Keysight M9037A PXIe Embedded Controller

Keysight M9037A PXIe Embedded Controller
Startup Guide
Keysight M9037A PXIe
Embedded Controller
Notices
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Manual Part Number
M9037-90001
Edition
Third Edition, September 2014
Printed in Malaysia
Keysight Technologies, Inc.
1400 Fountaingrove Parkway
Santa Rosa, CA 95403 USA
www.keysight.com/find/M9037A (product-specific information and support,
software and documentation updates)
www.keysight.com/find/assist (worldwide contact information for repair and
service)
Information on preventing damage to
your Keysight equipment can be found at
www.keysight.com/find/tips.
Declaration of Conformity
Declarations of Conformity for this product and for other Keysight products may
be downloaded from the Web. Go to
http://keysight.com/go/conformity and
click on “Declarations of Conformity.” You
can then search by product number to
find the latest Declaration of Conformity.
Technology
Trademarks
AXIe is a registered trademark of the AXIe
Consortium.
PXI is a registered trademark of the PXI
Systems Alliance.
PICMG®, Compact PCI®, and
AdvancedTCA® are registered trade-
marks of the PCI Industrial Computer
Manufacturers Group.
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registered trademarks of PCI-SIG.
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The hardware and/or software described
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license.
Keysight Technologies does not warrant
third-party system-level (combination of
chassis, controllers, modules, etc.) performance, safety, or regulatory compliance unless specifically stated.
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Safety Information
The following general safety precautions must be observed during all
phases of operation of this instrument.
Failure to comply with these precautions or with specific warnings or operating instructions in the product
manuals violates safety standards of
design, manufacture, and intended use
of the instrument. Keysight Technologies assumes no liability for the customer's failure to comply with these
requirements.
General
Do not use this product in any manner not
specified by the manufacturer. The protective features of this product must not be
impaired if it is used in a manner specified in
the operation instructions.
Before Applying Power
Verify that all safety precautions are taken.
Make all connections to the unit before
applying power. Note the external markings
described under “Safety Symbols”.
Ground the Instrument
Keysight chassis’ are provided with a
grounding-type power plug. The
instrument chassis and cover must be
connected to an electrical ground to
minimize shock hazard. The ground pin
must be firmly connected to an electrical ground (safety ground) terminal at
the power outlet. Any interruption of
the protective (grounding) conductor
or disconnection of the protective
earth terminal will cause a potential
shock hazard that could result in personal injury.
Do Not Operate in an Explosive
Atmosphere
Do not operate the module/chassis in
the presence of flammable gases or
fumes.
Do Not Operate Near Flammable
Liquids
Do not operate the module/chassis in
the presence of flammable liquids or
near containers of such liquids.
Cleaning
Clean the outside of the Keysight module/chassis with a soft, lint-free,
slightly dampened cloth. Do not use
detergent or chemical solvents.
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Do Not Remove Instrument Cover
Only qualified, service-trained personnel who are aware of the hazards
involved should remove instrument
covers. Always disconnect the power
cable and any external circuits before
removing the instrument cover.
Keep away from live circuits
Operating personnel must not remove
equipment covers or shields. Procedures involving the removal of covers
and shields are for use by servicetrained personnel only. Under certain
conditions, dangerous voltages may
exist even with the equipment
switched off. To avoid dangerous electrical shock, DO NOT perform procedures involving cover or shield removal
unless you are qualified to do so.
DO NOT operate damaged
equipment
Whenever it is possible that the safety
protection features built into this product have been impaired, either through
physical damage, excessive moisture,
or any other reason, REMOVE POWER
and do not use the product until safe
operation can be verified by servicetrained personnel. If necessary, return
the product to an Keysight Technologies Sales and Service Office for service and repair to ensure the safety
features are maintained.
DO NOT block the primary
disconnect
The primary disconnect device is the
appliance connector/power cord when
a chassis used by itself, but when
installed into a rack or system the disconnect may be impaired and must be
considered part of the installation.
Do Not Modify the Instrument
Do not install substitute parts or perform any unauthorized modification to
the product. Return the product to an
Keysight Sales and Service Office to
ensure that safety features are maintained.
In Case of Damage
Instruments that appear damaged or
defective should be made inoperative
and secured against unintended operation until they can be repaired by
qualified service personnel
Do NOT block vents and fan exhaust:
To ensure adequate cooling and ventilation, leave a gap of at least 50mm
(2") around vent holes on both sides of
the chassis.
Do NOT operate with empty slots: To
ensure proper cooling and avoid damaging equipment, fill each empty slot
with an AXIe filler panel module.
Do NOT stack free-standing chassis:
Stacked chassis should be rackmounted.
All modules are grounded through the
chassis: During installation, tighten
each module's retaining screws to
secure the module to the chassis and
to make the ground connection.
