 (32- and 64-bit).

NI-USRP 16.1 includes the following new features:

NI-USRP 16.0 adds support for LabVIEW 2016 (32- and 64-bit).

Supported Hardware

The following hardware products are supported in all operating systems listed in the Supported Operating Systems section. Refer to the Application Software Support section for information regarding supported application software versions.

*The NI-USRP instrument driver supports TwinRX, UBX, CBX, CBX-120, WBX, WBX-120, SBX, SBX-120, XCVR2450
daughterboards. Other daughterboards may also be compatible, but they have not been tested.

Device-specific information about these modules is included in the NI-USRP Help.

System Requirements

NI-USRP 18.0 has the following requirements:

Device USB 2.0 or Higher Gigabit Ethernet PCI/MXI Express x4
USRP-2900/2901    
USRP-2920/2921/2922    
USRP-2930/3932    
USRP-2940/2942/2943/2944/2945  
USRP-2950/2952/2953/2954/2955  

Supported Operating Systems

NI-USRP 18.0 supports the following operating systems:

1 NI software installs VC2015 Runtime and .NET 4.6.2. Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 require Microsoft updates to support these items. Refer to Microsoft KB2919442 and KB2919355 for more information about how to install these updates.

2 NI software is signed with a SHA-256 certificate. Windows 7 SP1, Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP1, and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 require Microsoft updates to support SHA-256. Refer to Microsoft KB3033929 for more information about how to install this security update.

Note  LabVIEW NXG and LabVIEW Communications System Design Suite support only 64-bit operating systems.

Note  NI-USRP 18.0 does not support Windows Server non-R2 editions.

Note  In 2016, NI-USRP dropped support for Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and installations of Windows 7 without any service packs. NI-USRP 18.0 will not install or run on an unsupported OS. You cannot deploy or distribute applications that use NI-USRP 18.0 to an unsupported OS. Additionally, after installing NI-USRP 18.0, you cannot use any installers built on this computer with any version of LabVIEW, LabWindows™/CVI™, NI TestStand™, or Measurement Studio on an unsupported OS.

For more information about the changes to our OS support for 2016, refer to KB 79UC78LS, Why Does my ADE Installer Fail on Windows XP/Vista and Windows Server 2003?.

Note  Support for Windows 32-bit operating systems may require disabling physical address extension (PAE). To learn how this might affect your system and what actions you might need to take, visit ni.com/info and enter the Info Code PAESupport.

Application Software Support

NI-USRP 18.0 supports the following application software versions, including service packs. You should install application software, such as LabVIEW, LabVIEW Communications System Design Software, or LabVIEW Communications System Design Suite, before installing NI-USRP. To add support for application software installed after installing NI-USRP, modify your NI-USRP installation or launch the NI-USRP installer again.

Device LabVIEW 2015 SP1, 2016, 2017, or 2018 LabVIEW Communications System Design Software 2.0 LabVIEW Communications System Design Suite 2.0
USRP-2900/2901
USRP-2920/2921/2922
USRP-2930/2932
USRP-2940/2942/2943/2944  
USRP-2950/2952/2953/2954  
USRP-2945/2955 √†    
USRP-2974    

† The USRP-2945/2955 devices are not supported in LabVIEW 2015 SP1.

Note  NI-USRP is not supported in LabVIEW NXG 1.0 or later.

Installed Software, Documentation, and Examples

Installed Software

File Locations

Item Installed Location
NI-USRP <NIDir32>\NI-USRP\
NI-USRP Utilities <NIDir32>\NI-USRP\utilities\
NI-USRP Examples <NIDir32>\LabVIEW<version>\examples\instr\niUSRP\
NI-USRP Header files <NIDir32>\Shared\ExternalCompilerSupport\C\include
NI-USRP Import Library files <NIDir32>\Shared\ExternalCompilerSupport\C\lib32\msvc
NI-USRP DLL <SystemDir32>\niusrp.dll
NI-USRP 2 DLL <SystemDir32>\niusrp2.dll
NI UHD DLL <SystemDir32>\niuhd.dll
NI UHD 2 DLL <SystemDir32>\niuhd2.dll
NI USRP RIO DLL <SystemDir32>\niusrprio.dll
NI USRP RIO RPC <SystemDir32>\niusrpriorpc.exe
NI USRP USB Monitor <SystemDir32>\niusrpmonitor.exe
NI-USRP Firmware and FPGA images <NIDir32>\NI-USRP\images\

Additional File Locations for Windows (64-bit)

Item Installed Location
NI-USRP <NIDir64>\NI-USRP\
NI-USRP Header files <NIDir32>\Shared\ExternalCompilerSupport\C\include
NI-USRP Import Library files <NIDir32>\Shared\ExternalCompilerSupport\C\lib64\msvc
NI-USRP DLL <SystemDir64>\niusrp.dll
NI-USRP 2 DLL <SystemDir64>\niusrp2.dll
NI UHD DLL <SystemDir64>\niuhd.dll
NI UHD 2 DLL <SystemDir64>\niuhd2.dll
NI USRP RIO DLL <SystemDir64>\niusrprio.dll
NI-USRP Examples <NIDir64>\LabVIEW<version>\examples\instr.lib\niUSRP\

Documentation

Documentation for NI-USRP is located at Start»All Programs»National Instruments»NI-USRP»Documentation. The documentation set is composed of the following documents.

