NI-USRP 19.1 Readme

June 2019

This file contains important information about NI-USRP, including installation instructions, new features, a partial list of bugs fixed for NI-USRP 19.1, and known issues.


Overview

New Features

Supported Hardware

System Requirements

Supported Operating Systems

Application Software Support

Accessing the API

Finding Examples, Lessons, and Sample Projects

Accessing the Documentation

Installed Software

Installation Instructions

Product Security and Critical Updates

Behavior Changes

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, software defined radio reconfigurable (USRP RIO) devices, and software defined radio stand-alone (USRP Stand-Alone) devices, as specified in the Supported Hardware section. To program your USRP, USRP RIO, or USRP Stand-Alone 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, USRP RIO, or USRP Stand-Alone device.

New Features

NI-USRP 19.1 includes support for a bug fix.

NI-USRP 19.0 includes the following new features:

  • Support for LabVIEW 2019
  • Support for LabVIEW NXG 3.1
  • High Speed Serial (HSS) support in LabVIEW NXG

NI-USRP 18.5 adds support for LabVIEW NXG 3.0 and LabVIEW Communications System Design Suite 3.0.

NI-USRP 18.3 adds support for the USRP-2974 device with LabVIEW Communications System Design Suite 2.1.

NI-USRP 18.1 adds support for LabVIEW NXG 2.1 and LabVIEW Communications System Design Suite 2.1.

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:

  • Support for USRP-2945 and USRP-2955 devices with LabVIEW 2016
  • Support for USRP-2900 and USRP-2901 devices with LabVIEW 2016

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.

  • USRP-2900
  • USRP-2901
  • USRP-2920
  • USRP-2921
  • USRP-2922
  • USRP-2930
  • USRP-2932
  • USRP-2940 40 MHz
  • USRP-2940 120 MHz
  • USRP-2942 40 MHz
  • USRP-2942 120 MHz
  • USRP-2943 40 MHz
  • USRP-2943 120 MHz
  • USRP-2944
  • USRP-2945
  • USRP-2950 40 MHz
  • USRP-2950 120 MHz
  • USRP-2952 40 MHz
  • USRP-2952 120 MHz
  • USRP-2953 40 MHz
  • USRP-2953 120 MHz
  • USRP-2954
  • USRP-2955
  • USRP-2974
  • Ettus Research USRP2*
  • Ettus Research N200*
  • Ettus Research N210*
  • Ettus Research X300*
  • Ettus Research X310*

*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 19.1 has the following requirements:

  • Processor—1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
    Note  LabVIEW NXG and LabVIEW Communications System Design Suite support only 64-bit (x64) processors.
  • RAM—1 GB RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • A screen resolution of 1,024 x 768
  • Windows 10/8.1/7, with all available critical updates and service packs
  • Connector requirements shown in the following table
Device USB 2.0 or Higher Gigabit Ethernet PCI/MXI Express x4
USRP-2900/2901    
USRP-2920/2921/2922    
USRP-2930/2932    
USRP-2940/2942/2943/2944/2945  
USRP-2950/2952/2953/2954/2955  
USRP-2974  

Ethernet Support on USRP RIO Devices

USRP RIO devices support both 1G Ethernet (1 GbE) and 10G Ethernet (10 GbE) 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.

Supported Operating Systems

NI-USRP 19.1 supports the following operating systems:

  • Windows 10/8.11/7 SP12
  • Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP12
  • Windows Server 2012 R21
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP12

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 19.1 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 19.1 will not install or run on an unsupported OS. You cannot deploy or distribute applications that use NI-USRP 19.1 to an unsupported OS. Additionally, after installing NI-USRP 19.1, 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 Why Does My NI 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 19.1 supports the following application software versions, including service packs. If you are using LabVIEW, you should install it 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 2016, 2017, 2018, or 2019 LabVIEW Communications System Design Suite 3.1 LabVIEW NXG 3.1
USRP-2900/2901
USRP-2920/2921/2922
USRP-2930/2932
USRP-2940/2942/2943/2944 à
USRP-2950/2952/2953/2954 à
USRP-2945/2955    
USRP-2974  

† Support for the USRP RIO API and modifying the LV FPGA bitfile is only supported in LabVIEW NXG FPGA Module.

Accessing the API

NI-USRP and USRP RIO palette VIs and nodes are available in the following palette locations.

API LabVIEW LabVIEW NXG or LabVIEW Communications System Design Suite
NI-USRP Functions»Instrument I/O»Instrument Drivers»NI-USRP Hardware Interfaces»Wireless Design and Test»NI-USRP
USRP RIO Functions»Instrument I/O»Instrument Drivers»USRP RIO Hardware Interfaces»Wireless Design and Test»USRP RIO

Finding Examples, Lessons, and Sample Projects

NI-USRP examples, lessons, and sample projects are available in the following locations.

Content Type Description LabVIEW LabVIEW NXG or LabVIEW Communications System Design Suite
Examples NI-USRP includes several example applications that serve as interactive tools, programming models, and building blocks in your own applications. NI-USRP includes examples for getting started and other software-defined radio (SDR) functionality.