Operator is responsible to maintain
safe operating conditions. To ensure
safe operating conditions, modules
should not be operated beyond the full
temperature range specified in the
Environmental and physical specification. Exceeding safe operating conditions can result in shorter lifespan,
improper module performance and
user safety issues. When the modules
are in use and operation within the
specified full temperature range is not
maintained, module surface temperatures may exceed safe handling conditions which can cause discomfort or
burns if touched. In the event of a
module exceeding the full temperature
range, always allow the module to cool
before touching or removing modules
from the chassis.
Safety Symbols
A CAUTION denotes a hazard. It
calls attention to an operating procedure or practice, that, if not correctly performed or adhered to
could result in damage to the
product or loss of important data.
Do not proceed beyond a CAUTION
notice until the indicated conditions are fully understood and met.
A WARNING denotes a hazard. It
calls attention to an operating procedure or practice, that, if not correctly performed or adhered to,
could result in personal injury or
death. Do not proceed beyond a
WARNING notice until the indicated conditions are fully understood and met.
Products display the following symbols:
Warning, risk of electric
shock
Refer to manual for additional safety information.
Earth Ground.
The CSA mark is a registered trademark of the Canadian Standards Association and indicates compliance to
the standards laid out by them. Refer
to the product Declaration of Conformity for details.
Notice for European Community: This
product complies with the relevant
European legal Directives: EMC Directive (2004/108/EC) and Low Voltage
Directive (2006/95/EC).
The Regulatory Compliance Mark
(RCM) mark is a registered trademark.
This signifies compliance with the Australia EMC Framework regulations
under the terms of the Radio Communication Act of 1992.
ICES/NMB-001 indicates that this ISM
device complies with the Canadian
ICES-001.
Chassis Ground.
Alternating Current (AC).
Standby Power. Unit is not
completely disconnected
from AC mains when
switch is in standby.
South Korean Class A EMC Declaration. this equipment is Class A suitable
for professional use and is for use in
electromagnetic environments outside
of the home.
Waste Electrical and
Electronic
Equipment (WEEE)
Directive
2002/96/EC
This product complies with the WEEE
Directive (2002/96/EC) marking
requirement. The affixed product label
(see below) indicates that you must not
discard this electrical/electronic product in domestic household waste.
Product Category: With reference to
the equipment types in the WEEE
directive Annex 1, this product is classified as a “Monitoring and Control
instrumentation” product.
Do not dispose in domestic household
waste.
This symbol represents the time period
during which no hazardous or toxic
substance elements are expected to
leak or deteriorate during normal use.
Forty years is the expected useful life
of this product.
To return unwanted products, contact
your local Keysight office, or see
www.keysight.com/environment/product for more information.
Antistatic precautions
should be taken.
CAT I
CAT II
CAT III
CAT IV
IEC Measurement Category I, II, III, or IV
For localized Safety Warnings, Refer
to Keysight Safety document (p/n
9320-6792).
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Contents
Documentation Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . v
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Related Documentation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
M9037A at a Glance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Front panel LED indicators. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
LAN RST Switch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Step 1: Unpack and Inspect the Module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
ESD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Inspect for damage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
If you need to return the module for service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Step 2: Verify Shipment Contents. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Step 3: Install the M9037A Embedded Controller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Removing the M9037A from the chassis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Power On Sequence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Power Off Sequence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Power Down Modes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Activating Microsoft Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
How to verify Windows Activation?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Controller and Chassis Drivers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Windows Security. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
User data backup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
System Backup and Recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Step 4: Run Keysight IO Libraries Suite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Step 5. Verify Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Step 6: Install User Application Modules in the PXIe Chassis . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Install application module drivers (if necessary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Upgrading from the M9036A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Controller Operating System. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Windows security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
User data backup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Chassis shutdown. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
M9018A PCIe Link Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Using LabVIEW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
M9037A Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Environmental Operating Conditions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
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Documentation Map
Product web
site
Startup
Guide
Product
CD
Access to all DOCUMENTATION noted below
x Install software
x Install & connect
hardware
x Verify operation
Soft Front Panel (SFP) user interface
Other Manuals
Data Sheet
User Guide
Startup Guide
x Product
Description
x Technical
specifications
x Detailed config\
operating
instructions
x
x
x
Service Guide
Security Guide
Specification
Guide
SFP help system
x Product theory of
operation
x Configuration
x Self test
x Field calibration
x Error reports
IVI Driver help system
Visual Studio
Press F1 with
focus
focu
fo
us on
n Method
Metho
etth
ho
od
od
x IVI-COM and IVI-C
driver programmer’s
reference
LabVIEW Driver help system
LabVIEW
x LabVIEW driver
programmer’s
reference
Context Help
with link to
detailed VI
information
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M9037A PXIe Embedded Controller
Startup Guide
Introduction
Keysight’s M9037A is a 3U, 4-slot PXIe Embedded Controller providing:
- Intel Haswell CoreTM i7-4700EQ quad-core, 2.4 GHz processor
- 4 GB standard (or optional 8 or 16 GB) 1600 MHz DDR3 Memory*
- 240 GB SATA 2.5 inch solid state drive (SSD) front panel removable
- Integrated IO on the front panel includes two Gigabit Ethernet ports, four USB
2.0 ports†, two USB 3.0 ports, GPIB connector, two DisplayPort video ports
(also known as DisplayPort++), one PCIe x8 connector
- Front Panel SMB Trigger Connector used to route an external trigger signal
(TTL level) to/from the PXI backplane with software trigger
- Preloaded with Keysight IO Libraries and your choice of either Microsoft
Windows Embedded Standard 7 (WES7) 32-bit or 64-bit Operating System
- Pre-installed IVI drivers for the Keysight M9018A 18-slot PXIe chassis
Related Documentation
A Windows Embedded Standard 7 (WES7) Operating System and all M9037A
drivers were installed at the factory, no additional drivers are required. This
Startup Guide and an M9037A User Guide are also found on the Product
Information CD supplied with the controller.
