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What's New with Version 6.30

DAPtools CDs version 6.30 were posted April 15, 2016. Download DAPtools Basic 6.30.

New features for DAPtools Basic/Standard/Professional 6.30

  • Improved compatibility with Windows 10
    • Kernel code signing updated to SHA256 from SHA1
    • Reworked DAPcell setup processing to work more reliably - avoids possible manual uninstall requirement
  • DAPL 3000 for xDAP Systems (2.10 to 2.20)
    • Enhanced DAPL expression support
      • Adds support for many new numeric data types
      • Adds robust casting support for complete control of data type at any node within an expression
      • Casting notations allow for selection between saturation, bit extraction, and natural binary overflow
      • Adds conditional processing based on arbitrary expression result
      • Constant sub-expression evaluation at startup to optimize performance
      • Intelligent selection of intermediate data type to optimize performance while maintaining accuracy
      • For integer expressions, uses 64-bit intermediate results, when needed, to avoid overflow or saturation
      • New postfix notations to allow complete control of literal data type
    • New processing command module 1.03
      • Updated CORRELATE command simplifies interface
      • Updated CROSSPOWER command supports any mix of input and output data types and more general block sizes
      • Alternative waveform - SINEWAVE, SAWTOOTH, TRIANGLE, etc. - command parameter forms that allow specification by frequency and range rather than amplitude and sample count
      • New BIRAMP waveform generator command that should be very useful for automated testing
      • Enhanced FIRFILTER command that can process a channel list with a single task definition
      • Enhanced FIRLOWPASS command that can process a channel list with a single task definition
    • Internal system changes to support new DAPcell Control Panel Program diagnostic services
    • Extensive internal system restructuring to optimize performance and support newer processors
    • New diagnostic warnings to inform developers of sampling hardware configurations that may have measurement accuracy hazards
  • DAPcell Server/Local Server/Basic Server/Client (7.20 to 7.30)
    • Enhanced DAPcell Control Panel Program
      • New Diagnostic tab. Provides direct access to DAPmem memory monitor
      • DAP browser
        • Displays text pipe history
          • This capability allows you to see what DAPL commands you have sent to a DAP through $SysIn, or the text that the DAP has sent through $SysOut while your application runs
        • Automatically updates display of the System Eventlog as new events arrive
        • DAP tree view Module display now sorted by module name
        • Find server search box provides action menu drop down - previously only on right click over tree view
      • Some new features require DAPL 3000 version 2.20 or later
    • All DAPcell Server versions drop support for Windows Vista
      • Windows Vista does not fully support SHA256 for kernel mode drivers
      • See knowledge base article Q10124 at www.mstarlabs.com for more information
    • DAPcell Client continues to support Windows Vista
  • Accel32/Accel64 Servers for Linux
    • Accel32 Server supports 32-bit Linux Kernel 4.2.0.
    • Accel64 Server supports both 32-bit and 64-bit Linux Kernel 4.2.0.
  • DAPtools for Python
    • Supports Python access to DAPIO32 Interface
    • Supports DAPcell Server on Windows
    • Supports Accel32 and Accel64 on Linux
  • Beta release of DAPcell Client for Wine dapio32.dll
    • Supports connection to Windows DAPcell Server from a Windows application running under Wine on Linux
    • Beta only includes copy of dapio32.dll for use by a Windows application running in a Wine environment
    • Will provide basis for planned DAPcell Client for Wine product
    • See beta\dapcell\wine folder
  • Updated documentation set version 1.29 - see Master Document Index

New features for DAPtools Standard/Professional 6.30

  • New Extended Processing Modules
    • New Sensor Conditioning Module
      • The Sensors Conditioning module provides additional processing commands to support calibrated "linearization" corrections yielding best possible physical measurements from conversions of sensor voltage readings
    • New Time Base Synchronization Module
      • The Time Base Synchronization Module provides a modern, DSP-based approach to obtaining time-aligned sampled data sets from multiple measurement stations, referenced to a common digital timing signal such as GPS or IRIG-B
    • New Sine Wave Synchronization Module
      • The Wave Synchronization Module provides capabilities similar to the Time Base Synchronization Module, producing arbitrary sampling rates based on a reference timing signal that is a continuous sine wave rather than a digital pulse sequence
  • DAPtools for MATLAB
    • Adds support for newer versions of MATLAB
    • Adds 64-bit support

What's New with Version 6.20

DAPtools CDs version 6.20 were posted April 7, 2014. Download DAPtools Basic 6.20.

New features for DAPtools Basic/Standard/Professional 6.20

Support for Windows 8.1.

Note, June 22, 2015: DAPtools version 6.20 has been tested and found to be compatible with pre-release Windows 10.

  • DAPL 3000 (2.00 to 2.10)
    • Support new xDAP models, xDAP7410 and xDAP7420
  • DAPcell Server/Local Server/Basic Server/Client (7.10 to 7.20)
    • Support Windows 8.1
  • Developer's Toolkit for DAPL (5.20 to 5.21)
    • Support Microsoft Visual C++ versions 6.0 through 12.0

What's New with Version 6.10

DAPtools CDs version 6.10 were posted November 8, 2012.

