MicroAutoBox Embedded SPU1)

Compact and robust in-vehicle prototyping unit for multisensor applications

The MicroAutoBox Embedded SPU (Sensor Processing Unit) is a compact and robust prototyping unit with high processing power and an intuitive software environment for the development of advanced driver assistance systems and highly automated driving functions. It can be used as a stand-alone system or as an extension to MicroAutoBox II.

Tackling the Challenges of Multisensor Applications

Multisensor applications play an essential role in many areas, such as advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), automated driving, self-driving vehicles, and robotics. The development of these kinds of applications requires a dedicated hardware and software environment that can process and merge data from various sensors, such as cameras, lidars, radars and GNSS receivers, calculate motion control algorithms, and connect to actuators or HMIs. In addition, sensor and vehicle network data has to be recorded and played back synchronously for testing. To prototype associated algorithms in the vehicle and to process the enormous volume of data, a compact and robust prototyping unit with high processing power and an intuitive software development environment is required. MicroAutoBox Embedded SPU (Sensor Processing Unit) in combination with RTMaps (Real-Time Multisensor applications) is precisely tailored to this use case.

Unique Combination for ADAS and Beyond

The Embedded SPU is a unique combination of high processing power, interfaces to automotive vehicle networks, environment sensors, GNSS positioning, wireless communication, and an extremely compact and robust design for in-vehicle use. Using RTMaps, you can directly access and configure all interfaces of the Embedded SPU by means of ready-to-use block diagrams and design your algorithms for sensor data processing, sensor fusion, etc. in short iteration cycles and in a graphical environment. Each sensor data sample is captured along with its time stamp at its own genuine pace. This ensures that all data is time-correlated. It can even be recorded to an external mass data storage unit (MicroAutoBox Embedded DSU) with high data throughput and then be played back later on. In addition, it is possible to process algorithms on multiple distributed Embedded SPUs while preserving time coherency and synchronization of heterogeneous data streams. 

Parameter Specification
  • CPU: Two NVIDIA© Denver 2 cores and four ARM© A57 cores (up to 2 GHz and 2 MB L2 cache each)
  • GPU: 256-core NVIDIA Pascal™ at up to 1300 MHz
  • RAM: 8 GB 128-bit LPDDR4 RAM
  • Flash: 32 GB eMMC plus 128 GB card
  • Optional: Extension with MicroAutoBox Embedded DSU (Data Storage Unit)
  • 4 x Gigabit Ethernet, 2 x Gigabit Ethernet via internal switch
  • 2 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0
  • WLAN 802.11 n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1, optional LTE
  • 2 x HDMI 2.0 Out display interfaces
  • 4 x CAN/CAN FD, 2 x LIN (master/slave), 2 x BroadR-Reach
  • 4 x GMSL In, 2 x HDMI 1.4b In camera interfaces
  • 4 x Digital In, 4 x Digital Out, 4 x Analog In
  • uBlox NEO-M8U GNSS receiver (GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo) with integrated inertia measurement unit (IMU) and support for untethered dead reckoning (UDR)
  • SFF-8088 connector to attach MicroAutoBox Embedded DSU (Data Storage Unit)
Operating system
  • Linux for Tegra from NVIDIA
Operating mode
  • In combination with MicroAutoBox or as stand-alone system
Software support
  • Software support
  • Graphical development environment: RTMaps (real-time multisensor applications)
  • GPU programming language: NVIDIA CUDA©
  • Deep learning: NVIDIA TensorRT™, cuDNN©
  • Computer vision: NVIDIA VisionWorks™, OpenCV
Enclosure size
  • Approx. 202 x 222 x 60 mm (7.95 x 8.74 x 2.36 in) as stand-alone system
  • Operating (case) temperature: -20 ... +70 °C (-4 ... +158 °F)
  • Storage temperature: -40 ... +85 °C (-40 ... +185 °F)
Power supply
  • 8 ... 60 V DC input power supply, protected against overvoltage and reverse polarity
Power consumption
  • Max. 50 W

1) The end of life of the MicroAutoBox Embedded SPU is planned for 2022/06/30. You can still buy the product up to and including 2020/06/30. New releases of dSPACE software will support the MicroAutoBox Embedded SPU until 2020/12/31. After the end of life, no services of any kind will be available for this product. We recommend that you use the new AUTERA AutoBox when starting new prototyping or data logging projects. This is more than just a suitable replacement, it features much more performance with a best-in-class logging bandwidth of up to 50Gbit/s, more memory capacity and a superior bus and network support. Furthermore, it supports different hardware accelerators like high end GPUs for prototyping use cases and is scalable by connecting several AUTERA AutoBoxes together. If a more compact system setup is needed, the MicroAutoBox III Embedded PC (coming soon) with Intel® Xenon® processor will be a suitable alternative.

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