HILTOP – Open source Test & Measurement Platform

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Devtank has developed its first open source test and measurement hardware platform called HILTOP (Hardware In-the-loop Test Operating Platform) – integral motherboard/controller adopting a flexible split architecture with 64bit ARM processor and parallel FPGA hardware acceleration. High Speed Open-VTI backplane provides modular expansion using the Eurocard form factor. Powerful 1.2GHz quad-core ARM Cortex CPU & ICE40 8K FPGA combo fitted as standard. All packaged in a robust industrial grade instrumentation case built to last.

This comprehensive flexible platform allows test, measurement and control solutions to be realised using numerous built in multi-channel interfaces such as USB2.0, LVDS, CAN-FD and RS485. Easily expanded to add new interfaces and capability using the Open-VTI backplane and Eurocard expansion format.

Automated testing gives faster and more accurate measurements through hardware and software integration.

Key features include:

  • CPU-1.2GHz Broadcom Quad Core ARM Cortex
    FPGA- Lattice ICE40HX8K
    Integrated SATA support and 1TB hard-drive
    Gigabit Ethernet port
    Integrated programmable 30V/2A Power supply
    7″ high contrast colour touch screen
    3 x USB2.0 ports
    GPIO Expansion slots for additional hardware
    USB Barcode scanner and camera support
    High Speed Open VTI Backplane standard supporting a number of interfaces including LVDS & USB2.0
    Standard Eurocard ready 6HP expansion ports
    2x Isolated RS 485/422 interfaces
    2x Isolated CAD FD interfaces
    Script generation from DOORS® test specifications
    Dual control software platform accessed either from the shop floor or remote web interface
    Data Logging Capability with SQL database integration


  • The HILTOP software is a scalable modular platform with structured back-end libraries specifically targeted at Test, Measurement and Automation applications. Python is typically used for implementing customer focused automated test scripts but C/C++ can be used for test programs too. Script generators can be created to generate Python test scripts from test specification documents or system links DOORS enabling systems engineers to create tests with potential for significant cost savings and reduced time to test.All test results are stored in an SQL Database and can be stored locally or output over LAN to your network. Results are logged by serial number so products can be tracked through manufacture and through life.
  • HILTOP test solutions provide remote access and control features so it doesn’t matter if your manufacturing facility is in Asia and your product development is in the UK. Dual control software accessed from either the touchscreen or remote web interface.

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Please download our Devtank_HILTOP_Datasheet for the full specification.