dSPACE upgrades embedded PC for in-vehicle prototyping


With the aim of providing more power for computation-intensive in-vehicle prototyping applications, such as the development of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving functions, dSPACE has launched a more powerful variant of its MicroAutoBox Embedded PC. The unit features a quad-core, sixth-generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and a 128GB flash memory.

Stand-alone operation

The new model Embedded PC can still be used in combination with the MicroAutoBox prototyping platform, but it can now also be used as a stand-alone system as a dedicated platform for Windows- or Linux-based applications such as RTMaps, a software development environment for multisensor applications. According to dSPACE, this combination of hardware and software makes a suitable platform prototyping complex algorithms for ADAS and automated driving, as well as for the time-synchronous recording and playback of large volumes of sensor and vehicle network data.

For engineers who need to record large volumes of data, such as that generated from cameras or radar and lidar sensors, the Embedded PC includes an external SATA interface (4 x SATA 3.0) that enables data capture at a high bandwidth. For such applications, a MicroAutoBox Embedded DSU (data storage unit) can be specified, with up to four SSDs and several terabytes of storage capacity that can be used with Embedded PC.

A further option is the addition of up to three mPCIe plug-in cards, enabling extensions such as WLAN, CAN, CAN FD, and BroadR-Reach Ethernet, for example.

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