dSPACE RapidPro: Standard Configurations for Today's Development Tasks

Ready-made configurations for typical application scenarios - Completely covers the I/O requirements of today's development trends - Preconfigured Simulink I/O models to get started quickly

Wixom, Michigan, Feb. 16, 2011: dSPACE is now offering standard configurations of RapidPro, its modular rapid control prototyping hardware. These ready-made configurations optimally support typical development tasks such as developing transmission controllers, and most importantly, current development trends such as powertrain electrification and continued optimization of fuel consumption and emissions in combustion engines. dSPACE RapidPro provides signal conditioning and power stages for connecting automotive sensors and actuators to dSPACE prototyping systems.

Application-Specific Configurations

The new ready-made configurations give users complete solutions for connecting sensors and actuators, enabling them to concentrate fully on their real task –controller development.

For example, developing new combustion processes is much easier with the engine control configurations for combustion engines with up to 6 cylinders. These configurations also help with current development trends such as downsizing and direct injection, by connecting the latest sensors and actuators. The configuration for e-motor control acts as a flexible rectifier output stage in the prototyping phase for a variety of electric motors.

Each configuration is an optimal combination of RapidPro hardware. And if a user's requirements differ from the ready-made configurations, the RapidPro system is flexible for adaptations and extensions.

Preconfigured Simulink I/O Models

Simulink I/O models that are designed specifically for the RapidPro standard configurations are also available. Tasks within the Simulink models contain the preconfigured I/O signals of the connected sensors and actuators: For example, angle-synchronous tasks provide the signals for combustion engine control.

RapidPro: Compact and Vehicle-Capable

The modular, compact RapidPro hardware from dSPACE provides signal conditioning and power stages for connecting automotive sensors and actuators to dSPACE prototyping systems. A large number of modules are already available for different sensors and actuators, and dSPACE continues to extend the RapidPro range. The RapidPro modules are easy to configure and can be combined in numerous ways, providing the high flexibility needed to handle changing project requirements. The result is that users can neatly sidestep the expense of developing prototyping systems themselves. The RapidPro system is perfect for use in a vehicle, on a test bench, and in a laboratory.

Company Profile: dSPACE

dSPACE develops and distributes tools for the development of electronic control units (ECUs) and mechatronic systems worldwide. Using dSPACE systems, manufacturers of controllers and ECUs are able to dramatically reduce their development times and costs, and systematically increase their productivity.

Whether the objective is electronically controlled diesel injection or a fuel cell vehicle, virtually all car manufacturers and many of their suppliers rely on dSPACE hardware and software in their current development projects. dSPACE tools are also used in aerospace, drives technology, medical engineering, industrial automation, etc.

The company also provides comprehensive services from on-site user training to customer-specific system engineering such as complex turn-key HIL test systems.

dSPACE has over 850 employees worldwide at its headquarters in Paderborn, at the Project Centers in Munich and Stuttgart, and also in the USA, France, the UK, Japan and China. In addition, numerous distributors provide customer support in other countries.

Further Information: www.dspaceinc.com