MathWorks has announced the availability of xPC Target 5.0, which provides support for field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), extending the rapid prototyping workflow for Model-Based Design.
With this new xPC Target 5.0, engineers can leverage automatically generated HDL to program FPGA boards from Simulink models for execution on xPC Target Turnkey systems. As a result, they can prototype and validate their Simulink designs in a high-performance, real-time target system and speed up their development cycle.
With xPC Target 5.0, computationally intensive algorithms can now run on FPGA boards that provide speed and flexibility. Control systems engineers can program FPGA boards for xPC Target Turnkey systems using code generated by Simulink HDL Coder, accelerating designs to meet higher performance requirements.
The new capability of the xPC Target 5.0 offers the ability to reconfigure digital input/output modules and to implement high speed algorithms for controls or signal processing within real-time testing and prototyping environments.
In addition to FPGA support, other key product features of the new xPC Target 5.0 include:
- task-level profiling of execution times to help with load balancing
- support for cameras based on the Camera Link interface standard
- image acquisition from USB webcams
- ability to send and receive UDP packets in real time.