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NI PXI-5660 Support (NI LabVIEW 2016) Readme

2016 Edition


Thank you for using NI PXI-5660 Support. This file contains important information about NI PXI-5660 Support and is organized into the following sections:

NI PXI-5660 Support Software: ni5660 APIs

Supported Hardware

System Requirements

Installed Software, Documentation, and Examples

Documentation

Accessing VIs and Functions

The 5660 Demo Panel

Finding Examples

Product Security and Critical Updates

Uninstalling/Modifying NI PXI-5660 Support Software

Known Issues

Automating the Installation of NI Products

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 10

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 8.1

Legal Information


NI PXI-5660 Support Software: ni5660 APIs

This software installation provides support for customers using an NI PXI-5660 (NI 5660). To program the NI 5660, use the ni5660 API in LabVIEW and the NI-Tuner and NI-SCOPE APIs in other programming languages.

Supported Hardware

The NI 5660 is supported under all operating systems listed in the Supported Operating Systems section of this document.

System Requirements

Supported Operating Systems

The ni5660 API supports the following operating systems1:

1 NI software installs VC2015 Runtime and .NET 4.6.1. 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.

NI recommends that you have the most recent service pack for your operating system installed.

Minimum Runtime/Deployment Requirements

Application Development Environments (ADEs)

Note You should install ADEs, such as NI LabVIEW, NI LabWindows™/CVI™ or Microsoft Visual Studio®, before installing NI-RFSA. To add support for ADEs installed after installing NI PXI-5660 Support, modify your NI PXI-5660 Support installation or launch the NI PXI-5660 Support installer again.

Note The ni5660 API does not provide LabWindows/CVI support, but you can use the NI-SCOPE and NI-Tuner functions to create your application in this ADE.

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 PXI-5660 Support. Refer to the NI PXI-5660 Getting Started Guide for more information about software and hardware installation.

Note MXI users must install the software included with the MXI hardware.

Installed Software, Documentation, and Examples

  • <NIDocDir> is an alias for the following National Instruments file folder location: Users\Public\Public Documents\National Instruments
  • <IVIROOTDIR32> is an alias for the following National Instruments file folder location:
    • (32-bit) Program Files\IVI Foundation\IVI\
    • (64-bit) Program Files (x86)\IVI Foundation\IVI\
      Note $(IVIROOTDIR32) is configured as an environment variable on the target system.
      If you upgraded an installation of IVI, your files may be located in the following location:
      • (32-bit) Program Files\IVI\
      • (64-bit) Program Files (x86)\IVI\
  • <IVIROOTDIR64> is an alias for the following National Instruments file folder location:
    • (64-bit) Program Files\IVI Foundation\IVI\
      Note $(IVIROOTDIR64) is configured as an environment variable on the target system.
  • File Locations

    Files Installed Location
    NI-TUNER Function Panel<VXIPNPPATH>\WinNT\niTuner\niTuner.fp
    ni5660 Header file<VXIPNPPATH>\WinNT\include
    ni5660 Import Library files<VXIPNPPATH>\WinNT\lib
    ni5660 DLL (32-bit)<VXIPNPPATH>\WinNT\Bin

    Documentation

    Documentation for NI PXI-5660 Support is located at Start»All Programs»National Instruments»NI-RFSA»NI-5660 Documentation. The documentation set is composed of the following documents.

    Document Format Description
    NI PXI-5660 Help HTML/Windows Help Contains primary help content for NI PXI-5660 products. The help is an HTML version of a traditional user manual that includes the following information:
    • An introduction to NI PXI-5660
    • Hardware device information
    • How to get started with application development
    • A complete reference for all NI PXI-5660 VIs
    Getting Started Guide for your device Printed and PDF Contains software and hardware installation, MAX configuration, signal connection, and troubleshooting information for your device.
    Specifications for your device PDF Only Lists technical specifications for your device.
    Calibration Procedures for your device PDF Contains calibration instructions for your device.
    NI PXI-5660 Support (NI LabVIEW 2016) Readme HTML (this document) Contains information about supported hardware and operating systems, new features, fixed issues, and legal notices.

