PXI 6161 communication controller supports MOST150 test

April 19, 2011 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
With the MOST150 infotainment bus system entering series production, Goepel electronic provides a new communication controller supporting that bus system during design and test of MOST-based automotive systems. While completely new designed, the PXI 6161 architecture is based on the company's successful Series 61. Using this new hardware platform, users are able to individually and flexibly configure the controller according to their individual needs, the company says

Using the PowerPC architecture, the PXI 6161 offloads the host PC within the PXI test hardware rack and valuable bandwidth for additional application is obtained, enabling complex and CPU-intensive processes to be executed on the 6161 card. Based on the latest MOST150 integrated circuit INIC OS81110 and the corresponding SpyNIC, the PXI 6161 is capable of stimulating and streaming MOST content.

A number of additional functions are integrated into the firmware. For example, ring break diagnosis (RBD), several trigger inputs and outputs and the functionality for creating a parallel CAN/LIN network are also fully implemented. The module can assume the role of a MOST bus master, a slave or a spy. If several modules are used within a PXI system, various unique and simultaneous MOST networks can be generated for several devices under test.

The modular hardware architecture enforces efficient software design for organising all application tasks. The modular hardware and software allow parameterisation via Goepel electronics' Windows standard API. For instance, users may install and execute (supported by an on-board API) self-generated program code on the module. Also Goepel electronics' test sequencer contains communications and verifying routines for automatic quality verification.

More information about the company and its Automotive Test Solutions can be found on the internet at www.goepel.com.