New features for DAPtools Basic/Standard/Professional 6.10

Main documentation is now all in PDF format; older HLP format is still available but will be retired soon. DAPtools Standard and Professional replace their previous "DAPL IIR Filter Module" link with a "Modules" link, which describes pre-built DAPL command extension modules.

  • DAPL 3000 (1.10 to 2.00)
    • Support new xDAP models, xDAP7410 and xDAP7420
  • New Rotating Machinery pre-built DAPL module package (1.00) for DAPtools Standard/Professional
  • New Anti-Alias Multichannel pre-built DAPL module package (1.00) for DAPtools Standard/Professional
  • DAPcell Server/Local Server/Basic Server/Client (7.00 to 7.10)
    • Support Windows 8
    • Support Windows sleep mode for PCI DAP boards. When Windows restarts from sleep mode, all PCI DAP boards in the system are re-initialized.
    • Extend Windows sleep mode support for xDAPs. An xDAP power recycled while PC is asleep is re-initialized when Windows comes out of sleep mode.
  • Developer's Toolkit for DAPL (5.10 to 5.20)
    • Support Microsoft Visual C++ versions 6.0 through 11.0
    • Support pure virtual functions in C++ applications
    • Support a new function "digital_in()" for hardware models that support this feature
  • New/updated documentation in help and PDF format
    • Added PDF versions of manuals for MSTB008, MSTB009, MSTB010 termination boards
    • Corrected error in MSXB078 manual HD62 pinout for DIN10
  • New/updated documentation in PDF format only
    • xDAP safety manual for EU LVD and EMC DoC
    • xDAP 7420 hardware manual
    • Manuals for anti-aliasing and rotating machinery modules

What's New with Version 6.00

DAPtools CDs version 6.00 were posted May 16, 2011.

New features for all DAPtools CDs 6.00 (for current DAP boards running under current Windows operating systems)

  • DAPtools Basic and Standard now include the DAPcell client setup program as DAPtools Professional does. To access the program, browse to '\DAPcell\Client' directory on the DAPtools media.
  • DAPL 3000 (1.00 to 1.10)
    • Support for concurrent input configurations
    • Updated command module 'DCMDS3.DLM' (1.02) includes 'DISCARD', 'MRBLOCK' and 'MTSFILT' commands
  • DAPcell Server/Local Server/Basic Server/Client (6.01 to 7.00)
    • Native support for 64-bit Windows
  • Linux Accel32 (1.03.1 to 1.04)
    • Support for Linux kernels up to version 2.6.35
  • DAP Development Software (2.18 to 3.00)
    • Support for the development of 64-bit applications using Microsoft Visual C++, Visual C# and Visual Basic .NET
  • New/updated documentation in help and PDF format
    • MSLACOM (version 7.00)
    • DAPCELL (version 7.00)
    • DAPIO32 (version 5.00)
  • New/updated documentation in PDF format only
    • TN253 (version 1.10)
    • TN258 (version 1.00b)

What's New with Version 5.10

DAPtools CDs version 5.10 were posted April 27, 2010.

New features for all DAPtools CDs 5.10 (for current DAP boards running under current Windows operating systems)

  • DAPL 3000 (1.00b to 1.00)
  • DAPcell Server/Local Server/Basic Server/Client (6.00 to 6.01)
    • Improved DAP control panel extension program
  • DAP Development Software (2.15 to 2.18)
    • DAP Development Software now supports DAPL 3000 and Microsoft Visual C++ versions 6.0 through 9.0
  • DAP Measurement Studio (3.01 to 3.02)
  • iDSC Software (5.22 to 5.30)
    • Updated LabVIEW support
    • Updated MATLAB support
  • New/updated documentation in help and PDF format
    • MSXB037
    • MSXB048

What's New with Version 5.00

DAPtools CDs version 5.00 were posted February 16, 2010.

New features for all DAPtools CDs 5.00 (for current DAP boards running under current Windows operating systems)

  • DAPL 2000 (2.55 to 2.56)
  • DAPL 3000 (1.00b)
  • DAPcell Server/Local Server/Basic Server/Client (5.00 to 6.00)
    • DAPcell Server software now supports Microsoft Windows 7 and 64-bit Windows
    • DAPcell Server software now supports USB xDAP systems
    • DAPcell Help or PDF has complete information
  • Developer's Toolkit for DAPL (5.03 to 5.10)
    • Developer's Toolkit for DAPL 5.10 supports Microsoft Visual C++ versions 6.0 through 9.0
    • DTD 5.10 also provides additional functions that can be used with DAPL 3000
    • DTD 5.03 Help or PDF has general DTD information and the DTD 5.10 README.TXT has information about the new features of this 5.10 release.
  • DAP Measurement Studio (3.00 to 3.01)
  • New/updated documentation in help and PDF format
    • DAPcell Help or PDF
    • DAPcell control panel Help or PDF

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