May 13, 2013: dSPACE Release 2013-A adds numerous new functionalities to several dSPACE tools. Here's an overview of the most important innovations:
Automotive Simulation Models 5.0 and ModelDesk 3.0
The Automotive Simulation Models (ASM) 5.0 have been expanded to provide enhanced support for developing and testing advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), especially intersection assistants. The ASMs now include extensive support for simulating complex intersection traffic scenarios. The graphical tool ModelDesk also has extensions for defining road networks and maneuvers for crossing traffic, including traffic rules that determine the behavior of vehicles at intersections.
For vehicle dynamics simulation, there are now X- and II-brake systems. Electrical simulation benefits from nonlinear inductivities in PSM motors and the support of parallel battery circuits. Finally, the ASM Engine InCylinder models now have variable operating points.
ConfigurationDesk® 4.4 makes it possible to import virtual ECUs (V-ECUs). A V-ECU covers the entire functional scope of an ECU, and can be connected to environment models and tested on SCALEXIO® HIL systems without any ECU hardware having to be available. Moreover, V-ECUs can communicate with real ECUs via CAN, so they can be tested together. V-ECUs are generated from dSPACE SystemDesk® or from dSPACE TargetLink®.
A new, well-structured view for configuring intermodel communication displays the inports and outports of the models and V-ECUs and makes it easy to configure the data exchange between them.
ConfigurationDesk 4.4 also supports SCALEXIO's new "multiple failures" function. Software settings can be made for I/O functions to allow failures to be activated by a mechanical relay to simulate unplugged connectors and similar.
ControlDesk® 5.0 has a completely redesigned user interface that includes the new, intuitive ribbons (incl. the backstage) featured in Microsoft® Office® products, dSPACE SYNECT®, MATLAB® (as of R2012b) and other software. dSPACE has optimized the layout of the ControlDesk control elements and functionalities to enhance usability and make your work more efficient.
For project data management (of projects, experiments, layouts, etc.), ControlDesk 5.0 can be connected to a SYNECT server. Build results from ConfigurationDesk can be passed to ControlDesk automatically via the SYNECT server.
Other new ControlDesk features include support of ASAM MDF 4.1 for the generation and standardized exchange of measurement files; recording audio synchronously to video recordings made via the camera interface; automated generation of calculated variables; and numerous other tool optimizations.
ControlDesk Next Generation (ControlDesk 5.0 and 4.x) replaces the previous product ControlDesk 3.x., which is being delivered for the last time with dSPACE Release 2013-A.
ECU Interface Manager 1.3
Version 1.3 of the ECU Interface Manager has a new pane with an easy-to-read view showing all the available function calls. Various filter and selection options simplify the workflow for integrating bypass services. The ECU Interface Manager supports more processor families. The new additions are Freescale MPC55xx and MPC56xx microcontrollers, incl. "variable length encoding" (VLE code compression), ST Microelectronics SPC56 microcontrollers, and Infineon AURIX and AUDO MAX microcontrollers. The ECU Interface Manager can now search the ECU hex code specifically for existing dSPACE bypass services so that they can be reused. This saves the time and effort for integrating the services twice, and simplifies various points of the workflow. For example, a preconfiguration can be set up for bypassing tasks, and function developers can add project-specific service calls to it later.
RTI Watchdog Blockset 1.0 (for MicroAutoBox II)
The Real-Time Interface (RTI) Watchdog Blockset is used for easy, block diagram-based programming and for integrating the new MicroAutoBox II watchdog into existing Simulink controller models.
The multistage MicroAutoBox II watchdog with configurable timeout behavior increases safety when prototype vehicles are used in road and fleet tests, because the system immediately reacts to critical states appropriately and as defined by the user. The timeout behaviors include saving data, setting defined output values, completely restarting the system, etc. The new watchdog blockset supports all MicroAutoBox II variants.