NI-mmWave 18.1 Readme

October 2018


This file contains important information about NI-mmWave, including installation instructions, new features, a partial list of bugs fixed for NI-mmWave 18.0, and known issues.


Overview

New Features

Supported Hardware

System Requirements

Supported Operating Systems

Application Software Support

Accessing the API

Finding Examples

Accessing the Documentation

Installed Software

Installation Instructions

Product Security and Critical Updates

Known Issues

Bug Fixes

Automating the Installation of NI Products

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 10

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 8.1

Legal Information


Overview

This software installation provides support for customers using the mmWave Transceiver System and mmWave Radio Heads, as specified in the Supported Hardware section. To program your mmWave Transceiver System with or without the mmWave Radio Heads, use the NI-mmWave instrument driver.


The getting started guide for your device provides information about how to install, configure, test, and begin using the mmWave Transceiver System with or without radio heads.


New Features

NI-mmWave 18.1 adds support for recent revisions of the PXIe-3610 Waveform Generator and PXIe-3630 Digitizer


NI-mmWave 18.0 includes the following new features:


  • Support for LabVIEW 2018
  • Support for the following devices:
    • mmRH-3603 mmWave Radio Head
    • mmRH-3643 mmWave Radio Head
    • mmRH-3653 mmWave Radio Head
  • Support for recent revisions of the mmRH-3602/3642/3652 mmWave Radio Heads

NI-mmWave 15.3.1 adds support for recent revisions of the mmRH-3602/3642/3652 radio heads


NI-mmWave 15.3 includes the following new features:


  • Support for the following devices:
    • mmRH-3602
    • mmRH-3642
    • mmRH-3652
  • Support for fast configuration of gain and mmWave port switches
  • Automatic detection of mmWave radio heads

NI-mmWave 15.1 includes the following new features:


  • Support for NI LabVIEW 2015 SP1
  • Support for the following devices:
    • mmWave Transceiver System
      • PXIe-3610 Waveform Generator
      • PXIe-3620 RF Upconverter and Downconverter Module
      • PXIe-3630 Digitizer
      • PXIe-7902 High-Speed Serial Instrument
    • mmRH-3647 mmWave Radio Head
    • mmRH-3657 mmWave Radio Head

Supported Hardware

The following hardware products are supported in all operating systems listed in the Supported Operating Systems section. Refer to the Application Software Support section for information regarding supported application software versions.


  • mmWave Transceiver System
    • PXIe-3610
    • PXIe-3620
    • PXIe-3630
    • PXIe-7902
  • mmRH-3602
  • mmRH-3603
  • mmRH-3642
  • mmRH-3643
  • mmRH-3647
  • mmRH-3652
  • mmRH-3653
  • mmRH-3657

System Requirements

NI-mmWave has the following requirements:


  • PXIe-1085 Chassis with a PXIe-8135/8880 Controller
  • RAM—8 GB RAM
  • A screen resolution of 1,024 x 768
  • Windows 10/8.1/7, with all available critical updates and service packs

Supported Operating Systems

NI-mmWave supports Windows 10/8.11/7 SP12 (64-bit).


NI recommends that you have the most recent service pack for your operating system installed.


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-mmWave supports the following application software versions, including service packs. You should install application software, such as LabVIEW, before installing NI-mmWave. To add support for application software installed after installing NI-mmWave, modify your NI-mmWave installation or launch the NI-mmWave installer again.


Application Software Versions Supported by NI-mmWave
LabVIEW 2015 SP1, 2018

Accessing the API

NI-mmWave palette VIs are available on the LabVIEW Functions palette at Functions»Instrument I/O»Instrument Drivers»NI mmWave.

Finding Examples

NI-mmWave includes a reference project and several example applications for LabVIEW. You can access the installed NI mmWave Reference Project and examples at <NIDIR>\LabVIEW <Year>\examples\instr\niMmWave.


Note  The NI Example Finder does not include NI-mmWave examples.


Note  Installed examples are not sample projects. You must copy the example to a new location before modifying any files. Otherwise, your changes may be overwritten.


Accessing the Documentation

The documentation set for NI-mmWave is composed of the following documents.


Document Format Description Location
Getting Started Guide for your device Printed and PDF Contains software and hardware installation, signal connection, and information on how to get started with application development for your device. Available at ni.com/manuals
Specifications for your device PDF Lists technical specifications for your device. Available at ni.com/manuals
NI-mmWave 18.1 Manual Online help Contains information on how to use the reference project, as well as conceptual information about instrument driver features. Visit ni.com/info and enter the Info Code mmwavemanual
NI-mmWave Readme HTML (this document) Contains information about supported hardware and operating systems, new features, fixed issues, and legal notices. Start»All Programs»National Instruments»NI-mmWave»Documentation

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.


Installed Software

  • <NIDocDir> is an alias for the following National Instruments file folder location: Users\Public\Public Documents\National Instruments
  • <NIDIR> is an alias for the following National Instruments file folder location: Program Files (x86)\National Instruments for 32-bit programs and Program Files\National Instruments for 64-bit programs

File Locations

Item ADE Installed Location
NI-mmWave Examples NI LabVIEW 2015, 2018 <NIDIR>\LabVIEW <Year>\examples\instr\niMmWave\

Installation Instructions

You must be an Administrator to install NI software on your computer. Install application software support before installing NI-mmWave.


  1. Visit ni.com/info and enter the Info Code mmwavedriver to access the download page for the latest NI-mmWave software.
  2. Download the NI-mmWave driver software.
  3. Follow the instructions in the installation prompts.
    Note: Windows users may see access and security messages during installation. Accept the prompts to complete the installation.
  4. When the installer completes, select Restart in the dialog box that prompts you to restart, shut down, or restart later.

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/info and enter the Info Code 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 National Instruments products. Visit ni.com/critical-updates for information about critical updates from National Instruments.


Known Issues

You can access the software and documentation known issues list online. Visit ni.com/info and enter the Info Code expvmm for an up-to-date list of known issues in NI-mmWave 18.1.


Bug Fixes

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


There are no changes in NI-mmWave 18.1 from NI-mmWave 18.0.


The following items are changes in NI-mmWave 18.0 from NI-mmWave 15.3.1.


ID Fixed Issue
698524 Fixed multiple issues that caused confusion in the 10GbE example project.
688776 Fixed an issue that caused I/Q data to be incorrectly truncated when being sent across Aurora streams on the TX FPGA design in the NI-mmWave Reference Project.
644996 Fixed an issue that caused the NI-mmWave driver to report incorrect coerced frequencies when using the Set Frequency VI.

The following items are changes in NI-mmWave 15.3.1 from NI-mmWave 15.3.


ID Fixed Issue
600897 Fixed an issue that caused an installation error to occur when upgrading NI Linux Real-Time Support for NI-mmWave devices.
583667 Fixed an issue that caused NI-mmWave to incorrectly report the coerced value for out-of-bounds frequencies when using external LO.
582873 Fixed an issue that caused the PXIe-3620 session to be invalid after aborting the session.
580686 Fixed an issue that caused NI MAX to expose unsupported features for the PXIe-7902 module.

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, NI MAX, and NI Launcher. For more information about NI support for Windows 8.1, visit ni.com/windows8.



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