    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

    ni5660 palette VIs are available from the Functions»Instrument I/O»Instrument Drivers»ni5660 palette.

    The ni5660 API does not provide LabWindows/CVI support, but you can use the NI-SCOPE and NI-Tuner functions to create your application in this ADE.

    The 5660 Demo Panel

    The 5660 Demo Panel is accessible from Start»Programs»National Instruments»NI-RFSA»NI-5660 Demo Panel.

    Press <Ctrl-H> with the 5660 Demo Panel running to access context-sensitive help for all controls and indicators. Refer to the NI PXI-5660 Getting Started Guide for more information about the 5660 Demo Panel

    Finding Examples

    In LabVIEW, you can use the NI Example Finder to search or browse examples. NI-RFSA examples are classified by keyword, so you can search for a particular device or measurement function. In LabVIEW, select Help»Find Examples to launch the NI Example Finder. The NI Example Finder offers two ways to access all installed LabVIEW example VIs (including NI-RFSA and Modulation Toolkit examples) and their descriptions:

    The NI Example Finder is also available in LabWindows/CVI by selecting Help»Find Examples.

    LabVIEW and LabWindows/CVI users also can access all the installed NI–RFSA examples at Start»All Programs»National Instruments»NI–RFSA»NI-5660 Examples.

    Examples also are available online that demonstrate integrating NI RF signal analyzers with NI RF signal generators and NI toolkit software including the Modulation Toolkit. Refer to ni.com/examples for these examples and for more information.

    NI PXI-5660 Support (NI LabVIEW 2016) Drops Support for Microsoft Windows 7 RTM, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003

    With this release, NI PXI-5660 Support drops support for Microsoft Windows 7 RTM (with no service pack), Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003. NI PXI-5660 Support (NI LabVIEW 2016) and later will not install or run on an unsupported OS. You cannot deploy or distribute applications that use NI PXI-5660 Support (NI LabVIEW 2016) to an unsupported OS. Additionally, after installing NI PXI-5660 Support (NI LabVIEW 2016), 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 LabVIEW, LabWindows/CVI, Measurement Studio, or TestStand Built Installer Fail on Windows XP/Vista and Server 2003?.

    Product Security and Critical Updates

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

    Uninstalling/Modifying NI PXI-5660 Support Software

    For Windows 7, complete the following steps:

    1. Launch the Control Panel by selecting Start»Control Panel.
    2. Double-click Programs and Features.
    3. Select National Instruments Software.
    4. Click the Uninstall/Change button.
    5. Select NI PXI-5660 from the dialog box that appears.
    6. Click Remove to uninstall the product; click Modify to change the components that are installed.

    For Windows 10/8.1, complete the following steps:

    1. Right-click on the Start button.
    2. Select Control Panel.
    3. Select Programs»Programs and Features.
    4. Select National Instruments Software.
    5. Click the Uninstall button.
    6. Select NI PXI-5660 from the dialog box that appears.
    7. Click Remove to uninstall the product; click Modify to change the components that are installed.

    As part of the NI PXI-5660 Support installation, the following software is installed. To completely remove the NI-RFSA installation from your system, you must also remove all of the following packages:

    Caution  Several of the software packages listed above are shared with other NI software packages. If you attempt to remove a piece of software that something else is dependent on, a message launches to warn you about the software dependencies. You can choose to either uninstall all of the software or to leave the shared software installed. If you choose to uninstall the shared software, some of your other NI software may no longer function correctly.

    Note Do not attempt to uninstall by manually deleting files.

    Known Issues

    You can access the software and documentation known issues list online. Refer to the NI PXI-5660 Support Known Issues at ni.com/info and enter the Info Code exnzac for an up-to-date list of known issues in NI PXI-5660 Support.

    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. However, starting with the August 2012 releases (products using NI Installers version 3.1 or later), you may need to perform additional steps before or during a silent installation of NI software.

    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, 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 National Instruments 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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