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dSPACE Release 7.4

November 22, 2012: dSPACE Release 7.4 adds numerous new functionalities to many dSPACE tools – here's an overview of the most important innovations:
 
ControlDesk Next Generation 4.3  
Version 4.3 of the ControlDesk Next Generation experiment software includes major new features. Camera images (for example, from USB webcams) can be recorded and replayed synchronously to measurement recordings via an integrated camera interface and an associated video instrument. The simultaneously recorded images are then available during postprocessing, making it easier to interpret measurements.
Also new is a primary flight display (PFD) for the aerospace sector, containing altimeter, artificial horizon, directional gyroscope and airspeed indicator instruments.
There are also far more options for testing virtual ECUs with dSPACE VEOS: measurements can be triggered, and the Signal Editor can be used for stimulation.1)
ControlDesk now supports the standardized measurement data format ASAM MDF 4.0 for easier data exchange with other tools, and has been given new convenience features.   
 
SystemDesk 3.2/4.0   
From dSPACE Release 7.4 onwards, there are two SystemDesk versions.
SystemDesk 3.2 supports all AUTOSAR 3.x releases in the modeling of software and system architectures. Virtual ECUs (V-ECUs) can be generated from these and simulated with VEOS, the offline simulation platform, for validation purposes.
SystemDesk 4.0 is used for the convenient modeling of software architectures according to the current AUTOSAR release R4.0. Close coupling between dSPACE TargetLink and basic software configuration tools, and tool automation throughout, give users additional support for performing their tasks.   
 
TargetLink 3.4   
The new version of the dSPACE production code generator, TargetLink, provides a completely new interface concept, based on flexible signal interfaces, for component-based software design. This concept dramatically increases software reuse, in which functionalities are developed once and then adapted to a specific project and integration context in a separate code generation step. In addition, TargetLink's proven AUTOSAR support now also covers the latest AUTOSAR versions 4.0.3 and 3.2.2, enables incremental code generation for AUTOSAR software components, and greatly facilitates AUTOSAR round trips by providing updatable frame model generation. For data management purposes, TargetLink 3.4 not only makes powerful diff & merge functionality available in the Data Dictionary, but also connects to SYNECT, the dSPACE data management and collaboration tool. For integration into VEOS, the dSPACE offline simulation platform, TargetLink 3.4 provides the ability to generate virtual ECUs, which can be executed directly on the offline simulator and tested with ControlDesk Next Generation. Extended modeling options combined with customer-specific code and substantial enhancements to code efficiency round off this release of TargetLink. 
 
VEOS 3.0   
VEOS is a PC-based simulation platform for simulating a wide variety of models, from function models and vehicle models to virtual ECUs (V-ECUs) and ECU networks with bus communication, and so on. This can all be done in early development phases without the need for simulation hardware. Simulink® models such as the dSPACE Automotive Simulation Models can be integrated as the validation scenario requires. Software-in-the-loop (SIL) simulation can be performed, and model code can also be run in processor-in-the-loop (PIL) mode. All this means that ECU functions can be validated and verified at an early stage of the development process.
 

1) These VEOS features will be available in January 2013.

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