Extending Compatibility Between LabVIEW and NI Drivers with Addon Support

Overview

Starting with LabVIEW 2022Q3 release, select NI drivers and toolkits will become version-independent from LabVIEW release. This will allow users to upgrade their LabVIEW version without having to also update their NI addons. This document outlines the change made and which NI drivers and toolkits are affected with this change.

Contents

Introducing Extended LabVIEW and Driver Compatibility

Prior to the release of LabVIEW 2022 Q3, new driver versions were required with every major release of LabVIEW. If a user wanted to upgrade their LabVIEW version while continuing to update their application, they were also required to upgrade their drivers.  

Starting in 2022 Q3, NI released select drivers and toolkits that function with a minimum LabVIEW version (e.g. LabVIEW 2022Q3) and all future versions of LabVIEW. This allows newer versions of LabVIEW (e.g. LabVIEW 2023Qx), to be installed without upgrading to new versions of these drivers.

This new form of support for drivers and toolkits is referred to as a LabVIEW Addon. A LabVIEW Addon differs from previous support in two ways:

  • The VIs are installed as source-only (meaning they are not compiled for a specific version of LabVIEW)
  • The support is installed to a version-independent LabVIEW directory, the LVAddons directory.

Upgrade Process Prior to LabVIEW 2022 Q3 Release

Upgrade Process for Select Drivers from 2022 Q3 Release Onward

 

Note: Not all drivers and toolkits will be available with this extended compatibility immediately with the LabVIEW 2022 Q3 release. See the following section for a list of drivers and the associated LabVIEW version which include Addon support.

Driver and Toolkit Addon Support

See the table below for compatibility information. The driver version shown in the table is the first driver version to include Addon support for the indicated LabVIEW version. LabVIEW compatibility information can also be found in individual driver and toolkit readmes.

All drivers in the table below are expected to be available with Addon support. Support will be incrementally released through 2022 and 2023. An exception to this is RF drivers (RFmx, RFSA/G), which are not currently listed in the table. Although we expect to release these drivers with Addon support eventually, the timeline is not yet defined. 

Driver/Toolkit

LabVIEW 2022 Q3 Addon Support

NI-FGEN

21.8

NI-DMM

2022 Q3

IVI Compliance Package

2022 Q3

NI-SCOPE

2022 Q3

NI-Sync

2022 Q3

NI-VISA (excluding MacOS)

2022 Q3

PXI Platform Services

2022 Q3

NI System Configuration

2022 Q3

NI-DAQmx

2022 Q3

NI-DCPower

2022 Q3

NI-845x

2022 Q3

NI-Industrial Communications for Ethernet/IP

2022 Q3

NI-SWITCH

Not available

RMX 4xxx

Not available

NI-SLSC

Not available

NI-RDMA

Not available

NI-VISA for MacOS

Not available

NI-HSDIO

Not available

NI-MXLC

Not available

NI-XNET

Not available

NI-Digital

Not available

NI-RIO

Not available

NI Embedded CAN for sbRIO

Not available

NI-FlexRIO

Not available

NI-R Series Multifunction RIO

Not available

NI-CompactRIO

Not available

Eyescan IDLs

Not available

Industrial Controller Device Drivers

Not available

IDLs for Reconfigurable Oscilloscopes

Not available

EtherCAT

Not available

NI-High Speed Serial

Not available

Vision Development Module

Not available

Vision Acquisition Software

Not available

NI Vision Builder for Automated Inspection

Not available

PXIe-7899 API and Design Files

Not available

NI-568x

Not available

NI-5690

Not available

NI Modulation Toolkit

Not available

NI-USRP

Not available

Automotive Diagnostic Command Set Toolkit

Not available

ECU Measurement and Calibration Toolkit

Not available

Sound and Vibration Toolkit

Not available

LabVIEW Electrical Power Toolkit

Not available

LabVIEW OPC UA Toolkit

Not available

NI-Industrial Communications for CANOpen

Not available

NI-Industrial Communications for DeviceNet

Not available

NI Switch Executive

Not available

Drivers Maintaining Traditional Compatibility

Not all NI drivers will be updated to include Addon support. These drivers will continue with the traditional driver compatibility requirements outlines above.

Examples of drivers that do not have planned support for Addons include:

  • NI-Motion, Softmotion
  • Virtual Bench
  • NI-WSN
  • PXImc

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