HILINK - RAPCON DAQ Board

HILINK: Real-time Hardware-in-the-loop Control Platform for Matlab/Simulink

This board is made in USA by Zeltom LLC.
The HILINK platform offers a seamless interface between physical plants and Matlab/Simulink for implementation of hardware-in-the-loop real-time control systems. It is fully integrated into Matlab/Simulink and has a broad range of inputs and outputs. It allows quick test and iteration of control strategies in real-time with a real plant in the loop. The platform is a complete and low-cost real-time control system development package for both educational and industrial applications.

The HILINK platform consists of the real-time control board (hardware) and the associated Matlab interface (software). The hardware of the HILINK platform has 8 x 12 bit analog inputs, 2 x 16 bit capture inputs, 2 x 16 bit encoder inputs, 1 x 8 bit digital input, 2 x 12 bit analog outputs, 2 x 16 bit frequency outputs, 2 x 16 bit pulse outputs and 1 x 8 bit digital output. The board also contains two H-bridges with 5 A capability to drive external heavy loads. Some inputs and outputs are multiplexed to simplify the hardware. The board is interfaced to the host computer that runs Matlab through a serial port. The software of the HILINK platform is fully integrated into Matlab/Simulink/Real-Time Windows Target and comes with Simulink library blocks associated with each hardware input and output. The library contains Analog Input Block, Capture Input Block, Encoder Input Block, Digital Input Block, Analog Output Block, Frequency Output Block, Digital Output Block and Pulse Output Block. The platform achieves real-time operation with sampling rates up to 3.8 kHz.

The HILINK platform has been developed to extend and optimize the real-time operation of Matlab and Simulink. The developed system is uniquely integrated into Matlab and Simulink to achieve real-time operation in Matlab under Windows. The salient features of the HILINK platform make it ideal for implementation of hardware-in-the-loop real-time control systems in both educational and industrial applications.

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