Powerful and Extendable: The New Variants of dSPACE MicroAutoBox II

• FPGA technology for extra extendability • Powerful I/O interfaces for current applications • USB port for long-running data recordings

Wixom, Michigan, Oct. 21, 2010: dSPACE is launching two new variants of its rapid control prototyping platform MicroAutoBox II. Since the summer of 2010, the new-generation MicroAutoBoxes have increased computing power and standard Ethernet interfaces. The two latest additions to the family have even more powerful I/O interfaces on top of that, and one of the two also has an FPGA board for extra extension options. As of the end of 2010, all the variants of MicroAutoBox II will support live data recording (with a flight recorder) via USB mass storage devices.

Integrated FPGA Board for Extensions

The FPGA board integrated into MicroAutoBox II variant 1401/1511/1512 gives users a flexibly extendable platform that they can easily adapt for their projects. dSPACE will very soon be offering extension modules that can be mounted on the FPGA board to provide I/O interfaces for current application fields such as controlling electric motors. It is already possible to implement customer-specific extensions via the dSPACE Engineering Service.

More Powerful I/O Interfaces

The I/O interfaces of the new MicroAutoBox II variants are now even more powerful, making it far easier to develop applications like cylinder pressure-based motor controls.

For example, the analog interfaces have 16-bit resolution and a sampling rate of 1 MSample/s for the precise capture of dynamic cylinder pressure signals.

There is a new bus controller for greatly enhanced performance in applications with a high volume of CAN, LIN and FlexRay bus traffic.

dSPACE MicroAutoBox II

Brief Information: MicroAutoBox II

MicroAutoBox II is the new generation of a compact real-time system for fast function prototyping in fullpass and bypass scenarios. MicroAutoBox II can be used for numerous rapid control prototyping applications such as driver assistance systems, body control, powertrains (with conventional, hybrid or electric drives), x-by-wire applications, and aerospace applications. The MATLAB®/Simulink®/Stateflow® modeling tools are seamlessly integrated into the dSPACE prototyping environment. Developers can quickly implement their Simulink® models on the MicroAutoBox II automatically with dSPACE's Real-Time Interface (RTI) software, the connection between dSPACE hardware and the modeling tool.

Facts about 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.

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

Further Information: www.dspace.com