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dSPACE Release 7.2

November 10, 2011: dSPACE Release 7.2 adds numerous new functionalities to many dSPACE tools – here's an overview of the most important new features:

ConfigurationDesk 4.1
The ConfigurationDesk® – Implementation Version for SCALEXIO® has new features for handling and for I/O functionality.
For example, dSPACE Release 7.2 provides filter options in table views and topologies, and also an option for automatic block sorting.
With regard to I/O, new SENT in/out functions are available. More function types can be assigned to different channel types. And for Ethernet connections, there is now an individually adjustable I/O function. 

ControlDesk 4.2
ControlDesk 4.2 has numerous innovations. One of these is the new Multiswitch instrument, which provides a quick and convenient way to implement individual switches, knobs, gear shifts, etc. Parameter files from ControlDesk 3.x can now also be imported into ControlDesk 4.2. To record data, several independent recorders can be configured, so that measurements can be saved to several separate measurement files in parallel.
The dSPACE Offline Simulator can be used directly with ControlDesk 4.2, where the model variables of the Simulink® model simulated on the PC can be accessed via a TRC file. For TRC access to function and plant models, ControlDesk® Next Generation – Basic Version is sufficient. For A2L file access via XCP on Ethernet to virtual ECUs generated by SystemDesk, the ECU Interface Module is required in addition.
Besides the Basic Version, a low-cost ControlDesk 4.2 – Operator Version is also available. The Operator Version is used to work with experiments that were created with the Basic Version, but with greatly restricted modification options. This makes it ideal for application cases where the layouts no longer have to be changed, e.g., test bench operations. The Basic Version can also be switched to a password-protected operator mode that protects experiments and projects against unauthorized changes during ongoing operation.
Further innovations and enhanced details in areas such as FlexRay bus monitoring, ECU diagnostics, project management and usability round off the new ControlDesk version.

Internal Bypass Plug-In for RTI Bypass Blockset and dSPACE Internal Bypassing Service 1.0
With the Internal Bypass Plug-In for the RTI Bypass Blockset and the dSPACE Internal Bypassing Service, new functions can be developed directly on the ECU, utilizing the free RAM and flash resources. When the bypass service and the associated bypass hooks have been integrated into the ECU software, function developers working with Simulink can use the RTI Bypass Blockset to flexibly define which bypass functions must be started by which bypass hook, and which ECU variables must be read and overwritten. The code for the internal bypass functions is generated, linked to the free area of the ECU's flash memory, and merged with the existing ECU software – all with push-button ease. The result is an A2L file to which the variables of the internal bypass functions have been added, and a new software version that can be flashed to the ECU with proven tools.

ECU Interface Manager 1.0
The ECU Interface Manager lets function developers insert bypass hooks into the compiled ECU software (hex code) themselves in order to perform service-based internal and external bypassing. The ECU manufacturer does not have to adapt the ECU source code for this, and access to the ECU software's build environment is also not required. This way, bypass projects can be implemented quickly and cost-effectively.
The ECU Interface Manager analyzes the hex code and the associated ECU description file, and finds function calls, read/write access to ECU variables, and conditional branches in the ECU software. A configuration file is used to define what information the ECU Interface Manager should visualize for the end user. This lets users intuitively insert bypass hooks at self-defined points in the ECU code. No detailed knowledge of the ECU software is required.

SystemDesk 3.1
SystemDesk 3.1 supports the new AUTOSAR Release 3.2. Data exchange and update scenarios are simplified by an intelligent reimport mechanism and by an option to import and export diagrams.
New features such as multiselection and identifying nonreferenced AUTOSAR elements make it easier to handle complex projects. The AUTOSAR Runtime Environment (RTE) is generated much faster with the new SystemDesk® version. In addition, code coverage can be tested as part of simulation.

TargetLink 3.3
The new version of dSPACE's production code generator TargetLink® is available in a 32-bit and a 64-bit version. The latter especially simplifies the handling of large models. Modular development has been greatly improved by more powerful incremental code generation for subsystems and for referenced models, and the function reuse mechanism has been extended. In the field of AUTOSAR, TargetLink provides new features such as support for the future definitive versions AUTOSAR 4.0 and AUTOSAR 3.2. In the dSPACE Data Dictionary, substantial extensions have been made to data management, where multiple workspaces with diff and merge functionality make round-trip engineering much easier. Further new features in multirate modeling, life cycle analysis for increased code efficiency, and various modeling and usability enhancements round off this TargetLink release.

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