Pickering VISA driver (pipx40) and LabVIEW™ Real-Time

RT system with Phar Lap ETS Real-Time Operating System

The Pickering VISA driver, pipx40, is suitable for use with LabVIEW RT systems, here's how.

  • Install pipx40 normally onto the development system
  • Make sure that a copy of the pipx40 LabVIEW library is installed in the instr.lib folder of the LabVIEW installation
  • Transfer the Pickering Windows INF files to the RT system - this allows RT to recognize Pickering cards
  • Transfer a copy of the pipx40_32.dll to the RT system

Files to be copied to the remote RT system:

From: To:
C:\Program Files\IVI Foundation\VISA\WinNT\pipx40\LabVIEW RT\*.infd>   /ni-rt/system
C:\Program Files\IVI Foundation\VISA\WinNT\bin\pipx40_32.dlld>   /ni-rt/system

*Note: On older installations the source files may be located in: C:\VXIPNP\WinNT folder system 

RT system with NI Linux Real-Time Operating System

Before installing the Pickering PXI VISA (pipx40) driver on a remote system running NI Linux RT, the following prerequisites must be met:

  • LabVIEW and the LabVIEW RT module are installed on your local system with the Pickering Pipx40 wrapper
  • The target system is connected to the local area network with SFTP/SSH access
  • LabVIEW RT and NI VISA area already installed on the target system
Once the target system is set up, log in via SSH and run the following commands as the admin user:

# wget http://pickeringtest.info/downloads/drivers/Linux_Drivers/NIRT.tgz
# tar zxvf NIRT.tgz
# cd NIRT_distro
# sh install.sh 

This will install the Pickering Pipx40 PXI VISA driver, the Pickering Pilpxi driver and the necessary .inf files for NI VISA to recognize Pickering cards.

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