This file contains important information about NI-RFmx SpecAn and is organized into the following sections:
NI-RFmx SpecAn 3.0 includes the following new features:
NI-RFmx SpecAn 2.5 includes the following new features:
NI-RFmx SpecAn 2.4 includes the following new features:
NI-RFmx SpecAn 2.3.1 includes the following new feature:
NI-RFmx SpecAn 2.3 includes the following new features:
Caution Before you install NI-RFmx SpecAn 3.0, ensure that you have uninstalled all related NI-RFmx 1.0 products.
Caution If you are using only RFmx LabVIEW Runtime products, NI recommends uninstalling all the RFmx Runtime products before installing a newer version of RFmx Runtime products.
NI-RFmx drivers requires that all the installed driver versions remain the same for proper functionality. This requirement is because NI-RFmx drivers share components. If driver incompatibilities exist, they are reported through a dialog box after installation. You can also use the Version Compatibility Checker utility to manually check for version incompatibilities. Refer to the Installed Software, Documentation, and Examples section for more information about the installed location of the Version Compatibility Checker utility.
Note Some of the installed NI-RFmx SpecAn .NET examples require NI-RFSA .NET Class Libraries or NI-RFSG .NET Class Libraries. For these examples to build and run successfully, install NI-RFSA .NET Class Libraries or NI-RFSG .NET Class Libraries before or after installing NI-RFmx SpecAn.
The Noise Figure measurement requires license activation. To evaluate or activate the Noise Figure license, you must install the Noise Figure license, which is a separate installer from the RFmx SpecAn installer. If you install the Noise Figure license but do not activate it, you will have 30 days from the first time you use the measurement to evaluate it.
Device-specific information about these modules is included in the NI RF Vector Signal Analyzers Help.
Device-specific information about these modules is included in the NI RF Vector Signal Transceivers Help.
NI-RFmx SpecAn 3.0 supports the following operating systems:
Note In 2016, NI-RFmx SpecAn dropped support for Microsoft Windows 7 RTM (with no service pack), Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003. NI-RFmx SpecAn 3.0 will not install or run on an unsupported OS. You cannot deploy or distribute applications that use NI-RFmx SpecAn 3.0 to an unsupported OS. Additionally, after installing NI-RFmx SpecAn 3.0, 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?.
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Note NI-RFmx SpecAn 3.0 does not support Windows Server non-R2 editions.
NI recommends that you have the most recent service pack for your operating system installed.
*Depending on the amount of data acquired and/or processed, a larger amount of memory may be required.
Note For better responsiveness of the NI-RFmx Soft Front Panel on a remote desktop, National Instruments recommends changing the remote desktop connection colors setting to be 16-bit color depth.
Note You should install ADEs, such as NI LabVIEW, NI LabWindows/CVI, or Microsoft Visual Studio®, before installing NI-RFmx SpecAn. To add support for ADEs installed after installing NI-RFmx SpecAn, modify your NI-RFmx SpecAn installation or launch the NI-RFmx SpecAn installer again.
Note NI-RFmx SpecAn does not operate correctly without the service packs and patches previously mentioned installed.
|Version Compatibility Checker||<NIDir>\RFmx\niRFmxCompatibility_Checker.exe|
|Debug Configuration Utility||<NIDir>\RFmx\niRFmxDebugConfigurationUtility.exe|
|Function Panels|| |
|Header files|| |
|Import Library files (32-bit)|| |
|Import Library files (64-bit)|| |
|C, .NET, NI TestStand|
|.NET Class Libraries|
For 32-bit OS, select Start»All Programs»National Instruments»NI-RFmx SpecAn»NI-RFmx SpecAn Measurement Interactive Panel to launch the NI-RFmx SpecAn Measurement Interactive Panel (32-bit).
Select Start»All Programs»National Instruments»NI-RFmx SpecAn»NI-RFmx Soft Front Panel to launch the NI-RFmx Soft Front Panel (64-bit).
Note NI-RFmx Soft Front Panel does not support the FCnt Measurement. However, this measurement is supported in the NI-RFmx SpecAn Measurement Interactive Panel.
Documentation for NI-RFmx SpecAn is located at Start»All Programs»National Instruments»NI-RFmx SpecAn»NI-RFmx SpecAn Documentation. The documentation set is composed of the following documents.
|NI-RFmx SpecAn Help||HTML/Windows Help|| Information about NI-RFmx SpecAn. This help file is an HTML version of a traditional user manual that includes the following information: |
|NI-RFmx SpecAn 3.0 Readme||HTML (this document)||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.
NI-RFmx SpecAn palette VIs are available from the Functions»Measurement I/O»NI-RFmx palette.
NI-RFmx SpecAn functions are available in LabWindows/CVI from the Library»RFmx SpecAn Library menu.
In LabVIEW, you can use the NI Example Finder to search or browse examples. NI-RFmx SpecAn 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–RFSG and Modulation Toolkit examples) and their descriptions:
The NI Example Finder is also available in LabWindows/CVI by selecting Help»Find Examples.
