This file contains important information about NI-PXImc.
The NI-PXImc software enables you to create applications for your PXImc hardware (PXIe-8383mc and PXIe-8830mc) in LabVIEW or C/C++.
National Instruments recommends a minimum 3 GB RAM for 32-bit Windows and LabVIEW Real-Time (ETS), and a minimum of 8 GB RAM for 64-bit Windows. To maximize the available PXImc buffer, National Instruments recommends either 64-bit Windows 10/8.1/7 or LabVIEW Real-Time (ETS).
Note The available PXImc buffer will likely be reduced if the above recommendations are not followed. Refer to Setting an Appropriate Buffer Size in the NI-PXImc Help for more information about buffer size.
NI-PXImc 19.0 supports the following operating systems:
1 NI software installs VC2015 Runtime and .NET 4.6.2. Windows 8.1 requires 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 requires Microsoft updates to support SHA-256. Refer to Microsoft KB3033929 for more information about how to install this security update.
Note Refer to NI-PXImc 19.0 Drops Support for Windows 7 (32- and 64-Bit) and All 32-Bit Windows Operating Systems in 2021 for information about future OS support.
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.
NI-PXImc 19.0 supports the following application software versions, including service packs:
|Application Software||Versions Supported by NI-PXImc|
|LabVIEW||2016, 2017, 2018, 2019|
|LabWindows™/CVI™||2012 and later|
NI installs NI-PXImc using NI Package Manager. If you do not already have NI software installed, NI-PXImc 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.
Note 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.
The following list details the hardware models supported in NI-PXImc:
The PXIe-8383mc PXImc adapter modules and the PXIe-8830mc PXImc processor modules utilize a x8 PCI Express 2.0 interface for transferring data. National Instruments recommends using the NI PXImc modules with a PXI-Express chassis and controller combination that provide high PCI Express bandwidth. If you are using the PXIe-8383mc or PXIe-8830mc module in a chassis with an NI embedded controller, then you must update the BIOS software on that embedded controller to the latest released BIOS software prior to connecting the hardware. For more information, refer to KnowledgeBase 2GIGKD0Z, Determining and Upgrading PXI and VXI Embedded Controller BIOS Versions.
Bandwidth experienced when using NI-PXImc may be affected by bandwidth capabilities of the controller or the chassis. If you experience lower than expected bandwidth when using NI-PXImc, check that your controller and chassis are capable of supporting the desired bandwidth, and that your PXImc adapter module is inserted into an appropriate chassis slot to obtain the best performance. Consult your chassis and controller documentation for specific information relevant to your hardware configuration.
Note National Instruments recommends an NI high performance PXIe embedded controller be used both as the system controller and as the controller connected to the front panel of the PXImc module. Refer to NI-PXImc General Considerations for more information.
For proper operation with NI-PXImc, all NI Embedded Controllers must be running the latest BIOS. For more information, refer to KnowledgeBase 2GIGKD0Z, Determining and Upgrading PXI and VXI Embedded Controller BIOS Versions.
National Instruments recommends an NI high performance PXIe embedded controller be used both as the system controller and as the controller connected to the front panel of the PXImc module. If you are connecting the PXImc module to an NI PXIe embedded controller, you must update the BIOS software on that embedded controller to the latest released BIOS software prior to connecting the hardware. Refer to NI Embedded Controller BIOS Versions for information about updating the BIOS.
Bandwidth experienced when using NI-PXImc may be affected by bandwidth limitations in the controller or on the chassis backplane. If you experience lower than expected bandwidth when using NI-PXImc, check that your controller and chassis are capable of supporting the desired bandwidth, and that your PXImc card is inserted into an appropriate chassis slot to obtain the best performance. Consult your chassis and controller documentation for specific information relevant to your hardware configuration.
National Instruments recommends setting the hardware Mode DIP switch (Switch 4) to User Mode for optimal performance. Refer to the NI PXImc Devices Getting Started Guide, available in the PXIe-8383mc kit and on ni.com/manuals, for information about the DIP switch functionality and location. Refer to the Hardware Configuration section in the NI-PXImc Help for more information about the differences between the two modes.
The PXIe chassis that contains the PXIe-8383mc module must be powered on before the system connected to the front panel connector is powered on. Furthermore, the PXIe chassis that contains the PXIe-8383mc module must be continuously powered while the system connected to the front panel connector is powered on. If it is necessary to turn off the chassis containing the PXIe-8383mc, the system connected to the front panel must be powered off first. Refer to the NI PXImc Devices Getting Started Guide, available in the PXIe-8383mc kit and on ni.com/manuals, for more information about power sequence.
Many third-party PXI Express controllers, both PXIe embedded controllers and desktop PCs, have been observed to have BIOS issues that prevent the enumeration of some PXIe modules. If you have boot or device enumeration issues, set the hardware Mode DIP switch (Switch 4) on your PXImc modules to Factory mode and try again. Refer to the NI PXImc Devices Getting Started Guide, available in the PXIe-8383mc kit and on ni.com/manuals, for information about the DIP switch functionality and location. If you continue to have issues, either contact your controller vendor for a BIOS fix or upgrade your controller to a National Instruments high performance PXIe embedded controller.
When configuring the PXIe-8383mc module in "User" mode, NI recommends no more than six modules be connected to a single system running 64-bit Windows 10, Windows 8.1 or Windows 7, and no more than four modules be connected to a system running 32-bit Windows 8.1 or Windows 7, either directly in the system or connected through the PXImc module front panel connector. If you are using the PXIe-8383mc or PXIe-8830mc in a system with LabVIEW Real-Time (ETS) OS, NI recommends no more than four modules to a single system, either directly in the system or connected through the front panel connector. If your system needs more than the recommended number of modules, either change Switch 4 to the "FACT" position for all modules or contact National Instruments support.
NI recommends no more than six PXIe-8830mc modules be placed in a single system with the embedded controller running Windows 10/8.1/7(64-bit), and no more than four modules be placed in a system running Windows 10/8.1/7 (32-bit) on the host/embedded controller. If you are using the PXIe-8830mc in a system with the embedded controller running LabVIEW Real-Time (ETS) OS, NI recommends no more than four NI PXI-8830mc modules be in the system. If your system needs more than the recommended number of modules contact National Instruments support.
Refer to the NI-PXImc Help, accessible by selecting Help»NI-PXImc Help from the pull-down menu in LabVIEW, for information about using the NI-PXImc software.
LabVIEW examples for the NI-PXImc software are in the labview\examples\NI-PXImc folder. You can modify an example VI to fit an application or copy and paste from one or more examples into a VI you create.
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NI-PXImc will drop support for Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit) and all 32-bit Windows operating systems starting in 2021. Versions of this product that ship after May 1, 2021, may not install or execute correctly on these operating systems. For detailed information about NI operating system support, visit ni.com/r/win32bitsupport.
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