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Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) Simulation for Design and Test

Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) Simulation for Design and Test

Processors and software defined functionality as becoming an integral building block of todays systems. Testing complex control units requires a dynamic testing platform.

In industries like automotive, aerospace and defense (A&D) more intelligent decisions being taken by embedded control units. Thus manufacturers prefer hardware-in-loop (HIL) testing systems for effective testing and for better quality products.

HIL testing has been in practice for about two decades. In 2014, the HIL testing market earned revenue of $􂀀 billion with a consistent growth rate for the past 􂀀 years.

With an increasing demand in the automotive industry the need of HIL system also increases proportionally. This market segment holds the major portion of the market share.

The A&D industry also requires extensive HIL system for crucial testing, but still the sales volume is less in comparison with the automotive industry.

HIL testing has also widens its application in power systems, but the recent trend is the penetration of HIL in power electronics industry.

Previously, the existing HIL simulators for power electronics are limited by a sampling time between 􂀀 to 􂀀 microseconds, which is not sufficient for real-time execution.

With extensive research new HIL systems have been developed operating at 􂀀 microsecond step time with ultra-low latency. This evolution opens a new market in the HIL industry.

About this report

The research analyzes growth opportunities and current trends in the Hardware-in-loop (HIL) market. The increasing complexity of electronic assembly and of product safety has bolstered the demand for HIL simulation testing. This research includes detailed analysis into selective HIL applications, such as automotive, aerospace and defense (A&D) and power electronics. The base year of the study is 2014.


  • Executive Summary
    • Key Findings
  • Market Overview and Definition
    • Market Overview
  • Introduction to HIL Testing
  • External Challenges-Drivers and Restraints
    • Key Drivers and Restraints
    • Drivers Explained
    • Restraints Explained
  • Total HIL Market
    • HIL Market-Revenue Breakdown by Application
    • HIL Market-Revenue Discussion
  • HIL Market Breakdown by Application
    • HIL Testing in Automotive Industry
    • HIL Testing in A&D Industry
    • HIL Testing in Power Electronics Industry
  • Last Word
    • The Last Word

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