Embedded/hardware-in-loop configurable & portable real-time target platform

August 06, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
The Mobile real-time target machine from Speedgoat (Liebefeld, Switzerland) is designed for testing and simulation with Simulink Real-Time. It is intended for rapid control prototyping, hardware-in-the-loop and embedded use.

This target machine, acting as controller unit, together with Simulink Real-Time from MathWorks, provides engineers with a rapid path from Simulink desktop to real-time simulation and testing and embedded integration with hardware such as electric motors and drives.

The solid aluminum enclosure has excellent heat dissipation properties, enabling an extremely robust design without fans, able to withstand high levels of shock, vibration, and electromagnetic noise. And the low power design and wide DC input range of 9-36 VDC makes it an suitable choice for field and in-vehicle use, confined areas, and harsh environments.

“With this new generation Mobile real-time target machine Speedgoat provides a highly optimised solution for testing applications designed with MATLAB & Simulink in the field.” says Michael Vetsch, Product Marketing Manager, Real-Time Simulation and Testing, at MathWorks.

With its expansion stack concept, extra layers can be easily added to accommodate up to 14 I/O modules in a single unit; a range of over 200 I/O modules is available off-the-shelf. Built-in communications protocols support includes EtherCAT Master, real-time UDP, PTP (1588), XCP over Ethernet, RS232, and USB WebCam.

Intel multicore CPUs up to Core i7 2.5 GHz are supported. XMC (PCIe) compatibility provides greater flexibility for I/O connectivity, and multi-gigabit transceivers (MGTs) allow super-fast and lowest latency communication between I/O modules with FPGAs. Closed-loop sample rates of several MHz can be achieved.

The Mobile real-time target machine is expressly designed for use with Simulink Real-Time, to support the quickest path to test Simulink designs on real hardware. Real-time applications for controls, DSP, vision, and plant simulation can be built and run on the target machine within seconds.

Speedgoat is a specialized company developing state of the art systems for real-time testing with Simulink Real-Time from MathWorks. Speedgoat solutions are seamlessly integrated with Simulink, to connect with physical hardware, to run real-time applications created from Simulink using automatic code generation, to validate designs, and to try new ideas;