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dSPACE offers a wide range of hardware-in-the-loop simulators, simulator-specific hardware and related software for ECU testing.


The SCALEXIO system has a new hardware and software architecture to cover the future challenges of hardware-in-the-loop test systems. All the hardware is standardized and can be reused in all variations of SCALEXIO systems. 

dSPACE Simulator Mid-Size

dSPACE Simulator Mid-Size is a ready-to-use, standard 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.  

dSPACE Simulator Full-Size

dSPACE Simulator Full-Size is mounted in a 19” cabinet whose height depends on your requirements. The dSPACE processor boards and I/O boards are mounted in a standard PX20 Expansion Box. The PX20 Expansion Box provides 20 slots for dSPACE boards. An additional Expansion Box can be integrated on request. 

Implementing Mechatronic Test Benches

If in some HIL test cases, it is not possible to access the ECU only via its electronic interfaces, dSPACE offers services for highly dynamic test benches for mechatronic components and systems.

Electric Drive Technology

dSPACE provides a wide range of test systems for developing and testing ECUs for electric drives. Depending on the testing purpose and the project conditions, you can access the ECU at different levels, such as signal, electric power, and mechanical level.

dSPACE systems are easy to get up and running – however, if a project is more complex, if individual solutions are needed or if there is high time pressure, you can trust dSPACE's fast, competent and reliable engineering and consulting services. 

Service (example) Details (example)
Turn-key HIL systems (from selective services to complete turn-key systems)
  • Concept design, hardware planning, project management
  • Signal list / wiring harness specification
  • Development of customer-specific hardware (e.g. lambda probe simulation, ECU mount, gearbox mount, valve signal detection unit, 1-D and 3-D motion platforms, steering test benches, piggy-back modules for FPGA Base Board)
  • Development of customer-specific software (e.g. Simulink® models)
  • Open- and closed-loop HIL system tests
  • On-site commissioning
  • Hands-on training
  • Resident engineers
Simulation models
  • Model parameterization/calibration and model validation
  • Model integration
  • Model development and model adaptation
Test automation
  • Concept design of test scenarios and test cases
  • Hands-on training
  • Test process support and test automation engineering
Special solutions, for example, HIL system development for electric-drive applications


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