I recently received a brand new PXIe-6592R High Speed Serial Board from National Instruments, along with a PXIe chassis with an integrated controller. Here is a list of the hardware:
- NI PXIe-1062Q – 8-Slot 3U PXI Express Chassis
- NI PXIe-8105 – PXI Express Embedded Controller
- NI PXIe-6592R – High-Speed Serial Module for PXI Express
The PXIe-8105 embedded controller came with the “High Temperature Option”, which means that only a PATA (IDE) hard drive interface is available, with no SATA hard drive support. Too bad I have a bunch of spare 256GB and 512GB Solid State Drives, but all of them are SATA, so I am stuck with the 128GB PATA ssd from Kingston which the previous owner had installed. The previous owner also upgraded the memory to the full 4GB and replaced the processor with an Intel Core 2 T7400 with 2.16GHz, which I was told is the best processor which the embedded controller supports.
As for virtualization, VT-d is not supported by the onboard chipset or the processor. VT-d is an Intel virtualization technology, which allows a virtual machine to directly access the underlying hardware of a machine, giving near native performance.
PXIe-1062Q PXI Express Chassis (Quiet-edition)
PXIe-8105 Embedded Controller
PXIe-6592R – High-Speed Serial Module
Setting It Up
I am looking at the front of the chassis and I see some annotations for each chassis slot number, as you can see in the picture below, some have a solid black background, some have an H next to the solid black background, others have a clear background, and one is inside a box.
The product manual for the NI PXIe-1062Q (see page 1-4: http://www.ni.com/pdf/manuals/371843d.pdf) and describes what each annotation mean:
– The H stands for a Hybrid Peripheral Slot
– The square around the circle indicates a PXI System Express Timing Slot – you would want to plug in an IEEE-1588 card here.
– The solid white (slots 2, 6, 7, and 8) are for regular PXI Peripherals
So I can plug the board in to slot 3, 4, or 5. Slots 3 and 5 are Hybrid, and slot 4 is meant for timing, so I will plug the board in to slot #5 and turn the chassis on. Before attempting to plug the board in, make sure you remove the black plastic screw covers:
Here is a picture of the chassis with the 6592R plugged in:
I have a clean install of Windows 7 on the PXIe-8105 embedded controller and install the following National Instruments packages:
- LabVIEW 2015 32-Bit
- LabVIEW 2015 FPGA
- August 2015 Device Drivers
- LabVIEW Instrument Design Libraries for High Speed Serial Instruments 15.5
After rebooting several times, I get a notification from the NI Update Service that there are many available updates. **NOTE** Do not install any updates to NI MAX – The drivers for the 6592R will not install (or work) if you upgrade NI MAX past version 15.0.
Now I run NI MAX (National Instruments Measurement & Automation Explorer), click on “My System->Devices and Interfaces->NI PXIe-1062 ‘Chassis 1′” and I see an entry for the 6592 “NI PXIe-6592R ‘PXI1Slot5′”, which is exactly where I plugged the board in. After clicking on the device, you will want to look at the right-pane and to get the “RIO Resource Name” which will most likely be RIO0.
Watch the following video for a live demonstration of this:
I recently received a brand new PXIe-6592R High Speed Serial Board from National Instruments, along with a PXIe chassis...