RFmx WCDMA 20.7.1 Readme

July 2021

This file contains important information about the RFmx WCDMA, including system requirements, and installation instructions.

Overview

New Features

Supported Hardware

System Requirements

Supported Operating Systems

Application Software Support

Installation Instructions

Installed Software

File Locations

Executable

Accessing the API

Accessing the Help

Finding Examples

Product Security and Critical Updates

Behavior Changes

Known Issues

Bug Fixes

Automating the Installation of NI Products

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 10

Legal Information


Overview

RFmx WCDMA is an optimized API for performing physical layer measurements on WCDMA cellular standard signals. RFmx WCDMA is an application software that provides simple access to advanced optimization techniques such as multimeasurement parallelism and multi-DUT measurements.

New Features

RFmx WCDMA 20.0 includes the following new features:

  • Support for LabVIEW 2020 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Support for Start trigger, Advance trigger, and Events in RFInstr
  • Support to configure RFInstr properties in the context of a signal configuration
  • Support for PXIe-5841 with PXIe-5655
  • Support for FFT Overlap in the Sequential FFT method of the ACP measurement

RFmx WCDMA 19.1 includes the following new feature:

  • Support for PXIe-5841

RFmx WCDMA 19.0 includes the following new features:

  • Support for LabVIEW 2019 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Support for De-embedding S-Parameter External Attenuation Tables
  • Addition of Reference Level Headroom property
  • Addition of RFmx WCDMA Soft Front Panel (SFP 64-bit) with debug support

Supported Hardware

The following hardware products are supported in all operating systems listed in the Supported Operating Systems section.

Vector Signal Analyzers

  • PXIe-5663
  • PXIe-5663E
  • PXIe-5665
  • PXIe-5668
  • PXIe-5668 with PXIe-5698

Device-specific information about these modules is included in the NI RF Vector Signal Analyzers Help.

Vector Signal Transceivers

  • PXIe-5820
  • PXIe-5840
  • PXIe-5841
  • PXIe-5644
  • PXIe-5645
  • PXIe-5646
  • PXIe-5841 with PXIe-5655

Device-specific information about these modules is included in the NI RF Vector Signal Transceivers Help.

System Requirements

RFmx WCDMA has the following requirements:

  • Processor—1 GHz 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 4 GB RAM *
  • A screen resolution of 1,024 x 768
  • Windows 10, with all available critical updates and service packs

* Depending on the amount of data acquired and/or processed, a larger amount of memory may be required.

Supported Operating Systems

RFmx WCDMA 20.7.1 supports the following 64-bit operating systems:

  • Windows 10
  • Windows Server 2019
  • Windows Server 2016

Note    RFmx WCDMA no longer supports Windows Vista/XP/7/8.1, Windows Server 2003/2008/2012, or any 32-bit Windows operating system. RFmx WCDMA 20.7.1 will not install or run on an unsupported OS. You cannot deploy or distribute applications that use RFmx WCDMA 20.7.1 to an unsupported OS. Additionally, after installing RFmx WCDMA 20.7.1, 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 detailed information about NI operating system support, visit http://www.ni.com/r/win32bitsupport.

Application Software Support

RFmx WCDMA supports the following application software versions, including service packs. You should install application software, such as LabVIEW or Microsoft Visual Studio®, before installing RFmx WCDMA. If you are not using NI application software, refer to  Microsoft Visual Studio Support.

Application Software Versions Supported by RFmx WCDMA
LabVIEW 2017, 2018 SP1 f4 patch, 2019 SP1 f3 patch, or 2020 SP1

Required Software

  • NI-RFSA 14.1 or later
  • NI-RFSA 17.1 or later (for initializing debug session when "using breakpoints in C/C++/.NET application" is selected)

Microsoft Visual Studio Support

If you are using the RFmx WCDMA .NET Class Library, .NET Framework 4.0 (minimum) is required. The RFmx WCDMA .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.

Installation Instructions

Download the RFmx WCDMA installer from ni.com/downloads. NI software includes NI Package Manager to handle the installation. 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.
  • Use the serial number that is included with your software to activate RFmx WCDMA. For more information on RFmx WCDMA activation, refer to National Instruments Software Activation .

