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MicroAutoBox II

Compact and robust prototyping system for in-vehicle applications

MicroAutoBox II is a real-time system for performing fast function prototyping. It can operate without user intervention, just like an ECU.

  • Un nouveau FPGA pour la MicroAutoBox II pour encore plus de performance

    Avec la Release 2015-A, dSPACE ajoute une carte FPGA intégrée afin de parfaire la gamme de son matériel de prototypage, la MicroAutoBox II, avec des nouvelles variantes. Les nouvelles variantes 1401/1511/1514 et 1401/1513/1514 sont entièrement programmables et comprennent une carte FPGA Xilinx® Kintex®-7 (XC7K325T) très performante, capable de résoudre les tâches de prototypage les plus ardues.

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  • Support for CAN FD

    The dSPACE DS4342 CAN FD Interface Module (FD = flexible data rate) can be used to extend MicroAutoBox II variants with IP module slots. The DS4342 provides two independent CAN channels, each of which can be used for CAN FD or CAN. Network management functions such as wake-up and sleep are also included.

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  • Fast Double-Pack: Embedded PC with i7

     The Embedded PC extension for the compact prototyping system dSPACE MicroAutoBox II is now available in a new, more powerful variant with an Intel Core i7 processor. While the real-time component of a control system under development is calculated on the real-time processor of the MicroAutoBox II, the non-real-time component is processed on the Embedded PC equipped with the i7. MicroAutoBox II with Embedded PC is a combined system that is robust, compact and designed for in-vehicle use.

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  • Fuel Cell Revolution

    For the past 20 years, Ford has gained a wealth of experience from their research and development of fuel cells for in-vehicle use. Ford’s researchers have tested several concepts in the laboratory and on the road. Thanks to this continuous development work, the new technology is approaching commercial viability.

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  • No Driver Required

    Thanks to advances in the development of intelligent drive technology, the time is coming closer when self-driving vehicles will be a part of everyday road traffic. With the help of dSPACE MicroAutoBox, a group of researchers at the School of Automotive Studies, Tongji University, China, developed an electric prototype vehicle that can already drive by itself on the university campus.

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  • Sensor-Based Landing Aid

    ESG is developing a sensor-based landing aid (SeLa) that uses dust-penetrating radar to display the helicopter's position over the ground and enables the pilot to land safely, even in poor visibility. Once initial tests are completed successfully, the pilot is given a feel for the algorithms by running them on a MicroAutoBox in a flight simulator so that functions can be checked and optimized.


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Application Areas

MicroAutoBox can be used for many different rapid control prototyping (RCP) applications such as:
  • Powertrain
  • Chassis control
  • Body control
  • Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS)
  • Electric drives control
  • X-by-wire applications
  • Aerospace applications

Key Benefits

 The special strength of the MicroAutoBox II hardware is its unique combination of high performance, comprehensive automotive I/O, and an extremely compact and robust design (extreme shock and vibration tests according to ISO 16750-3:2007) – all for a favorable price. This lets you equip several vehicles or a whole test fleet to check the reliability of your control functions. With dSPACE's combination of comprehensive software and hardware support, you can also keep overall system costs low. In addition to the standard I/O, MicroAutoBox II offers variants with FPGA functionality for application-specific I/O extensions and for user-programmable FPGA applications. Moreover, there are MicroAutoBox II variants with interfaces for all major automotive bus systems: CAN, CAN FD, LIN, K-Line/L-Line, FlexRay, and Ethernet. As an option, an additional embedded PC can be integrated into the MicroAutoBox II. 

More Features

MicroAutoBox II can start autonomously after power-up, with ECU-like boot times. A PC or notebook can be easily connected (hot-plugged) for application download, model parameterization, and data analysis via Ethernet. MicroAutoBox II contains signal conditioning for automotive signal levels and an integrated flight recorder for long-term data acquisition (incl. support of USB mass storage devices). To improve safety aspects, MicroAutoBox II provides a two-stage watchdog concept for setting up task-specific surveillance and activating a pre-defined system behavior in critical states.

Five Standard Variants
MicroAutoBox is available in five standard variants, each with different interfaces and I/O functionalities. An ideal extension for the MicroAutoBox is the RapidPro hardware with its off-the-shelf signal conditioning and power stage modules. All standard variants can integrate an additional Embedded PC. 