Complete M9037A documentation, as well as the M9018A PXIe chassis
documentation, is available preinstalled on the M9037A SSD. From the Windows
Start button, select All Programs > Keysight > M9037A or M9018A.
Adobe Reader is required to view the documentation supplied on the M9037A
and product CD. It is available free at: http://www.adobe.com. You should install
this on your M9037A prior to attempting to open a .PDF file.
For the latest M9037A specifications, go to: www.keysight.com/find/M9037A.
For the IVI trigger driver, help file, program examples, etc. go to:
C:\ProgramFiles\IVI Foundation\IVI\Drivers\AgPxiPc or
C:\ProgramFiles x86\IVI Foundation\IVI\Drivers\AgPxiPc
For the Soft Front Panel interface: from the Window’s Start menu, select:
Start > All Programs > Keysight > PXIe Embedded Controller >
Embedded Controller SFP
* The M9037A has two 240-pin, RDIMM sockets that support DDR3-1600 REG/ECC RAM sticks. The standard
M9037A configuration is a single 4 GB memory module with a factory option to provide either 8 or 16 GB
memory. A 32-bit OS system may not be able to address 4GB memory space. To use the full 16GB memory, a
64-bit OS must be used. The M9037A can address up to 32 GB total memory.
† The USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports do not support the USB Battery Charging specification. Do not connect
non-standard or defective USB devices
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M9037A at a Glance
M9037A at a Glance
The following figure shows the front panel for the M9037A. Detailed information
about the module follows in this manual.
LED Indicators
SMB Trigger
Connector
DisplayPort Connectors
(supports multiple monitors
USB 3.0 Ports
LAN (GbE)
Port #1
Handle for
LAN (GbE)
Port #2
removing
PCIe Link Speed
Indicator
USB 2.0 Ports*
PCIe Connector
LAN Reset
button
GPIB
Connector
* The USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports do not support the USB Battery Charging specification. Do not connect non-standard or defective
USB devices.
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M9037A at a Glance
Front panel LED indicators
The following table lists the LEDs on the front panel and a brief description of
their use and what they indicate.
LED Ind icator
Color
Description
PWR
Green
If the LED is on, the power supply to the controller is good
and the system should boot.
SSD
Amber
When the Solid State Drive (SSD) is active, the LED will
flash.
LAN
N/A
USB
N/A
These two LEDS and the LAN RST switch are reserved for
Keysight use only. The LEDs should never turn on or flash.
Depressing the LAN RST switch has no effect.
PCIe Link
Green
Indicates PCIe Link Status:
Off = no link;
blinking @ 1 Hz rate = Gen1 speed
blinking @ 2 Hz = Gen2 speed
LED on steady = Gen3 speed
Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) LEDs
Speed and Link
10Mbps: off
100Mbps: Green
1000Mbps: Amber
Active
Blinks when accessing IO
RJ-45
connector
Status
Speed LED
(Green/Amber)
Activity LED
(Yellow)
Network link is not established or
system is powered off
OFF
OFF
Link
Off
ON
Active
Off
Blinking
Link
Green
ON
Active
Green
Blinking
Link
Amber
ON
Active
Amber
Blinking
10 Mbps
100 Mbps
1000 Mbps
LAN RST Switch
The LAN RST switch is reserved for Keysight use only. Depressing the LAN RST
switch has no effect.