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

  • From the Start menu at Start»All Programs»National Instruments»NI-USRP»Examples.
  • From the LabVIEW Functions palette at Instrument I/O»Instrument Drivers»NI-USRP»Examples.
  • From the Learning tab, select Examples»Hardware Input and Output»NI-USRP.
  • From the Learning tab, select Examples»Hardware Input and Output»NI USRP RIO.
Lessons NI-USRP includes lessons that guide you through the process of identifying and demodulating an FM signal with your device. N/A From the Learning tab, select Lessons»Getting Started»Demodulating FM Signals with the NI... and choose a task to accomplish.
Sample Projects USRP RIO includes several sample projects that serve as starting points to build a USRP RIO streaming application. From the Create Project dialog, select Sample Projects in the left pane and navigate to the NI-USRP Simple Streaming project. From the Projects tab, select USRP RIO and choose the applicable sample project for your device and setup.

Accessing the Documentation

Documentation for NI-USRP is located at Start»All Programs»National Instruments»NI-USRP»Documentation and online at ni.com/manuals. The documentation set is composed of the following documents.

Document Format Location Description
NI-USRP 19.1 Readme HTML (this document) Start»All Programs»National Instruments»NI-USRP»NI-USRP Documentation and online at ni.com/manuals Contains information about supported hardware and operating systems, new features, fixed issues, and legal notices.
NI-USRP Help HTML/Windows Help Start»All Programs»National Instruments»NI-USRP»NI-USRP Documentation and online at ni.com/manuals The primary document for most NI USRP products used in LabVIEW. The help is an installed and online version of a traditional user manual that includes the following information:
  • An introduction to NI USRP
  • How to get started with application development
  • A complete programming reference for all NI-USRP programming functions and VIs in LabVIEW
NI-USRP Manual Online Help Online at ni.com/manuals The primary document for most NI USRP products. The help is an installed and online version of a traditional user manual that includes the following information:
  • An introduction to NI USRP
  • How to get started with application development
  • A complete programming reference for all NI-USRP nodes in LabVIEW NXG and LabVIEW Communications System Design Suite
Basic Elements (NI-USRP and NI-579x) Manual Online Help Online at ni.com/manuals Contains a complete programming reference for all Basic Elements nodes on the USRP RIO and NI-579x palettes in LabVIEW NXG and LabVIEW Communications System Design Suite.
Getting started guide for your device Printed and PDF Online at ni.com/manuals Contains software and hardware installation, configuration, signal connection, and troubleshooting information for your device.
Specifications for your device PDF Online at ni.com/manuals Lists technical specifications for your device.
Manual for your device Online Help Online at ni.com/manuals Contains information about supported hardware, including pinouts, block diagrams, and specifications.

To access the latest LabVIEW Communications System Design Suite Manual, visit ni.com/info and enter the Info Code commsmanual. This manual includes an introduction to LabVIEW Communications System Design Suite and information about how to get started with application development.

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.

LabVIEW NXG and LabVIEW Communications System Design Suite Help

View context help by pressing <Ctrl-H> and hovering over an object.

Search for items using the search bar in the upper right corner of the window. You can also view context help for the search results.

Installed Software

  • <NIDocDir> is an alias for the following National Instruments file folder location: Users\Public\Public Documents\National Instruments
  • <SystemDir64> is an alias for the following file folder location: (64-bit) Windows\system32
  • <NIDir> is an alias for the following National Instruments file folder location:
    • (32-bit OS) Program Files\National Instruments
    • (64-bit OS) Program Files (x86)\National Instruments for 32-bit programs and Program Files\National Instruments for 64-bit programs

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 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 Examples <NIDir64>\LabVIEW<version>\examples\instr\niUSRP\

Installation Instructions

Installing NI-USRP for LabVIEW, LabVIEW NXG, or LabVIEW Communications System Design Suite

NI automates LabVIEW NXG and LabVIEW Communications System Design Suite installation using NI Package Manager. Visit ni.com/info and enter the Info Code NIPMDownload to download NI Package Manager. Refer to the NI Package Manager Manual for more information about installing, removing, and upgrading NI software using NI Package Manager.

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.

Behavior Changes

The following are the behavior changes in NI-USRP 18.5 from NI-USRP 18.0:

  • The SDR Basic Elements IDL is obsolete in instrument driver version 18.5.

Known Issues

You can access the software and documentation known issues list online. Visit ni.com/info and enter the Info Code usrp191knownissues for an up-to-date list of known issues in NI-USRP 19.1.

Bug Fixes

The following item is a change in NI-USRP 19.1 from NI-USRP 19.0.

ID Fixed Issue
170434 Fixed an issue that caused some users of the NI-USRP Simple Streaming with USRP-2945/2955 Sample Project to receive an error stating that their hardware is too new for this version of the Configuration Instrument Design Library.

There are no changes in NI-USRP 19.0 from NI-USRP 18.5.

There are no changes in NI-USRP 18.5 from NI-USRP 18.3.

There are no changes in NI-USRP 18.3 from NI-USRP 18.1.

There are no changes in NI-USRP 18.1 from NI-USRP 18.0.

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.

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