Embedded World 2011: With the MicroAutoBox Embedded PC, dSPACE is offering an optional extension for the MicroAutoBox compact prototyping system that is tailored to the needs of current development trends. The Embedded PC provides an Intel Atom processor (1.6 GHz), 2 GB RAM, a 2.5″ SATA hard or solid state disk drive and numerous interfaces for new application options.
While the actual control functions are being computed on the real-time prototyping unit in MicroAutoBox, additional applications such as telematics, digital road maps and camera-based object detection can run on the Embedded PC. These possibilities make it a powerful extension for developing advanced driver assistance, infotainment, telematics and image processing systems. An integrated Gigabit Ethernet switch guarantees that the host PC can address the real-time prototyping unit and the Embedded PC with the same Ethernet cable. The MicroAutoBox Embedded PC is planned to be available in summer 2011.
The extended MicroAutoBox II is for in-vehicle use: It has a compact, robust design, is very simple to wire, and its real-time prototyping unit and Embedded PC can be switched on and off synchronously. For example, the system can be remote-controlled via the vehicle’s ignition switch or by wake-up on Ethernet when connecting the host PC. The input voltage range, sleep-mode current consumption and overvoltage protection of the Embedded PC are all designed for permanent installation in a vehicle.
The modular concept of the MicroAutoBox Embedded PC basically allows other embedded PC processors to be used as alternatives to the Intel Atom processor. The front panel of the Embedded PC provides three Gigabit Ethernet connectors, four USB 2.0 interfaces and a DVI-I output for transmitting video data. The USB interfaces and DVI-I can be used to connect a touch panel, for example. To integrate WLAN, mobile communications or FireWire, the MicroAutoBox Embedded PC also has an internal PCIe MiniCard slot and an ExpressCard slot.