cPCI/PXI Data Acquisition Instrumentation System Software

SoftView is a simple yet powerful system tool that integrates KineticSystems' entire line of cPCI/PXI data acquisition and control instruments into a single software package. SoftView is included with every KineticSystems cPCI/PXI instrument at no additional charge.

Create fully integrated, multi-instrument systems that are quickly operational ready with no programming required!

With SoftView you can evaluate all instrument functionality, coordinate multi-instrument synchronization, store configurations, record data directly to disk and retrieve acquired data; all without writing any code!

A good soft front panel application is a key tool for quickly learning, evaluating and getting immediate test results. At the touch of a button, the user can invoke operations on the instrument: calibration, reset, data acquisition start and stop. A touch of another button brings up a dialog for configuring all of the instrument's properties such as overall sample rate, individual channel enable, filter range, and input level properties. In addition, each property has a help window that displays detailed information about the property and its various options.

SoftView contains a full featured "Help" system that links the instruments' configurable parameters to the function call documentation for simple cross referencing.

cPCI/PXI DAQ System Software: SoftView

Supporting Instruments

After the instrument is configured, the start button activates data acquisition: the instrument is placed in run mode, and the input signals from enabled channels are displayed in a real-time graph window or a numeric table. Autonomous events (interrupts) are displayed as well. Digital and analog output channels are driven by a simple expression syntax that combines discrete and continuous generation functions with arithmetic operators and conditional logic to create waveforms of arbitrary complexity. This expression syntax can also be applied to input channels, allowing real-time scaling, offsets, change of units, polynomial curve fitting, even synthesizing results from more than one channel. Output channels can be expressed in terms of analog or digital input values, or triggered in response to autonomous events.

SoftView can manage multiple instruments simultaneously, providing the ability to test a complex system of cooperating instruments. Data from digital and A/D input instruments is collected, manipulated and displayed, and can also be used to drive digital and analog outputs on other instruments.

SoftView is built on two underlying software libraries: the SoftView library manages the instruments in the system, while the Stream library manages input and output data from the instruments. In addition to controlling and querying instruments, the SoftView library provides the ability to query for the operations an instrument supports, including all of the instrument's properties, options, and help texts.

The Stream library contains the expression syntax engine, as well as all of the logic to convert raw data to final engineering units and record the data to a file - it even provides the real-time graph images displayed by SoftView. Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are available for both of these libraries that greatly simplify the task of putting together a custom application featuring the capabilities of the basic SoftView package. Additionally, 3rd party instruments - including VXI, LXI and USB instruments - can be fully integrated under the SoftView library to create multi-vendor, multi-platform based applications.

SoftView System Software Features

  • Point & Click Graphical User Interface - No Programming Required
  • Invoke Instrument Operations at the Touch of a Button:
    Calibration, Reset, Data Acquisition Start & Stop
  • Quickly and Easily Configure all of an Instrument's Properties
    such as Overall Sample Rate, Individual Channel Enable,
    Filter Range, and Input Level Properties
  • Display Input Signals from Enabled Channels in a Real-Time
    Graph Window or a Numeric Table
  • Manage Multiple Instruments Simultaneously to Test
    Complex System of Cooperating Instruments
  • Integrate 3rd Party Instruments Including VXI, LXI and
    USB Instruments to Create Multi-Vendor, Multi-Platform
    Based Applications

SoftView System Software Ordering Information

SoftView Products and Part Numbers
SoftView is Included with all KineticSystems
cPCI/PXI Data Acquisition & Control Instruments
at No Additional Charge