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SCALEXIO AutoBox Prototyping System Now on Market

In-vehicle real-time system has high computing power and comprehensive bus support.

In-vehicle real-time system has high computing power and comprehensive bus support.

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SCALEXIO, the dSPACE universal real-time platform for hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) and rapid control prototyping (RCP) projects, is expanded further with the SCALEXIO AutoBox. The SCALEXIO AutoBox is an in-vehicle prototyping system that offers processing power, real-time capabilities, and comprehensive support for communication bus systems, according to the company. Developers can now experiment and test new functions at an early stage in real test drives.

The new SCALEXIO AutoBox enables engineers to develop highly complex and sophisticated functions on the road. The system features the latest Intel processors, customer-programmable FPGA components for fast calculation of complex applications, a high-performance real-time operating system, and the intelligent I/O network IOCNET that provides low transmission latencies and a large data bandwidth, according to the company.

For in-vehicle use, the AutoBox is equipped with a wide-range power supply. This enables a stable system power supply for on-board power architectures from 12 to 48 V. Therefore, the SCALEXIO AutoBox compensates for short-term voltage drops or peaks. The SCALEXIO AutoBox features an active cooling concept to enable hosting of high computational power, and a special shock and vibration damping system for use in real test-drives. 

The modular design of the dSPACE SCALEXIO AutoBox ensures investment protection beyond the typical project durations of three to four years. The mobile prototyping system can be continuously adapted to changing and growing requirements and kept up to date, for example by retrofitting with the latest high-performance processors or plug-in boards with new interfaces.

“dSPACE prototyping systems combine powerful hardware, high reliability, and usability with high functionality. When we developed the SCALEXIO AutoBox, our goal was to offer users a worry-free solution so that they can concentrate fully on their development tasks,” says Christian Wördehoff, product manager Rapid Prototyping Systems at dSPACE.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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