DS2211 HIL I/O Board1)

Central I/O board for hardware-in-the-loop simulation

The DS2211 HIL I/O Board has been designed for hardware-in-the-loop simulation in automotive applications, and is tailored to the simulation and measurement of automotive signals. It combines a variety of typical HIL I/O and contains signal conditioning for 12 V, 24 V, and 48 V automotive systems and supports 2-voltage systems.

The end of life for this product has been set. Please see the footnote for more detailed information.

Key Benefits

The DS2211 HIL I/O Board is the central I/O board for hardware-in-the-loop simulation, especially in the field of automotive electronics. The DS2211 HIL I/O Board is tailored to the simulation and measurement of automotive signals, particularly for engine and vehicle dynamics applications, and combines a variety of typical HIL I/O signals on one board. The board contains signal conditioning for typical signal levels of 12 V, 24 V, and 48 V automotive systems and supports 2‑voltage systems.

Building a HIL Simulator

Together with a processor board (the DS1006 or DS1007), the DS2211 HIL I/O Board constitutes the hardware core of dSPACE Simulator. The processor board performs the calculation of the real-time model, for example, of an engine, while the DS2211 measures and stimulates all the required I/O signals. The simulator can be expanded from 8 cylinders to up to 96 cylinders by using two or more DS2211 HIL I/O Boards.

Angular Processing Unit

The DS2211 HIL I/O Board features a unique angular processing unit that supports high-speed generation and measurement of crank angle-related signals to simulate engines up to 29,000 rpm.

Angle-Synchronous Cascading

For tougher I/O requirements, several boards, for example, several DS2211s, can be cascaded. The boards operate angle-synchronously if their time base connectors are connected. One DS2211 board acts as the time base (angle master), and the other boards read out its time base, which allows signals to be generated and measured angle-synchronously on several boards. The same applies to the DS4002 Timing and Digital I/O Board, the DS5001 Digital Waveform Capture Board, and the DS5203 FPGA Board, which can all be connected to the time base as well.

