robotics-university.com | Hello my friends, as usual, I hope all of you always in good condition. Today, I will talk about LINK toolkit for LabVIEW. Have you been known about LINX toolkit? If haven’t, lets follow my explanation about that.
A. What is LINX?
From the National Instrument official website they said that LINX is:
LINX is an open source project by Digilent and is designed to make it easy to develop embedded applications using LabVIEW. LINX includes VIs for over 30 of the most common embedded sensors as well as hardware agnostic APIs for accessing peripherals like digital I/O, analog I/O, PWM, I2C, SPI, and UART.
Whether you’re remotely controlling a chipKIT or Arduino over USB/Serial, Ethernet or Wi-Fi, or deploying VIs to run on BeagleBone Black or Raspberry Pi 2/3, LINX and LabVIEW make it easy visualize the data you’re working with, debug your code, and create advanced embedded applications faster than ever before.
And for additional information, they also said that LINX is:
Digilent LINX is the successor of LabVIEW Interface for Arduino (LIFA). Both packages are from the same software author who recommends migrating to LINX. LINX is designed to be a more generic hardware abstraction layer for embedded devices, rather than designed for just one specific microcontroller platform.
From the information above, I will take a note that LINX toolkit can support for chipKIT, Arduino, BeagleBone, Raspberry Pi, and more. Click here to know supported devices by LINX.
B. Download Digilent LINX for LabVIEW
To get LINX toolkit package, we can download it from this link below:
To start download LINX toolkit (vip) file, just click on “Download from FTP” link (see figure 1) and then a page that contains with list of LINX toolkit file download in some version will opened (See figure 2). Select the latest version and click the link to start the downloading process.
Figure 1. LINX toolkit download page and link
Figure 2. LINX toolkit download page and link
Figure 3. Determine a directory to save the LINX toolkit (vip) file
C. Install Digilent LINX for LabVIEW (Offline)
After the download process is complete, now it’s time to install the LINX toolkit package on VIPM. To install it, please follow my guidance to offline install a LabVIEW toolkit package on my previous article here.
D. Download & Install Digilent LINX for LabVIEW (Online)
Beside offline installation, we can also install the LINX toolkit package with online mode, it mean, we need internet connection to do the installation process. To online download and install LINX toolkit on VIPM, follow the steps below:
1. Connect our computer with internet.
2. Make sure you have been installed VIPM on your computer.
3. Visit this link - http://www.ni.com/gate/gb/GB_EVALTLKTLINXLVH/US and click “Download Toolkit” button. See figure 4
Figure 4. Download button to download & install LINK toolkit (online)
Figure 5. Install button to download & install LINK on VIPM
After we press the “Download Toolkit” button, then VIPM software will automatically opened and an installation page as display on Figure 5 will open. To start download and install LINX toolkit, just click the “Install” button and the download/install process will start to run.
Figure 6. LINK toolkit package has been installed successfully on VIPM
Figure 7. LINK toolkit package has been installed successfully on VIPM
If the installation process has been completed (See Figure 6), so on the VIPM package list will display a LabVIEW icon on the left-side of the “Digilent LINX” toolkit. See figure 7!
E. Introduce to LINX Control & Function Palette
Figure 8, show to us the LINX toolkit function palette.
Figure 8. LINK toolkit palette