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April 2011

Standard Configurations for Electromechanical Development Tasks

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D Space is now offering standard configurations of RapidPro, its modular rapid control prototyping hardware. These ready-made configurations support typical development tasks such as developing transmission controllers, and most importantly, current development trends such as powertrain electrification and continued optimization of fuel consumption and emissions in combustion engines. D Space RapidPro provides signal conditioning and power stages for connecting automotive sensors and actuators to D Space prototyping systems. The modular, compact RapidPro hardware from D Space provides signal conditioning and power stages for connecting automotive sensors and actuators to D Space prototyping systems. A large number of modules are already available for different sensors and actuators, and D Space continues to extend the RapidPro range.

The new ready-made configurations give users complete solutions for connecting sensors and actuators, enabling them to concentrate fully on their real task—controller development. For example, developing new combustion processes is much easier with the engine control configurations for combustion engines with up to 6 cylinders. These configurations also help with current development trends such as downsizing and direct injection, by connecting the latest sensors and actuators. The configuration for e-motor control acts as a flexible rectifier output stage in the prototyping phase for a variety of electric motors.

Each configuration is an optimal combination of RapidPro hardware. And if a user’s requirements differ from the ready-made configurations, the RapidPro system is flexible for adaptations and extensions.

Mathworks’ Simulink I/O models that are designed specifically for the RapidPro standard configurations are also available. Tasks within the Simulink models contain the preconfigured I/O signals of the connected sensors and actuators: For example, angle-synchronous tasks provide the signals for combustion engine control.

dSPACE, Wixom, MI. (248) 295-4700. [www.dspaceinc.com].