Modular Digital Control System Development Tools
Original Publication Date: 1988-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-15
An architecture is described to enhance digital control system development, analysis and testing, while minimizing the dependency on external stimulation and analysis equipment. Described are various hardware and software elements which conform to the modular architecture and facilitate the desired analysis and testing. (Image Omitted) Typically, analog control systems require an array of test equipment, such as function generators, filters, spectrum analyzers, noise generators and oscilloscopes along with extensive cables and wires, to provide the necessary testing of the system. Exhaustive system testing can only be done when the entire system is up and running, and therefore requires special hardware test points to be designed into the system. In digital control systems, such test procedures become even more complex.