Digital Pattern Instrument, NI-Digital Pattern Driver, and Digital Pattern Editor Readme

September 2016

Use the Digital Pattern Editor with the Digital Pattern Instrument (PXIe-6570) and the NI-Digital Pattern Driver software for digital testing of semiconductors, or devices under test (DUTs). This file contains important information about the Digital Pattern Instrument, the NI-Digital Pattern Driver, and the Digital Pattern Editor and is organized into the following sections:

Supported Hardware

System Requirements


Accessing the API

Finding Examples

Automating the Installation of NI Products

Product Security and Critical Updates

Known Issues

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 10

Legal Information

Supported Hardware

The NI-Digital Pattern Driver supports the following NI product:

  • PXIe-6570

System Requirements

Minimum System Requirements

  • RAM—4 GB
  • A screen resolution of 1024 x 768

Recommended System

  • RAM—8 GB

Supported Operating Systems

The NI-Digital Pattern Driver and the Digital Pattern Editor support the following operating systems with all available critical updates and service packs:

  • Windows 10 (64-bit)
  • Windows 7 SP11 (64-bit)

1 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:  The NI-Digital Pattern Driver and the Digital Pattern Editor support only 64-bit operating systems for development. You can deploy runtime solutions on Windows 10 (32-bit and 64-bit) and Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit). Refer to your ADE documentation for more information about creating a runtime deployment.

Note:  The Digital Pattern Editor does not support Guest user accounts on Windows. The Digital Pattern Editor supports Administrator and Limited accounts on Windows 7.

Note:  NI recommends that you install Microsoft Hotfix 2588507 for 64-bit Windows operating systems. Visit and enter the Info Code mshotfix for more information about Microsoft Hotfix 2588507.

Application Development Environments (ADEs)

Note:  You should install ADEs, such as LabVIEW or Microsoft Visual Studio, before installing the NI-Digital Pattern Driver. To add support for ADEs installed after installing the NI-Digital Pattern Driver, modify your NI-Digital Pattern Driver installation or launch the NI-Digital Pattern Driver installer again.

The NI-Digital Pattern Driver and the Digital Pattern Editor support the following ADEs:

  • LabVIEW 2014 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • LabVIEW 2015 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • LabVIEW 2016 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • TestStand 2016 (64-bit)
  • TestStand 2016 Semiconductor Module (64-bit)
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 (minimum)

    If you are using the NI-Digital .NET Class Library, the .NET 4.0 Framework (minimum) is required. The NI-Digital .NET Class Library can be used with the Visual C# or Visual Basic .NET programming languages in any Visual Studio version that can target the .NET 4.0 Framework or the .NET 4.5 Framework. Ensure that you select .NET Framework 4.0 Support or .NET Framework 4.5 Support in the NI-Digital Pattern Driver installer to install .NET support for the NI-Digital Pattern Driver software.

Note:  You must install the NI-DCPower driver to access NI-DCPower-related functionality.

Note:  You must install the NI-Sync driver to access NI-Sync-related functionality.


Documentation for the Digital Pattern Instrument, NI-Digital Pattern Driver, and Digital Pattern Editor is available from the Start menu by navigating to NI Digital Pattern Documentation in the National Instruments folder. The documentation set is composed of the following documents:

Document Format Description
Digital Pattern Help HTML/Windows Help Contains primary help content for the Digital Pattern Instrument, NI-Digital Pattern Driver, and Digital Pattern Editor and compiler. The help is an HTML version of a traditional user manual that includes the following information:
  • Digital Pattern Editor information
  • Hardware device information
  • A reference for NI-Digital Pattern Driver VIs and properties
  • A reference for the NI-Digital Pattern .NET Class Library
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 Lists technical specifications for your device.
Digital Pattern Instrument, NI-Digital Pattern Driver, and Digital Pattern Editor Readme HTML (this document) Contains information about supported hardware, system requirements, documentation, examples, known issues, and legal notices.

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For the most recent revisions of documentation and for newly released documentation, visit

Accessing the API


The NI–Digital Pattern Driver palette VIs are available from the following locations:

  • LabVIEW 2015 and earlier—Functions»Instrument I/O»Instrument Drivers»NI–Digital palette
  • LabVIEW 2016 and later—Functions»Measurement I/O»NI–Digital palette or Functions»Instrument I/O»Instrument Drivers»NI–Digital palette

.NET Class Library

You can use the NI-Digital Pattern .NET class library by adding a reference to NationalInstruments.ModularInstruments.NIDigital.Fx40 or NationalInstruments.ModularInstruments.NIDigital.Fx45 and any dependent class libraries from within the Solution Explorer in Visual Studio.

Finding Examples

Getting Started Examples

Use the getting started examples, located by default in the <Public Documents>\National Instruments\NI-Digital\Examples\Getting Started directory, to help you learn key concepts or to serve as a starting point for applications you create. You can also access the getting started examples by selecting the Start menu and navigating to NI Digital Pattern Examples in the National Instruments folder.

In the Welcome window of the Digital Pattern Editor, click Examples or click the Learning tab to launch the Learning window, which includes examples of common usages of digital patterns.

NI-Digital Pattern Driver Examples

Use the NI-Digital Pattern Driver example programs to learn more about how to use the NI-Digital Pattern Driver software to configure and control digital pattern instruments.

LabVIEW Examples

Use the NI Example Finder to locate LabVIEW examples. In LabVIEW, select Help»Find Examples to launch the NI Example Finder.

Microsoft .NET Examples

The Microsoft .NET examples are located in the <Public Documents>\National Instruments\NI-Digital\Examples\DotNET 4.x directory.

You can also access the Microsoft .NET examples by selecting the Start menu and navigating to NI Digital Pattern Examples in the National Instruments folder.

Product Security and Critical Updates

Visit to view and subscribe to receive security notifications about NI products. Visit for information about critical updates from NI.

Known Issues

Refer to the NI website for an up-to-date list of known issues.

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

Legal Information


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