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Step 1: Unpack and Inspect the Module
Step 1: Unpack and Inspect the Module
Keysight’s PXIe Modules are shipped in materials that prevent
static electricity damage. The modules should only be removed
from the packaging in an anti-static area ensuring that correct
anti-static precautions are taken. Store all modules in anti-static
envelopes when not in use.
ESD
Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can damage or destroy electronic components. All
work on electronic assemblies should be performed at a static-safe work station.
The following figure shows an example of a static-safe work station using two
types of ESD protection. Purchase acceptable ESD accessories from your local
supplier.
- Conductive table-mat and
wrist-strap combination.
- Conductive floor-mat and
heel-strap combination.
Both types, when used together,
provide a significant level of ESD
protection. Of the two, only the
table-mat and wrist-strap
combination provides adequate
ESD protection when used alone.
To ensure user safety, the
static-safe accessories must
provide at least 1 M of isolation
from ground.
Inspect for damage
After unpacking the embedded controller, carefully inspect it for any shipping
damage. Report any damage to the shipping agent immediately, as such
damage is not covered by the warranty.
To avoid damage when handling a module; do not touch exposed
connector pins.
Information on preventing damage to your Keysight equipment can
be found at www.keysight.com/find/tips.
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Step 1: Unpack and Inspect the Module
If you need to return the module for service
Should it become necessary to return a Keysight module for repair or service,
follow the steps below:
1 Review the warranty information shipped with your product.
2 Contact Keysight to obtain a return authorization and return address. If you
need assistance finding Keysight contact information go to
www.keysight.com/find/assist (worldwide contact information for repair and
service) or refer to the Support information on the product web page at:
www.keysight.com/find/M9037A.
3 Write the following information on a tag and attach it to the malfunctioning
equipment.
– Name and address of owner. A Post Office box is not acceptable as a return
address.
– Product model number (for example, M9037A)
– Product serial number (for example, TWXXXXXXXX). The serial number
label is located on the side of the module.
– A description of failure or service required.
4 You should remove the SSD and RAM modules prior to returning the M9037A
for service. Refer to the M9037A User Guide for detailed instructions. The
service center has its own SSD and RAM modules for testing purposes
5 Carefully pack the module in its original ESD bag and carton. If the original
carton is not available, use bubble wrap or packing peanuts, place the
instrument in a sealed container and mark the container “FRAGILE”.
6 On the shipping label, write ATTENTION REPAIR DEPARTMENT and the
service order number (if known).
If any correspondence is required, refer to the product by model
number and serial number.
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Step 2: Verify Shipment Contents
Step 2: Verify Shipment Contents
Your shipment should have included the following:
- The Keysight M9037A Embedded Controller module that you ordered.
- This printed manual (M9037A PXIe Embedded Controller Startup Guide).
- An Automation-Ready CD with Keysight IO Libraries Suite (version 16.3 or
later). (IO Libraries was installed at the factory)
- An M9037A Product Information CD with User Guide and specifications.
Adobe Reader is required (http://www.adobe.com)
The operating system of your choice, either Microsoft Windows Embedded
Standard 7 (WES7) 32-bit or 64-bit, the latest version of Keysight IO Libraries
Suite, and all necessary driver software were installed for you at the factory.
The most current version of Keysight IO Libraries is required prior to
installing and running any other software. The latest version can be
downloaded from: www.keysight.com/find/iosuite.
No other drivers are required to operate the controller module. However, your
application modules may require drivers. If possible, you should connect the
M9037A to the internet and download drivers from the original source.
Alternately, you can transfer the drivers on a USB memory stick and install them
accordingly.
A GPIB cable is NOT supplied with the controller. Note that the
GPIB cable is a standard micro type 2 GPIB cable with standard pin
wiring and is not compatible with the M9036A Embedded
Controller GP-IB cable. It is available from Keysight as an
accessory cable, part number Y1260A.
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Step 3: Install the M9037A Embedded Controller
Step 3: Install the M9037A Embedded Controller
The Keysight M9037A has been designed for easy installation. However, the
following standard precautions, installation procedures, and general information
must be observed to ensure proper installation and to prevent damage to the
board, other system components, or injury to personnel.
Keysight’s M9037A can operate with all of the PCIe fabric configurations found
on the M9018A chassis as well as the standard 4x4 fabric used on non-Keysight
PXIe chassis.
The following safety precautions must be observed when installing or
operating the Keysight M9037A. Exercise care when handling the module
as the heat sink can get very hot. Do not touch the heat sink when
installing or removing the module. The board should not be placed on any
surface or in any form of storage container until the board and heat sink
have cooled to room temperature.
Embedded controllers, such as the M9037A, must be installed in
System Controller slot (Slot 1) of the chassis.
M9018A PXIe Chassis Backplane Switch:
The default position of the chassis backplane switch is to the left.
