Rapid Control Prototyping

Accelerated function prototyping for ECU development



  • Control design optimization for ECUs without manual programming
  • In-vehicle capable with high-speed hardware
  • Whole ECU replaced by a dSPACE prototyping system, or new functions tested via bypassing
  • MATLAB®/Simulink® models implemented on dSPACE hardware automatically with dSPACE Real-Time Interface
  • Intuitive experiment software

Why dSPACE Prototyping Systems?

Design engineers have one main concern: they want to concentrate completely on their ECU functions, and run quick and targeted trials of their designs. Not only offline, but in the actual vehicle or on a test bench. At this stage, they need rapid confirmation that they are going in the right direction. Producing a prototype is expensive and takes time. A far more efficient method is to use a dSPACE prototyping system.

One Solution for All Applications

dSPACE’s flexible development systems let design engineers go on optimizing their function designs in the vehicle until they have them just right, without any manual programming whatsoever. Design faults are found immediately, and corrections can be carried out on the spot.

No Programming Needed

Block diagrams and state diagrams in Simulink®/Stateflow® are the starting points for function prototyping. They represent the controller and its environment graphically and can be simulated offline for the first rough validation. To perform prototyping, the Simulink/Stateflow block diagrams are implemented on a dSPACE prototyping system and computed in real time. dSPACE prototyping systems therefore act as a real ECU prototype, either onboard the vehicle or on the test bench. To analyze a prototyping experiment, dSPACE prototyping systems record all the data in real time, and any desired control parameters can be optimized online.

Powerful Hardware

The prototyping hardware is far more powerful than the actual ECU will be, so you have no hardware limitations to worry about. To connect sensors and actuators to the prototyping hardware, there is a compact, modular hardware solution consisting of ready-made yet flexible components. This provides the right signal conditioning and power stages for each sensor and actuator type.