New dSPACE Blockset Improves Development of AUTOSAR-Compliant Application Software

MicroAutoBox II as an AUTOSAR-compliant real-time development and validation platform  Run AUTOSAR ECU application software on MicroAutoBox II  AUTOSAR-compliant operating system with model-based configuration  Higher productivity through earlier function tests without a real ECU

Wixom, Michigan dSPACE has released new capabilities to increase the maturity of embedded software earlier in development stages with its latest RTI AUTOSAR Blockset. This capability enables the frontloading of software development and validation activities by allowing engineers to execute production AUTOSAR-compliant application software on the dSPACE MicroAutoBox II real-time development platform.

With the new RTI AUTOSAR Blockset, engineers can combine control algorithms designed in MATLAB®/Simulink® together with individual AUTOSAR application software components running on MicroAutoBox during development phases. For the first time, engineers can also import the complete AUTOSAR application software packaged together with the operating system (OS) as a virtual ECU (V-ECU) and execute it on MicroAutoBox II for software validation.

V-ECUs can be easily generated using dSPACE's system architecture tool SystemDesk. Using the RTI AUTOSAR Blockset, these V-ECUs can be executed on MicroAutoBox II for tasks such as software development, rapid control prototyping, benchmarking and testing, long before the first prototypes of the respective production ECU become available.

MicroAutoBox II supports both versions 3.x and 4.x of AUTOSAR software and complies with the AUTOSAR OS conformance class 1. The RTI AUTOSAR Blockset makes it easy to transfer the V-ECUs, the operating system, and the basic software configurations onto the MicroAutoBox II. dSPACE RTI Blocksets and the complete model-based development environment of MicroAutoBox II provide a very easy and convenient environment for engineers to experiment with various I/O configurations, in comparison to the basic ECU software tools available with production ECU targets.

About MicroAutoBox II

MicroAutoBox II is a real-time system development platform for performing rapid control prototyping from simple to complex, sophisticated embedded software applications. It is widely used by automotive manufacturers and other industries with equally challenging tasks to develop applications such as engine controls, driver assistance systems, etc. MicroAutoBox II offers unparalleled capabilities for complete ECU development. It can also be used with existing ECUs in bypass mode. MicroAutoBox II features a high-end PowerPC processor, comprehensive IO set, and communication interfaces for all major automotive bus systems: CAN, CAN FD, LIN, K-Line, FlexRay and Ethernet. It is designed to be a compact and robust development platform for in-vehicle use. MicroAutoBox II offers additional capabilities with many extensions such as an embedded PC, user programmable FPGA, signal conditioning and power stages.

About SystemDesk

SystemDesk is used for the model-based development of ECU software, and especially for generating AUTOSAR-compliant software architectures and V-ECUs. SystemDesk supports the software development process, from modeling software architectures and software components, to specifying the hardware topology and network communication at the system level.