High Performance Industrial PC System for use with xPC Target™.

Pathway Technologies Provides Solutions


  • 19" Rack Mount, 4U chassis
  • Open architecture system with support for the latest Core i5/i7 CPU's
  • Expandable with additional COTS PCI I/O boards
  • Remote as well as on-board data logging
  • Real-time monitoring and script based test automation using Pathway's OpenSim:ModelPartition software
  • Fully compatible with xPC Target™ real-time kernel from The MathWorks
  • Typical applications include Rapid Protyping and Hardware-In-The-Loop (HIL) Simulation and testing using xPC Target™

Pathway's Cheetah system can be used as a Hardware-In-The-Loop (HIL) simulator for testing of embedded software or as a bench top system for Rapid Prototyping with MATLAB/Simulink/xPC Target. The Cheetah Industrial PC is housed in a 19" rack mount chassis and can operate in indoor environment from 0 deg C to 55 deg C.

Cheetah fully supports the MATLAB/Simulink® modeling environment for real-time testing via xPC Target™ compatibility. The system dynamics model (plant models) developed in Simulink/SimMechanics/SimPowerSystems/SimHydraulics etc can be targeted to run in real-time on a Cheetah system running xPC Target™.

The I/O of each Cheetah is fully customized to customer requirements. The standard simulator chassis has space for five I/O cards. Additional I/O slots (upto 21) and custom signal conditioning, if required, can be added into the system based upon customer requirements. Pathway Technologies Provides Solutions


Third party provides software tools for configuration and control of the simulator hardware. If using the xPC Target™ real-time kernel from the MathWorks, TCP/IP connectivity is available between the host PC and the simulator for download and control of Simulink models, real-time monitoring and data logging.


In addition to the COTS components, it is possible to integrate hardware which is specific to your project into the Cheetah unit (for HIL Simulation and Test purposes). Third party provides dedicated engineering services for the design and fabrication of custom electronics components and for systems integration. The custom hardware components we develop include

  • Custom signal conditioning boards
  • Custom interface boxes for adding loads
  • Fault insertion units
  • Break-out boxes
  • ...

APPLICATIONS FOR CHEETAHPathway Technologies Provides Solutions

  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Data Acquisition
  • Hardware-In-The-Loop Simulation and Test


Part Number CPCI-001 CPCI-002
Processor Options CPU Pentium 4 @ 3.4 GHz Intel Core i3 2xxxx @ 3.3 GHz /Core i5 2xxxx @ 3.3 GHz
    Core2Duo @ 3.16 GHz Intel Core i7 2600 @ 3.4 GHz
  FSB 800/1066/1333 MHz 1066/1333 MHz
Memory RAM Upto 4 GB DDR2 667/800 MHz Upto 4 GB DDR3 1066/1333 MHz
  Hard Drive 160 GB/250 GB/320 GB SATA 160 GB/250 GB/320 GB SATA
Rear Panel Connectors   I/O Board Dependent I/O Board Dependent
Mechanical Operating Temperature 0o to 50oC 0o to 50oC
  Humidity Less than 95%, noncondensing Less than 95%, noncondensing
Expansion Slots Slot 1 PCIe x1 250 MB/s per direction PCIe x1 Gen 2 500 MB/s per direction
  Slot 2 PCIe x1 250 MB/s per direction PCIe x4 Gen 2 2 GB/s per direction
  Slot 3 to Slot 8 PCI 32bit / 33 MHz PCI 32bit / 33 MHz (more PCI slots available on this system through backplane)
Rear I/O Interface USB 4 (USB 2.0 Compliant) 8 (USB 2.0 Compliant)
  RS-232 2 6 (5x RS-232, 1x RS-232/422/485 with auto-flow control)
  Parallel Port 1 1
  Other Keyboard & Mouse PS2 Ports Keyboard & Mouse PS2 Ports
Drives CD/DVD ROM 1 1
  Floppy 1 0
Form Factor   ATX ATX
Power Input AC 110V, 60 Hz 110V, 60 Hz
Video VGA Intel GMA 3100 sharing 384 MB system memory Intel HD Graphics sharing 1GB maximum memory
Network Interface Ethernet One 10/100/1000 Ethernet Port (xPC Target R14 and higher compatible) Dual 10/100/1000 Ethernet Ports (xPC Target R2011b and higher compatible)
  Network Boot Option None. Supports PXE, TCP/IP (DHCP, BOOTP) remote boot protocols.
Software Operating Systems Compatible with most x86 operating systems, including WinCE/XP/XPe/ QNX, VxWorks, Linux, DOS and xPC Target. Compatible with most x86 operating systems, including WinCE/XP/XPe/ QNX, VxWorks, Linux, DOS and xPC Target.

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