This file contains installation instructions and compatibility information for RFIC Test Software 20.5.
You can find more release information on ni.com.
RFIC Test Software enables you to explore testing advanced RF integrated circuit (RFIC) devices featuring envelope tracking (ET), digital predistortion (DPD), and hardware-accelerated power servoing. Available measurements include adjacent channel power (ACP), spectral emission mask (SEM), error vector magnitude (EVM), AM-to-AM, and AM-to-PM. To set up measurements for your device, use the installed examples or the RFIC Test Soft Front Panel (SFP).
The getting started guide for your device provides information about how to install, configure, test, and begin using your hardware.
RFIC Test Software has the following minimum requirements:
NI recommends the following requirements:
* Depending on the amount of data acquired and/or processed a larger amount of memory may be required.
Note Guest accounts are not supported under any OS.
RFIC Test Software 20.5 supports Windows 10/8.11/7 SP12 and is available only in 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.
RFIC Test Software supports the following application software versions, including service packs. If you are not using NI application software, refer to Microsoft Visual Studio Support.
Note Install application software, such as LabVIEW or Microsoft Visual Studio, before installing RFIC Test Software. To add support for application software installed after installing RFIC Test Software, modify your RFIC Test Software installation or launch the RFIC Test Software installer again.
|Application Software||Versions Supported by RFIC Test Software|
|LabVIEW (64-bit only)||2017, 2017 SP1, 2018, 2018 SP1, 2019, 2019 SP1, and 2020|
|Microsoft Visual Studio||2017 and later|
Note RFIC Test Software will not operate correctly without the service packs previously mentioned.
If you are using the RFIC Test Software .NET Class Library, .NET Framework 4.5 (minimum) is required.
To use the .NET API, you must install the .NET class libraries or the .NET wrapper in addition to the NI device driver. For information about versions of the .NET Framework and the drivers each supports, as well as the download location of the installer files, refer to .NET Resources for NI Hardware and Software.
RFIC Test Software requires the following driver and add-on versions:
¹ Installation and licensing are only required for standard-specific measurements.
² Requires a valid license.
Note The run-time versions of these products are sufficient to run the RFIC Test SFP.
Refer to the readme of each driver and add-on for more information about system requirements, installation instructions, and activation.
Download the RFIC Test Software 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.
The following table lists the measurements and features included in the RFIC Test Software Base and Professional versions. You must have a valid license to activate RFIC Test Software Professional. Use the serial number that is included with your software to activate RFIC Test Software Professional. For more information about activation, refer to NI Software Activation.
|Measurement and Feature||RFIC Test Software Base||RFIC Test Software Professional|
|General measurements|| |
|Software-based power servo|| |
Excludes power meter-based servo
|Hardware-accelerated power servo|| |
|Transmission power (TXP)|| |
|Adjacent channel power (ACP)|| |
|Modulation accuracy (ModAcc - including EVM)|| |
|Spectral emission mask (SEM)|| |
|AM-to-AM (AMAM) and AM-to-PM (AMPM)|| |
|Digital predistortion (DPD)|| |
|Load pull|| |
Single point only, excludes sweeping
|Power added efficiency (PAE)|| |
|Dynamic EVM (DEVM)|| |
|Envelope tracking (ET)|| |
|Crest factor reduction (pre-DPD and post-DPD)|| |
|Swept measurements (power, frequency, and load pull)|| |
Power sweeping only
RFIC Test Software 20.5 includes the following new features:
The following table shows which hardware products are supported in RFIC Test Software. The following hardware products are supported in all operating systems listed in the Supported Operating Systems section.
|Hardware Product||Hardware Model||Application|
|Vector Signal Transceiver||PXIe-5646||Hardware-accelerated power servoing|
|PXIe-5820||Envelope waveform generation when testing ET DUTs|
|Waveform Generator||PXIe-5451||Envelope waveform generation when testing ET DUTs |
Note For DEVM measurements, use the PXIe-5820.
|Source Measure Unit||PXIe-4139||(Optional) Vcc sourcing and system PAE measurements|
|Power Meter||USB-5681|| |
Note Instrument drivers for R&S®NRP-Z are used for R&S® power sensors. R&S®NRP50S is verified.
ETSync VIs are available in LabVIEW from the Functions»Addons»ET palette.
Power Servo VIs are available in LabVIEW from the Functions»User Libraries»NI Power Servoing IP palette.
NanoSemi Linearizer VIs and NanoSemi Dual Band VIs are available in LabVIEW from the Functions»User Libraries»NanoSemi Linearizer and NanoSemi Dual Band palettes, respectively.
You can use the ETSync .NET Class library by adding a reference to niETSync.cs, niETUtil.cs, and niFGEN.cs from C:\Users\Public\Public Documents\National Instruments\NI-ETSync\DotNET Wrappers\CS\ and any dependent class libraries from within the Solution Explorer in Visual Studio.
You can use the Power Servo .NET Class library by adding a reference to niVSTPowerServo.cs, niRFSA.cs, and niInteropCommon.cs from C:\Users\Public\Public Documents\National Instruments\FPGA Power Servo\DotNET Wrappers\CS\ and any dependent class libraries from within the Solution Explorer in Visual Studio.
You can use the ETSync C dynamically linked library by adding a reference to: Program Files\IVI Foundation\IVI\Bin\niETSync_64.dll.
You can use the Power Servo C dynamically linked library by adding a reference to: Program Files\IVI Foundation\IVI\Bin\niVSTPowerServo_64.dll.
To launch the RFIC Test SFP, navigate to Start»National Instruments»RFIC Test Soft Front Panel.
LabVIEW, .NET, and TestStand examples are available via the RFIC Test Automation Wizard, accessible from Start»National Instruments»RFIC Test Automation Wizard.
Refer to the RFIC Test Software User Manual (rfichelp.chm) located at Start»National Instruments»RFIC Documentation. The manual includes the following information:
For information about your device, such as getting started, technical specifications, and calibration instructions, refer to the documentation for your device. For the most recent revisions of documentation and for newly released documentation, visit ni.com/manuals.
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.
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.
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 ni.com/windows8.
RFIC Test Software will drop support for Windows 7 (64-bit) and Windows Server 2008 operating systems starting in 2021. Versions of this product that ship after May 1, 2021, may not install or execute correctly on these operating systems. For detailed information about NI operating system support, visit ni.com/r/win32bitsupport.
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