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MathWorks Introduces Simulink Real-Time, Offering Complete, Integrated Real-Time Simulation and Testing

August 13, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Biotech Week -- 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 (see also MathWorks).

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.

"Simulink Real-Time is the latest step forward by MathWorks in delivering a complete software and hardware system for these applications," said Paul Barnard, marketing director, MathWorks. "Engineers can now perform continuous real-time testing of their entire system without interruption. They can build an integrated simulated system that realistically responds to its environment, resulting in reduced costs and improved quality of physical and control systems, including their software."

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.

For a high-resolution Simulink Real-Time image, click here. AvailabilitySimulink Real-Time is available immediately in Release 2014a. For more information, visit the R2014a highlights web page. About MathWorksMathWorks is the leading developer of mathematical computing software. MATLAB, the language of technical computing, is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization, and numeric computation. Simulink is a graphical environment for simulation and Model-Based Design of multidomain dynamic and embedded systems. Engineers and scientists worldwide rely on these product families to accelerate the pace of discovery, innovation, and development in automotive, aerospace, electronics, financial services, biotech-pharmaceutical, and other industries. MathWorks products are also fundamental teaching and research tools in the world's universities and learning institutions. Founded in 1984, MathWorks employs more than 3000 people in 15 countries, with headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts, USA. For additional information, visit MATLAB and Simulink are registered trademarks of The MathWorks, Inc. See for a list of additional trademarks. Other product or brand names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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