Mathworks’ Simulink® is a commonly used programming environment for modeling and simulation and National Instruments’ is a leader in test automation equipment. Traditionally, making these two companies’ tools work together added complexity to the workflow, leading to an increase in delivery time and cost.
LHP saw this as an opportunity to create platforms to accelerate model based design by uniting Matworks and National Instruments’ products. Earlier this year, LHP released its first version of the Panthera™ RCP Suite at National Instruments (NI) Week 2015, allowing users to develop real-time controls algorithms with Simulink® and then immediately deploy their models to National Instruments’ hardware.
The Panthera RCP Suite is a complete suite that supports rapid controls prototyping on National Instruments LinuxRT-based controllers. The suite includes the Panthera Blockset, Panthera RTE run-time engine, Calibra measurement and calibration tool, and Panthera FPGA toolkit.
The Panthera Blockset provides the interfaces to hardware and higher layer functions to assist with application development including CAN communications blocks, time or event-based scheduling, and common automotive functions. The Panthera RTE (Run-Time Engine) manages all interfaces with the RTOS, FPGA, and XCP (TCP/IP) communications.
The LHP Calibra measurement and calibration tool provides an XCP-based interface to the control system during run-time. Panthera FPGA provides a framework for LabVIEW® FPGA development which includes the package creator that generates the interfaces to all FPGA registers, interrupts, and real-time clock timer and makes them available in Simulink®.
Well Received by the Industry
Since its launch, Panthera has been well received in the European automotive market. The LHP team is working closely with customers to identify their use case and outline success parameters for Panthera’s deployment into their workflow.
Through LHP’s partnership with National Instruments’, Panthera is available on the NI Tools Network and is being sold by National Instruments’ Business Development Managers worldwide. NI’s Business Development Managers have seen extremely positive response from their Aerospace customers, stating:
“After showing Panthera to our Aerospace customers, they literally said that this is exactly what they need”
LHP is looking to expand the National Instruments’ hardware coverage as part of the Panthera roadmap, in addition to the prioritization of CPU memory.
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