updated 09:15 am EDT, Wed September 27, 2006
MathWorks' control design
The MathWorks today announced major upgrades to three of its control design software products: Control System Toolbox 7, Simulink Control Design 2, and Simulink Response Optimization 3. The new versions provide a stronger integration with Simulink to create a streamlined platform for control design and optimization using Model-Based Design as well as a new graphical user interface (GUI) that unifies the three products. The trio of products facilitates the control design process: Control System Toolbox gives engineers the ability to systematically analyze, design, and tune control systems; Simulink Control Design enables the design and analysis of sophisticated multi-loop control systems directly in Simulink; and Simulink Response Optimization, enables engineers to use numerical optimization to tune the response of systems modeled in Simulink, satisfying performance requirements. Prices start at $1000 for each product.
"One of the primary goals in these upgrades was to make systematic control design techniques more accessible. The tighter integration of control design software with Simulink helps engineers reduce the need for trial-and-error design and greatly simplifies the analysis and tuning of multi-loop systems," said Paul Barnard, marketing director, control design at The MathWorks. "Furthermore, engineers can now apply numerical optimization to control design to maximize system performance in fewer design cycles."