However, if a Keysight M9021A Cable Interface module was
previously installed in the M9018A chassis, then the backplane
switch was moved to the right. To use the M9037A Embedded
Controller in the M9018A chassis, the slide switch should be in the
left position before installing the controller. Refer to the M9018A
chassis documentation for more information.
Ensure the M9018A
backplane switch is
in the left position
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Step 3: Install the M9037A Embedded Controller
Follow these steps to install the M9037A Embedded Controller in a PXIe chassis.
1 Ensure the PXIe chassis is turned off. The chassis should be plugged into an
AC power source; the AC power cord grounds the chassis and protects it from
electrical damage while modules are installed.
Some non-Keysight PXIe chassis manufacturers install small
chassis stops just to the left of the slot 1 guide rails (both top and
bottom). Refer to the photo below. These must be removed prior to
installing the M9037A Embedded Controller. They snap in and are
easily pulled out.
Remove these
chassis stops
2 On the M9018A chassis, set the rear panel INHIBIT switch to DEF.
3 Remove the screw protection caps from the four M9037A retaining screws.
4 Push down on the controller’s ejector/injector handle. The red button on the
handle must be depressed to release it.
5 Carefully align the M9037A board edges with the chassis guide rails for slot 1
(red guide rails) and insert the controller into the guide rails.
6 Push inward on the module until it is firmly seated in the chassis. (Do not force
the handle if there is resistance; this may damage the connectors and/or
backplane.)
7 Pull up on the ejector/injector handle to firmly seat the controller.
8 Tighten the module’s four (4) captive retaining screws.
9 A slot blocker should be installed immediately to the left of the M9037A to
ensure proper airflow.
10 Connect other peripherals (such as the keyboard, mouse, monitor, LAN cable
for remote access, etc.) to the Embedded Controller.
11 Power up the PXIe chassis. Verify that the chassis fans are operating and free
of obstructions that may restrict air flow.
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Step 3: Install the M9037A Embedded Controller
Removing the M9037A from the chassis
To remove the M9037A controller, reverse the previous procedure. Execute the
Windows shut down process on the controller first. Then power down the
chassis. Loosen the four captive screws, press down on the ejector/injector
handle and pull outwards to release the module from the backplane. Pull the
module towards you until it is free of the chassis.
Power On Sequence
The M9037A controller, like any PC, will boot with the installed operating system.
Refer to the M9037A User Guide for detailed power on and configuration
sequence information.
Depending on the system configuration, the BIOS may take 90
seconds (or longer) to boot. During this time, the Keysight splash
screen (the Keysight logo) is present and it may appear that
nothing is happening. This is generally caused by the inclusion of
certain devices in the switch fabric (such as RAID controller) that
require a longer time for PCI enumeration.
The first time the M9037A is powered up, it will prompt you to create a user
password.
Power Off Sequence
As with any PC, Windows-based instruments should not be shutdown by either
turning off the power via an external power source or by pulling the power plug
out from the rear panel. This could corrupt the operating system. The approved
way to shut down the controller is to execute the Windows shutdown process
which shuts down the M9037A controller then turns off the M9018A chassis. If
the M9018A chassis rear panel INHIBIT switch is set to DEF then momentarily
pressing the front panel button shuts down the M9037A safely.
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Step 3: Install the M9037A Embedded Controller
Power Down Modes
Keysight’s M9037A defaults to the Windows High Performance Power Plan. This
plan does not allow the controller display to shut off or the controller to enter a
sleep mode.
You should not enable the Microsoft Windows Sleep mode. It is
possible that the M9037A controller could go into Sleep mode
while it is running a user test program. The controller may not have
proper chassis enumeration when it wakes up.
If you have a USB keyboard with a Sleep button (sometimes this is
a key with a crescent moon logo), do not use it.
Do not use the Sleep or Hibernate modes from the Startup Button
as shown in the following graphic.
Activating Microsoft Windows
Keysight ensures that your copy of Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard 7
(WES7) Operating System is activated at the time it ships from the factory.
However, the first time you install and turn on the M9037A and Windows starts,
you must accept the End User License Agreement (EULA). A copy of the EULA
was included in your controller shipment. A copy of the EULA is included on your
controller in the folder:
C:Windows\System32\en-US\Licenses\OEM\Professional\license.rtf
For information about Windows EULA, go to www.microsoft.com.
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Step 3: Install the M9037A Embedded Controller
How to verify Windows Activation?
To verify Windows Activation, do the following:
1 Open the System by clicking the Windows Start button. Click Control Panel,
then System.
2 Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Under Windows Activation, you can
view the activation status.
By Keysight’s agreement with Microsoft, Windows Automatic
Update is turned off at installation. You may choose to turn
Windows Automatic Update on after starting the operating
system. However, Keysight cannot be held responsible for
changes to the system caused by the automatic update process.
