This file contains installation instructions and compatibility information for RFIC Test Software 21.5.
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 21.5 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 21.5 supports Windows 10 (64-bit only).
Note Refer to Unsupported Windows Operating Systems for more information about support for Microsoft Windows OSes.
RFIC Test Software 21.5 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)||2018, 2018 SP1, 2019, 2019 SP1, 2020, 2020 SP1, and 2021|
|Microsoft Visual Studio||2017 (minimum)|
Note RFIC Test Software cannot 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 Required to use the PXI-2599 RF Relay Module to connect the PXIe-5841/5840 and the PXIe-5831/5830 Vector Signal Transceivers.
³ Required to control DUTs that use the MIPI® RF front-end (RFFE) or SPI hardware protocol.
⁴ Requires a valid license.
⁵ Required to measure system power-added efficiency (PAE) with PXIe-4080/4081 Digital Multimeters.
⁶ Required to measure RF power level with USB-5681/5683/5684 RF Power Sensor Devices.
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
|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|| |
|Cross-correlation EVM optimization|| |
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RFIC Test Software 21.5 includes the following new features:
The following table details the hardware models supported in RFIC Test Software 21.5.
|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.
|Source Measure Unit||PXIe-4139||Vcc sourcing and system PAE measurements|
|RF Power Sensor Device||USB-5681|| |
Note Instrument drivers for R&S® NRP-Z are used for R&S® power sensors. R&S® NRP50S is verified.
|RF 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.|
|Digital Multimeter||PXIe-4080||For measuring system PAE when using a third-party power supply.|
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, select Start»National Instruments»RFIC Test Soft Front Panel.
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 newly released documentation, visit ni.com/manuals.
LabVIEW, .NET, and TestStand examples are available via RFIC Test Automation Wizard, accessible from Start»National Instruments»RFIC Test Automation Wizard.
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, refer to NI Product Compatibility for Microsoft Windows 10.
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 https://www.ni.com/r/win32bitsupport.
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