Yes, a DAQ device can be simulated with IVI. However, NI's DAQ devices are designed to be used with NI-DAQmx
rather than IVI drivers.
To use an IVI configuration, an IVI compliant specific driver must be installed on to the host machine. Currently, there are no IVI compliant specific drivers for NI-DAQmx devices.
It is possible to simulate the DAQ device using the following methods:
1. Creating a custom IVI driver.
- Since there aren't any existing IVI compliant specific drivers for NI-DAQmx devices, a driver can be created from scratch instead.
- This can be done in LabWindows™/CVI. However, the accessibility of the device may be limited when doing this.
2. Simulating using NI-DAQmx.
- The most straight forward method is to use NI-DAQmx to simulate the device. See NI-DAQmx Simulated Devices for further details.
- After doing this, the device can be accessed and controlled from the chosen development environment.
IVI compliant specific drivers can be found at Instrument Driver Network (IDNet).