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A Million Reasons to Choose Virtual Test Drives

June 30, 2017: You will have to drive your autonomous prototype vehicle hundreds of millions of miles to test it against the seemingly endless number of traffic scenarios and requirements that are possible. Trying to accomplish that level of testing on the road is not realistic, but there is a better solution. 

dSPACE offers a complete solution for creating virtual test drives. 

ControlDesk Tool Automation … Taking It to the Next Level!

May 29, 2017: ControlDesk is a powerful front-end tool that is used to interface the host PC to your dSPACE platform. At the task level, ControlDesk is primarily used to register your platform and create projects and experiments. Among its many benefits is a ready-to-go instrument library with built-in features that can be used very quickly to create custom experiments.

Resolving Sensor Interface Challenges for Autonomous Applications

April 25, 2017: In recent years, the demand for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and active safety systems has reached an unprecedented high. As companies in the automotive industry look to break into the autonomous vehicle market, engineers are spending much time and effort trying to integrate the large number of available sensors in a real-time manner. 

Will Your ECU Software Still Function Correctly After Migrating to AUTOSAR?

November 2, 2016: AUTOSAR is becoming increasingly popular in the North American automotive market. As a result, many companies are working on migrating their existing electronic control unit (ECU) software to AUTOSAR. This can often involve reworking much of the structure and rewriting the code in order to make it compliant to the standard. All of these changes need to be tested thoroughly and efficiently to guarantee that the code still functions the same as it previously did. 

A New Solution for Managing Multiple Bus Communication Interfaces

October 12, 2016: As a dSPACE applications engineer, I have worked on projects that utilize many buses, including CAN, CAN FD, J1939, LIN, FlexRay, and any number of Ethernet variations, just to name a few. Embedded control systems are getting more and more complex, so distributed networks like these help modularize the systems and reduce in-vehicle wiring. Each of these networks has its own set of pros and cons, from data redundancy, bus speed, and bandwidth to reliability and cost. As a result, a combination of the buses can be found on any vehicle platform.

dSPACE has recently introduced a new tool to help manage the challenge of differing bus interfaces. 

New Solutions for Avionics Testing

September 12, 2016: Avionic software testing is among the most stringently mandated of all the domains within the embedded systems industry. As electrification and newer requirements for distance and comfort increase, the complexity of the aircraft increases. Consequently, the complexity of testing the related components increases tremendously.

Among the various methods of validating avionics software, hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) is generally recognized as the standard for reliable, flexible, and cost-efficient development. HIL is now commonplace for testing embedded systems across the industries, including the aerospace, automotive, and commercial vehicle industries.

Speeding Up the Development of ADAS Systems with Model-Based Development

July 5, 2016: How do you speed up the development of electronic systems that are becoming ever more complex?

Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) have the potential to significantly reduce the number of road accidents by enhancing vehicle systems for safety. The ADAS market has developed from comfort systems designed for high speed highway driving to safety systems designed to operate in complex urban environments. This also leads to growing system complexity. 

Autonomous Technology Is Disrupting Conventional Automotive Development – Are You Prepared?

May 17, 2016: The big transition to ADAS and autonomous vehicles is influencing everyone in the automotive industry. While we still continue to work on challenges in powertrains, electrification, battery systems and many other technologies, ADAS and Autonomous Vehicles seem to be at the center of attention. 

Data Visualization – Why Seeing Is Believing

April 4, 2016: The oscilloscope has been an instrument of choice for engineers for a long time. However, with ever evolving technology and requirements, experimentation software such as dSPACE ControlDesk are providing visualization tools that are more capable and flexible.

MicroLabBox – Exciting New Options for Universities

February 12, 2016: As the Academic Sales Representative for North America at dSPACE, Inc. I am empathetic to the same series of issues from my customers who are seeking the best products on a limited budget: price, functionality and endurance. 

For over a decade, the solution was the dSPACE DS1103 controls prototyping system. In developing a new system, we took to heart some of the most desired upgrades, such as physical features, ease of connectivity, simplicity in connection to the host PC/laptop, documentation, etc., and brought to the market a brand new solution – the MicroLabBox (released in 2015).    

Get the Most Out of Your dSPACE System with Training

January 5, 2016: At dSPACE, we offer training for all the tools we provide ... for all levels of engineers – from new to highly experienced engineers. Our training classes are designed to give users that unique learning experience that shortens their learning curve significantly.

Assuring High Quality Development for Power Electronics

November 16, 2015: Power electronics are present almost everywhere, in electronic devices like personal computers, cell phone chargers and many more.

Ethernet in Modern Mechatronic Applications

September 14, 2015: Ethernet offers a standard, cost-effective, high-speed technology to network devices like sensors and ECUs.

Anatomy of a Successful MBD Implementation for ECU Software

July 30, 2015: Model-based software development allows for the simulation of models on the host PC at an early stage and shorter development times. There are some preconditions that need to be met to generate a successful project.

SYNECT – Little Footprint, Big Power!