Enabling automatic Windows updates exposes the controller to
periodic OS changes and possible new system behaviors.
Make certain the caps lock and num lock keys are off when entering
passwords (especially for the first time). It is possible for these keys
to be on when the controller powers on.
Controller and Chassis Drivers
All of the M9037A Controller and M9018A Chassis drivers were installed on your
controller at the factory. You should not need to reinstall them. The M9037A
Product Information CD you received as part of the initial shipment (see “Step 2:
Verify Shipment Contents” on page 11) provides a backup for the drivers.
However, you should periodically check the M9037A web page
(www.keysight.com/find/M9037A) for the most current drivers. Instructions for
updating the drivers are on the web.
If you already have a Keysight M9036A Embedded Controller and you
want to upgrade to an M9037A, be aware that the IVI API drivers are
not the same. You will need to update any programs/applications you
have written and rebuild them.
Windows Security
If your system is connected to the internet, you should take the following steps
to ensure the operating system is protected:
- Use an internet firewall
- Get the latest Windows updates
- Install and use up-to-date antivirus software.
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Step 3: Install the M9037A Embedded Controller
To check the status of, or make changes to, the security settings for your
controller, open the Windows Security Center (Start > Control Panel >
Security Center).
The default system setting is Windows Automatic Updates is turned off. You may
want to manually update Windows OS by accessing Internet Explorer and from
the Tools menu, select Windows Update.
Downloading and installing Windows Updates can be network and
CPU intensive (impacting system performance) and some Windows
Updates automatically reboot the controller. Therefore, Windows
updates should be performed when the system is not in normal
use.
There is no antivirus or spyware software included with your
controller. Antivirus application software is the customer's
responsibility. Having antivirus software installed my have a slight
impact on system performance if your system uses intensive
network data transfer.
User data backup
All user data should be regularly backed up to an external memory device. This
can be done across a network or to a USB device. Your IT department may already
have a backup strategy which is suitable for the system and data. Also, user data
back up should be done just prior to sending the controller back to Keysight for
service.
System Backup and Recovery
Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard 7 (WES7) 32-bit or 64-bit Operating
System is the only operating system installed on your M9037A. There is a small
system partition for the Keysight Recovery System on the SSD. During the boot
process, you are given the choice to boot to Windows 7 normally or boot from the
recovery partition. Refer to the M9037A User Guide for detailed information.
Some third-party disk backup utilities may destroy the Keysight
backup partition. If this happens, the Keysight Recovery System
will not work.
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Step 4: Run Keysight IO Libraries Suite
Step 4: Run Keysight IO Libraries Suite
Keysight IO Libraries Suite 16.3 Update 2 (or later) was installed at the factory in
your embedded controller. If you need to re-install it or want to update to a later
version, follow the instructions below. It includes the Keysight Connection
Expert, the IVI Shared Components, and the VISA Shared Components.
IVI drivers are installed in:
C:\ProgramFiles\IVI Foundation\IVI\Drivers\AgPxiPc
or
C:\ProgramFiles x86\IVI Foundation\IVI\Drivers\AgPxiPc
Keysight IO Libraries version 16.3 Update 2 (or later) was
pre-installed at the factory. The latest version can be downloaded
from: www.keysight.com/find/iosuite.
Keysight IO Libraries installs the IVI Shared Components and VISA
Shared Components on your controller.
If Connection Expert is not already running, run it now to verify your I/O
configuration. From the Windows Start button, select All Programs > Keysight IO
Libraries Suite > Keysight Connection Expert. Alternately, you can select the icon
( ) from the Windows messaging area.
Locate your interfaces and instruments in the Keysight Connection Expert
Explorer Pane. The following graphic shows the Connection Expert screen.
All necessary drivers are pre-installed at the factory. These drivers
include the mouse and keyboard drivers, video driver, GPIB driver,
PXI trigger driver, etc.
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Step 5. Verify Operation
Step 5. Verify Operation
There are no actual verification procedures for the M9037A Embedded
Controller. If it boots properly and the front panel status LEDs do not indicate an
error (see “Front panel LED indicators” on page 8), then the controller is working
normally.
Note that you can use Keysight’s Soft Front Panel (SFP) software to monitor and
control the triggering and the M9018A chassis function. To start the SFP
programs, Click the Windows Start button > All Programs > Keysight. Then select
either the M9018A SFP or the Embedded Controller SFP. See the following screen
capture.
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Step 6: Install User Application Modules in the PXIe Chassis
Step 6: Install User Application Modules in the PXIe Chassis
The PXIe chassis accepts modules conforming to the PXI standard, which can be
installed in available slots in the chassis. These may include:
- PXI instrument or switch modules
- PXIe filler panel modules (PXIe chassis are shipped with filler panel modules in
all but Slot 1; you may need to remove filler panels from covered slots.)
