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

Installation step:
  1. Download the latest driver version for “pipx40 for NI Linux RT” from https://downloads.pickeringtest.info/downloads/drivers/Linux_Drivers/ 
  2.  Copy the file to the target system. 
  3. Login to the target system, and navigate to the location where the driver file was copied. 
  4. Extract the tar.gz file. 
  5.  # tar zxvf  [installation package tar.gz file]

  6. Navigate to the extracted folder.
  7. Run the install script  

     # sh install.sh

This will install the Pickering Pipx40 PXI VISA driver files and .inf files for NI VISA to recognise Pickering cards. 

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