InstrumentStudio 2020 Readme

November 2020

This file contains important information about InstrumentStudio 2020, including supported hardware and operating systems, a partial list of bugs fixed, and known issues.


System Requirements

Supported Operating Systems

Application Software Support

Product Security and Critical Updates

New Features

Supported Hardware

Known Issues

Automating the Installation of NI Products

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 10

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 8.1

Legal Information


InstrumentStudio allows you to generate and acquire measurements from multiple devices within a single application. You can also use InstrumentStudio to monitor and control devices being used in external applications, capture data files, export device configuration to other applications, and more.

System Requirements

InstrumentStudio 2020 has the following requirements:

  • Pentium 4 G1 equivalent or later (Intel i5 equivalent or higher recommended)
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 10 GB disk space
  • 1024 x 768 screen resolution (1366 x 768 or higher recommended)

Supported Operating Systems

InstrumentStudio 2020 supports the following operating systems:

  • Windows 7 (SP1) 64-bit2
  • Windows 8.1 64-bit1
  • Windows 10 64-bit1
  • Windows Embedded Standard 7 (SP1)2
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (SP1) 64-bit2
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 64-bit1
  • Windows Server 2016 64-bit

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

InstrumentStudio 2020 supports the creation of soft front panels with the following device drivers:

Device Driver Versions Supported by InstrumentStudio 2020
NI-FGEN 19.1
NI-DMM 18.1

Installing Instructions

Download the Instrument Studio 2020 installer from 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.

Product Security and Critical Updates

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New Features

Instrument Studio 2020

  • Added support for the PXIe-4139(40W) source measure unit, newly supported in NI-DCPower 20.5.
  • Added support for multichannel session in the SMU/Power Supply panel, newly supported in NI-DCPower 20.6. Initializing an NI-DCPower session with independent channels allows you to use multiple instruments in the same session. With independent channels, you can configure multiple channels of the same instrument, or of multiple instruments independent of one another within the same session.
  • Added support for monitoring merged channels in debug mode on the PXIe-4147. Merged channels are newly supported in NI-DCPower 20.6. Merging channels of an NI SMU allows you to use multiple channels in unison to increase the current you can source beyond the normal maximum for a single SMU channel.

InstrumentStudio 2019 SP1

  • Added support for the PXIe-4147 source measure unit, newly supported in NI-DCPower 20.0.

InstrumentStudio 2019

  • Added power spectral density measurements to oscilloscope FFT channels.
  • Multiple NI-SCOPE devices of the same model can now be synchronized in the same oscilloscope panel.
  • Added support for selecting trigger sources and events from other NI devices in your system.
  • Added waveform graphing, pulse current, pulse voltage, voltage sequence, and current sequence modes to SMU panels, including automatic hardware synchronization across multiple devices.
  • Added asymmetric limits and software-protected ranges to SMU/Power Supply panels.
  • Added NI-DCPower SourceAdapt configuration to SMU panels, useful for transient measurements.
  • Added channel views to hide idle channels, show power calculations, and condense channel views to the SMU/Power Supply panels.
  • Added inductance and capacitance measurements along with open and short cable compensation to digital multimeter (DMM) panels.
  • Added the ability to generate waveforms from binary files to the waveform generator panel.
  • Added debugging and monitoring support to the waveform generator panel.
  • Added exporting configuration files from the waveform generator panel for use with the NI-FGEN driver.
  • Added capability to export device configurations to TestStand for use in test step configuration.
  • Added ability to use pin maps created in Digital Pattern Editor to group devices and channels by site and use pin names for channel aliases.

InstrumentStudio 2018 SP2

  • Added support for the PXIe-5163 oscilloscope, newly supported in NI-SCOPE 18.7.
  • Added CSV file format for data capture.
  • Added support for exporting instrument events to PXI chassis trigger lines.
  • Added support for arbitrary waveform generation mode to the Waveform Generator panels.
  • Added support for frequency list and sweep modes to the Waveform Generator panels.
  • Added FFT channels, frequency markers, and FFT channel measurements to the Oscilloscope panels.
  • Added additional 2-channel measurements to the Oscilloscope panels.

InstrumentStudio 2018 SP1

Added support for the PXIe-5110, PXIe-5111, and PXIe-5113 oscilloscopes, newly supported in NI-SCOPE 18.6

Supported Hardware

The following hardware models are supported in InstrumentStudio 2020:


  • PXIe-4112
  • PXIe-4113
  • PXIe-4135
  • PXIe-4136
  • PXIe-4137
  • PXIe-4138
  • PXIe-4139
  • PXIe-4139(40W)
  • PXIe-4140
  • PXIe-4141
  • PXIe-4142
  • PXIe-4143
  • PXIe-4144
  • PXIe-4145
  • PXIe-4147
  • PXIe-4154
  • PXIe-4162
  • PXIe-4163
  • PXI-4110
  • PXI-4130
  • PXI-4132

NI-DMM Devices

  • PXIe-4080
  • PXIe-4081
  • PXIe-4082
  • PXI-4065
  • PXI-4070
  • PXI-4071
  • PXI-4072
  • PCI-4065
  • PCIe-4065
  • USB-4065
  • PCI-4070

NI-FGEN Devices

  • PXIe-5413 (1-channel)
  • PXIe-5413 (2-channel)
  • PXIe-5423 (1-channel)
  • PXIe-5423 (2-channel)
  • PXIe-5433 (1-channel)
  • PXIe-5433 (2-channel)
  • PXIe-5442
  • PXIe-5450
  • PXIe-5451
  • PXI-5402
  • PXI-5404
  • PXI-5406
  • PXI-5412
  • PXI-5421
  • PXI-5422
  • PXI-5441
  • PCI-5402
  • PCI-5406
  • PCI-5412
  • PCI-5421

NI-SCOPE Devices

  • PXIe-5105
  • PXIe-5110
  • PXIe-5111
  • PXIe-5113
  • PXIe-5114
  • PXIe-5122
  • PXIe-5160 (2-channel)
  • PXIe-5160 (4-channel)
  • PXIe-5162 (2-channel)
  • PXIe-5162 (4-channel)
  • PXIe-5163
  • PXIe-5164
  • PXIe-5170 (4-channel)
  • PXIe-5170 (8-channel)
  • PXIe-5171 (8-channel)
  • PXIe-5172 (4-channel)
  • PXIe-5172 (8-channel, 325T)
  • PXIe-5172 (8-channel, 410T)
  • PXIe-5185
  • PXIe-5185 (1MΩ)
  • PXIe-5186
  • PXIe-5186 (1MΩ)
  • PXIe-5622
  • PXIe-5622 (DD)
  • PXI-5105
  • PXI-5114
  • PXI-5122
  • PXI-5124
  • PXI-5142
  • PXI-5152
  • PXI-5153
  • PXI-5154
  • PXI-5922
  • PCI-5105
  • PCI-5114
  • PCI-5122
  • PCI-5124
  • PCI-5142
  • PCI-5152
  • PCI-5153
  • PCI-5154
  • PCI-5922
  • PCIe-5155
  • USB-5132
  • USB-5133

Known Issues

You can access the software and documentation known issues list online. Refer to InstrumentStudio 2020 Known Issues on for an up-to-date list of known issues in InstrumentStudio.

Bug Fixes

You can access a list of issues fixed in InstrumentStudio 2020 online. Visit InstrumentStudio 2020 Bug Fixes for an up-to-date list of fixed issues. This is not an exhaustive list of issues fixed in the current version of InstrumentStudio. 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 4.0, 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

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, Measurement & Automation Explorer (NI MAX), and NI Launcher. For more information about NI support for Windows 8.1, visit

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