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NI-DCPower 17.0 Readme

May 2017


This file contains important information about NI-DCPower, including installation instructions, new features, a partial list of bugs fixed for NI-DCPower 17.0, and known issues.


If you plan to use LabVIEW NXG, refer to LabVIEW NXG Support and Considerations.



Overview

System Requirements

Supported Operating Systems

Application Software Support

Product Security and Critical Updates

New Features

Supported Hardware

Known Issues

Bug Fixes

Accessing the Help

Finding Examples

IVI Compliance Package Functionality

Automating the Installation of NI Products

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 10

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 8.1

LabVIEW NXG Support and Considerations

Legal Information


Overview

You can use NI-DCPower to control programmable power supplies and source measure units (SMUs).


System Requirements

Minimum System Requirements

  • Processor—1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • RAM—1 GB RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • A screen resolution of 1,024 x 768

Recommended System

  • Processor—Pentium 4 or equivalent
  • RAM—Windows 10/8.1/8.0/7: 1 GB
  • A screen resolution of 1,024 x 768

Supported Operating Systems

NI-DCPower supports the following operating systems:


  • Windows 10/8.11/7 SP12
  • Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP12
  • Windows Server 2012 R21
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP12

Note  In 2016 NI-DCPower dropped support for Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and installations of Windows 7 without any service packs. NI-DCPower 17.0 will not install or run on an unsupported OS. You cannot deploy or distribute applications that use NI-DCPower 17.0 to an unsupported OS. Additionally, after installing NI-DCPower 17.0, 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?.


Note  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/info and enter the Info Code PAESupport.


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.


Application Software Support

NI-DCPower supports the following application software versions, including service packs. If you are not using NI application software, refer to Microsoft Visual Studio Support.


Application SoftwareVersions Supported by NI-DCPower
LabVIEW 2014 SP1 (32-bit), 2014 SP1 (64-bit), 2015 SP1 (32-bit), 2015 SP1 (64-bit), 2016 (32-bit), 2016 (64-bit), or 2017
LabVIEW Real-Time Module 2014 SP1, 2015 SP1, 2016, or 2017
LabWindows™/CVI™2012 and later
LabWindows/CVI Real-Time Module2012 and later

Microsoft Visual Studio Support

If you are using the NI-DCPower .NET Class Library, the .NET Framework 4.0 (minimum) is required. The NI-DCPower .NET Class Library can be used with the Visual C# or Visual Basic .NET programming languages in any Visual Studio version that can target the .NET Framework 4.0 or the .NET Framework 4.5.


Product Security and Critical Updates

Visit ni.com/security to view and subscribe to receive security notifications about NI products. Visit ni.com/critical-updates for information about critical updates from NI.


New Features

NI-DCPower 17.0:


  • Support for LabVIEW 2017 (32- and 64-bit)
  • Support for LabVIEW NXG 1.0

NI-DCPower 16.0.1:


  • New NI-DCPower Soft Front Panel

NI-DCPower 16.0:


  • Support for LabVIEW 2016 (32- and 64-bit)

NI-DCPower 15.2:


  • Support for the PXIe-4135

NI-DCPower 15.1:


  • Support for the NI PXIe-4136/4137
  • Support for advanced sequencing for NI PXIe-4140/4141/4142/4143/4144/4145 devices

NI-DCPower 15.0:


  • Support for LabVIEW 2015 (32- and 64-bit)

NI-DCPower 14.1:


  • Support for advanced sequencing for the NI PXIe-4138/4139
  • Support for debugging an NI-DCPower device while in use by another application, by monitoring or controlling the device in the NI-DCPower Soft Front Panel

NI-DCPower 14.0:


  • Support for LabVIEW 2014 (32- and 64-bit)

Supported Hardware

The following list details the hardware models supported in NI-DCPower 17.0.


PXI Programmable Power Supply


  • PXI-4110
  • PXIe-4112
  • PXIe-4113
  • PXIe-4154

PXI Source Measure Unit


  • PXI-4130
  • PXI-4132
  • PXIe-4135
  • PXIe-4136
  • PXIe-4137
  • PXIe-4138
  • PXIe-4139
  • PXIe-4140
  • PXIe-4141
  • PXIe-4142
  • PXIe-4143
  • PXIe-4144
  • PXIe-4145

Known Issues

You can access the software and documentation known issues list online. Refer to the NI website for an up-to-date list of known issues in NI-DCPower 17.0.


Bug Fixes

The following items are the IDs and titles of a subset of issues fixed in NI-DCPower. This is not an exhaustive list of issues fixed in the current version of NI-DCPower. 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-DCPower 15.2 from NI-DCPower 15.1.


ID Fixed Issue
522999
Added support for monitoring SFP Debug Driver Sessions when sequencing.

The following items are changes in NI-DCPower 14.1.2 from NI-DCPower 14.1.1.


