National Instruments

OPAL-RT and NI’s combined capabilities

Infinite possibilities for EV & BMS real-time simulation

Build or Expand Automotive Testing with NI Assets and OPAL-RT Solutions


OPAL-RT and National Instruments bring you the most powerful, open, and flexible HIL- and PHIL-testing system designed to improve time-to-market and manage system complexity in the rapidly transforming automotive industry. This solution can easily be customized to adapt to changing research requirements by combining modular hardware and off-the-shelf components. Our solutions are backed by our expertise in highly customized and complex test benches, and training modules based on the world’s most advanced automotive applications.

Accelerating Electric Transportation Development, Testing and Validation

Transportation manufacturers and suppliers are continually seeking to decrease production costs and time-to-market. Learn from well-known industry experts how Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) simulation system provides them a flexible and comprehensive development, test, and validation environment to achieve their goals. Get insight into the challenges, benefits, and technology trends rapidly transforming the transportation industry.

Why Choose OPAL-RT?

Automotive HIL Reference Architecture

OPAL-RT offers complete conformity with NI Automotive HIL Testbed Reference Architecture.
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Feature-rich FPGA-based Add-on

Import real-time models created with the simulation tool of your choice from an easy-to-use interface.
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Flexible and Configurable SLSC Card

Make ECU HIL testing easier. Easily access and interact with your electronic control unit (ECU) or device under test (DUT).
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Battery Management System Integration

BMS' Three Pillars: NI hardware, OPAL-RT integration & models, and COMEMSO battery emulators.
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Download the Free Demo

Take OPAL-RT’s solution for a spin today — completely free and with no obligation. With the demo, you can import a model designed with your favorite circuit editor, configure the simulation parameters, and create customized test scenarios to generate faults or simulate other events and maneuvers.

Access our Download Center now and learn how to install the software for the demo.

Hybrid Powertrain Multi-ECU HIL Testing

In this demo, learn how to quickly implement model-based simulation on FPGAs and deploy an integrated power electronics HIL system that addresses the need for high performance paired with flexibility for rapid test system changes.

This "multi-ECU HIL testing" demonstration features power electronics and an electric machine (motor) in NI I/O connected FPGAs and VeriStand with OPAL-RT's VeriStand Add-On for Power Electronics. With the addition of Comemso battery cell emulators, we integrate models from The Mathworks Simulink and LabVIEW in VeriStand to simulate and test the other components around the vehicle control unit, such as physical ECUs from Pi-Innovo and ORION BMS. Use this test solution to connect design and test workflows and to streamline the transition from desktop design to model-in-the-loop (MIL) to hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) testing.

Survey of OPAL-RT Electric Machine Models

As electrification of the transportation industry continues its rapid pace, companies are exploring ways to reduce time-to-market and operating costs while maintaining quality. To achieve that goal, high fidelity electric motor models are needed to create accurate Hardware-in-the-Loop test systems. This presentation covers an overview of the off-the-shelf OPAL-RT electric motor models, as well as a simple demonstration of the workflow needed to configure and execute an entire electrical drivetrain with the OPAL-RT Power Electronics Add-on for VeriStand.

One Testing Platform, Complete Automotive Simulation

ECU HIL  - NI VeriStand Add-On

NI VeriStand Add-On

Discover OPAL-RT and NI's combined automotive expertise in a real-time simulation platform for HIL-testing, designed to improve time-to-market and manage system complexity in the EV and BMS systems.
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ECU HIL testing - BMS HIL testing

Battery Management Systems

OPAL-RT’s solutions include adaptable configurations and scalable options, while being compatible with the most common applications and third-party components.
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ECU HIL testing - Autonomous Vehicles testing

Autonomous Vehicles

OPAL-RT’s ADAS systems can always keep up with new technologies as they’re introduced and integrated into vehicles, from data fusion and deep learning, to new sensors.
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OPAL-RT: The Partner You Can Trust

ECU HIL testing; PHIL testing

The world leader in HIL and PHIL

Unparalleled expertise in PC/FPGA-based Real-Time Digital Simulators, Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) testing equipment, and Rapid Control Prototyping (RCP) systems.

OPAL-RT Over 15 years in the automotive industry; BMS and ECU HIL testing

Over 15 years in the automotive industry

OPAL-RT has develop groundbreaking solutions for major OEM, tier-ones and emerging players in the testing and development of 21st-century automotive technologies.

ECU HIL testing support team

Thorough, unwavering support

From day one until your test bench is performing flawlessly, our expert technical support team will be there to help you solve your greatest engineering challenges.

ECU HIL testing, DC fast-charging system for EVs

Success Story

In one of Canada's most ambitious Electric Vehicle infrastructure projects, the University of Toronto’s Centre for Applied Power Electronics (CAPE) partnered with energy storage company eCAMION to build a DC Fast-Charging System (DCFCS) for EV charging stations on the Trans-Canada Highway, one of the world’s longest highways.

The engineering team’s use of OPAL-RT’s FPGA-based Power Electronics Toolbox (eHS) expedited the development process, lowered the development costs and reduced the safety risks inherent in developing the systems at high voltage and currents.

NI Automotive Journal

The NI Automotive Journal explores the latest trends in the automotive industry, including best practices in validation and production tests. 

In this issue, learn more about OPAL-RT & NI’s solution to improve electric vehicle power electronics designs.

ECU HIL testing; EVs testing and validation ; NI

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