Versatile Real-Time Digital Simulator

Backed by nearly two decades of expertise in the development of high-performance simulation hardware, the OP5600 real-time simulator is the most adopted simulation platform by OPAL-RT’s users in industry and academia. OP5600 combines the performance, versatility and reliability that is ideal for demanding hardware-in-the-loop applications. Whether working within the power systems, aerospace, automotive, oil and gas or other electro-mechanical industries, the OP5600 has the power to simulate systems, while offering all the I/Os required to get your hardware into the loop.


Modular and Flexible Design

The OP5600’s modular and flexible design is fully customizable to meet the most specific I/O requirements. The chassis accommodate up to eight signal conditioning and analog/digital converters modules, providing 16 analog or 32 digital channels, to support up to 128 fast analog or up to 256 discrete signals. Communication devices from third-party I/O modules are easily connected through PCIexpress expansion slots.

Scalable Solution

The OP5600 is a high-performance system capable of acting as a single-target system with up to 32-cores or can be linked with other systems to form a multiple-target PC cluster intended for more complex applications. The OP5600 can also be interfaced with several powerful and compact FPGA and I/O expansion units, enabling implementation of even larger models requiring thousands of analog and digital I/O channels.

Simulator Architecture

The OP5600 has two primary sections: an upper section containing analog and digital I/O signal modules, and a bottom section containing the multi-core processor computer and FPGA capable of running the entire OPAL-RT suite of real-time simulation software.

The OP5600 can be configured with up to 32 Intel Xeon E5 processing cores, and comes with a custom-designed Linux operating system, providing the best real-time performance on the market. The OP5600 also provides the option of user-programmable I/O management, handled by a fast Xilinx® Artix®-7 FPGA.

Convenient Monitoring Functionality

The OP5600 series of simulators and expansion units offers convenient monitoring functionality to enable users to scope simulation and I/O signals in real-time, via mini-BNC connectors at all times, without compromise.

Specifications Overview

CPUIntel® Xeon® E5 series available with
OP5650V3-4 : 4 Cores, 3.0 GHz
OP5650V3-8 : 8 Cores, 3.2 GHz
OP5650V3-16 : 2x8 Cores, 3.2 GHz
OP5650V3-32 : 2x16 Cores, 2.3 GHz
FPGAXilinx® Artix®-7 FPGA, 200T
Software CompatibilityRT-LAB and HYPERSIM suites
RT-XSG support for custom FPGA applications
High speed communications4x SFP socket, 1 to 5Gbps, duplex multi-mode optical fiber (50/125 or 65/125μm), Xilinx Aurora compatible Up to 5 PCI or PCIe interface cards
PerformanceUp to 120 3-phase buses by core on 3.2 GHz CPU
I/O boards (8 slots per system)Analog - 16 channels per slot (max. of 128 per system)
Digital - 32 channels per slot (max. of 256 per system)
I/O monitoringMini-BNC for up to 16 Analog/Digital channels
Keyboard and mouse
See full list of communication protocols
Dimensions (HxWxD) & weight17.8 x 47.7 x 49.3 cm (7’’ x 18.8” x 19.4”)
Simulator: 9.07 - 15 Kg (20 lbs to 33 lbs)
Expansion chassis: 4.54 - 5.9 Kg (10 lbs to 13 lbs)

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.

eMEGASIM provides flexible, scalable, intuitive and affordable solutions for a multitude of disciplines and applications. Whether for industrial or academic use, the real-time simulation system can meet any requirement. eMEGASIM runs on the RT-LAB real-time simulation platform, fully integrated with the industry-standard Simscape Power System interface.

With almost two decades of research and development in real-time simulation and hands-on experience in power electronics, OPAL-RT has delivered eFPGASIM, the industry’s most powerful and intuitive FPGA-based real-time solution. eFPGASIM combines the performance of high-fidelity digital simulators with very the low latency required for hybrid and electrical transportation testings and R&D.

The only real-time phasor-based simulation on the market, ePHASORSIM is capable of simulating the transient stability of the world's largest power grids. ePHASORSIM performs real-time simulation in phasor domain in order to provide all points of measure, RMS Voltages and current information, as well as phase-like real phasor measurement unit (PMU) sensoring on a power grid.

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