Modular Real-Time System for In-Vehicle Use SCALEXIO AutoBox Overview




Processing Hardware
Experiment and Visualization Software
Data Management Software
ECU Interface Software

Implementation Software ConfigurationDesk

Configuration and implementation software for dSPACE real-time hardware

ConfigurationDesk is an intuitive, graphical configuration and implementation tool, ideal for handling applications from small Rapid Control Prototyping (RCP) developments to large hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) tests based on dSPACE real-time hardware, such as SCALEXIO or MicroAutoBox III, including the implementation of behavior models and I/O function code.

ConfigurationDesk provides a clearly structured overview of the external devices (e.g., ECUs), configured real-time hardware, and the connected behavior models. 

  • Configure real-time applications graphically and with an extensive automation API
  • Manage signal paths between external devices and behavior model interfaces
  • Automatically implement behavior model code and I/O function code


Implementation Software Bus Manager

Configuration tool for LIN, CAN, and CAN FD bus simulation

The dSPACE Bus Manager is a powerful tool for configuring bus communication for simulation purposes, e.g., restbus simulation, and for implementing the bus communication in real-time applications for dSPACE SCALEXIO systems. It supports different bus systems, such as LIN, CAN, and CAN FD. 

  • One configuration tool for different bus systems
  • Work with several communication matrices for one configuration
  • Customizable restbus configuration with tool automation interface 


Implementation Software RTI CAN MultiMessage Blockset

For combining dSPACE systems with CAN communication networks

The RTI CAN MultiMessage Blockset is an extension for Real-Time Interface and can be used for combining dSPACE systems with CAN communication networks and for configuring these CAN networks.

  • Fully integrated with Simulink®
  • Database file import (DBC, FIBEX, AUTOSAR)
  • J1939 support, CAN FD support, partial networking support


Implementation Software RTI LIN MultiMessage Blockset

For combining dSPACE systems with LIN communication networks

The RTI LIN MultiMessage Blockset is an extension for Real-Time Interface and can be used for combining dSPACE systems with LIN communication networks and for configuring these LIN networks.

  • Convenient configuration of LIN setups for rapid control prototyping and hardware-in-the-loop simulation
  • Database file import (LDF, DBC, FIBEX, AUTOSAR)
  • LIN raw data access


Implementation Software dSPACE FlexRay Configuration Package

Configuring dSPACE systems in FlexRay networks

The dSPACE FlexRay Configuration Package is used to integrate dSPACE hardware as simulation or monitoring nodes in a FlexRay network.

  • Efficient configuration of FlexRay simulations
  • For rapid control prototyping and hardware-in-the-loop simulation, including restbus simulation
  • Support of end-to-end protection, secure onboard-communication, and global time synchronization


Implementation Software RTI FPGA Programming Blockset

Integrating FPGA models in dSPACE systems

The RTI FPGA Programming Blockset is a Simulink blockset for using a FPGA model created with a dSPACE system using the Xilinx® System Generator Blockset.

  • Easy connection of FPGA models to processor models (Simulink®, RTI)
  • Model-based I/O configuration
  • Offline simulation in Simulink


Implementation Software Ethernet Blocksets

Overview of Ethernet implementation software

With its Ethernet blocksets, dSPACE enables the real-time simulation of service-oriented communication in Ethernet networks of electronic control units (ECUs). These networks play an important role in modern driver assistance systems, new comfort and entertainment functions, and numerous other functionalities.

  • Connecting dSPACE real-time systems to Ethernet networks and devices
  • Conveniently configuring Ethernet setups
  • For rapid control prototyping (RCP) and hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulation


Implementation Software Ethernet Configuration Package

With the dSPACE Ethernet Configuration Package, you can configure a dSPACE system as a simulation node in a service-oriented Ethernet network.

  • Enables the simulation of service-oriented Ethernetcommunication in real-time systems
  • Supports SOME/IP middleware
  • Import of FIBEX and AUTOSAR communication descriptions


Implementation Software XSG Utils Library

Ready-to-use fixed-point and floating-point function blocks for faster implementation of FPGA models

The XSG Utils Library offers ready-to-use function blocks for rapid control prototyping (RCP) or hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulation projects. The library gives users of real-time FPGA applications enhanced function blocks for implementing their own projects.


Implementation Software EMH Solution for SCALEXIO

Processor based simulation of electric drives

The SCALEXIO EMH Solution provides a comprehensive ConfigurationDesk I/O library for the processor-based HIL simulation of electric drives.  

  • Processor-based simulation
  • Predefined function blocks
  • Ideal for PWM and PSS applications


Experiment and Visualization Software 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.

