Archived: NI-DAQmx Support on Windows XP Embedded

Publish Date: Aug 10, 2017 | 1 Ratings | 1.00 out of 5 | Print

Overview

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National Instruments' NI-DAQmx drivers currently support Windows operating systems as well as LabVIEW Real-Time and certain Linux distributions. NI-DAQmx can be used with many common programming languages including ANSI C, C++, C#, and .NET. NI-DAQmx now also supports Windows XP Embedded. For more information about NI-DAQmx, please visit the NI-DAQmx software page.

Table of Contents

  1. Data Acquisition on Embedded Devices
  2. What is Windows XP Embedded?
  3. What are the Advantages of using NI-DAQmx on Windows XP Embedded?
  4. What National Instruments products will work on Windows XP Embedded?
  5. How does Windows Embedded Standard differ from Windows XP Embedded?
  6. What do I need to get started?

1. Data Acquisition on Embedded Devices

In today’s digital age, new intelligent devices are re-shaping the way that we interact and use electronics. Some of these electronic devices include industrial PCs, Kiosks, Point of Sale Machines, and ATMs. There are now “smart” refrigerators, dryers, and even “smart” homes being engineered. Many of these intelligent devices utilize a specialized or componentized operating system.

As these devices become more intelligent, more I/O will be needed. With NI-DAQmx support, developers will now be able to have their applications and devices utilize National Instruments' powerful NI-DAQmx software and hardware. National Instrument’s DAQ hardware and software will allow embedded devices to acquire, measure, and control data using NI’s flagship NI-DAQmx drivers and software.

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2. What is Windows XP Embedded?

Windows XP Embedded is a componentized version of Windows XP Professional that is typically deployed on embedded systems such as cash registers, ATMs and gaming devices. A basic Windows XP Embedded image can be as small as few hundred megabytes and can expand to include many of the features of the full version of Windows XP. More information about Windows XP Embedded can be found at Microsoft's Web site.

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3. What are the Advantages of using NI-DAQmx on Windows XP Embedded?

There are several advantages for using NI-DAQmx on Windows XP Embedded. These include rapid deployment, cost reduction, and increased security.

Rapid Deployment 

Windows XP Embedded provides users the ability to develop on a desktop PC and quickly deploy on an embedded target. With NI-DAQmx on Windows XP Embedded, developers will have access to common programming languages such as C++ and .NET.

Cost Reduction 

Windows XP Embedded licenses have a lower-cost compared to a full version of Windows XP Professional or Windows Vista. Windows XP Embedded with NI-DAQmx will allow developers to create applications on a Windows PC and effectively deploy them on an intelligent Windows embedded device. This will empower users to efficiently develop embedded solutions while reducing engineering costs.

Increased Reliability 

Windows XP Embedded provides additional reliability over a typical Windows system in several ways. The first is that Windows XP Embedded can use fewer system resources by only including the components that are necessary for the specific application. Windows XP Embedded can also provide more security by limiting device  connectivity and available ports in the deployed image.

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4. What National Instruments products will work on Windows XP Embedded?

The industry-leading NI-DAQmx (Runtime 5) drivers are compatible with the Windows XP development system. The componentized version of NI-DAQmx will include the same features and functionalities as the standard Runtime 5 of NI-DAQmx. These components will allow users to develop applications on a personal computer and quickly and easily deploy their program on a Windows XP Embedded target.

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5. How does Windows Embedded Standard differ from Windows XP Embedded?

Windows Embedded Standard is the newest version of Microsoft’s componentized version of Windows XP. It will utilize the same base code as the current Windows XP Embedded software package. Windows Embedded Standard will include XP Service Pack 3. Windows Embedded Standard will also include additional features over the current version of Windows XP Embedded. Windows Embedded Standard is scheduled to be released in Q4 2008. More information about Windows Embedded Standard can be found at Microsoft's Web site.

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6. What do I need to get started?

To get started developing an application utilizing NI-DAQmx on a Windows XP Embedded device, you must download the Windows XP Embedded tools as well as the NI-DAQmx components. For additional information and to download the NI-DAQmx components, please visit NI-DAQmx Runtime for Windows XP Embedded.

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