This file contains important information about NI-DCPower, including installation instructions, new features, a partial list of bugs fixed, and known issues.
If you plan to use LabVIEW NXG, refer to LabVIEW NXG Support and Considerations.
NI-DCPower is an NI instrument driver that communicates with all NI programmable power supplies and SMUs. NI-DCPower is an interchangeable virtual instrument (IVI)–compliant instrument driver, and it features a set of operations and properties that exercise the functionality of the power supply or SMU and includes an interactive soft front panel and examples.
NI-DCPower 18.1 has the following requirements:
Refer to the LabVIEW Readme for additional system requirements and supported operating systems for LabVIEW.
NI-DCPower 18.1 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 In 2016 NI-DCPower dropped support for Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and installations of Windows 7 without any service packs. NI-DCPower 18.1 will not install or run on an unsupported OS. You cannot deploy or distribute applications that use NI-DCPower 18.1 to an unsupported OS. Additionally, after installing NI-DCPower 18.1, 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 KB 79UC78LS, 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.
NI-DCPower 18.1 supports the following application software versions, including service packs. If you are not using NI application software, refer to Microsoft Visual Studio Support.
|Application Software||Versions Supported by NI-DCPower|
|LabVIEW||2015, 2016, 2017, 2018|
|LabVIEW Real-Time Module3||2015, 2016, 2017, 2018|
|LabVIEW NXG||2.0, 2.1|
|LabWindows™/CVI™||2013 and later|
|LabWindows/CVI Real-Time Module3||2013 and later|
3No support for PXIe-4162/4163 source measure units.
If you are using the NI-DCPower .NET Class Library, the .NET Framework 4.0 (minimum) is required. The NI-DCPower .NET Class Library can be used with the Visual C# or Visual Basic .NET programming languages in any Visual Studio version that can target the .NET Framework 4.0 or the .NET Framework 4.5.
To use the .NET API, you must select the .NET Framework 4.0 Languages Support or the .NET Framework 4.5 Languages Support packages in the NI-DCPower installer to install the .NET class libraries in addition to the NI device driver. For information about versions of the .NET Framework and the drivers each supports, as well as the download location of the installer files, refer to the National Instruments .NET Driver Support document at ni.com/info and enter Info Code NETAPIdriversupport.
You can install all of your LabVIEW products—including NI-DCPower 18.1—using the LabVIEW 2018 Platform media.
To request additional LabVIEW Platform media, refer to the NI website.
NI automates LabVIEW NXG 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.
The following list details the hardware models supported in NI-DCPower 18.1:
NI 411x, 413x, 414x, and 4154 Power Supplies and SMUs
NI 416x SMUs
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-DCPower 18.1.
The following items are the IDs and titles of a subset of issues fixed in NI-DCPower. This is not an exhaustive list of issues fixed in the current version of NI-DCPower. If you have a CAR ID, you can search this list to validate that the issue has been fixed.
The following items are changes in NI-DCPower 17.6.1 from NI-DCPower 17.6.
Fixed an issue in which the PXIe-4162/4163 did not invalidate measurements taken during range changes.
Fixed an issue in which memory leaked when configuring properties in the Running state.
The following items are changes in NI-DCPower 17.1 from NI-DCPower 17.0.
Fixed an issue in which the PXIe-4138 or PXIe-4139 failed to load upon system boot or device reset.
Fixed an issue in which in rare cases, the PXI-4138 or PXIe-4139 failed to load due to a hardware error but the front panel LED did not reflect the presence of a hardware error.
Refer to the NI DC Power Supplies and SMUs Help, accessible from Start»All Programs»National Instruments»NI-DCPower»NI-DCPower Documentation, for information about NI-DCPower.
You can access all the installed NI-DCPower examples at Start»All Programs»National Instruments»NI-DCPower»NI-DCPower Examples and online at ni.com/examples.
Select Help»Find Examples from LabVIEW or LabWindows/CVI to launch the NI Example Finder. LabVIEW examples for NI-DCPower are located in the LabVIEW XXXX\examples\instr\niDCPower directory. You can modify an example VI to fit an application, or you can copy and paste from one or more examples into a VI that you create.
The NI Example Finder offers two ways to access all installed LabVIEW example VIs and their descriptions:
The following sections detail considerations for using LabVIEW NXG with NI-DCPower.
Software support for LabVIEW NXG differs in the following ways:
NI 411x, 413x, 414x, and 4154 Power Supplies and SMUs
NI 416x SMUs
View context help in LabVIEW by pressing <Ctrl-H> and hovering over an object.
Search for items using the search bar in the upper right corner of the LabVIEW window. You can also view context help for the search results.
Additional documentation is available online at ni.com/manuals.
Launch LabVIEW and click the Learning tab.
LabVIEW lessons are located in the Lessons tab, and LabVIEW Examples are located in the Examples tab. Follow the instructions in the lessons and examples.
NI-DCPower no longer installs IVI Compliance Package. NI-DCPower supports IVI configuration and runtime, but no longer supports the following features:
If you want to use the above features, you must install IVI Compliance Package separately, either from ni.com/downloads or from the NI Device Drivers 2018 DVD.
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:
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.
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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