Parameter Specification
  • Angular processing unit (APU) to handle all crankshaft-angle-related signals (ignition, injection, crankshaft, camshaft, etc.)
  • Simulation of crankshaft sensors that detect the direction of rotation
  • 1 crankshaft signal output (programmable analog and digital waveforms)
  • Max. 4 camshaft signal outputs (2 with programmable analog and digital output plus 2 with digital output only, shared with 2 digital outputs)
  • Complex comparator functionality support for ignition and injection signals
  • Support for the SAE standard J2716 (SENT)
  • Time-base connector
Slave processor DSP (digital signal processor)
  • Texas Instruments TMS320VC33 floating-point DSP
  • 150 MFLOPS
  • 13.3 ns cycle time
Interrupt controller
  • 6 angle position interrupts (can be set at any engine position in 0.01 degree increments)
  • 1 CAN controller interrupt
  • 1 serial interface (universal asynchronous receiver and transmitter) interrupt
  Angular resolution
  • 0.011° crank angle
Angular processing unit (APU) Speed range
  • ±29,000 rpm
Speed resolution
  • 0.112 rpm
A/D channels Channels
  • 16 differential A/D channels (multiplexed)
  • 14 bits
Conversion time1)
  • 1.1 µs per channel
Input voltage range
  • 0 … 60 V, differential inputs
Offset error
  • ±10 mV
Gain error
  • ±0.5 %
Input impedance
  • > 1 MΩ
D/A channels Channels
  • 20 D/A channels with individual ground sense line
Output voltage range
  • 0 … 10 V (with internal reference, or ratiometric with 5 … 10 V external reference)
  • Sense lines allow differential outputs with DACx2) output swing -10 V … +12 V from system ground
  • 12 bits
Settling time
  • 20 µs (full scale to 1 LSB)
Analog outputs
  • 1 crankshaft signal (angular processing unit)
  • 2 camshaft signals (angular processing unit)
  • 4-channel wheel speed or 4-channel knock signal generation (based on DSP); up to 8 knock signals per cycle
  • 4 additional analog waveform outputs (from DSP, no sense line, ±10 V)
Output current
  • ±5 mA
Offset error
  • ±5 mV
Gain error
  • ±0.5 % (with internal reference)
Slave DSP DAC Settling time
  • 10 µs (full scale to 1 LSB)
  Output voltage range
  • ±10 V
  Output current
  • ±5 mA
Transformer outputs Output voltage range
  • ±20 V (transformer output mode)
  • ±10 V (DC output mode)
Output current
  • ±5 mA
Resistive output channels Channels
  • 10 channels
  • 16-bit switched resistor ladder
  Resistance range
  • 15.8 Ω … 1 MΩ
  Resistance error
  • ±2% or ±3 Ω, whichever is greater, with RESx pin within ±5 V of system ground
  Voltage range
  • Each terminal must stay within ±10 V of system ground
  Output current range
  • Max. ±80 mA
  Power per channel
  • Max. 250 mW
Digital inputs Channels
  • Max. 24 PWM measurement inputs (16 inputs shared with digital inputs, 2 inputs shared with injection inputs), up to 50 ns resolution, 0.01 Hz … 100 kHz
  • Max. 16 digital inputs (all inputs shared with PWM measurement inputs)
  • Max. 8 ignition inputs (2 inputs shared with auxiliary capture inputs), up to 64 sparks per event window, or up to 64 events buffered for continuous readout
  • Max. 8 injection inputs (2 inputs shared with PWM measurement inputs), up to 64 pulses per event window, or up to 64 events buffered for continuous readout
  • Max. 2 auxiliary capture inputs (all inputs shared with ignition inputs)
  • PWM measurement input channels can also be used for frequency measurement
  • Max. 4 SENT receive channels (revision SENT2010)
  Input voltage
  • 0 … +60 V
  Threshold voltage level
  • Threshold voltage level
  • 1 V … 22.65 V or 23.8 V (dependent on I/O circuit)
  Input impedance
  • 390 kΩ
Digital outputs Channels
  • Max. 16 digital outputs (2 pins shared with digital camshaft signal outputs)
  • 9 PWM outputs, resolution 16 bit, 0.01 Hz … 100 kHz, push/pull outputs
  • PWM outputs can also be used for square wave signal generation
  • Max. 5 SENT transmit channels (revision SENT2010)
External supply voltage
  • +5 V … +60 V
  • Supplied from two independent rails (VBAT1 and VBAT2)
  • 2-voltage support for digital outputs, selectable pin-wise
Output current range
  • Max. ±50 mA
Vout high, min.
  • (VBATx – 1.2 V) at +50 mA
Vout low, max.
  • 0.4 V at -50 mA
Interfaces Serial interface
  • TL16C550C single UART (universal asynchronous receiver and transmitter)
  • RS232, RS422 compatibility
  • Up to 115.2 Kbaud (RS232) n
CAN bus interface
  • 2 CAN channels based on ST10F269 microcontroller
  • ISO DIN 11898-2 CAN High-Speed standard
  • Max. 1 Mbaud
Physical connections
  • I/O connection via 2 x 100-pin high-density connectors and a 50-pin female Sub-D connector
Host interface  
  • One 8- or 16-bit ISA slot (power supply only)
  • Requires three brackets (for I/O connectors)
Physical characteristics Physical size
  • 340 x 125 x 61 mm (13.4 x 4.9 x 2.4 in)
  • The board requires three brackets.
  Ambient temperature
  • 0 … 55 ºC (32 … 131 ºF)
  Power supply
  • +5 V ±5%; 1.5 A
  • +12 V ±5%; 0.25 A typical (max. 0.5 A with load on all analog and transformer outputs)
  • -12 V ±5%; 0.2 A typical (max. 0.5 A with load on all analog and transformer outputs)
  • Two VBAT rails (5 V … 60 V DC)
  • Each rail (VBATx): 0.05 A + load current on digital outputs
  • VBATx has to be supplied from an external source.

1) Speed and timing specifications describe the capabilities of the hardware components and circuits of dSPACE products. Depending on the software complexity, the attainable overall performance can deviate significantly from the hardware specification.
2) Output swing referenced to ground when DACx is connected to a potential other than GND.

1)The end of life of the dSPACE PHS (peripheral high-speed) hardware for modular systems is planned for December 31, 2024. You can still buy the related products up to and including December 31, 2021. New Releases of dSPACE software will still support the dSPACE PHS hardware for modular systems until at least the end of 2023. After the end of life, no services of any kind will be available for these products. We advise against using the PHS hardware products in new projects. For new projects we recommend that you use SCALEXIO, the latest dSPACE technology for modular real-time systems.

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