Turn off the chassis prior to installing modules but do not unplug the chassis
from the AC power source; the AC power cord grounds the chassis and protects it
from electrical damage when modules are installed or removed.
- Static Electricity—The components and connectors on
modules are sensitive to static electricity. To minimize
electrostatic damage, take the necessary anti-static
precautions. Both chassis provide a grounding terminal, to
which you can connect a wrist strap.
- Empty Slots—Except for performing initial chassis verification
or troubleshooting, do not operate the chassis with empty
slots. Always insert a filler panel or instrument module into
empty slots. This is especially important for the slots on either
side of an instrument module. This allows proper air flow and
cooling, and provides EMI shielding for the chassis and
installed components. Leaving slots empty can increase fan
speed, raise ambient noise, overheat components, and shut
down modules.
- Hot Swap—PXIe does not explicitly support hot swap for
instrument modules. Keysight recommends fully powering
down the chassis before installing or removing modules
Install application module drivers (if necessary)
Installed application modules will typically require device drivers and control
software. You need not install them to verify basic chassis or embedded
controller operation, but would logically install them on the controller at this
time. For others, consult the module provider for software requirements and
instructions.
Connect the embedded controller to the internet to locate and
install the necessary drivers.
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Upgrading from the M9036A
Upgrading from the M9036A
If you already have a Keysight M9036A Embedded Controller and you are
upgrading to an M9037A, be aware of the following:
- The GPIB cables are not compatible.
- The video output and cables are not compatible.
- The IVI and LabVIEW API drivers and the Soft Front Panel software are not the
same. You will need to update any programs/applications you have written
and rebuild them. The IVI Driver syntax (for the Trigger driver) M9036A used
AgM9036Trigger... (for example,
AgM9036TriggerRouteTrigggerBusToExternal) but the M9037A
uses AgPxiPxTrigger.... Other than the prefix, the commands are
identical.
- The M9037A Trigger Output has a mild pull-down (via a 100 K resistor) to ~0
V. The M9036A Trigger output floated to ~3 V.
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Controller Operating System
Controller Operating System
Your M9037A comes with the Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard 7 (WES7)
32-bit or 64-bit Operating System preinstalled along with the latest version of
Keysight's IO Libraries Suite (version 16.3 or later). This section provides some
general system configuration and preventative maintenance procedures that
you, the customer, are responsible for. In general, the M9037A operates as any
other PC, including remote desktop access.
Windows security
If your system is connected to the internet, you should take the following steps to
ensure the operating system is protected:
- Use an internet fire wall
- Get the latest Microsoft Windows updates
- Install and use up-to-date antivirus software.
To check the status of, or make changes to the security settings for your
controller, open the Windows Security Center (Start > Control Panel >
System & Security).
The default system setting for Windows Automatic Updates is turned off. If you
want it turned on, you need to manually update your Windows OS by accessing
Internet Explorer and from the Tools menu, select Windows Update.
Downloading and installing Windows Updates can be network and
CPU intensive (impacting system performance) and some Windows
Updates automatically reboot the controller. Therefore, Windows
Updates should be performed when the system is not in normal
use.
There is no antivirus or spy ware software included with your
controller. Antivirus application software is the customer's
responsibility. Having antivirus software installed may have a slight
impact on system performance if your system uses intensive
network data transfer.
User data backup
All user data should be regularly backed up to an external memory device. This
can be done across a network or to a USB device. Your IT department may
already have a backup strategy which is suitable for the system and data. Also,
user data back up should be done just prior to sending the controller back to
Keysight for service.
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Controller Operating System
The Windows operating system supplied with your M9037A is licensed for use on
the hard drive mounted to the controller. If the hard drive is replaced, it may be
your responsibility to purchase or relicense the operating system.
Chassis shutdown
As with any PC, Windows-based instruments should never be shutdown by either
turning off the power via an external power source or by pulling the power plug
out from the rear panel. This could corrupt the operating system. The approved
way to shut down the controller is to execute the Windows shutdown process
which shuts down the M9037A controller then turns off the M9018A chassis. If
the M9018A chassis rear panel INHIBIT switch is set to DEF then momentarily
pressing the front panel button shuts down the M9037A safely.
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M9018A PCIe Link Configuration
M9018A PCIe Link Configuration
PCIe link configuration refers to how the PXIe chassis (such as the M9018A) PCIe
Switch Fabric is configured to connect PCI Express signals between slot 1, the
system controller slot, and the other chassis slots. For a review of the supported
PCIe link configurations, please refer to the M9018A User Guide (available from
the Windows Start button, select All Programs > Keysight > M9018A).