Parameter Specification
MicroAutoBox II 1401/1507 1401/1511 1401/1513 1401/1511/1514 1401/1513/1514
  • IBM PPC 750GL, 900 MHz (incl. 1 MB level 2 cache)
  • 16 MB main memory
  • 6 MB memory exclusively for communication between MicroAutoBox and PC/notebook
  • 16 MB nonvolatile flash memory containing code section and flight recorder data
  • Clock/calendar function for time-stamping flight recorder data
Boot time
  • Depending on flash application size. Measurement examples: 1 MB application: 160 ms; 3 MB application: 340 ms
Inter­faces Host interface
  • 100/1000 Mbit/s Ethernet connection (TCP/IP). Fully compatible with standard network infrastructure. LEMO connector.
  • Optional XCP on Ethernet interface to support third-party calibration and measurement tools
Ethernet real-time I/O interface
  • 100/1000 Mbit/s Ethernet connection UDP/IP (TCP/IP on request). RTI Ethernet (UDP) Blockset (optional) for read/write access. LEMO connector.
USB interface
  • USB 2.0 interface for long-term data acquisition with USB mass storage devices. LEMO connector.
CAN interface
  • 4 CAN channels
  • 6 CAN channels
    (partial networking supported)
  • 4 CAN channels
  • 6 CAN channels
    (partial networking supported)
Serial interface
(based on CAN processor)
  • 2 x RS232 interface
  • 3 x RS232 interface
  • 2 x RS232 interface
  • 3 x RS232 interface
  • 2 x serial interface usable as K-Line/L-line or LIN interface
  • 3 x serial interface usable as K-Line/L-Line or LIN interface
  • 2 x serial interface usable as K-Line/L-Line or LIN interface
  • 3 x serial interface usable as K-Line/L-Line or LIN interface
ECU interface
  • 3 x dual-port memory interface

  • 2 x dual-port memory interface
IP module slot for FlexRay and CAN FD
  • 2 slots1) for FlexRay2)  or CAN FD modules.
  • 2 slots1) for FlexRay2) or CAN FD modules.
Programmable FPGA
  • Xilinx® Kintex®-7 (XC7K325T)
Analog input Resolution
  • 16 16-bit channels
  • 32 16-bit channels
  • 16 16-bit channels3) 
  • 32 16-bit channels3) 
  • 16 parallel channels with 1 Msps conversion rate
  • 16 parallel channels with 1 Msps conversion rate
  • 16 multiplexed channels with 200 Ksps conversion rate
  • 16 parallel channels with 1 Msps conversion rate
  • 16 parallel channels with 1 Msps conversion rate
  • 16 multiplexed channels with 200 Ksps conversion rate
Input voltage range
  • 0 ... 5 V
  • -10 ... 10 V
  • 0 ... 5 V
  • -10 ... 10 V
Analog output Resolution
  • 4 12-bit channels
  • 8 16-bit channels
  • 4 12-bit channels3)
  • 8 16-bit channels3)
Output voltage range
  • 0 ... 4.5 V
  • -10 ... 10 V
  • 0 ... 4.5 V
  • -10 ... 10 V
Output current
  • 5 mA max.
  • 8 mA max.
  • 5 mA max.
  • 8 mA max.
Digital I/O General 4)
  • ​FPGA-based digital I/O

  • RTI software support for bit I/O, frequency, and PWM generation/measurements

Bit I/O
  • 40 inputs
  • 40 outputs, 5 mA output current
  • 24 inputs
  • 24 outputs, 5 mA output current
  • 40 inputs3) 
  • 40 outputs, 5 mA output current3)
  • 24 inputs3) 
  • 24 outputs, 5 mA output current3)
  • Input/output logic levels: 5 V or levels of up to 40 V (depending on VDrive), selectable
PWM generation/measurement
  • All channels fully configurable as frequency or PWM inputs/outputs
  • PWM frequency 0.0003 Hz ... 150 KHz, duty cycle 0 ... 100%, up to 21-bit resolution
Onboard sensors
  • Motion sensing with 3-axis accelerometer. Pressure sensing for altitude indication.
Signal conditioning
  • Signal conditioning for automotive signal levels, no power driver included
  • Overvoltage protection; overcurrent and short circuit protection
Physical connections
  • LEMO connectors for 2 ECU interfaces, Ethernet I/O interface, USB interface, and Ethernet host interface
  • Ethernet host interface for notebook/PC connection (for program load, experiment configuration, signal monitoring and flight recorder read-out)
  • Integrated Ethernet switch
  • Additional 78-pin Sub-D connector
  • ZIF connector for I/O signals, mechanically secured, Sub-D connector for power supply
Physical characteristics Enclosure material
  • Cast aluminum box
Enclosure size
  • Approx. 200 x 225 x 50 mm (7.9 x 8.9 x 2.0 in)
  • Approx. 200 x 225 x 95 mm (7.9 x 8.9 x 3.8 in)
  • Operating (case) temperature: -40 ... +85 °C (-40 ... +185 °F)
  • Storage temperature: -55 ... +125 °C (-67 ... +257 °F)
Power supply
  • 6 ... 40 V input power supply, protected against overvoltage and reverse polarity
Power consumption
  • Max. 25 W
  • Max. 50 W


1) IP module slot. Can also be used for other IP modules such as ARINC interface modules (via dSPACE Engineering Services).
2) i.e., 4 FlexRay channels, combination with CAN FD possible.
3) Additional channels with DS1552.
4) Additional digital I/O channels available via I/O extension on IP module slot (5 inputs and 2 outputs, or 2 inputs and 5 outputs, software-selectable, 5 V output level, 24 mA output current).

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