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dSPACE Simulator Mid-Size

Standardized, off-the-shelf HIL simulator based on DS2202 or DS2211 HIL I/O Board

Simulator Mid-Size is the compact dSPACE hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulator ideally tailored for testing powertrain, vehicle dynamics and body ECUs. It consists of standard processor boards and I/O boards, simplifying adaptions and modifications that are due to project requirement changes.  

Open Hardware Concept 

dSPACE Simulator Mid-Size is a ready-to-use, standard hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulator for testing automotive ECUs systematically and automatically.
The simulation model runs on the processor hardware (single-processor or multiprocessor systems). dSPACE Simulator Mid-Size generates and measures I/O signals via the integrated dSPACE I/O boards. The function range is complemented by load and failure simulation.

Typical Fields of Application

  • Engine, transmission, vehicle dynamics and body electronics HIL
  • Open-loop or closed-loop environment
  • Realistic unit tests
  • Function integration tests, release test, and ECU diagnostics tests
  • Automated testing
  • Real-time simulation
  • Electric drives applications (combined with DS5202 Electric Motor HIL Solution or DS5203 FPGA Board)

Hardware Description
Form factor
  • 19” desktop rack
Processor hardware
  • DS1005 PPC Board or
  • DS1006 Processor Board
I/O hardware
  • DS2202 HIL I/O Board or
  • DS2211 HIL I/O Board
  • Additional I/O optional
Signal conditioning
  • included
Substitute loads
  • included
Real-load connector
  • included
Failure Insertion Unit for actuator signals
  • optional
Failure Insertion Unit for sensor signals
  • optional
Integration of additional signal conditioning
  • optional
Integration of third-party hardware, e.g., load panels
  • optional
ECU connectors
  • Three 90-pin connectors for each load/FIU unit
  • Additional connectors for additional I/O optional
Break-out box
  • optional
OBDII diagnostic connector / connection to diagnostic tools
  • Sub-D connector with optional CARB adapter
  • CAN connector
Truck-application-capable (24 V/36 V)
  • included
48 V-capable
  • included
Power supply (remote-controlled)
  • One or two power supplies for simulating 1-or 2-voltage systems


Hardware Details

The hardware of dSPACE Simulator Mid-Size is mounted in a 19” desktop rack (standard height: 6-12 U). The DS1005 PPC Board and DS1006 Processor Board can be used as processor boards. The DS2202 or DS2211 HIL I/O Board generate and measure the I/O signals. The signal conditioning, loads, Failure Insertion Units (FIU) and power supply are also mounted in the 19” rack. Additional I/O, signal conditioning, fault simulation, and current measurement can be added on request.



Connection to Host PC

All dSPACE software for experiment setup and control or test automation runs on your PC or notebook. The dSPACE Simulator hardware is connected to your PC via link boards (ISA, PCMCIA, or PCI).