Document Format Description
NI-USRP Help HTML/Windows Help The primary document for most NI USRP products. The help is an HTML version of a traditional user manual that includes the following information:
  • An introduction to NI USRP
  • Hardware device information
  • How to get started with application development
  • A complete reference for all NI-USRP programming functions and VIs
Getting started guide for your device Printed and PDF Contains software and hardware installation, configuration, signal connection, and troubleshooting information for your device.
Specifications for your device PDF Lists technical specifications for your device.
NI-USRP 18.0 Readme HTML (this document) Contains information about supported hardware and operating systems, new features, fixed issues, and legal notices.

To access the LabVIEW Communications System Design Suite 2.0 Manual, visit ni.com/info and enter the Info Code commsmanual. This manual includes the following information:

For the most recent revisions of documentation and for newly released documentation, visit ni.com/manuals.

Note  To view PDFs, you need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed. You can install the viewer from www.adobe.com/reader.

Accessing VIs and Functions

NI–USRP palette VIs are available from the Functions»Instrument I/O»Instrument Drivers»NI-USRP palette.

USRP RIO palette VIs are available from the Functions»Instrument I/O»Instrument Drivers»USRP RIO palette.

Finding Examples and Sample Projects

NI-USRP includes several example applications for LabVIEW. These examples serve as interactive tools, programming models, and as building blocks in your own applications. NI-USRP includes examples for getting started and other software-defined radio (SDR) functionality. You can access the NI-USRP examples from the following locations:

Note  The NI Example Finder does not include NI-USRP examples.

USRP RIO includes several sample projects for LabVIEW. These sample projects serve as starting points to build a USRP RIO streaming application. To access the LabVIEW sample project from the Create Project dialog, select Sample Projects in the left pane and navigate to the NI-USRP Simple Streaming project.

You can access additional examples from the Code Sharing Community at ni.com/usrp.

Ethernet Support on USRP RIO Devices

USRP RIO devices support both 1G Ethernet and 10G Ethernet using the connectors on the device back panel. With the default FPGA image, port 0 is designated for 1G, and port 1 is designated for 10G.

The USRP-2974 is only supported through Ethernet using 1 GbE through RJ45 and 10 GbE through SFP+ connections.

Note  The FPGA cannot be modified when the USRP RIO device is connected through Ethernet.

Product Security and Critical Updates

Visit ni.com/security to view and subscribe to receive security notifications about NI products. Visit ni.com/critical-updates for information about critical updates from NI.

Known Issues

You can access the software and documentation known issues list online. Refer to the NI website for an up-to-date list of known issues in NI-USRP 18.0.

Bug Fixes

There are no changes in NI-USRP 18.0 from NI-USRP 17.2.

There are no changes in NI-USRP 17.2 from NI-USRP 17.1.

The following items are changes in NI-USRP 17.1 from NI-USRP 17.0.

ID Fixed Issue
679121 Fixed an issue that caused digital data values in the NI-USRP Simple Streaming with USRP-2945/2955 Sample Project to be scaled to half of the correct value.
681935 Fixed an issue that caused aliases to appear in the data path after the frequency shift occurred on the FPGA.

The following items are changes in NI-USRP 17.0 from NI-USRP 16.1.

ID Fixed Issue
641880 Fixed an issue that caused the RF frequency to be inaccurate due to LO sharing when using the USRP-2945/2955 and the USRP RIO sample project.
624459 Fixed an issue that caused the building of a bitfile to fail using DRAM in LabVIEW Communications 2.0 after installing NI-USRP.
617872 Fixed an issue that caused the streaming performance of USRP RIO devices to degrade when connected over PCIe and using NI-USRP API.

The following items are changes in NI-USRP 16.1 from NI-USRP 16.0.

ID Fixed Issue
597196 Fixed an issue that caused errors to appear when launching the NI-USRP Configuration Utility from LabVIEW Communications 2.0.
494050 Fixed an issue that caused the USRP-2950/2952/2953/2954 devices not to set the GPS time by default.

There are no changes in NI-USRP 16.0 from NI-USRP 15.5.

Automating the Installation of NI Products

You can automate the installation of most NI products using command-line arguments to suppress some or all of the installer user interface and dialog boxes.

If the NI product you are installing uses Microsoft .NET 4.0, the .NET installer may run before any NI software installs and may require a reboot before the installation of NI software begins. To avoid a .NET reboot, install .NET 4.0 separately before you install NI software.

For more information about automating the installation of NI products, refer to the following KnowledgeBase articles:

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 10

Microsoft Windows 10 is the latest version of the Windows operating system and features significant changes compared to previous versions. Windows 10 introduces several new capabilities and also combines features from both Windows 7 and Windows 8. For more information about NI support for Windows 10, visit ni.com/windows10.

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 8.1

When you install NI software on Microsoft Windows 8.1, you will notice a few additional tiles in the Apps view, including shortcuts to NI application software products such as NI LabVIEW, Measurement & Automation Explorer (NI MAX), and NI Launcher. For more information about NI support for Windows 8.1, visit ni.com/windows8.


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