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ControlDesk®

Universal modular experiment and instrumentation software for electronic control unit (ECU) development

ControlDesk is the dSPACE experiment software for seamless ECU development. It performs all the necessary tasks and gives you a single working environment, from the start of experimentation right to the end.

  • ControlDesk 6.1

    More support for RCP and virtual validation: With version 6.1, dSPACE is expanding the possibilities of its experiment and visualization software ControlDesk® even further. 
     

  • Last Cross Test Demonstrated Good Interoperability

    The interoperability of ASAM XIL API-compliant products, such as ControlDesk, is checked on a regular basis. For this purpose, major vendors of development tools for automotive applications meet with dSPACE regularly to carry out so-called cross tests on their products. During these tests, they connect their test tools to third-party test benches to evaluate if their test software is able to communicate with test hardware from other manufacturers without issues.

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  • New ways for cost-effective mild hybrids

    Continental’s new belt-driven starter generator uses not only the 48 V vehicle electrical system but also an asynchronous machine as the electric motor and generator – a novelty. dSPACE’s flexible HIL test systems spur the development of the mild hybrid ECU.

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  • Electric wedge clutch for smoother shifts

    Previous attempts at wedge clutches in automatic transmissions often failed because of unpleasant shift jerking. Researchers from Shanghai Jiao Tong University are working on solving this problem through a precisely controlled electric motor. The validation is based on hardware and software tools by dSPACE.

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  • Efficient tests for commercial vehicle ECU variants

    For commercial vehicles, diversity is a standard. Scania has a nearly endless selection of vehicle types and modular vehicle configurations. And the generic electronic control unit (ECU) system has just as many variants. In a new test lab, Scania shows how this system can be validated with reliability.

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Application Areas

These are some of the tasks ControlDesk can be used for:

  • Rapid control prototyping (RCP; fullpass, bypass)
  • Hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulation
  • ECU measurement, calibration, and diagnostics
  • Access to vehicle bus systems (CAN, CAN FD, LIN, FlexRay)
  • Virtual validation with VEOS and SCALEXIO®

Key Benefits

ControlDesk unites functionalities that often require several specialized tools. It provides access to simulation platforms as well as to connected bus systems and can perform measurement, calibration and diagnostics on ECUs, e.g., via standardized ASAM interfaces. Its flexible modular structure provides high scalability to meet the requirements of specific application cases. This gives you clear advantages in terms of handling, the amount of training needed, the required computing power, and costs.

Versions Description
ControlDesk
  • Same tool for rapid control prototyping, HIL simulation, offline simulation, ECU calibration, and diagnostics
  • Easy creation of layouts and instruments
  • Synchronous measurement on all data sources
  • Integrated project and experiment management
  • Integrated measurement data management (with ASAM MDF 4.1 support for import and export)
  • Compatibility with several ASAM standards (such as MDF, XCP, CCP, ASAP2, ODX)
    Powerful tool automation capabilities for user-specific extensions and optimal process integration
  • Bus network access (CAN, CAN FD, LIN, FlexRay) via dSPACE hardware, PC bus interfaces (e.g., DCI-CAN1, DCI-CAN2, and DCI-CAN/LIN1), and dSPACE VEOS: monitoring, logging, and dedicated instruments for bus objects
  • Operator mode (protects your projects and experiments against unauthorized changes)
  • Support of virtual validation test scenarios with dSPACE VEOS and SCALEXIO
  • Built-in access to all dSPACE real-time hardware platforms
  • Built-in access to third-party test benches and other hardware by using an ASAM XIL API MAPort server
  • Built-in automation functionality using the ASAM MCD-3 standard
ControlDesk – Operator Version1)
  • For using projects and experiment data that were already created with the standard version “ControlDesk”
  • Protection against altering and creating projects and experiments
  • Built-in access to all dSPACE real-time hardware platforms 
  • Built-in access to third-party test benches and other hardware by using an ASAM XIL API MAPort server

 

 

Additional Modules Description
ECU Interface Module
  • AUD, NBD, JTAG/Nexus, JTAG/OCDS and JTAG/SDI
  • CCP2) (CAN Calibration Protocol)
  • XCP on CAN2), XCP on Ethernet3) (TCP/IP and UDP/IP), XCP on FlexRay
  • Support of structured data types as specified in ASAM A2L 1.7
ECU Diagnostics Module
  • Compliance with the ODX database standard (ASAM MCD-2D v2.0.1 and v2.2.0 (ISO 22901-1))
  • Support of ISO protocols for CAN and K-Line
  • Dedicated instruments for executing diagnostic services and reading or clearing the ECU fault memory
  • ECU flash programming via diagnostic interfaces
  • Support of ASAM MCD-3D v2.0.2
Signal Editor Module4)
  • For graphical stimulus definition
  • Time-synchronous stimulus generation on dSPACE real-time hardware and Simulink models simulated
    in dSPACE VEOS
  • Replaying measured data
  • Several stimulus patterns can be executed independently
  • Support of XIL API stimulus format (STZ files, i.e., zipped STI files)
Bus Navigator Module
  • Support of CAN (incl. J1939), CAN FD, LIN, and FlexRay buses for dSPACE hardware or PC bus interfaces and for dSPACE VEOS
  • Replaying recorded CAN messages
  • Dedicated instruments for LIN and FlexRay bus objects
  • LIN monitoring and logging for dSPACE hardware and dSPACE VEOS
  • FlexRay monitoring and logging via PC bus interfaces

 

1)     MCD-3 automation functionality not supported. 
2)     Support for CAN FD with DCI-CAN2 or DCI-CAN/LIN1.
3)     Also for access to simulated virtual ECUs.
4)     Signal generation not supported for DS1104.
 
 

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