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NI-mmWave 15.3 Readme

June 2017

This file contains important information about NI-mmWave, including installation instructions, new features, and a partial list of bugs fixed for NI-mmWave 15.3, 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

Product Security and Critical Updates

Upgrade and Compatibility Issues

Using with mmRH-3602/3642/3652 Radio Heads

PXI Trigger Routing and Reservation

Updating the FPGA VI in Existing Projects

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 the mmWave Transceiver System and mmWave Radio Heads, as specified in the Supported Hardware section. To program your mmWave Transceiver System with or without the mmWave Radio Heads, use the NI-mmWave instrument driver.

The getting started guide for your device provides information about how to install, configure, test, and begin using the mmWave Transceiver System with or without radio heads.

New Features

NI-mmWave 15.3 includes the following new features:

NI-mmWave 15.1 includes the following new features:

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.

System Requirements

NI-mmWave has the following requirements:

Supported Operating Systems

NI-mmWave supports Windows 10/8.11/7 SP12 (64-bit).

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

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.

Application Software Support

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

Application Software Versions Supported by NI-mmWave
LabVIEW 2015 SP1

Installed Software, Documentation, and Examples

Installed Software

File Locations

Item ADE Installed Location
NI-mmWave Examples NI LabVIEW 2015 <NIDIR>\LabVIEW 2015\examples\instr\niMmWave\

Documentation

The documentation set for NI-mmWave is composed of the following documents.

Document Format Description Location
Getting Started Guide for your device Printed and PDF Contains software and hardware installation, signal connection, and information on how to get started with application development for your device. Available at ni.com/manuals
Specifications for your device PDF Lists technical specifications for your device. Available at ni.com/manuals
NI-mmWave 15.3 Manual Online help Contains information on how to use the reference project, as well as conceptual information about instrument driver features. Visit ni.com/info and enter the Info Code mmwavemanual
NI-mmWave Readme HTML (this document) Contains information about supported hardware and operating systems, new features, fixed issues, and legal notices. Start»All Programs»National Instruments»NI-mmWave»Documentation

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-mmWave palette VIs are available on the LabVIEW Functions palette at Functions»Instrument I/O»Instrument Drivers»NI mmWave.

Finding Examples and the Reference Project

NI-mmWave includes a reference project and several example applications for LabVIEW. You can access the installed NI mmWave Reference Project and examples at <NIDIR>\LabVIEW 2015\examples\instr\niMmWave.

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

Note  Installed examples are not sample projects. You must copy the example to a new location before modifying any files. Otherwise, your changes may be overwritten.

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.

Upgrade and Compatibility Issues

The following sections describe issues to be aware of when you upgrade to NI-mmWave 15.3.

Using with mmRH-3602/3642/3652 Radio Heads

If you are updating existing code for use with the mmRH-3602/3642/3652 radio heads, you must use the Open Session 2 VI. This VI is introduced in NI-mmWave 15.3 and automatically detects all mmWave radio heads that are connected to the PXIe-3620 module. After calling the Open Session 2 VI, you must call the Configure Active mmWave Adapter VI to use the system in RF mode.

PXI Trigger Routing and Reservation

The NI mmWave Reference Project reserves PXI_Trig4, PXI_Trig5, PXI_Trig6, and PXI_Trig7 for device synchronization. When using files copied from the NI mmWave Reference Project in projects created in NI-mmWave 15.1 or earlier, you must change the reservation settings for those PXI triggers in Measurement and Automation Explorer (NI MAX) at Start»All Programs»NI MAX by completing the following steps.

  1. In NI MAX, navigate to Devices and Interfaces»<Chassis Model> "Chassis <number>".
  2. Select the Triggers tab.
  3. Clear the Reservations checkboxes for PXI_Trig4, PXI_Trig5, PXI_Trig6, and PXI_Trig7 and ensure that they are set to Dynamic routing. Leaving the checkboxes selected while using files from the NI mmWave Reference Project will result in an error.

Updating the FPGA VI in Existing Projects

If you are using existing code that includes the FPGA VI and recompiling the FPGA bitfile, you must configure the clock configuration for the socketed CLIP on the FPGA target. NI recommends that you remove the JESD MGT Config loop from the FPGA VI. Refer to the NI mmWave Reference Project as a configuration example.

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-mmWave 15.3.

Bug Fixes

The following items are the IDs and titles of a subset of issues fixed in NI-mmWave 15.3. This is not an exhaustive list of issues fixed in the current version of NI-mmWave 15.3. If you have a CAR ID, you can search this list to validate that the issue has been fixed.

ID Fixed Issue
600897 Fixed an issue that caused an installation error to occur when upgrading NI Linux Real-Time Support for NI-mmWave devices.
583667 Fixed an issue that caused NI-mmWave to incorrectly report the coerced value for out-of-bounds frequencies when using external LO.
582873 Fixed an issue that caused the PXIe-3620 session to be invalid after aborting the session.
580686 Fixed an issue that caused NI MAX to expose unsupported features for the PXIe-7902 module.

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, NI MAX, and NI Launcher. For more information about NI support for Windows 8.1, visit ni.com/windows8.


Legal Information

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End-User License Agreements and Third-Party Legal Notices

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