More computing power for ADAS testing

April 12, 2018 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
dSpace GmbH, supplier of test systems for embedded systems, especially in the automotive industry, has introduced a performance-enhanced version of its MicroAutoBox test computer. In addition to a Core i7 quad-core processor, the computer now also has 16GB RAM and 128GB flash memory. This makes the new variant even more suitable for the development of modern driver assistance systems (ADAS) and functions for automated driving.

The new version of the Embedded PC can still be used together with MicroAutoBox II in a compact and robust housing. In addition, it is now also possible to use the Embedded PC as a stand-alone system without a MicroAutoBox II. It can thus be used as a dedicated high-performance platform for Windows and Linux-based applications such as RTMaps, a software development environment for multi-sensor applications. The prototyping of complex algorithms for ADAS and automated driving as well as the time-synchronous recording and playback of large amounts of sensor and vehicle bus data are optimally supported by this combination of powerful hardware and software.

The new embedded PC also has an external SATA interface (4 x SATA 3.0) for recording large amounts of data, for example from cameras and radar and lidar sensors. For this application, dSpace will offer a MicroAutoBox Embedded DSU (Data Storage Unit) with several terabytes of storage capacity, which can be used together with the embedded PC.

Another innovation is the possibility to upgrade the Embedded PC with up to three mPCIe plug-in boards. This makes it possible to equip the system with dSpace qualified extensions for WLAN, CAN, CAN FD, BroadR-Reach Ethernet, among others. For the first time, an Automotive Ethernet Embedded PC Bundle is available with the new generation. This includes the new embedded PC, a PCIe mini plug-in card with two Ethernet controllers and two BroadR-Reach interfaces as well as a comprehensive software package for Ethernet configuration. As a result, MicroAutoBox II can now be used directly in service-oriented (SOME/IP) ECU networks without the need for a media converter. All SOME/IP communication can be easily configured on the embedded PC based on Autosar or FIBEX 4 descriptions. There it is automatically synchronized with the real-time application implemented on MicroAutoBox II. With additional (optional) plug-in cards, up to 6 Ethernet channels can be implemented in a single compact system.

More information: https://www.dspace.com/en/pub/start.cfm


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