You can also access all the installed NI-RFmx SpecAn examples for LabVIEW and LabWindows/CVI at Start»All Programs»National Instruments»NI-RFmx SpecAn»NI-RFmx SpecAn Examples.
Refer to ni.com/examples for these examples and for more information.
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The following items are the behavior changes in NI-RFmx SpecAn 2.5 from NI-RFmx SpecAn 2.4.
The following items are the behavior changes in NI-RFmx SpecAn 2.3.1 from NI-RFmx SpecAn 2.3.
The following items are the behavior changes in NI-RFmx SpecAn 2.3 from NI-RFmx SpecAn 2.2.
|Deprecated VI||Replacement VI|
|RFmxSpecAn DPD Configure Apply DPD Headroom VI||RFmxSpecAn DPD Apply Digital Predistortion VI|
|RFmxSpecAn DPD Apply DPD VI|
No known issues.
The following items are the IDs and titles of a subset of issues fixed in NI-RFmx SpecAn. This is not an exhaustive list of issues fixed in the current version of the NI-RFmx SpecAn. If you have a CAR ID, you can search this list to validate that the issue has been fixed.
The following items are changes in NI-RFmx SpecAn 3.0 from NI-RFmx SpecAn 2.5
|706047||Fixed an occasional crash which might occur on closing LabVIEW 2017 IDE or LabVIEW 2017 built applications that use RFmx.|
|719203||Fixed an issue where a timeout error was returned when the digital trigger was configured when 'Using breakpoints in C/C++/.NET application' was selected in the NI-PXIe-5840.|
|711341||Fixed an issue where Apply DPD resulted in negative PAPR after adjusting power offset under high compression.|
|714332||Fixed an issue with computation of compression point in AMPM.|
The following items are changes in NI-RFmx SpecAn 2.5 from NI-RFmx SpecAn 2.4
|693345||Fixed an issue with the behavior of Auto Sweep Time in Zero Span Mode. The Zero Spam Mode of spectrum measurement now uses Auto RBW and Auto Sweep Time as 10 MHz and 1 ms respectively.|
|695688||Fixed an issue with IQ data measurement, where querying IQ Bandwidth property always returned 1 MHz when auto-bandwidth was enabled.|
The following items are changes in NI-RFmx SpecAn 2.4 from NI-RFmx SpecAn 2.3.1
|628854||Fixed an issue where burst detection failed for some RU locations in 802.11ax MU PPDU.|
|645675||Fixed an issue where the user mode of Apply DPD required configuration of reference waveform and commit as a workaround.|
|675609||Fixed an issue with double array properties in Phase Noise and Noise Figure measurements when used with LV 64-bit.|
|640495||Fixed an issue where switching between measurements from an NI-RFmx cellular personality to Demod, resulted in higher EVM on 5668R.|
|671078||Fixed an issue where the .NET methods, RFmxSpecAnMXIQResults.FetchData() and RFmxSpecAnMXDpdApplyDpd.ApplyDigitalPredistortion(), threw exception when used with a named result.|
The following items are changes in NI-RFmx SpecAn 2.3.1 from NI-RFmx SpecAn 2.3.
|650095||Fixed an issue where the RFmxInstr Close API did not abort a measurement in progress, but instead waited for the measurement to finish before closing.|
|650083||Fixed an issue with RFmxInstr Save All Configurations API to save the attribute configurations depending on the corresponding number of channels configured by user.|
|648703||Fixed an issue where passing NULL as selector string in a few C functions, caused the function to crash.|
|647237||Fixed an issue with retrieving the properties specific to Spur range measurements when you set the Spur Num Ranges property to n, modify to 'less than n' and then set it back to n.|
|643208||Fixed an issue with CHP trace when RRC filtering is disabled.|
The following items are changes in NI-RFmx SpecAn 2.3 from NI-RFmx SpecAn 2.2.
|631432||Fixed an issue where incorrect values were returned on reading RF Attenuation and Mechanical Attenuation properties.|
|631477||Fixed an issue with retrieving the results in CHP measurement through property node with a named result.|
|623301||Fixed an issue with retrieving the calibration data in Noise Figure measurement when using the 26.5 GHz NI PXIe-5668R with 26.5 GHz RF Preamplifier (NI PXIe-5698).|
When developing memory intensive applications, you may encounter memory limits as 32-bit Windows applications only utilize 2 GB of memory by default. To expand the amount of memory an application can utilize, you can configure the executable to be large address aware to gain access to up to 3 GB of memory on a 32-bit Windows operating system and up to 4 GB of memory on a 64-bit Windows operating system.
For more information, refer to Memory Limits for Windows and Windows Server Releases on the Microsoft website.
|Note LabVIEW 8.5 and later are large address aware. For more information, refer to How Much Memory can LabVIEW 32-bit or 64-bit Use?.|
In TestStand 2013 and later, the Large Address Aware flag is enabled by default for the TestStand Sequence Editor and TestStand User Interfaces. For more information, refer to Using the Large Address Aware Flag With TestStand Applications.
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