NI RFIC Test Software 21.0 Readme

August 2021

This file contains installation instructions and compatibility information for RFIC Test Software 21.0.

You can find more release information on


System Requirements

Supported Operating Systems

Application Software Support

Driver and Add-On Requirements

Installation Instructions

Product Security and Critical Updates

New Features

Supported Hardware

Accessing the APIs

Finding Examples

Accessing the Help

Automating the Installation of NI Products

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 10

Unsupported Windows Operating Systems

Legal Information


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.

System Requirements

RFIC Test Software 21.0 has the following minimum requirements:

  • Processor—Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent
  • 1 GB RAM*
  • A screen resolution of 1,024 x 768 with 256 colors

NI recommends the following requirements:

  • Processor—Intel i5 or equivalent
  • 4 GB RAM*
  • A screen resolution of 1,600 x 1,200

* 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.

Supported Operating Systems

RFIC Test Software 21.0 supports Windows 10 (64-bit).

Note  Refer to Unsupported Windows Operating Systems for more information about support for Microsoft Windows OSes.

Application Software Support

RFIC Test Software 21.0 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 SoftwareVersions Supported by RFIC Test Software
LabVIEW (64-bit only) 2017, 2017 SP1, 2018, 2018 SP1, 2019, 2019 SP1, 2020, and 2020 SP1
Microsoft Visual Studio 2017 and later
TestStand 2019

Note  RFIC Test Software will not operate correctly without the service packs previously mentioned.

Microsoft Visual Studio Support

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.

Driver and Add-On Requirements

RFIC Test Software requires the following driver and add-on versions:

  • NI-RFSG 20.7
  • NI-RFSA 20.7
  • NI-FGEN 20.0
  • NI-DCPower 20.7
  • NI-SCOPE 20.7
  • NI-RFmx SpecAn 20.7
  • NI-RFmx Demod 20.7
  • NI-RFmx LTE 20.7¹
  • NI-RFmx NR 20.7¹
  • NI-RFmx WLAN 20.7¹
  • NI-RFSG Playback Library 20.7
  • (Optional) NI-SWITCH 19.0²
  • (Optional) NI-Digital Pattern Driver 19.0.1 or 20.6³
  • (Optional) Semiconductor Module Add-On for InstrumentStudio 2020³
  • (Optional) Single-Band RF Power Amplifier Linearizer 1.6 or later⁴
  • (Optional) Dual-Band RF Power Amplifier Linearizer 2.0 or later⁴

¹ Installation and licensing are only required for standard-specific measurements.

² Required to use the PXI-2599 PXI RF Relay Module to connect the PXIe-5841/5840 and the PXIe-5831/5830 VSTs.

³ Required to control DUTs that use the MIPI RF front-end (RFFE) or SPI hardware protocol.

⁴ 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.

Installation Instructions

Download the RFIC Test Software 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.

Activation Notice

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
Complementary cumulative distribution function (CCDF)
Routing triggers

Product Security and Critical Updates

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New Features

RFIC Test Software 21.0 includes the following new features:

  • Support for testing WLAN measurements across multiple frequency bands
  • Support for controlling DUTs that use MIPI RFFE and SPI hardware protocols. Supports both EVM and dynamic EVM measurements.
  • Support for enabling external trigger functionality for power meters.
  • Support for exporting triggers from the PXIe-1095 chassis backplane with Timing and Synchronization upgrade
  • Support for the PXIe-5820 as a vector signal analyzer and vector signal generator.
  • Cross-Correlation EVM Optimization Toolkit¹
  • Enhancements to load pull tuner measurements

¹ The Cross-Correlation EVM Optimization Toolkit activates with either the Cross-Correlation EVM Optimization Toolkit license or RFIC Test Software Professional.

Supported Hardware

The following table details the hardware models supported in RFIC Test Software 21.0.

Hardware Product Hardware Model Application
Vector Signal Transceiver PXIe-5830 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.
Oscilloscope PXIe-5162
  • PAE measurements
  • (Optional) Recommended for envelope waveform/delay analysis when testing ET DUTs
Source Measure Unit PXIe-4139 Vcc sourcing and system PAE measurements
Power Meter USB-5681
  • DUT output power monitoring
  • Software power servoing

Note  Instrument drivers for R&S®NRP-Z are used for R&S® power sensors. R&S®NRP50S is verified.
Relay Module PXI-2599 For switching between VSTs on frequency ranges for WLAN measurements.
Digital Pattern Instrument PXIe-6571 For controlling DUTs using the MIPI RFFE or SPI hardware protocol.

Accessing the APIs


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.

.NET Framework

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.

Finding Examples

LabVIEW, .NET, and TestStand examples are available via the RFIC Test Automation Wizard, accessible from Start»National Instruments»RFIC Test Automation Wizard.

Accessing the Help

Refer to the RFIC Test Software User Manual (rfichelp.chm) located at Start»National Instruments»RFIC Documentation. The manual includes the following information:

  • RFIC Test Soft Front Panel information and examples
  • How to get started with the Test Automation Wizard
  • How to configure hardware for use with the ETSync API and reference for the ETSync VIs
  • Theory of operation information on power servoing and reference for the Power Servo VIs

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

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, refer to NI Product Compatibility for Microsoft Windows 10.

Unsupported Windows Operating Systems

RFIC Test Software no longer supports Windows Vista/XP/7/8.x, Windows Server 2003/2008/2012, or any 32-bit Windows operating system. 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

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End-User License Agreements and Third-Party Legal Notices

You can find end-user license agreements (EULAs) and third-party legal notices in the following locations after installation:

  • 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.
  • Review <National Instruments>\_Legal Information.txt for information on including legal information in installers built with NI products.

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