MicroAutoBox III

Compact and robust in-vehicle prototyping system

The MicroAutoBox III is the next generation of the established dSPACE MicroAutoBox, a real-time system for performing fast, in-vehicle function prototyping. 

  • Smart New Copilot

    From autonomous driving to zero emissions – for the in-vehicle prototyping of the future, dSPACE is now launching the new MicroAutoBox III, the next, much more powerful, generation of the industry-proven MicroAutoBox product family. The MicroAutoBox III is a state-of-the-art development system for future applications that can turn ideas into real vehicle functions right away.

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  • Perfectly Connected

    A new DS1521 Bus and Network Board integrated in the MicroAutoBox III provides an exceptional range of channels in the familiar small MicroAutoBox form factor.

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Application Areas

The powerful system can be added to or replace an electronic control unit (ECU), and lets you experience and test control functionalities in a real environment. MicroAutoBox III is ideal for many different rapid control prototyping (RCP) applications from autonomous driving to zero emissions either as a single demonstrator or for equipping entire test fleets. Examples of application fields are:

  • E-mobility, electrification, and powertrain control
  • Assisted, highly automated, and autonomous driving
  • Chassis, body, and vehicle dynamics control
  • Supervisory and domain control
  • Bus/network gateway and monitoring
  • Noise, vibration, position, and motion control

Key Benefits

The MicroAutoBox III uniquely combines high performance, comprehensive automotive I/O including bus and network support, and an extremely compact and robust design – all for a favorable price. The comprehensive software environment lets you configure, program, and operate the system easily and with minimum effort.

Hardware Variants

The MicroAutoBox III is available in different variants, which provide different numbers of analog or digital I/O channels, advanced bus and network interfaces, or even a user-programable FPGA for very fast control loops as required in e-mobility applications. Furthermore, there are dedicated extensions, e.g., a MicroAutoBox III Embedded PC for ADAS/ AD applications or an I/O module for engine control. All this makes the MicroAutoBox III a powerful and flexible development system for nearly all mechatronic in-vehicle applications, from autonomous driving to zero emissions.

To ensure that the MicroAutoBox III can also be used in field tests when all processors are constantly working under full load, dSPACE offers a cooling unit. Active cooling extends the permissible temperature range so that the MicroAutoBox III also functions safely under extreme conditions.

The cooling unit can be easily integrated without changing the footprint of the MicroAutoBox III.

The MicroAutoBox III can also be combined with the new AUTERA hardware, offering a perfect system combination for data logging and prototyping applications in the field of autonomous driving.

The MicroAutoBox III contains a processor board (DS1403) and at least one I/O board. The processor board executes the real-time application and the I/O board provides the electrical interfaces for measuring and controlling signals of external devices and those for bus and network communication, such as CAN or Ethernet. Up to two boards can be added to the basic version.

The following I/O boards are available for the MicroAutoBox III:

I/O Board Description
DS1511 I/O Board A universal I/O board that provides more digital I/O channels.
DS1511B1 I/O Board A universal I/O board that provides more digital I/O channels and an extended voltage range of the analog input channels from -10 to +10 V.
DS1513 I/O Board A universal I/O board that provides more analog I/O channels and more CAN interfaces.
DS1514 FPGA Base Board A board with an FPGA for application-specific I/O extensions and for user-programmable FPGA applications. To provide I/O interfaces, you have to install I/O modules on this board. You can also add or replace the I/O modules that are installed on the DS1514 FPGA Base Board.
DS1521 Bus Board A bus and network board that offers more automotive bus interfaces, such as CAN FD and automotive Ethernet.

 

The following variants of MicroAutoBox III are available: 

MicroAutoBox III Variant with three I/O boards

MicroAutoBox III Variant with two I/O boards

MicroAutoBox III Variant with one I/O board 

Variant Description
1403/15111) Focus on digital I/O channels: 40x Digital In, 40x Digital Out, 16x Analog In, 4x Analog Out, 4x CAN, 2x LIN
1403/1513 Focus on analog I/O channels: 24x Digital In, 24x Digital Out, 32x Analog In, 8x Analog Out, 6x CAN, 3x LIN
1403/1521 Focus on bus & network interfaces: 8x CAN FD, 2x FlexRay, 3x automotive Ethernet, 3x LIN, 6x Digital In/Out, 4x Analog In
1403/1511/15141) Same channel set as the 1403/1511, plus the DS1514 freely programable FPGA extension, e.g., for electric drives or engine-specific I/O and module slots for further CAN FD or FlexRay channels
1403/1513/1514 Same channel set as the 1403/1513, plus the DS1514 freely programable FPGA extension, e.g., for electric drives or engine-specific I/O and module slots for further CAN FD or FlexRay channels.
1403/1521/1521 Focus on bus & network interfaces: 16x CAN FD, 4x FlexRay, 6x automotive Ethernet, 6x LIN, 12x Digital In/Out, 8x Analog In
1403/1511/15211) Combined variant with the channel set of the DS1511 (I/O) and DS1521 (bus and network interfaces)
1403/1513/1521 Combined variant with channel set of the DS1513 (I/O) and DS1521 (bus and network interfaces)
1403/1511/1514/15211) Combined variant with the channel set of the DS1511 (I/O) and DS1521 (bus and network interfaces), plus the DS1514 freely programable FPGA extension, e.g., for electric drives or engine-specific I/O and module slots for further CAN FD or FlexRay channels.
1403/1513/1514/1521 Combined variant with the channel set of the DS1513 (I/O) and DS1521 (bus and network interfaces), plus the DS1514 freely programable FPGA extension, e.g., for electric drives or engine- specific I/O and module slots for further CAN FD or FlexRay channels.
1) All variants with a 1511 board are alternatively available with a 1511B1 board with an extended voltage range of the analog input channels from -10 to +10 V.

 

 

The following additional interfaces are available on every MicroAutoBox III variant:

  • 1x Ethernet host interface
  • 2x I/O Ethernet, 2x automotive Ethernet
  • USB for data logging, IOCNET and WiFi extensions 
  • The permissible operating temperature can be increased by using a cooling unit

 

For detailed information, please refer to the corresponding download under MicroAutoBox III Variants and the product information for MicroAutoBox III Embedded PC.

 

  • MicroAutoBox III Product Information, PDF, English, 1004 KB
  • MicroAutoBox III Variants Product Information, PDF, English, 1566 KB
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