National Instruments has expanded their hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulation platform. In the past six months, NI has released almost 40 new products targeted at delivering flexible HIL solutions to embedded control system developers within a variety of industries. The NI HIL simulation tools enables engineers to maintain reliability and time-to-market requirements while reducing costs.
Recent Product Releases
- NI VeriStand software for real-time testing and simulation
- NI TestStand 4.2 automated test management environment including support for Python scripts
- New family of fault insertion units; NI-XNET high-performance CAN and FlexRay bus interfaces optimized for HIL applications
- ARINC 429, MIL-STD-1553 and AFDX (ARINC 663) military and aerospace avionics bus interfaces
- Low-cost and high-performance real-time processor cards
- Several other I/O interfaces
To ensure that applications can easily scale and meet evolving requirements, the NI HIL simulation platform supports third-party hardware interfaces and integrates with C, C++, .NET and Python programming languages. In addition to integrating seamlessly with the NI LabVIEW graphical system design environment, the platform works with a variety of modeling environments such as The MathWorks Simulink software, ITI SimulationX, Maplesoft MapleSim, and Gamma Technologies GT-POWER.
Engineers can increase their system performance and flexibility while reducing overall costs by taking advantage of the open PXI hardware standard, advanced multicore technology and graphically programmed FPGA interfaces. In addition, the platform’s software-defined instrumentation approach makes it possible for HIL applications created with NI products to scale from low-cost desktop validation systems to multiprocessor distributed simulators, a benefit that provides engineers a flexible and cost-effective toolset for all HIL testing applications.
The platform delivers commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions that offer alternatives to complex proprietary configurations and bulky, inefficient traditional simulation systems. In today’s challenging economic climate, NI HIL simulation products are ideal for making projects more efficient and cost-effective for design engineers in multiple industries, from aerospace, alternative energy, automotive and consumer electronics to government, industrial transportation, mechatronics, medical technology and semiconductor manufacturing.