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dSPACE FlexRay Configuration Package

Configuring dSPACE systems in FlexRay networks


  • Integrating dSPACE systems as simulation or monitoring nodes in a FlexRay network
  • Efficient configuration of FlexRay simulations
  • Rapid control prototyping and hardware-in-the-loop simulation, including restbus simulation
  • Blockset for creating application-specific Simulink® models
  • Protocol data unit (PDU) support


Application Areas

The dSPACE FlexRay Configuration Package is used to integrate dSPACE hardware as simulation or monitoring nodes in a FlexRay network. Nodes are configured with the dSPACE FlexRay Configuration Tool according to a communication matrix containing scheduling information for signals and frames transmitted via the FlexRay bus. The communication information is linked to a MATLAB®/Simulink® model via the RTI FlexRay Configuration Blockset. The resulting FlexRay application can be executed on a dSPACE system.

Key Benefits

The dSPACE FlexRay Configuration Package is an extensive solution for using FlexRay in dSPACE’s MicroAutoBox or modular systems. The package makes FlexRay configurations easy and hides much of FlexRay’s complexity. Configuration settings can be stored as project files. The number of FlexRay controllers needed can be optimized. The dSPACE FlexRay Configuration Package has been designed in close cooperation with advanced users of the FlexRay protocol to ensure it meets your requirements. The package supports two FlexRay channels.

dSPACE FlexRay Configuration Tool

The dSPACE FlexRay Configuration Tool lets you configure a dSPACE system as a simulation node in a FlexRay network. It relies on the network and scheduling data available in a FIBEX representation. Numerous consistency checks are performed when the FIBEX file is imported. Various views help in managing the FlexRay configuration. The tool generates the communication code and controller configuration.

RTI FlexRay Configuration Blockset

Application-specific Simulink models can be created using the RTI FlexRay Configuration Blockset as a basis. The block attributes are filled with data generated by the dSPACE FlexRay Configuration Tool. The blockset contains additional blocks that can be used for task execution control, interrupt and error handling, status information, and
controller reset. The RTI FlexRay Configuration Blockset supports the sending and receiving of protocol data units (PDUs), which are also used in AUTOSAR. Such units comprise several signals, which can be handled in the model using only one Simulink block per PDU.