NI-HSDIO 19.5 Readme

September 2019

This file contains important information about the NI-HSDIO driver, including supported hardware, new features, a partial list of bugs fixed, 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

Installation Instructions

Product Security and Critical Updates

IVI Compliance Package Functionality

New Features

Supported Hardware

Behavior Changes

Known Issues

Bug Fixes

Accessing the Help

Finding Examples

LabVIEW NXG Support and Considerations

Automating the Installation of NI Products

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 10

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 8.1

NI-HSDIO Drops Support for Windows 7 (32- and 64-Bit), Windows Server 2008 R2, and All 32-Bit Windows Operating Systems in 2021

Legal Information


Overview

NI-HSDIO provides support for customers using NI digital waveform generators/analyzers. To program NI digital waveform generators/analyzers, use the NI-HSDIO API.

System Requirements

Minimum 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 1024 x 768
  • Windows 10/8.1/7, with all available critical updates and service packs

Supported Operating Systems

NI-HSDIO 19.5 supports the following operating systems:

  • Windows 10/8.11/7 SP12 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP12
  • Windows Server 2012 R21 (64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP12 (64-bit)

1NI 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.

2NI 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.

Note  Refer to NI-HSDIO 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.

Note  In 2016 NI-HSDIO dropped support for Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and installations of Windows 7 without any service packs. NI-HSDIO 18.0 or later will not install or run on an unsupported OS. You cannot deploy or distribute applications that use NI-HSDIO 18.0 or later to an unsupported OS. Additionally, after installing NI-HSDIO 18.0 or later, 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 Why Does My NI ADE Installer Fail on Windows XP/Vista and Windows 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/r/PAESupport.

Application Software Support

NI-HSDIO 19.5 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-HSDIO
LabVIEW 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2019 SP1
LabVIEW NXG 4.0
LabVIEW Real-Time Module 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2019 SP1
LabWindows/CVI2013 or later
LabWindows/CVI Real-Time Module2013 or later
Microsoft Visual C++ (MSVC)6.0 or later

Note  NI-HSDIO 19.5 does not support self-calibration of the NI PXIe-6556 with LabVIEW Real-Time Module. Use NI-HSDIO 15.0 and LabVIEW 2012 to perform self-calibration of the PXIe-6556 with LabVIEW Real-Time Module.

Microsoft Visual Studio Support

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

To use the .NET API, you must install the .NET class libraries or the .NET wrapper in addition to the NI device driver. For information about versions of the .NET Framework and the drivers each supports, as well as the download location of the installer files, refer to National Instruments .NET Driver Support.

Installation Instructions

NI installs NI-HSDIO and other NI software using NI Package Manager. 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.

Notes

  • If Windows Update is enabled, the installation process might hang if Windows Update interferes with the installation of Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Run-Time. Visit ni.com/r/exjq43 for more information and steps to resolve this issue.
  • If you purchased this product with an NI Software Suite or NI Product Bundle, use the installation media that shipped with your purchase to install this product.

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.

IVI Compliance Package Functionality

NI-HSDIO no longer installs IVI Compliance Package (ICP). NI-HSDIO supports IVI configuration and runtime, but no longer installs the following IVI components:

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

To use these features, you must install ICP separately. ICP is included in the Software Platform Bundle media. A stand-alone web distribution is available from ni.com/downloads.

