With the NovaSim Micro, test devices vendor Micronova (Vierkirchen, Germany) has shrunk Hardware-in-the-loop (HiL) simulators to desktop size. Despite its small size, the simulator runs function tests on complex ECUs, the vendor promises.
The development of the NovaSim Micro enables customers to equip design engineers with such as HiL simulator directly at their desk without higher costs, Micronova argues. Though, the NovaSim Micro features offers extended functionality such as fault simulation for crankshaft and camshaft signals. This includes the option to use recorded signals for the fault analysis. As a modular system, the simulator can be configured for tests in powertrain, body electronics or chassis.
The device is based on a PowerPC microprocessor and several configurable FPGAs which enables users to implement individual functionalities. The features include 110 digital I/O channels, two optional CAN channels, 32 digital and analog I/O channels and built-in signal conditioning. The tests can be implemented without external components, the vendor promises.
The system also features a set of software based on LabView libraries and Simulink block sets from the "big" NovaSim series.
Two NovaSim Micro configurations are available one with simple signal conditioning aims at prototype development with evaluation boards; the second one provides advanced signal conditioning and covers more complex test setups.