This file contains important information about the LabVIEW Real-Time Module, including system requirements, installation instructions, and known issues.
The Real-Time Module is a complete solution for creating reliable, stand-alone embedded systems with a graphical programming approach. As an add-on to the LabVIEW development environment, the Real-Time Module helps you develop and debug graphical, deterministic real-time applications that can be downloaded to and executed on embedded hardware devices such as CompactRIO Controllers, CompactDAQ Controllers, CompactRIO Single-Board Controllers, PXI Controllers, or vision systems.
The Real-Time Module has the following requirements:
Refer to the LabVIEW Readme for additional system requirements and supported operating systems for LabVIEW.
The Real-Time Module supports the following operating systems for application development:
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.
Refer to Real-Time Module Drops Support for Windows 7 (32- and 64-Bit), Windows Server 2008 R2, and All 32-Bit Windows Operating Systems in 2021 for information about future OS support.
In 2016 the Real-Time Module dropped support for Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and installations of Windows 7 without any service packs. The LabVIEW Real-Time Module will not install or run on an unsupported OS. You cannot deploy or distribute applications that use the LabVIEW Real-Time Module to an unsupported OS. Additionally, after installing the LabVIEW Real-Time Module, 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, visit ni.com/r/OSSupport2016.
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/r/PAESupport.
The Real-Time Module installs the following real-time operating systems (RTOSes). Refer to the specific RT target hardware documentation for information about which RTOS your target uses.
Note Each RTOS supports only a subset of LabVIEW features. Refer to the Real-Time Module»Real-Time Operating Systems book on the Contents tab of the LabVIEW Help for a list of unsupported LabVIEW features and special considerations for each RTOS.
The LabVIEW 2020 Real-Time Module supports the following application software versions, including service packs.
|Application Software||Versions Supported by the Real-Time Module|
|LabVIEW||2020 (32-bit only)|
NI installs the Real-Time Module using NI Package Manager. If you do not already have NI software installed, the Real-Time Module installs NI Package Manager to handle the installation of your NI software. Visit ni.com/r/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.
You also can install all of your LabVIEW products—including the Real-Time Module—using the LabVIEW Platform media. To request additional LabVIEW Platform media, refer to the NI website.
If you install software using the LabVIEW Platform media, insert the LabVIEW Platform media and follow the onscreen instructions to install LabVIEW, modules, toolkits, and drivers. When prompted, log in to your NI User Account to activate your NI products. If you are managing your license with a volume license server, you should receive your volume license file by email.
After you install the Real-Time Module on your development computer, you can complete the following steps to install and use Japanese and Simplified Chinese languages on an RT target:
Note You cannot use Japanese or Simplified Chinese characters in directory names or filenames on the RT target.
Use NI MAX to configure RT targets and to install software and drivers on targets. You can install NI MAX from the NI Package Manager or the LabVIEW Platform media.
Note If you install NI Web-based Configuration & Monitoring on an RT target, you can use a web browser to perform common monitoring and configuration tasks on the target. On the Contents tab in the LabVIEW Help, select Fundamentals»Working with Projects and Targets»How-To»Monitoring and Configuring a Remote Device from a Web Browser for information about NI Web-based Configuration & Monitoring.
You can access the software and documentation known issues list online. Visit ni.com/r/lvrt2020kil for an up-to-date list of known issues in the LabVIEW Real-Time Module.
The following items are the IDs and titles of a subset of issues fixed in the Real-Time Module. This is not an exhaustive list of issues fixed in the current version of the Real-Time Module. If you have a Bug ID, you can search this list to validate that the issue has been fixed.
|983767||Auto-indexing maps on LabVIEW Real-Time can lead to crash or invalid data.|
|979120||In certain situations, unrecoverable errors do not lead to crashes on Phar Lap ETS targets.|
|217701||Using an IMAQ Image Display Control with Embedded UI enabled leads to crash.|
Refer to the LabVIEW Help, accessible by selecting Help»LabVIEW Help from LabVIEW, for information about the Real-Time Module.
Select Help»Find Examples from LabVIEW to launch the NI Example Finder. LabVIEW examples for the Real-Time Module are located in the labview\examples\Real-Time Module 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.
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 4.6.2, 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 4.6.2 separately before you install NI software.
For more information about automating the installation of NI products, refer to Automating an Installer in the NI Package Manager manual.
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.
The Real-Time Module will drop support for Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit), Windows Server 2008 R2, and all 32-bit Windows operating systems starting in 2021. Versions of this product that ship after May 1, 2021, will not install or run on these operating systems. For detailed information about NI operating system support, visit ni.com/r/win32bitsupport.
NI Software will drop support for Phar Lap ETS Real-Time Operating System starting in 2022. Versions of this product that ship after May 1, 2022, may not install or execute correctly on this operating system. For high-level information on the support roadmap for Phar Lap and its replacement, NI Linux Real-Time, please visit ni.com/r/xf35k1. To find out what hardware is supported on PXI controllers running NI Linux Real-Time, please visit ni.com/r/b7g5wi.
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