Introducing More Power and Flexibility for In-Vehicle Prototyping

April 12, 2018


Introducing More Power and Flexibility for In-Vehicle Prototyping

dSPACE launches a new variant of MicroAutoBox Embedded PC ? Faster Intel(r) CoreTM i7 quad-core processor ? Stand-alone operation or combination with MicroAutoBox II ? SATA interface for...

dSPACE now also offers an even more powerful variant of MicroAutoBox Embedded PC. With a quad-core, sixth generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor, 16 GB RAM and 128 GB flash memory, it provides even more power for demanding and computation-intensive in-vehicle prototyping applications, such as advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and functions for automated driving.

Stand-Alone Operation

The new variant of Embedded PC can still be used in combination with MicroAutoBox in a compact and robust housing. Additionally, it is now also possible to use the Embedded PC as a stand-alone system without MicroAutoBox. As such, it can be used as a dedicated platform for Windows- or Linux-based applications like RTMaps, a software development environment for multisensor applications. This combination of high-performance hardware and software results in a perfect platform for the prototyping of 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.

SATA interface for high-volume data logging applications

To record large volumes of data, e.g., from cameras as well as radar and lidar sensors, the new Embedded PC includes an external SATA interface (4 x SATA 3.0). The interface lets you capture data with a high bandwidth. For this use case, dSPACE will offer a MicroAutoBox Embedded DSU (Data Storage Unit) with up to four SSDs and several terabytes of storage capacity that can be used with Embedded PC.

Extension for in-vehicle prototyping of automotive Ethernet

The new variant of Embedded PC features the option to add up to three mPCIe plug-in cards. The system can thus be equipped with dSPACE-qualified extensions for WLAN, CAN, CAN FD, and BroadR-Reach Ethernet, for example. For the first time, the new variant is also available in a dSPACE Automotive Ethernet Embedded PC Bundle. It contains the new Embedded PC, one PCIe Mini Card with two Ethernet controllers and two BroadR-Reach interfaces, and a comprehensive software package for Ethernet configuration. In this setup, MicroAutoBox II can be directly used in service-oriented (SOME/IP) ECU networks. A media converter is not required. The entire SOME/IP communication can be conveniently configured on the basis of AUTOSAR and FIBEX 4 network description files on the Embedded PC. The latter is automatically synchronized with the real-time application implemented on MicroAutoBox II. By adding further BroadR-Reach cards, it is possible to implement up to six Ethernet channels in one compact system.

Technical Details

MicroAutoBox Embedded PC with Intel® CoreTM i7-6822EQ Processor

Parameter Specification

Processor • Intel CoreTM i7-6822EQ quad-core processor, 4 x 2.0/2.8 GHz, 8 MB cache

• Temperature-controlled fan

Memory • RAM: 16 GB DDR4 RAM

• Flash: 128 GB

• Optional data storage unit (MicroAutoBox Embedded DSU)

Interfaces • 3 x Gigabit Ethernet, integrated Ethernet switch, IEEE 802.1 AS-compatible

• 4 x USB 3.0 (up to 5 Gbit/s each)

• 1 x DisplayPort

• 3 x PCIe Mini Card slots for WLAN, CAN/CAN FD or BroadR-Reach

• 4 x SATA 3.0 for MicroAutoBox Embedded DSU

Operating system • Windows 10 or Linux

Software support • RTMaps (Real-time Multisensor applications) or any other Windows or Linux compatible software

Physical characteristics • Enclosure size:

o 202 x 222 x 60 mm (7.95 x 8.74 x 2.36 in) in stand-alone operation

o Up to 202 x 222 x 151 mm (7.95 x 8.74 x 5.94 in) in combination with MicroAutoBox II

o Max. 80 W in stand-alone operation

o Max. 130 W in combination with MicroAutoBox II

Certifications • Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC):

o EN 55024:2010 / Information technology equipment - Immunity characteristics

o EN 61326-1:2013 / Electrical equipment for measurement, control and laboratory use - Immunity according to table 2 (industrial environment)

o EN 55022: 2010 / Information technology equipment - Radio disturbance (class A)

o EN 61326-1:2013 / Electrical equipment for measurement, control and laboratory use - Radio disturbance (class A)

o FCC 47 CFR Part 15 / Radio disturbance

The new variant of MicroAutoBox Embedded PC used with MicroAutoBox in a compact and robust housing.

The new variant of MicroAutoBox Embedded PC (front and back panels depicted) can also be used as a stand-alone system.