dSPACE has introduced a new compact control system development platform for the laboratory. The MicroLabBox offers great computing power and comprehensive functionality. The MicroLabBox simplifies the creation, optimization, testing of controllers and the implementation of data acquisition applications while allowing cost control, for both industry and universities.
With the powerful combination of a programmable real-time processor from Simulink and the latest high-performance field-programmable gate array (FPGA) from Kintex, the MicroLabBox offers the versatility needed in research and development. With more than 100 I / O channels of different types, the MicroLabBox allows engineers to develop innovative applications in robotics, medical engineering, in the sector of electric motors, renewable energies, household appliances, industrial products, automotive engineering and aeronautics.
This compact, powerful and economical system is also a complete teaching and experimentation tool for universities and training organizations wishing to use the latest industrial technological standard in order to provide their students with the knowledge necessary for the innovation.
High computing power and fast I / O
The MicroLabBox has a 2 GHz dual-core real-time processor (PowerPC QorIQ P5020 Freescale) capable of achieving, depending on the application, fast closed-loop cycles of less than 15 µs. For extremely fast control applications, the integrated FPGA can be used for very high speed calculations. FPGA technology enables accurate, parallel, and fast I / O processing. The MicroLabBox includes over 100 very diverse I / O interfaces ranging from analog, digital and also includes unconventional I / O types. It has specialized interfaces such as CAN, Ethernet and position encoders. Additionally, the MicroLabBox's built-in sensor power supply powers the sensors without additional lab equipment.
The MicroLabBox is available in two variants: the top panel variant features D-Sub and BNC connectors which facilitate wiring when the unit is placed on a desk. The front panel variant provides Sub-D connectors which facilitate the integration of the MicroLabBox on a laboratory device shelf. Connector information is printed on each MicroLabBox and is also included in the I / O blockset of the system implementation software.
Use in stand-alone mode
The MicroAutoBox can be used with or without a host PC. In stand-alone mode, that is to say without the host PC, the real-time application is loaded from the built-in flash memory when the MicroLabBox starts up. A programmable buzzer and a set of programmable LEDs inform the user of the status of the real-time application. A USB connector allows users to save data to a mass storage device.
A complete and user-friendly software
The MicroLabBox is supported by a dSPACE software package including Real-Time Interface (RTI) for model-based I / O integration into Simulink and ControlDesk Next Generation. ControlDesk Next Generation's graphical instruments provide access to real-time application variables and parameters during operation. In addition to these tools, dSPACE offers other software modules that complement the MicroLabBox in various use cases.
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