Rapid Design and Test of Embedded Control Systems Using LABVIEW-FPGA Tool
Al-Rafidain Engineering Journal (AREJ),
2014, Volume 22, Issue 4, Pages 65-73
Hardware-description Language (HDL) is typically used to synthesise the digital hardware of the control systems. Importantly, this requires a deep knowledge in digital hardware design; howeverthis is not essential for the design of the real time control systems. From this prospective, there is a great interest to employ a modern environment tool to simulate, design, validate and to rapidly implement the hardware to the target of the application. For this reason, this paper aims to presentthe methodology and effectiveness of using the LABVIEW-FPGA toolin embedded system design of digital control algorithms. As the model of the control system has been already simulated using the LABVIEW environment, therefore this will shorten the time of hardware implementation, where the designed control algorithm will directly translate into hardware resources by using LABVIEW-FPGA module. The methodology of hardware digital controller design is clearly explained using LABVIEW-FPGA modulebased SPARTAN-3EFPGA from Xilinx. The prototyped temperature control system using (CI-53003) is accommodatedas one of the examplesto demonstrate the embedded hardware design of digital control system. Experimental results clearly show the successful hardware implementation of the designed algorithm.
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