Keysight’s M9037A can operate with all of the PCIe fabric configurations found
on the M9018A chassis. Although the default M9018A PCIe chassis fabric is
“2-Link Configuration: 1x8” (this configuration, referred to as 1x8, provides one
x8 PCIe link from the system controller slot to the PCIe Switch Fabric) you should
reconfigure it to either 2x8 or 4x4 fabric.
The other supported PCIe link configurations are:
- 2-Link Configuration: 2x8 — Referred to as 2x8, this configuration provides two
x8 links from the system controller slot to the PCIe Switch Fabric. Link 1 can
be routed by the PCIe Switch Fabric to slots 2-9, while Link 2 can be routed to
slots 10-18. This fabric provides a pair of x8 links for high data IO
performance. This is the recommended configuration for most applications.
- 4-Link Configuration: 4x4 — Referred to as 4x4, this configuration provides four
x4 links from the system controller slot to the PCIe Switch Fabric. Link 1 can
be routed by the PCIe Switch Fabric to slots 10-14, Link 2 can be routed to
slots 15-18, Link 3 can be routed to slots 2-5, and Link 4 can be routed to
slots 6-9. This fabric is more compatible with other non-Keysight system
modules.
If your system design requires another PCIe link configuration, such as 2x8, use
the chassis Configurator utility to change the PCIe Switch Fabric.
The Configurator utility program is available from the Windows Start button; select
All Programs > Keysight > M9018A. Instructions for using the Configurator program
are provided in the M9018A Chassis User Guide.
For more detailed information, refer to the M9037A User Guide and
the M9018A 18-Slot PXIe Chassis User Guide.
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Using LabVIEW
Using LabVIEW
The Keysight LabVIEW G driver version 1.0.x or later is required for LabVIEW
programmatic control of the M9037A trigger subsystem.
National Instrument's LabVIEW is not preinstalled on the M9037 controller, only
the trigger driver is preinstalled. Consequently, the LabVIEW trigger driver and
help files exist only in either the:
Program Files\Keysight\M9037\LabVIEW Driver\8.x or \20xx folder or the
Program Files (x86)\Keysight\M9037\LabVIEW Driver\8.x or \20xx folder.
(8.x represents LabVIEW version 8.5) and 20xx represents LabVIEW 2009, 2010,
etc.).
Open the appropriate folder (8.x or 20xx) for the version of LabVIEW you installed
on the M9037A. Copy the folder named Keysight M9037 (this contains three
subfolders and other files) and paste it in the directory:
Program Files\National Instruments\LabVIEW <your version>\instr.lib or
Program Files (x86)\National Instruments\LabVIEW <your version>\instr.lib
You also need to copy the associated LabVIEW help file,
AgPxiPc_LabVIEW_Help.chm from the
Program Files\Keysight\M9037\LabVIEW Driver Help folder or the
Program Files (x86)\Keysight\M9037\LabVIEW Driver Help folder
to the directory:
Program Files\National Instruments\LabVIEW <your version> \help or
Program Files (x86)\National Instruments\LabVIEW <your version> \help
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M9037A Accessories
M9037A Accessories
Accessory
Number
Description
Y1206A
Keyboard and optical mouse
Y1260A
GPIB Cable*
Y1262A
DisplayPort cable
Y1264A
Spare SSD with Carrier, WES7, 32-bit preinstalled†
Y1265A
Spare SSD with Carrier, WES7, 64-bit preinstalled†
Y1212A
Slot Blocker Kit (5 single slot blockers)
Y1213A
EMI Filler Panel Kit (5 single slot panels)
Y1214A
Air Inlet Kit (one 3-slot, two 1-slot)
* This is not the same GPIB cable used on the Keysight M9036A PXIe Controller, they are not
compatible.
† Spare SSDs will not work with M9036A Embedded Controller
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Environmental Operating Conditions
Environmental Operating Conditions
The Keysight M9037A PXIe Embedded Controller is designed to operate in a
temperature range of 0 °C to +55 °C with non-condensing humidity. The
maximum humidity is 95% at +40 °C. The maximum operating altitude is 3048 m
(10,000 ft). The module should be operated in an indoor environment where
temperature and humidity are controlled. Condensation can pose a potential
shock hazard.
Condensation can occur when the module is moved from a cold to a warm
environment, or if the temperature and/or humidity of the environment change
quickly.
Samples of this product have been type tested in accordance with the Keysight
Environmental Test Manual and verified to be robust against the environmental
stresses of storage, transportation and end-use. Those stresses include but are
not limited to temperature, humidity, shock, vibration, altitude and power line
conditions. For complete specifications, check the Keysight web site at:
www.keysight.com/find/M9037A. Test methods are aligned with IEC 60068-2
and levels are similar to MIL-PRF-28800F Class 3.
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This information is subject to change
without notice
© Keysight Technologies, Inc. 2014
Edition 3 September 2014
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