RapidPro Control Unit

Intelligent I/O subsystem for dSPACE prototyping systems

The MPC565-based RapidPro Control Unit can be used as an intelligent I/O subunit to provide existing prototyping systems – such as MicroAutoBox II  – with additional I/O functionality.

Application Areas

In applications such as engine or vehicle dynamics control, complex I/O tasks can be shifted from the prototyping system to the RapidPro Control Unit. The RapidPro Control Unit also provides space for signal conditioning modules, so that different sensors can be adapted to a specific prototyping system.

Key Benefits

The MPC565-based RapidPro Control Unit is based on the same architecture as the RapidPro SC Unit. Additionally, the RapidPro Control Unit is equipped with a powerful microcontroller module, including an MPC565 microcontroller, which is dedicated to handling complex I/O tasks. The carrier board provides space for up to six signal conditioning modules (SC modules) and two communication (COM) modules. The signal conditioning modules are the same modules as for the SC Unit. The USB configuration interface module is used for communication with the host PC. The LVDS slave interface module enables high-speed communication with dSPACE prototyping systems (MicroAutoBox II). The RapidPro Control Unit can be used separately or in combination with the other units to build an intelligent I/O subsystem tailored to a particular application. An integrated Unit Connection Bus lets you connect several RapidPro SC or Power Units directly to the Control Unit without external wiring. Efficient configuration and diagnostics handling of a single control unit or a stack are provided by ConfigurationDesk. For graphical I/O integration and configuration, the RTI RapidPro Control Unit Blockset is available. This blockset provides extensive standard I/O functionalities such as PWM, bit I/O, A/D and special functionalities for engine, chassis and drives control. Additional interactive diagnostics with feedback to the model can be performed.

Parameter Specification
  • 6 slots for configurable, analog or digital signal conditioning modules (SC modules)
  • Support of modules with different form factors
  • 2 slots for communication interface modules (USB configuration interface module, LVDS slave interface module)
  • Unit Connection Bus to expand RapidPro Control Unit with several RapidPro Power and/or SC Units
  • Internal temperature and voltage monitoring
  • Remote control input to switch the unit on or off
  • Power management, sleep, and wake-up via prototyping system
  • Support of table-based algorithm for wider coverage of crank/cam wheel architectures, e.g., asynchronous crank wheels for 3-cylinder engines
  • Support of crank speed sensors with rotation detection for start/stop development
Microcontroller module
  • MPC565, 56 MHz
  • 4 MB external SRAM, 16 MB external flash
  • Onboard FPGA for additional functionality
  • 48-channel time processing unit (TPU)
  • 40-channel bit I/O
  • 22-channel multi I/O timer (MIOS)
  • 2 queued A/D converters with internal sample/hold
  • 40 A/D converter channels (10-bit resolution, 4 µs conversion time per channel)
Software support Configuration
  • Configuration of connected units and modules from a host PC via ConfigurationDesk
  • Diagnostics handling via ConfigurationDesk
  • Interactive diagnostics feedback to the model via RTI RapidPro Control Unit Blockset
I/O Real-Time Interface
  • RTI RapidPro Control Unit Blockset
Electrical characteristics Power supply
  • +6 ... +60 V DC
  • Load dump protection up to +100 V
  • Reverse protection up to -100 V
Mechanical characteristics Enclosure
  • Aluminum enclosure with cooling fins (no fan)
  • Advanced mechanical concept with special coulter clips for easy installation and module locking
  • Enclosure designed for flexible assembly (stack or single unit)
Physical size (with cover and base plate)
  • 200 x 225 x 35 mm (7.87 x 8.86 x 1.38 in.)
Physical size (without cover and base plate)
  • 172 x 225 x 25 mm (6.77 x 8.86 x 0.98 in.)
Environmental characteristics Ambient temperature
  • -40 ... +85 ºC (-40 ... +185 ºF)
Vibration resistance1)

EN 60068-2-6

  • Test conditions:

    • Swept sine, 1 octave per minute, 3-axis test

    • 5 ... 2000 Hz, 5 g (crossover 13 Hz), 2 sweeps

    • Operating

ISO 16750-3:2007 / Test IV

  • Test conditions:
    • Broadband noise, 2 h per axis / 3 spatial axes
    • RMS acceleration: 27.8 m/s2
    • Operating
Shock resistance1)

EN 60068-2-27

  • Test conditions:

    • Shock direction: six spatial directions

    • Acceleration: 15 g/11 ms; 100 g/5 ms

    • Operating

ISO 16750-3:2007 / 4.2.2

  • Test conditions:
    • Shock direction: six spatial directions
    • Acceleration: 50 g/6 ms; half-sinusoidal
    • Number of shocks: 10 per direction
    • Operating

1) For more detailed information about test conditions and tested variants, please inquire.


  • RapidPro Hardware Product Information, PDF, English, 12028 KB
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