Compact Entry-Level Simulator

The OP4512 is a compact, entry-level simulator that combines all of OPAL-RT’s strengths in high-performance Rapid Control Prototyping and Hardware-in-the-loop simulation. The OP4512 is the latest evolution of our popular OP4510. This robust real-time power grid simulator offers the best performance at an affordable price.

Small but Mighty

Equipped with a fast and reliable Intel® Xeon® four-core processors and a powerful Xilinx® Kintex®-7 410T FPGA, the OP4512 delivers raw simulation power for both CPU-based real-time simulation and sub-microsecond time step power electronic simulation.

The OP4512’s compact 2U chassis works equally well for desktop or rack mounted setups, while providing up to 140 high-performance analog/digital channels with signal conditioning and 4 SFP-GTX optical high-speed links for hardware interfacing.

Simulator Architecture

The combined commercial off-the-shelf FPGA and CPU architecture of the OP4512 enables users to reach real-time simulation time steps below 10 μs and 200ns, respectively. Co-simulation between FPGA and CPU is also possible, thanks to a fast PCI Express link exchanging data and signals between devices. This feature makes it possible to couple high-speed FPGA-based models, such as power converters and electric drives, to slower electrical and mechanical systems on the CPU, providing even more detailed simulations.

The 10-nanosecond timing resolution of the FPGA enables users to perform advanced RCP of high-speed PWM-based controllers that can be tested on actual hardware. All this exceptional computing power is available in a single rack-mounted chassis.

Specifications Overview

ComputerIntel® Xeon® E3 4 cores, 3.7 GHz or equivalent, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD
FPGAXilinx® Kintex®-7 410T
Software Platform CompatibilityRT-LAB and HYPERSIM
Toolbox CompatibilityARTEMiS, eHS, ePHASORSIM, Orchestra, RT-XSG
I/O board (max. 4 I/O modules per system)16 analog channels per module (max, of 64 channels per system)
32 digital channels per module (max, of 128 channels per system)
High-Speed Communication4x SFP socket, 1 to 5 Gbits/s optical fiber
Micro ATX Connectivity1 VGA port
4 USB ports
1 HDMI port
2 network ports
1 PCIe free slot available for optional I/O cards
Optimal ConnectivitySee full list of communication protocols
Dimensions & Weight2U, 19’’ rackmount (mounting brackets and hardware included), 43.2 (W) x 28 (D) x 8.9 cm (H) (17” x 11” x 3.5”), 5 kg (11 lbs.) approx.

Compatible Simulation Systems

HYPERSIM provides engineers with complete tools to address the most complex power systems control challenges. Widely used by international industries, academic institutions and research centers, HYPERSIM offers a unique software interface dedicated to EMT power systems research. Use HYPERSIM’s rich component library, including virtual PMUs, to easily and efficiently create detailed power systems models.

RT-LAB is an advanced simulation control platform that includes a complete design library for all applications and industries. Use RT-LAB to edit, compile, load, execute and analyze models. Fully integrated with MATLAB/Simulink®, RT-LAB offers the most complex model-based design for interaction with real-world environments. 

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