RapidPro Hardware

Flexible hardware for rapid control prototyping
  • Scalable, modular and configurable system architecture
  • Compact and robust enclosure
  • For in-vehicle, laboratory and test bench use
  • Comprehensive software support
  • Application-specific configurations for common application areas
  • NEW: Advances for engine control: Any-crank/cam technology and start/stop development support

Description

The RapidPro hardware works as an extension to dSPACE prototyping systems. Its enclosure is designed so that you can use the RapidPro units separately or connect several of them to build a stack to use as one physical unit.
 
Signal Conditioning and Power Stages
The wide variety of sensors and actuators used in the automotive field, especially during the prototyping phase, means that each sensor or actuator often requires its own signal conditioning and power stage circuits. The flexibility and intelligent assistance provided by RapidPro will help you achieve challenging tasks for signal conditioning and power stages with high efficiency.
For details, see Use Scenario A.
 
Intelligent I/O Subsystems
The functions being developed and integrated into cars are growing in complexity and volume. The acquisition and generation of I/O signals is also growing in complexity, for example, in engine management applications. Moreover, sophisticated algorithms usually need to be processed in a minimum of time. All these demanding tasks need to be performed within a standard prototyping environment with intelligent tools for assistance. With RapidPro you can build an intelligent I/O subsystem based on an MPC565 microcontroller.
For details, see Use Scenario B.
 
Key Benefits
The RapidPro hardware works as an extension to dSPACE prototyping systems. Its enclosure is designed so that you can use the RapidPro units separately or connect several of them to build a stack to use as one physical unit. Off-the-shelf hardware- and software-configurable signal conditioning (SC) and power stage (PS) modules can be installed in the units to set up individual systems that optimally fit the needs of a particular application. The modular concept, using modules that are hardware- and software-configurable, means that all components can be reused, reconfigured, or extended with a minimum of effort, for example in later projects or if requirements change.

System Concept

Different unit types are available: the RapidPro SC Unit (signal conditioning unit), the RapidPro Power Unit (power stage unit), and the RapidPro Control Unit (with MPC565 as an intelligent I/O subsystem).

RapidPro SC Unit: Flexible Signal Conditioning Unit

  • Signal conditioning for dSPACE prototyping systems
  • Easily adaptable to different sensor types via configurable modules
  • Slots for up to 8 signal conditioning modules
  • Wide supply range (6 V to 60 V), reverse- and overvoltage-protected



RapidPro Power Unit: Flexible Power Stage Unit

  • Power stages for dSPACE prototyping systems
  • Easily adapted to different actuators via configurable modules
  • Slots for up to 6 power stage modules
  • Wide supply range (6 V to 60 V), reverse and overvoltage-protected



RapidPro Control Unit with MPC565: Intelligent I/O Subsystem for dSPACE Prototyping Systems

  • MPC565 microcontroller module
  • Complex I/O signal generation and acquisition
  • Up to 6 signal conditioning modules
  • USB configuration interface
  • LVDS slave communication interface



RapidPro SC/PS Modules: Mountable Signal Conditioning and Power Stage Modules

  • Hardware- and software-configurable standard modules
  • Easy to mount on RapidPro units
  • Safe locking of modules on RapidPro units
  • Signal conditioning and power stage functionality



RapidPro Break-Out Boxes

  • Fast and flexible sensor and actuator connection
  • Checking and reconnecting signals without changing an existing cable harness

Application-Specific Configurations

RapidPro’s predefined configurations cover a wide range of typical signal conditioning and power stage tasks in various application areas. For example, the configurations for engine control prototyping let you run engines with up to 6 cylinders and all modern sensors and actuators, and the configuration for electric motor control serves as a flexible inverter stage during the prototype phase of diverse AC electric motors.
For details, see Application-Specific Configurations


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