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Sensors 2008, 8(9), 5501-5515; doi:10.3390/s8095501

Integrated Design and Implementation of Embedded Control Systems with Scilab

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State Key Laboratory of Industrial Control Technology, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027, P.R. China
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College of Computer Science and Technology, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027, P.R. China
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Faculty of Information Technology, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane QLD 4001, Australia
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Received: 2 June 2008 / Revised: 25 August 2008 / Accepted: 1 September 2008 / Published: 5 September 2008
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Abstract

Embedded systems are playing an increasingly important role in control engineering. Despite their popularity, embedded systems are generally subject to resource constraints and it is therefore difficult to build complex control systems on embedded platforms. Traditionally, the design and implementation of control systems are often separated, which causes the development of embedded control systems to be highly timeconsuming and costly. To address these problems, this paper presents a low-cost, reusable, reconfigurable platform that enables integrated design and implementation of embedded control systems. To minimize the cost, free and open source software packages such as Linux and Scilab are used. Scilab is ported to the embedded ARM-Linux system. The drivers for interfacing Scilab with several communication protocols including serial, Ethernet, and Modbus are developed. Experiments are conducted to test the developed embedded platform. The use of Scilab enables implementation of complex control algorithms on embedded platforms. With the developed platform, it is possible to perform all phases of the development cycle of embedded control systems in a unified environment, thus facilitating the reduction of development time and cost. View Full-Text
Keywords: Embedded systems; real-time control; Scilab; Linux; development Embedded systems; real-time control; Scilab; Linux; development
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Ma, L.; Xia, F.; Peng, Z. Integrated Design and Implementation of Embedded Control Systems with Scilab. Sensors 2008, 8, 5501-5515.

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