MathWorks has announced the introduction of Simulink Real-Time into the Simulink product family. Available with the company’s Release 2014a (R2014a), Simulink Real-Time enables engineers to build, test, and run real-time applications from Simulink models on dedicated target computer hardware connected to their physical systems, providing a complete end-to-end real-time simulation and testing solution.
Combining the functionality of xPC Target and xPC Target Embedded Option, Simulink Real-Time supports real-time simulation and testing including rapid control prototyping, DSP, vision system prototyping, and hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulation. With this introduction, engineers can extend their Simulink models with driver blocks, automatically generate real-time applications, define instrumentation, and perform interactive or automated runs on a dedicated target computer equipped with a real-time kernel, multicore CPU, I/O and protocol interfaces, and FPGAs. Also, the addition of a high-resolution real-time target display as a new feature within Simulink Real-Time allows for a fully integrated user experience.
The Lockheed Martin Skunk Works® recently used Simulink Real-Time during its end-to-end design, analysis, simulation, testing, and deployment of the X-56A, a research aircraft built for the Air Force Research Lab’s Multi-Utility Aeroelastic Demonstrator program. X-56A’s communication interfaces, signal conditioning, mode logic, navigation, and closed-loop flight controls were all designed in Simulink and prototyped and deployed using Simulink Real-Time. Furthermore, independent researchers were able to copy their flight control design directly into the Skunk Works’ Simulink model and build a new OFP with Simulink Real-Time.
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Pricing and Availability
Simulink Real-Time is available immediately in Release 2014a. For more information, visit the R2014a highlights web page.
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