This file contains important information regarding NI-568x and is organized into the following sections:
NI-568x 17.0 includes the following new features:
NI-568x 15.0 includes the following new features:
NI-568x 1.2 includes the following new features:
NI-568x 1.1 includes the following new features:
The NI-568x instrument driver supports the following power meters:
Device-specific information about these modules is included in the NI RF Power Meters Help.
NI-568x 17.0 supports the following operating systems:
Note NI-568x 15.0 and later does not support non-R2 editions of Windows Server 2008 and later.
NI recommends that you have the most recent service pack for your operating system installed.
Note The minimum USB port requirement for USB-5683 and USB-5684 devices is USB 2.0.
Note NI recommends that you disable Windows power management modes, such as sleep, standby, and hibernate when using this product. These modes terminate any operation in progress. Notice that on a laptop computer, the default power management settings are likely to enable sleep mode.
Note You should install ADEs, such as LabVIEW, LabWindows™/CVI™ or Microsoft Visual Studio®, before installing NI-568x. To add support for ADEs installed after installing NI-568x, modify your NI-568x installation or launch the NI-568x installer again.
|Note||$(IVIROOTDIR32) is configured as an environment variable on the target system.|
|If you upgraded an installation of IVI, your files may be located in the following location: |
|Note||$(IVIROOTDIR64) is configured as an environment variable on the target system.|
|Item||Installed Location on Windows 10/8.1/8.0/7|
|NI-568x Function Panel||<IVIROOTDIR32>\Drivers\ni568x\ni568x.fp|
|NI-568x LabVIEW Examples||<NIDocDir>\NI-568x\Examples|
|NI-568x Header files||<IVIROOTDIR32>\Include|
|NI-568x Import Library files (32-bit)||<IVIROOTDIR32>\Lib\msc|
|NI-568x Import Library files (64-bit)||<IVIROOTDIR32>\Lib_x64\msc|
|NI-568x DLL (32-bit)||<IVIROOTDIR32>\Bin|
|Item||Installed Location on Windows 10/8.1 (64-bit)/8.0 (64-bit)/7 (64-bit)|
|NI-568x Function Panel||<IVIROOTDIR64>\Drivers\ni568x\ni568x.fp|
|NI-568x Header files||<IVIROOTDIR64>\Include|
|NI-568x Import Library files (64-bit)||<IVIROOTDIR64>\Lib_x64\msc|
|NI-568x DLL (64-bit)||<IVIROOTDIR64>\Bin|
Select Start»All Programs»National Instruments»NI-568x»NI-568x Soft Front Panel to launch the NI-568x Soft Front Panel.
Documentation for NI RF Power Meters is located at Start»All Programs»National Instruments»NI-568x»NI-568x Documentation. The documentation set is composed of the following documents.
|NI RF Power Meters Help||HTML/Windows Help||Contains primary help content for NI RF Power Meters products. The help is an HTML version of a traditional user manual that includes the following information: |
|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||Lists technical specifications for your device.|
|NI-568x Readme||HTML (this document)||Contains information about supported hardware and operating systems, new features, fixed issues, and legal notices.|
|NI-568x IVI Compliance Document||TXT||Contains information about IVI compliance.|
|Introduction to ni568x||HTML||Contains information about driver documentation, examples, connecting to your instrument, configuring instrument settings, and known issues.|
For the most recent revisions of documentation and for newly released documentation, visit ni.com/manuals.
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To access the LabVIEW sample projects and templates from the New Project dialog, select Sample Projects in the left pane and navigate to the project that best matches your application requirements.
NI-568x palette VIs are available from the Functions»Instrument I/O»Instrument Drivers»NI-568x palette.
NI-568x functions are available in LabWindows/CVI from the Instrument menu. To load the NI-568x function panel (.fp), select Instrument»Load, and navigate to IVI\Drivers\ni568x\ni568x.fp.
In LabVIEW, you can use the NI Example Finder to search or browse examples. NI-568x 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 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-568x examples for LabVIEW and LabWindows/CVI at Start»All Programs»National Instruments»NI-568x»NI-568x Examples.
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-568x 17.0.
The following items are changes in NI-568x 15.1 from NI-568x 15.0.
|601287||Fixed an issue where the serial number could not be read from a USB-5680 or USB-5681 power meter.|
The following items are changes in NI-568x 15.0 from NI-568x 1.2.
|240557||Fixed an issue in which scope mode would error when using short capture times.|
|409122||Fixed an issue in which VISA aliasing would fail in NI Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX).|
|523688||Fixed several issues in which attribute behavior was inconsistent with IVI compliance standards.|
The following items are changes in NI-568x 1.2 from NI-568x 1.1.
|238457||Fixed an issue in which power meters did not appear in NI Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX) after installing the NI-568x driver.|
|238742||Fixed an issue in which timeout errors occurred in scope mode.|
|238918||Fixed an issue in which you could not use the power meter after disconnecting and reconnecting the power meter.|
The following items are changes in NI-568x 1.1 from NI-568x 1.0.
|93562||Fixed an issue in which the NI-568x properties were not accessible from the property node.|
|211620||Fixed an issue in which LabVIEW 8.2 would not launch after installing NI-568x.|
|106509||Fixed a timeout error when reading from the NI 5680.|
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