Installed Software

  • <MSTUDIOVS2010DIR> is an alias for the following National Instruments file folder location:
    • Program Files (x86)\National Instruments\MeasurementStudioVS2010
  • <NIDir> is an alias for the following National Instruments file folder location:
    •  Program Files (x86)\National Instruments 
  • <SYSDIR> is an alias for the following file folder location:
    • Windows\SysWOW64 for 32-bit programs and windows\system32 for 64-bit programs

File Locations

Item Installed Location
Version Compatibility Checker <NIDir>\RFmx\niRFmxCompatibility_Checker.exe
Debug Configuration Utility <NIDir>\RFmx\niRFmxDebugConfigurationUtility.exe
DLLs <SYSDIR>
Header files

<NIDir>\Shared\ExternalCompilerSupport\C\include

Import Library files (64-bit)
  • 32-bit: <NIDir>\Shared\ExternalCompilerSupport\C\lib32\msvc
  • 64-bit: <NIDir>\Shared\ExternalCompilerSupport\C\lib64\msvc
.NET Class Libraries
Assemblies <MSTUDIOVS2010DIR>\DotNET\Assemblies\Current\NationalInstruments.RFmx.WcdmaMX.Fx40.dll
<MSTUDIOVS2010DIR>\DotNET\Assemblies\Current\NationalInstruments.RFmx.InstrMX.Fx40.dll
<MSTUDIOVS2010DIR>\DotNET\Assemblies\Current\NationalInstruments.Common.dll

Executable

Select Start » All Programs » National Instruments » RFmx WCDMA » RFmx Soft Front Panel to launch the RFmx Soft Front Panel (64-bit).

Accessing the API

RFmx WCDMA palette VIs are available from the Functions » Measurement I/O » NI-RFmx » WCDMA palette.

Accessing the Help

Documentation for RFmx WCDMA is located at Start » All Programs » National Instruments » RFmx WCDMA » RFmx WCDMA Documentation. The documentation set is composed of the following documents.

Document Format Description
RFmx WCDMA Help HTML/Windows Help Contains primary help content for RFmx WCDMA. This help file is an HTML version of a traditional user manual that includes the following information:
  • An introduction to RFmx WCDMA
  • How to get started with application development
  • A complete reference for all RFmx WCDMA programming functions and VIs
RFmx WCDMA 20.7.1 Readme HTML (this document) Contains information about supported hardware and operating systems, new features, fixed issues, and legal notices.

Finding Examples

You can access all the installed RFmx WCDMA examples at Start » All Programs » National Instruments » RFmx WCDMA » RFmx WCDMA Examples.

For the most recent revisions of documentation and for newly released documentation, visit ni.com/manuals.

Product Security and Critical Updates

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

Behavior Changes

The following is the behavior change in RFmx WCDMA 20.7 from RFmx WCDMA 20.6.

  • Obsoleted the RFmxInstr Configure Automatic SG SA Shared LO API and the RFmxInstr Automatic SG SA Shared LO property. Use RFmxInstr LO Source property with Automatic_SG_SA_Shared value instead.

The following are the behavior changes in RFmx WCDMA 19.1 from RFmx WCDMA 19.0.

  • Obsoleted RFmxWCDMA Analyze (IQ) and RFmxWCDMA Analyze (Spectrum) APIs. Use RFmxWCDMA Analyze (IQ, 1 Wfm) and RFmxWCDMA Analyze (Spectrum, 1 Wfm) APIs instead.

The following are the behavior changes in RFmx WCDMA 19.0 from RFmx WCDMA 3.0.

  • Dropped support for LabVIEW 2015.
  • Deprecated the Recommended I/Q Measurement Bandwidth property in RFInstr.
  • Dropped support for RFmx WCDMA Measurement Interactive Panel.

Known Issues

You can access the RFmx WCDMA known issues online at RFmx WCDMA 20.7 Known Issues.

Bug Fixes

You can access the RFmx WCDMA bug fix list online at RFmx WCDMA 20.7 Bug Fixes. This list describes a subset of issues fixed in RFmx WCDMA. If you have a Bug ID, you can search this list to validate that the issue has been fixed.

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 4.6.2, 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 4.6.2 separately before you install NI software.

For more information about automating the installation of NI products, refer to Automating an Installer in the NI Package Manager manual.

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.


Legal Information

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End-User License Agreements and Third-Party Legal Notices

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  • 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.
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