  • Integrated ECU calibration, measurement and diagnostics access
    (CCP, XCP, ODX)
  • Synchronized data capture across ECUs, RCP and HIL platforms, and bus systems
  • Powerful layouting, instrumentation, measurement and post-processing (ASAM MDF)


Experiment and Visualization Software MotionDesk

3-D Online Animation of Simulated Mechanical Systems in Real Time

dSPACE MotionDesk is a 3-D online animation software application that visualizes the results of hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulations for ECU tests. MotionDesk supports hardware simulation platforms from dSPACE, such as SCALEXIO and DS1006. The tool also supports offline simulation based on dSPACE VEOS and Simulink® and comes with valuable features for developing and testing ADAS scenarios. These include camera sensor simulation during which MotionDesk video data is fed directly to the camera ECU and ideal point-cloud sensor models for the development of radar and lidar sensors.

  • Supports testing of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS)
  • Tight integration to ModelDesk and ASM
  • Intuitive graphical scene design


Test Automation Software AutomationDesk

Powerful test authoring and automation tool

With AutomationDesk, tests can be executed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, letting engineers increase test coverage and improve ECU software quality while saving time and costs.

  • Graphical description of test routines
  • Advanced custom library concept
  • Remote control of calibration, measurement and diagnostic tools, such as ControlDesk


Test Automation Software Real-Time Testing

Python-based real-time test automation

Python-based test automation – 100% reproducible real-time tests executed synchronously with simulation model

  • Real-time testing without model modification
  • Easy integration into user-defined test frameworks (AutomationDesk or others)
  • Support of all dSPACE platforms1) including VEOS, dSPACE’s platform for PC-based offline simulation

1) Except DS1104.


Test Automation Software Real-Time Testing Observer Library

Real-Time Validation of Safety-Critical Requirements

With the Real-Time Testing (RTT) Observer Library, you can take requirement observers (Real-Time Testing Observers) that were generated with BTC EmbeddedSpecifier® and execute them on dSPACE platforms. This lets you validate safety-critical requirements through continuous monitoring.

  • Continuous observation of requirements on SIL and HIL platforms
  • Greater test depth for safety-critical applications
  • Guided operation and intuitive use


Test Automation Software Platform API Package

Application programming interfaces for connecting to dSPACE platforms

The Platform API Package is a set of libraries to access dSPACE real-time platforms and dSPACE VEOS. It provides a convenient way to download and start/stop models and also gives high-level access to the model variables for reading, writing, stimulating, capturing, etc. 

  • Package containing automation libraries for accessing dSPACE systems
  • High-level libraries for convenient platform management and simulation model access
  • Compliant to ASAM XIL API standard 


Experiment and Visualization Software Failure Simulation Package

Interface to dSPACE Failure Insertion Units

  • Automation libraries and graphical user interface for dSPACE Failure Insertion Units (FIUs)
  • ASAM XIL API EESPort-compliant implementation
  • Flexible integration into user-defined test frameworks based on Python, C# or any other .NET-compliant language


Simulation Models Automotive Simulation Models

Real-Time Models for Vehicle Development

ASM is a tool suite for simulating combustion engines, vehicle dynamics, electric components, and the traffic environment. The open Simulink models are used for model-based function development and in ECU tests on a hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulator.

  • Open MATLAB®/Simulink® model
  • HIL simulation with dSPACE Simulator
  • Offline simulation with dSPACE VEOS and MATLAB/Simulink
  • Turn-key solutions and worldwide support


Simulation Models XSG Electric Component Library

Plant models of electric drives featuring FPGA-based simulations

Simulation of electric components that require highest dynamics and precision.


ECU Interface Software ECU Interface Manager

Preparation of functions of existing ECU code for ECU interfacing

The ECU Interface Manager, which is part of the ECU Interface Base Package, allows you to configure the access to your ECU. It also provides you with the ability to apply modifications required for ECU Interfacing to the ECU application’s HEX file with the optional Binary Code Management module. The ECU Interface Manager offers an easy-to-understand, list-based view and, for more complex preparation tasks, also a comprehensive structural visualization of the ECU application (e.g., function calls, variable accesses, conditional areas).



Data Management Software SYNECT

Data management and collaboration software for automated ECU testing

SYNECT is a data management and collaboration tool with a focus on the efficient and automated verification and validation of ECU (electronic control unit) software.  


  • Manage and automate testing
  • Automate HIL testing and achieve more efficient HIL utilization
  • Establish full traceability from requirements to test results


Processing Hardware DS6001 Processor Board

High-performance processor board

The DS6001 Processor Board is a highly performant and compact two-slot processing unit for SCALEXIO LabBox and SCALEXIO AutoBox. It is the perfect choice for real-time applications that require fast closed-loop rates or high I/O bandwidth. 

  • Compact processor board with Intel® Core™ i7-6820EQ, quad-core, 2.8 GHz
  • High bandwidth and fast access to SCALEXIO I/O boards
  • Scalability through multiprocessor support 


I/O Hardware DS6101 Multi-I/O Board

SCALEXIO I/O board with signal conditioning for automotive systems

The DS6101 provides a large variety of I/O functions and can be used to generate and measure typical automotive signals. This makes the DS6101 ideal for applications with extensive I/O requirements.