New Features

  • NI-HSDIO 19.5 added support for LabVIEW NXG 4.0
  • NI-HSDIO 19.0 added support for LabVIEW 2019 (32- and 64-bit) and LabVIEW NXG 3.1
  • NI-HSDIO 18.5 added support for LabVIEW NXG 3.0
  • NI-HSDIO 18.0 added support for LabVIEW 2018 (32- and 64-bit) and LabVIEW NXG 2.1
  • NI-HSDIO 17.5 added support for LabVIEW NXG 2.0
  • NI-HSDIO 17.0 added support for LabVIEW 2017 (32- and 64-bit)
  • NI-HSDIO 16.0 added support for LabVIEW 2016 (32- and 64-bit)
  • NI-HSDIO 15.0 added support for LabVIEW 2015 (32- and 64-bit)
  • NI-HSDIO 2.0 included the following new features:
    • Support for external calibration of NI PXIe-6555 and NI PXIe-6556
    • New attributes (only available for the NI PXIe-6555 and NI PXIe-6556):
      • Attribute Committal Strategy (NIHSDIO_ATTR_ATTRIBUTE_COMMITTAL_STRATEGY)
      • Cumulative Error Bits (NIHSDIO_ATTR_HWC_CUMULATIVE_ERROR_BITS)
    • Support for NI-HSDIO Runtime custom installers built using NI application development environments (ADEs). This installer contains instrument driver runtime components required to deploy applications using NI digital waveform generator/analyzers.
      Notes:
      The runtime installer does not contain support for interactively configuring or testing hardware using Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX).
      The runtime installer does not support upgrading from NI-HSDIO 1.9.x or earlier or NI-DAQmx 8.9.x or earlier. You must uninstall these products prior to installing the NI-HSDIO Runtime installer.
  • NI-HSDIO 1.9 included the following new features:
    • Support for NI PXIe-6555 devices.
    • Support for multi-sample pattern matching and active load functionality (PXIe-6556 only).
    • Updated self-calibration function that fixes an issue affecting the NI PXIe-6556 input skew specifications. For more information, visit ni.com/r/6556skew.
    • Faster PMU and digital pattern functionality.
  • NI-HSDIO 1.8.3 added support for LabVIEW 2012 (32- and 64-bit)
  • NI-HSDIO 1.8.1 included the following new features:
    • Support for NI PXIe-6556 devices.
    • Support for PPMU force and sense functionality.

Supported Hardware

The following list details which hardware models are supported in NI-HSDIO:

  • PXI/PCI-6541
  • PXI/PCI-6542
  • PXIe-6544
  • PXIe-6545
  • PXIe-6547
  • PXIe-6548
  • PXI/PCI-6551
  • PXI/PCI-6552
  • PXIe-6555
  • PXIe-6556
  • PXI/PCI-6561
  • PXI/PCI-6562

Note:  Device-specific information about these modules is included in the NI Digital Waveform Generator/Analyzer Help.

Behavior Changes

  • NI-HSDIO 19.0 dropped support for Express VIs in LabVIEW. Existing code created with earlier versions of NI-HSDIO and that contains Express VIs will continue to execute, but the Express VI cannot be reconfigured from a dialog box.

    To reconfigure an Express VI, right-click the Express VI and select Open Front Panel»Convert. This will convert the Express VI to code that you can configure on the block diagram. NI recommends converting Express VIs to code before using the Code Conversion Utility in LabVIEW NXG to convert code for LabVIEW NXG.

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 the NI-HSDIO.

Bug Fixes

The following items are the IDs and titles of a subset of issues fixed in NI-HSDIO. This is not an exhaustive list of issues fixed in the current version of NI-HSDIO. If you have a CAR ID, you can search this list to validate that the issue has been fixed.

The following item was fixed in NI-HSDIO 19.5.

ID Fixed Issue
738295 Fixed an issue in which LabVIEW crashed during execution of niHSDIO Self Test.vi with NI-HSDIO 19.0.

The following item was fixed in NI-HSDIO 18.0.

ID Fixed Issue
663968 Fixed an issue in which a blue screen appeared when accessing a device simultaneously from a generation and acquisition session.

The following items were fixed in NI-HSDIO 2.0.

ID Fixed Issue
333216 Fixed an issue in which intermittent failures were occurring when using Hardware Compare on the NI 6551 or NI 6552 at frequencies between 48 Hz and 65 Hz.
373229 Fixed an issue in which calling self-calibration on an NI PXIe-6555 or NI PXIe-6556 when using LabVIEW Real Time caused Property Node errors.
394554 Fixed an issue in which PFI lines 24 through 31 were not defined in nihsdio.h.