June 3, 2015: SYNECT is a relatively new product in the dSPACE toolchain. It was introduced in 2012 and has been growing and developing in many ways since then. The concept of a global database to store items that are used for the Model-Based Development (MBD) process is not new , but there are relatively few tools out there today that do this in the MBD workspace. SYNECT is one of those tools … and more.

I Sort of Know What CAN Is, but What’s CAN FD?

May 6, 2015: This article is not written for those who have a detailed knowledge of CAN clear down to stuff bits, termination, and physical layer topology. I’ve written this blog at a higher level and it is my hope that readers will be able to nod their heads with confidence and go “uh-huh” in a meeting where CAN and CAN FD are mentioned.

Simulating GPS Signals in Real-Time – What Can You Do with It?

Can simulation be better than real-world vehicle testing? What is all this GPS simulation stuff and what can I do with it?

April 14, 2015: I used to read Bob Pease articles and he would always start with, “What’s All This Stuff, Anyhow?” Bob was an analog guru and he worked on the first reasonably, cost-effective, operational amplifier made for mass production. I start my blog with this title to pay tribute to Bob who was a legend in his own time. I bring this up because Bob died in a car accident in 2011 and the vision of the automotive industry eliminating cars from crashing into each other is starting to become a reality. It has moved from a futurist concept to real work being done in that direction in R&D labs around the world today.

Troubleshooting Common Tech Support Issues

March 06, 2015: In the Technical Support team at dSPACE Inc., we interact with customers on a daily basis to help them get up to speed with the many different products dSPACE makes and to provide solutions for any issues that might be encountered along the way.

Service with a Difference

February 4, 2015: I believe the reason why dSPACE provides engineering services that make a difference is because we want our customers to be successful, whether we’re providing product support, application services or training. No matter if a customer has a deadline to get a new simulator online, to meet software testing deadlines, or if a custom solution is needed to make a system work, we will not stop working until the simulator is functional and the customer can start their testing work. Why? Because we want our customers to be successful.

2014 – A Pivotal Year in Automotive Innovation

December 23, 2014: As 2014 comes to a close, I was thinking about what I saw and experienced this year in our automotive industry, and more importantly, what those observations indicate is ahead for us and our customers.

HIL Testing for Off-Highway Vehicles

November 13, 2014: Hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) test systems are increasingly being used in the development and testing of embedded software in new construction and agricultural vehicles. These off-highway vehicles are just as complex, if not more so, as their automotive counterparts. This is due to the increasing amount of embedded software used on-board the vehicle for the safe and reliable performance of these machines working in very demanding environments.

High Quality … Or In Other Words ‘Being Proud’

August 8, 2014: It seems everyone in today’s market is praising their high-quality products, but what does this actually mean? Is it a matter of great functionality? The fastest processor or the most features? Or is it simply people taking pride in what they are designing, building and delivering − because that ensures all the best ingredients for success. 

Developing Electric Actuators with Model-Based Design

July 1, 2014: Model-based design (MBD) has proven to be the technology to manage complexity in system design. The advantages of using MBD to increase efficiency in development and reduce costs are quite well known. Combining the advantages of MBD together with advances in powerful semiconductor technology with flexible, fast-computing Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) open up a new field of possibilities, with very fast execution speeds leading to precision controls, for engineers to explore. 

Verification and Validation of Networked Embedded Systems in the Aerospace and Defense Industry

June 4, 2014: The existence of system networks in airframes, satellites and other avionic implements have long included smart serialized communication between multiple components and systems. These systems started out with simple peer-to-peer serialized exchanges and have evolved into much more complex and high-speed multipoint networks. 

Accelerating Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing

April 30, 2014: It’s an exciting time to be an embedded software or systems engineer because the technical developments driven by embedded software are increasing at a great pace. The automotive industry is advancing safety critical and emissions technologies every day. However, this rapid advancement of technology − with more and more sensors in vehicles and increasing interdependence of systems − can lead to tremendous challenges in effective testing.
That’s why I am excited to talk about two new aspects of hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) testing that are helping address today’s testing needs:
1) Use of virtual electronic control units (V-ECUs) in HIL testing, and;
2) The combination of HIL and mechanical test environments to achieve advanced calibration.  

SYNECT: Data Management for Model-Based Development

March 24, 2014: Technical research is continuously enriching our lives by adding new features and capabilities to the products of our day-to-day life. Personalization through customized offerings is exploding the number of variants offered in a given product.

While we love having a wide array of product offerings, the complexity associated with developing them poses a huge challenge to the engineering community − especially embedded software developers.

Developing Advanced Driver Assistance Systems with Peace of Mind

February 28, 2014: With the development in robust and increasingly inexpensive GPS, video and proximity sensing technology, along with the growth in computing performance of automotive grade microcontrollers, a new class of vehicle electronics has been made possible: one that makes it possible to reduce the reliance on the driver to execute the task of driving.

 

Virtual Validation of AUTOSAR Software – A New Paradigm in Embedded Controls Development

February 03, 2014: If you’re familiar with AUTOSAR, you’re probably aware of its benefits, such as maximizing code re-use, using off-the-shelf software stacks, and creating hardware-independent applications. But there may be one secret benefit of migrating to AUTOSAR that you aren’t familiar with − virtual validation.