Integer-Based FFT in LabVIEW

Updated May 3, 2018

Reported In


  • PCI-6115


  • LabVIEW

Operating System

  • Windows

Issue Details

Processing time in LabVIEW seems much slower using the DBL data type for my very data and processor intensive program. I am acquiring data for frequency processing and reshaping the data into numerous rows and many columns. Do you know of a way in LabVIEW to perform an Integer-based FFT (e.g. I16)? 


As per the LabVIEW Help documentation for the FFT VI, the supported data type is a DBL, and once you get into that VI, you cannot manipulate its expected type. If you pass in an integer, the data type will coerce. By nature, the VI will perform the FFT using floating point values, not the integer. 

Figure 1: Real FFT VI inputs and outputs, where orange color denotes numeric data of the DBL type

Additional Information

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