In-vehicle prototyping system has expanded power
To meet increasing demands for computing power, dSpace's MicroAutoBox III in-vehicle prototyping system is equipped with a quad-core ARM processor that has up to 16 times more processing power in each core than its predecessor, the MicroAutoBox II. In addition, large models can be executed thanks to significantly more flash and DDR4 memory.
The MicroAutoBox III is available in the established I/O variants of the MicroAutoBox II. This aims to make migration to the new system easy because existing wiring harnesses can be reused. In addition to numerous analog and digital inputs, each version of the MicroAutoBox III offers connectivity by means of three Ethernet ports (Gigabit Ethernet) for the host connection and other devices, as well as two automotive Ethernet ports (100/1000 BASE-T1) as a standard. In the future, a Wi-Fi option for wireless access will be available, as well as a new DS1521 version of the MicroAutoBox III, which covers vehicle networking and has numerous automotive bus and network interfaces. This variant is particularly suitable for developments addressing the centralization of the E/E architecture, such as higher-level domain controllers or gateway applications.
dSpace ConfigurationDesk (configuration and implementation software), along with the dSpace Bus Manager, let users reuse models (Simulink, FMU) and I/O configurations, and switch between the MicroAutoBox III and SCALEXIO systems. This is meant to reduce the implementation effort for new development projects and increase consistency between compact and modular systems.
For various applications, such as the development of driver assistance systems, PC systems are often used in addition to real-time systems. dSpace, therefore, will soon offer its own embedded PC with Intel Xeon processor and 10 Gbit Ethernet interfaces for the MicroAutoBox III. The Embedded PC can be used in the same housing as the MicroAutoBox III, providing a small footprint or as a stand-alone system. It is suitable for various Linux- and Windows-based applications. For example, it can run ControlDesk or RTMaps.
To simplify switching from the MicroAutoBox II to the new system, dSpace says it supports its customers by reusing existing cable harnesses as well as by providing a script that converts RTI-based models to ConfigurationDesk-based models.