ID Fixed Issue
519695
Fixed an issue in which NI-DCPower Self Calibrate could cause a voltage and current measurement offset on the PXIe-4138/4139.

The following items are changes in NI-DCPower 14.1.1 from NI-DCPower 14.1.


ID Fixed Issue
501023
A hardware error in an NI-DCPower device no longer causes other devices in the system to fail to initialize properly.

The following items are changes in NI-DCPower 14.1 from NI-DCPower 1.9.


ID Fixed Issue
450955
Running short sequences (three or fewer steps) or quickly aborting a sequence no longer occasionally returns an error.
405305
Fixed an issue with the PXIe-414x in which calling the niDCPower Configure Output Enabled VI after outputting a sequence of currents returned an error if you set nondefault current ranges. You can now set nondefault current ranges under these circumstances.

Accessing the Help

Refer to the NI DC Power Supplies and SMUs Help, accessible from the Start menu under National Instruments and NI-DCPower Documentation, for information about NI-DCPower.


Finding Examples

In LabVIEW, you can use the NI Example Finder to search or browse examples. NI–DCPower 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–DCPower examples) and their descriptions:


  • Click the Browse tab to locate examples by task at Hardware Input and Output»Modular Instruments»NI–DCPower or by directory structure at instr»niDCPower.
  • Click the Search tab to search all installed examples by keyword. For example, search for "DCPower" to locate all NI-DCPower examples.

The NI Example Finder is also available in LabWindows/CVI by selecting Help»Find Examples.


You can also access all the installed NI–DCPower examples for LabVIEW and LabWindows/CVI at Start»All Programs»National Instruments»NI-DCPower»Examples .


Examples also are available online that demonstrate NI-DCPower functionality. Refer to ni.com/examples for these examples and for more information.


IVI Compliance Package Functionality

NI-DCPower no longer installs IVI Compliance Package. NI-DCPower supports IVI configuration and runtime, but no longer supports the following features:


  • LabVIEW and CVI IVI class driver APIs for developing IVI interchangeable applications
  • IVI Class Simulation drivers
  • IVI-COM Adapters

If you want to use the above features, you must install IVI Compliance Package separately, either from ni.com/downloads or from the NI Device Drivers 2017 DVD.


Automating the Installation of NI Products

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 4.0, 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 4.0 separately before you install NI software.


For more information about automating the installation of NI products, refer to the following KnowledgeBase articles:


Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 10

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.


Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 8.1

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.


LabVIEW NXG Support and Considerations

The following sections detail considerations for using LabVIEW NXG with NI-DCPower.


LabVIEW NXG Operating Systems and System Requirements

Software support for LabVIEW NXG differs in the following ways:


  • System requirements—Only 64-bit (x64) processors are supported.
  • Operating system—Only 64-bit operating systems are supported. Refer to the Supported Operating Systems section for more information.

LabVIEW NXG Hardware Support

PXI Programmable Power Supply


  • PXI-4110
  • PXIe-4112
  • PXIe-4113
  • PXIe-4154

PXI Source Measure Unit


  • PXI-4130
  • PXI-4132
  • PXIe-4135
  • PXIe-4136
  • PXIe-4137
  • PXIe-4138
  • PXIe-4139
  • PXIe-4140
  • PXIe-4141
  • PXIe-4142
  • PXIe-4143
  • PXIe-4144
  • PXIe-4145

Installing NI-DCPower for LabVIEW NXG

NI automates LabVIEW NXG installation using a package manager. Complete the following steps to install NI-DCPower for LabVIEW NXG.


  1. Visit ni.com/info and enter the info code NXGDownload to access the LabVIEW NXG download page.
  2. Click Download LabVIEW NXG 1.0.
  3. NI Package Manager installs, then automatically opens a download window.
  4. Select LabVIEW NXG Suite and click the green Install button.
  5. Select LabVIEW NXG 1.0 and NI-DCPower.
  6. Complete the installer instructions to download LabVIEW NXG 1.0 and NI-DCPower.

LabVIEW NXG Help

View context help in LabVIEW by pressing <Ctrl-H> and hovering over an object.


Search for items using the search bar in the upper right corner of the LabVIEW window. You can also view context help for the search results.


Additional documentation is available online at ni.com/manuals.


LabVIEW NXG Examples

Launch LabVIEW and click the Learning tab.


LabVIEW lessons are located in the Lessons tab, and LabVIEW Examples are located in the Examples tab. Follow the instructions in the lessons and examples.



Legal Information

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End-User License Agreements and Third-Party Legal Notices


You can find end-user license agreements (EULAs) and third-party legal notices in the following locations after installation:


  • Notices are located in the <National Instruments>\_Legal Information and <National Instruments> directories.
  • EULAs are located in the <National Instruments>\Shared\MDF\Legal\license directory.
  • Review <National Instruments>\_Legal Information.txt for information on including legal information in installers built with NI products.

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