  • 69 channels with comprehensive I/O functions
  • Signal conditioning for signal levels of 12-V, 24-V, and 48-V automotive systems
  • Ideally suited for engine, powertrain, and vehicle dynamics applications 


I/O Hardware DS6121 Multi-I/O Board

SCALEXIO I/O board for electric drive and power electronics control applications

With its application-specific I/O library and tailored channel set, the DS6121 Multi-I/O Board is ideally suited for dynamic electric drive and power electronics control applications.

  • Tailored channel set for electric drive control
  • Powerful I/O function library
  • Support of the latest motor designs


I/O Hardware DS6201 Digital I/O Board

SCALEXIO I/O board with 96 bidirectional digital I/O channels

The DS6201 provides a large number of digital I/O channels that can all be configured as input or output channels. The available I/O functions cover digital, PWM, and PFM functions for automotive projects, such as the development and testing of body electronics ECUs.

  • 96 channels for high channel count requirements
  • Signal conditioning up to 60 V
  • Measures and generates automotive signals and TTL signals


I/O Hardware DS6202 Digital I/O Board

SCALEXIO I/O board for generating and capturing digital signals

The DS6202 provides precise bidirectional digital I/O channels and comprehensive I/O functions, making it ideal for various application areas, such as renewable energy, electric drives control, robotics, and mechanical test benches. 

  • 32 software-configurable bidirectional channels
  • Minimum pulse width 24 ns (time resolution 8 ns)
  • Support of 3.3 V, 5 V TTL, and RS-485 signal levels


I/O Hardware DS6221 A/D Board

Fast SCALEXIO A/D Board for precise measurements

The DS6221 A/D Board provides 16 high-speed analog channels, versatile trigger capabilities, and a high-throughput streaming interface. It is an excellent choice for precise measurements, even of fast analog signal sequences.  

  • 16 differential A/D channels
  • 250 ns conversion time (4 MSPS) and 16-bit resolution
  • Versatile trigger capabilities 


I/O Hardware DS6241 D/A Board

Multi-channel D/A board

The DS6241 D/A Board provides 20 accurate analog out channels, with dedicated ground sense line and versatile synchronization mechanisms, trigger capabilities, and a high-throughput streaming interface. It can be used for rapid control prototyping (RCP) as well as hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) testing applications.

  • 20 D/A channels with dedicated ground sense potential
  • 16-bit resolution, 5 µs settling time
  • Versatile synchronization mechanisms


I/O Hardware DS2655 FPGA Base Board

SCALEXIO I/O board with user-programmable FPGA

The DS2655 provides a user-programmable FPGA and has been designed for applications that require very fast, high-resolution signal processing. It is ideal for implementing signal preprocessing and control algorithms, simulation models with fast sample rates or specific I/O interfaces to optimize support for processor applications. You can also transfer simulation models and control algorithms that normally run on the processor to the FPGA, in part or as a whole.  

  • User-programmable FPGA
  • Flexible board for special I/O solutions
  • Up to 5 piggyback modules


I/O Hardware DS6651 Multi-I/O Module

SCALEXIO FPGA I/O expansion for developing and testing highly dynamic control applications

The DS6651 provides high-performance I/O channels as a modular expansion of SCALEXIO FPGA base boards. Its channel set is ideally suited for highly dynamic control applications as well as for the high-fidelity simulation of electric drives and power electronics components.

  • Tailored channel set for controlling and simulating electric drives and power electronics
  • Scalable solution – Each FPGA base board can be extended by up to 5 modules
  • Onboard sensor supply


I/O Hardware DS6601 FPGA Base Board

SCALEXIO I/O boards with the Xilinx® FPGA technology

The DS6601 FPGA Base Board, one of the two high-performance FPGA boards from dSPACE, is equipped with FPGA technology to meet the strictest requirements in a wide range of applications, such as electric drive technology, hybrid vehicles, power electronics, and electric power engineering. 

  • User-programmable FPGA boards
  • Flexible boards for special I/O solutions
  • Up to 5 piggyback I/O modules


I/O Hardware DS6602 FPGA Base Board

SCALEXIO I/O boards with the latest Xilinx® FPGA technology

The DS6602 FPGA Base Board, one of the two high-performance FPGA boards from dSPACE, is equipped with the latest FPGA technology to meet the strictest requirements in a wide range of applications, such as electric drive technology, hybrid vehicles, power electronics, and electric power engineering. 

