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Introducing More Power and Flexibility for In-Vehicle Prototyping

dSPACE launches a new variant of MicroAutoBox Embedded PC

  • Faster Intel® CoreTM i7 quad-core processor
  • Stand-alone operation or combination with MicroAutoBox II
  • SATA interface for high-volume data storage
  • Extension for in-vehicle prototyping of Automotive Ethernet

Wixom, Michigan, April 12, 2018: dSPACE now also offers an even more powerful variant of MicroAutoBox Embedded PC. With a quad-core, sixth generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor, 16 GB RAM and 128 GB flash memory, it provides even more power for demanding and computation-intensive in-vehicle prototyping applications, such as advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and functions for automated driving.  

Stand-Alone Operation

The new variant of Embedded PC can still be used in combination with MicroAutoBox in a compact and robust housing. Additionally, it is now also possible to use the Embedded PC as a stand-alone system without MicroAutoBox. As such, it can be used as a dedicated platform for Windows- or Linux-based applications like RTMaps, a software development environment for multisensor applications. This combination of high-performance hardware and software results in a perfect platform for the prototyping of complex algorithms for ADAS and automated driving, as well as for the time-synchronous recording and playback of large volumes of sensor and vehicle network data.

SATA interface for high-volume data logging applications

To record large volumes of data, e.g., from cameras as well as radar and lidar sensors, the new Embedded PC includes an external SATA interface (4 x SATA 3.0). The interface lets you capture data with a high bandwidth. For this use case, dSPACE will offer a MicroAutoBox Embedded DSU (Data Storage Unit) with up to four SSDs and several terabytes of storage capacity that can be used with Embedded PC.

Extension for in-vehicle prototyping of automotive Ethernet

The new variant of Embedded PC features the option to add up to three mPCIe plug-in cards. The system can thus be equipped with dSPACE-qualified extensions for WLAN, CAN, CAN FD, and BroadR-Reach Ethernet, for example. For the first time, the new variant is also available in a dSPACE Automotive Ethernet Embedded PC Bundle. It contains the new Embedded PC, one PCIe Mini Card with two Ethernet controllers and two BroadR-Reach interfaces, and a comprehensive software package for Ethernet configuration. In this setup, MicroAutoBox II can be directly used in service-oriented (SOME/IP) ECU networks. A media converter is not required. The entire SOME/IP communication can be conveniently configured on the basis of AUTOSAR and FIBEX 4 network description files on the Embedded PC. The latter is automatically synchronized with the real-time application implemented on MicroAutoBox II. By adding further BroadR-Reach cards, it is possible to implement up to six Ethernet channels in one compact system.

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