New dSPACE MicroAutoBox III Variant with Bus and Network Interfaces

By Tiera Oliver

Associate Editor

Embedded Computing Design

February 09, 2021


New dSPACE MicroAutoBox III Variant with Bus and Network Interfaces

dSPACE announced its MicroAutoBox III in-vehicle prototyping system offers channels and an extended range of bus and network interfaces to meet connectivity requirements for in-vehicle prototyping systems.

With the addition of the new DS1521 I/O board variant, the system is suitable for communication-intensive developments that take into account the centralization of the E/E architecture, among other things.

According to the company, applications for the MicroAutoBox III with the new DS1521 Bus and Network Board include intelligent gateways, running supervisory controllers to control other ECUs in real time via buses and networks, and designing central control units with service-based Ethernet communication. To address these applications, the DS1521 Bus and Network Board provides eight CAN FD channels, three automotive Ethernet ports (100/1000BASE-T1), two FlexRay connectors (A/B), three LIN channels, and additional UART, digital, and analog interfaces. For communication-intensive applications, the MicroAutoBox III can also be equipped with two DS1521 boards, which results in doubling the number of the above-mentioned interfaces. A combination with other MicroAutoBox I/O boards is also possible.

The system is configured using the ConfigurationDesk implementation software, including the integrated Bus Manager. Per the company, this allows for configuring the bus communication on the basis of the latest standards and protocols, such as AUTOSAR (ARXML), FIBEX, DBC, or LDF. For integration into an existing vehicle electrical system, current AUTOSAR features such as secure onboard communication (SecOC), end-to-end protection, and global time synchronization (GTS) are also supported on all relevant bus systems, including service-based Ethernet communication (SOME-IP). 

A comprehensive extension framework is available for project-specific adaptations which can be integrated and implemented by dSPACE.

dSPACE offers its MicroAutoBox III in-vehicle prototyping system with an ideal number of channels and an extended range of bus and network interfaces.

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Tiera Oliver, Associate Editor for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits, product news, and constructing stories. She also assists with newsletter updates as well as contributing and editing content for ECD podcasts and the ECD YouTube channel. Before working at ECD, Tiera graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.S. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university’s student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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