This file contains important information about getting started with the TestStand 2014 Semiconductor Module SP1, including system requirements, installation instructions, and licensing information. Refer to the What's New in the TestStand 2014 Semiconductor Module SP1 topic in the TestStand Semiconductor Module Help for information about new features and changes introduced since TestStand 2014 Semiconductor Module. Select Help»NI TestStand Help and navigate to the Semiconductor Module book in the table of contents of the TestStand Help to launch the TestStand Semiconductor Module Help.
The TestStand Semiconductor Module adds the following features and functionality to TestStand for developing semiconductor test system software:
If you are a new TestStand user, NI recommends that you complete the tasks listed in the New Users section of the Guide to Documentation topic of the TestStand Help, which is located by default at <TestStand>\Doc\Help\TSHelp.chm. Select Help»TestStand Help to launch the TestStand Help.
To familiarize yourself with the TestStand Semiconductor Module, review the topics in the Getting Started book in the TestStand Semiconductor Module Help, which is located by default at <TestStand>\Doc\Help\TSSemiconductor.chm. Select Help»TestStand Help and navigate to the Semiconductor Module book in the table of contents of the TestStand Help to launch the TestStand Semiconductor Module Help. The TestStand Semiconductor Module Help also contains information about all module features and functionality.
If you are upgrading from an earlier version of the TestStand Semiconductor Module, refer to the TestStand 2014 Semiconductor Module SP1 New Features and the TestStand 2014 Semiconductor Module SP1 Compatibility and Known Issues topics in the TestStand Semiconductor Module Help for compatibility information and major feature changes. Select Help»TestStand Help and navigate to the Semiconductor Module book in the table of contents of the TestStand Help to launch the TestStand Semiconductor Module Help.
NI recommends the following system requirements for use with the TestStand Semiconductor Module.
|TestStand (32- or 64-bit)||—|| |
|Refer to the Recommended System Requirements section of the TestStand Version 2014 SP1 Release Notes for information about the recommended system requirements for TestStand.|
|LabVIEW (32- or 64-bit)||2015||2013|| |
|Free hard disk space|| |
|20 MB||This value is in addition to the free hard disk space TestStand requires.|
|Windows 8 (32- and 64-bit) Professional, Ultimate|| |
|Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit) Professional, Ultimate||Service Pack 1|| |
|Refer to the Migrating to TestStand 2012 and Windows 7/Vista section of the NI TestStand Version 2012 Release Notes for more information about using TestStand on Windows 7.|
|Windows Server 2012 R2 (64-bit) Enterprise|| |
|Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit) Enterprise|| |
|Hardware||NI PXIe-8135|| |
Note: TestStand does not support Guest user accounts on Windows. TestStand supports Administrator and Limited accounts on Windows 7.
The TestStand Semiconductor Module installation program installs files for TestStand and LabVIEW.
Complete the following steps to install the TestStand Semiconductor Module:
The TestStand Semiconductor Module installs the following components:
|Note You must have a valid TestStand 2014 SP1 license to use this version of the TestStand Semiconductor Module. You can also run TestStand in Evaluation Mode to use the TestStand Semiconductor Module.|
After you install TestStand Semiconductor Module, you must use the NI Activation Wizard to activate the software or initiate the evaluation period for the software. You must have the serial number and the name of the software kit to activate TestStand Semiconductor Module. You can find both of these items on the Certificate of Ownership card included in your software kit.
Refer to the TestStand Semiconductor Module Licensing Options topic in the TestStand Semiconductor Module Help for more information about licensing in TestStand Semiconductor Module. Refer to the Activating Your Software topic in the TestStand Help for more information about how to activate TestStand Semiconductor Module. Select Help»TestStand Help to launch the TestStand Help.
Use the following guidelines when you upgrade to TestStand 2014 Semiconductor Module SP1:
Refer to the Migrating to the Current Version of TestStand section in the TestStand 2014 SP1 Release Notes for more information about upgrading to TestStand 2014 SP1.
Refer to the Semiconductor Module book in the TestStand Help, accessible from the Help menu in the TestStand Sequence Editor, for information about TestStand 2014 Semiconductor Module SP1.
The TestStand Semiconductor Module includes a variety of example programs that you can use to help you learn key concepts or to serve as a starting point for applications you create. You can open an example sequence file from the subdirectories of the <TestStand Public>\Examples\NI_SemiconductorModule directory.
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When you install NI software on Microsoft Windows 8.x, 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.
NI Launcher helps you find and launch installed NI products. It provides you with a method of finding NI products similar to the Start menu in previous versions of Microsoft Windows. To use NI Launcher, click the NI Launcher tile in the Apps view. NI Launcher launches the desktop and opens a menu containing a list of NI products. Click any NI product to launch it.
|Note NI MAX does not appear as a desktop shortcut when installed on Microsoft Windows 8.x. You can launch NI MAX either from the Apps view or from within NI Launcher.|
For convenience, you can pin your most-used NI applications, such as MAX, to either the Start screen or the Taskbar on the desktop, as necessary:
|Current Application||Icon Location||Pin to Action|
|Windows 8.x Desktop||Desktop Taskbar||Right-click application and select Pin to Taskbar|
|Windows 8.x Desktop||Start screen||Right-click application and select Pin to Start|
|Windows 8.x Start screen||Desktop Taskbar||Right-click application and select Pin to taskbar from the menu bar on the bottom of the screen|
If you want to find a particular application or related files, such as documentation files, from the Start screen, you can access all installed files from the Apps view. To get to the Apps view, right-click anywhere on the Start screen and select All apps (Windows 8.0) or click the down arrow on the bottom left of the screen (Windows 8.1).
For more information about NI support for Windows 8.x, visit ni.com/windows8.
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