Accessing the Help

Refer to the NI-HSDIO Help, accessible from Start»All Programs»National Instruments»NI-HSDIO»Documentation, for information about the NI-HSDIO API and NI digital waveform generators/analyzers.

The documentation set is composed of the following documents:

Document Format Description
NI Digital Waveform Generator/Analyzer Help HTML/Windows Help Contains instructions for opening, configuring, initiating signal generation, and closing the session. Also, contains information about programming and fundamentals.
NI Digital Waveform Generator/Analyzer Getting Started Guide for your device Printed and PDF Contains software and hardware installation, MAX configuration, signal connection, and troubleshooting information for your device.
Specifications for your device PDF Contains specifications for the capabilities and valid operating conditions of your NI device.
NI-HSDIO Readme HTML (this document) Contains 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.

Note  To view PDFs, you need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed. You can install the viewer from www.adobe.com/reader.

File Locations and Examples

Installed Software

  • <NIDocDir> is an alias for the following National Instruments file folder location: Users\Public\Public Documents\National Instruments
  • <IVIROOTDIR32> is an alias for the following National Instruments file folder location:
    • (32-bit) Program Files\IVI Foundation\IVI\
    • (64-bit) Program Files (x86)\IVI Foundation\IVI\
      Note $(IVIROOTDIR32) is configured as an environment variable on the target system.
      If you upgraded an installation of IVI, your files may be located in the following location:
      • (32-bit) Program Files\IVI\
      • (64-bit) Program Files (x86)\IVI\
  • <IVIROOTDIR64> is an alias for the following National Instruments file folder location:
    • (64-bit) Program Files\IVI Foundation\IVI\
      Note $(IVIROOTDIR64) is configured as an environment variable on the target system.

File Locations

Item Installed Location
NI-HSDIO <IVIROOTDIR32>\Drivers\niHSDIO
NI-HSDIO Examples <NIDocDir>\NI-HSDIO\Examples
NI-HSDIO Header files <IVIROOTDIR32>\Include
NI-HSDIO Import Library files (32-bit) <IVIROOTDIR32>\Lib
NI-HSDIO Import Library files (64-bit) <IVIROOTDIR32>\Lib_x64
NI-HSDIO DLL (32-bit) <IVIROOTDIR32>\Bin

Additional File Locations for 64-bit operating systems

Item Installed Location
NI-HSDIO Header files <IVIROOTDIR64>\Include
NI-HSDIO Import Library files (64-bit) <IVIROOTDIR64>\Lib_x64
NI-HSDIO DLL (64-bit) <IVIROOTDIR64>\Bin

LabVIEW NXG Support and Considerations

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

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/PCI-6541
  • PXI/PCI-6542
  • PXIe-6544
  • PXIe-6545
  • PXIe-6547
  • PXIe-6548
  • PXI/PCI-6551
  • PXI/PCI-6552
  • PXIe-6555
  • PXIe-6556
  • PXI/PCI-6561
  • PXI/PCI-6562

Installing NI-HSDIO for LabVIEW NXG

NI automates LabVIEW NXG installation using a package manager. Complete the following steps to install NI-HSDIO 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 4.0.
  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 4.0 and NI-HSDIO.
  6. Complete the installer instructions to download LabVIEW NXG 4.0 and NI-HSDIO.

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.

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. However, starting with the August 2012 releases (products using NI Installers version 3.1 or later), you may need to perform additional steps before or during a silent installation of NI software.

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 National Instruments 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.

NI-HSDIO Drops Support for Windows 7 (32- and 64-Bit), Windows Server 2008 R2, and All 32-Bit Windows Operating Systems in 2021

NI-HSDIO 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.

For detailed information about NI application software product life cycles, visit ni.com/info and enter one of the following Info Codes:

Product Info Code
LabVIEWlifecycle
LabWindows/CVIcvi_lifecycle
Measurement Studiomstudiolifecycle
TestStandtslcp
DIAdemddlcp
SignalExpressselcp
VeriStandnivslifecycle

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