  • User-programmable FPGA boards
  • Flexible boards for special I/O solutions
  • Up to 5 piggyback I/O modules


I/O Hardware FPGA I/O Modules

For expanding the I/O channels of the dSPACE FPGA base boards

Three I/O modules are available for expanding the I/O channels of the dSPACE FPGA base boards: the DS6651 Multi-I/O Module, the DS2655M1 Multi-I/O Module, and the DS2655M2 Digital I/O Module.

  • Providing a high number of digital and analog I/O channels
  • Three I/O modules available for dSPACE's FPGA base boards
  • Add-on with five switchable transformers


I/O Hardware DS6301 CAN/LIN Board

By supporting CAN and LIN networks on one board, the DS6301 is tailored to typical applications for automotive projects.  

  • Support of ISO and non-ISO CAN FD
  • ​Low power modes and partial networking
  • Software-configurable termination and CAN feedthrough mode


I/O Hardware DS6311 FlexRay Board

SCALEXIO I/O board for connecting simulators to FlexRay bus systems

The DS6311 provides four FlexRay controllers for a SCALEXIO system.

  • Four fully featured FlexRay controllers
  • Each controller provides an A and a B channel
  • Wake-up on FlexRay support 


I/O Hardware DS6321 UART Board

SCALEXIO I/O board for connecting simulators to external devices with serial interfaces

With the DS6321 UART Board, you can connect a SCALEXIO system to ECUs or other external devices with serial interfaces.

  • Support of RS232, RS422, RS485, and K-Line interfaces
  • Software-configurable via ConfigurationDesk
  • Four independent channels for individual configuration


DS6331-PE Ethernet Board


I/O Hardware DS6341 CAN Board

SCALEXIO I/O board for connecting simulators to CAN bus systems

The DS6341 provides four CAN/CAN FD channels for a SCALEXIO system. 

  • Four independent CAN/CAN FD channels
  • Wake-up and sleep support
  • Software-configurable termination 


I/O Hardware DS6342 CAN Board

SCALEXIO I/O board with high channel density for CAN bus systems

​​​​​​​The DS6342 provides eight CAN/CAN FD channels for a SCALEXIO system.

  • Eight independent CAN/CAN FD channels
  • Ideal for compact systems with a limited number of slots
  • Software-configurable termination


I/O Hardware DS6351 LIN Board

SCALEXIO I/O board for connecting simulators to LIN bus systems

The DS6351 provides eight independent LIN channels for a SCALEXIO system. 

  • Eight LIN channels with LIN master and slave support
  • All channels are independent
  • Software-configurable termination 


I/O Hardware SCALEXIO Fieldbus Solution

Connecting a SCALEXIO system to various fieldbus types

The dSPACE SCALEXIO Fieldbus Solution lets you connect a SCALEXIO real-time system to various field bus types, such as EtherCAT and PROFIBUS. All interfaces are based on PCIe cards to provide the optimal bandwidth to the real-time model. Specially developed device drivers ensure real-time simulation capability.  

  • Master and slave support
  • Cyclic data exchange by selectable bus cycle time


I/O Hardware SCALEXIO Serial Interface Solution

Using Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) and Inter-Integrated Circuit (I2C) bus

The SCALEXIO Serial Interface Solution lets you connect a SCALEXIO real-time system to an SPI and I2C bus. The solution can be used as decentralized I/O.  

  • Use of Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI)
  • Additional custom I/O function
  • Interface parameterization via software


I/O Hardware SCALEXIO TWINsync Solution

Synchronous load motor control for test benches with dSPACE SCALEXIO

The SCALEXIO TWINsync Solution makes it possible to control multiple electrical drives synchronously with a SCALEXIO system.

  • Perfect synchronicity with the test bench, even for complex HIL simulations
  • High-performance, low-latency connection, range of up to 100 m
  • Decentral use possible, no own processing unit needed


Chassis SCALEXIO AutoBox

Modular real-time system for in-vehicle use

The SCALEXIO AutoBox brings the power of SCALEXIO into vehicles like passenger cars, trucks, trains, and agricultural as well as construction machinery. Optimized for in-vehicle use, it is ideal for test drives in the development of components such as electric powertrains and chassis control as well as functions for assisted, highly automated, and autonomous driving (AD). 

  • Up to 7 slots for SCALEXIO I/O boards
  • Integrated power supply for 12 V, 24 V, and 48 V electrical systems
  • Improved shock and vibration resistance


I/O Hardware SCALEXIO Ethernet Boards

Additional Ethernet ports for SCALEXIO systems

The SCALEXIO Ethernet boards provide additional Ethernet interfaces to the SCALEXIO Processing Unit, the SCALEXIO LabBox or the SCALEXIO AutoBox. Boards that offer native BroadR-Reach support and an integrated Ethernet switch are available for both platforms, and they can be configured via modules.

  • Ethernet interfaces from 10 Mbit/s up to 10 GBit/s
  • Automotive Ethernet interfaces of 100/1,000 Mbit/s
  • Integrated Ethernet switch